The Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape suffers something of a Cinderella complex yet is, in fact, a province of many contrasts, offering everything from the drama of the Wild Coast, through malaria-free Big 7 game viewing, appealing coastal towns and cities, and the rugged Baviaanskloof Wilderness, to the arid Great Karoo and frontier towns like Addo, Grahamstown and Hogsback.
The visitor can experience anything from pristine, sandy stretches of beach to the succulent rich Eastern Cape section of the Karoo, or ancient forests that hug the sides of mountains capped with winter snow, the fertile Langkloof filled with apple orchards between Joubertina and Avontuur, or the southern most slopes of the Drakensberg.
Marketed as both an eco-tourism and outdoor enthusiasts' destination, the Eastern Cape is not only geared for great family getaways, but conviently accommodates visitors in a wide range of accommodation from five-star lodges, hotels, guest houses and resorts, to home stays, self-catering, camping and even hikers' huts.
For sunseekers the Wild Coast and the Sunshine Coast boast some of the world's top beaches. These include Bushman's River Mouth, Kenton-on-Sea, Jeffreys Bay, Cape St Francis and Port Alfred, as well as smaller beach towns like Gonubie (near East London) and Cintsa.
Snow is another feature of the Eastern Cape's landscape. Tiffendell is the country's only ski resort on the slopes of Ben McDhui, but during the winter months you might even find snow on the ground in little towns that hug the northern boundaries of the province like Rhodes or Barkly East.
There are numerous game reserves that include some of the country's most diverse from the Addo Elephant National Park to Camdeboo Nature Reserve, the Great Fish River Reserve, the Kouga Wilderness and the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Highlights of the province include: Graaff Reinet, which lies in the Karoo Nature Reserve and the nearby village of Nieu Bethesda with its famous Owl House; the friendly city of Port Elizabeth; the magic of the fairytale hamlet of Hogsback; the Addo Elephant National Park; seaside towns and beaches; Grahamstown's annual National Festival of Arts; Nelson Mandela's home village of Qunu, just outside Mthatha where you will also find a tribute museum to his life; the famous Otter Trail and bungy jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge.
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- Sunshine Coast
VIEW, East London, Alexandria, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Kenton On Sea, Oyster Bay, Port Alfred, St Francis Bay, Tsitsikamma, Port Elizabeth (see below), Bathurst, Kleinemonde, Kidds Beach, Humansdorp, Thornhill, Kasouga
- Port Elizabeth
VIEW, Beachview, Bluewater Bay, Central Hill, Glendinningvale, Humerail, Humewood, Maitlands, Mill Park, Seaview, Summerstrand, Walmer, Chelsea Conservancy, Redhouse, Greenacres, Kini Bay, Richmond Hill, Blue Horizon Bay, Uitenhage, Sardinia Bay, Theescombe, St Georges Park, Woodlands, Lorraine, Cotswold, Westlands, South End, Newton Park, Linkside, Parsons Vlei, Colleen Glen, Framesby, Amsterdamhoek, Kragga Kamma, Mount Croix, North End, Parsons Hill, Schoenmakerskop, Sunridge Park, Despatch, Perridgevale, Lovemore Park
- Frontier Country
- Greater Addo
- Karoo Heartland
- Wild Coast
- Northern Ukhahlamba
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