Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape

Sunshine Coast Region Attractions and Places of Special Interest in the Sunshine Coast Region of the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape Attractions

Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape

Boknes Beach in the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
Boknes Beach in the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape

Once you've booked your hotel or accommodation in the Sunshine Coast explore our destination pages below for info on attractions and what to do in the Sunshine Coast Region.

Sunshine Coast is an apt description of a coastal belt beset with countless little villages, each offering access to beaches, rivers, lagoons and hiking trails that stretches between the Tsitsikamma and East London in the Eastern Cape.

As a destination the Sunshine Coast has had to do little to attract visitors. Its obviously glorious weather, the seaside-resorts of Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred - considered the heart of this stretch of coastline - St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay and their access to warm waters, water sports, eco-walks, friendly locals, sheltered coves, rock pools and nature reserves, makes its attraction blatantly obvious.

Port St Francis, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
Port St Francis, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
Add to this the inland malaria-free ‘Big Five’ access on local game farms, and easy access to the Great Fish River, the Wild Coast and the Addo Elephant Park, and it is easy to understand why so many Capetonians head this way during their rather wet winters, and the rest of the country, as well as visitors to the Eastern Cape, make this their playground.

A major reason for heading for the Sunshine Coast is that despite its obvious attraction, it remains largely unspoiled and, for the most part, uncommercialised. A number of places around the world are called the Sunshine Coast - Queensland in Australia, Bay of Plenty in New Zealand; even Essex in the UK - but none of them manage to retain the quintessential sun-drenched essence without losing any of their quaintness the way the Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape does.

Sunshine Coast

Destinations / Town & Suburbs of Sunshine Coast

Port Elizabeth

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is fondly referred to as "The Friendly City". The city offers a diverse selection of attractions as a family-fun vacation destination including eco-attractions, scenic nature trails, wildlife and cultural experiences ... port elizabeth information

East London

Where to Stay: Accommodation in East London

South Africa's only river port city is set on the broad Buffalo River and one of the most attractive stretches of the Eastern Cape seaboard. East London's sweeping white beaches extend for miles, unpolluted, uncrowded, unspoilt ... east london information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Alexandria

Alexandria lies en route to Bushman’s River Mouth and Kenton-on-Sea just 50 kilometres from Port Alfred, roughly halfway between Durban and Cape Town. It is described as a friendly farming community that sustains itself from ... alexandria information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Bathurst

Bathurst is situated on the fringes of both the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, a half hour drive from Grahamstown or 10 minutes from Port Alfred. Halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London, Bathurst is a short ... bathurst information

Cannon Rocks

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Cannon Rocks

Cannon Rocks is a delightful seaside village in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Nestled in between the Boknes Village and the boundary of the Greater Addo Elephant Park it has the vast expanse of the warm Indian Ocean in ... cannon rocks information

Cape St Francis

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Cape St Francis

Cape St Francis, named after the patron saint of sailors, is worth a visit for many reasons, not least of all its famed Seal Point Light House, built in 1873, and one of the highest stone and masonry lighthouses in the ... cape st francis information


Where to Stay: Sunshine Coast

Just south of the mouth of the Kieskamma River, the (very) small town of Hamburg lies on the coast between the popular coastal city of East London and the as popular beach resort town of Port Alfred. As such, Hamburg is often... hamburg information

Jeffreys Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay, or "J-Bay" as it is known to the locals, brings to mind surfing, sunshine and beautiful beaches - and you’d be right. Home to the Billabong Surfing Festival every July and rated among the ten best surfing spots ... jeffreys bay information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Humansdorp

Humansdorp has quietly functioned as a commercial centre for the local farming community for years without disturbance, and only with the ever-increasing interest in the Eastern Cape as a tourism destination, and ... humansdorp information

Kenton On Sea

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kenton On Sea

When you think of Kenton on Sea, you invoke a vision of beaches as far as the eye can see, unspoilt by time and consumerism, where two rivers meet and run into the Indian Ocean. Midway between Port Elizabeth and East ... kenton on sea information


Where to Stay: Accommodation in Kleinemonde

Without sounding reminiscent of a tedious marketing spiel, Kleinemonde, just 20 kilometres or so from Port Alfred between Port Elizabeth and East London, is about miles of white sandy beach, intermittent sand dunes, serene ... kleinemonde information


Where to Stay: Sunshine Coast

Mgwalana River Mouth is situated about 48 kilometres from Port Alfred; a small (but growing) coastal town on the Eastern Cape coastline that has always boasted fabulous surfing waves. Mgwalana River Mouth is a large beach that... mgwalana information


Where to Stay: Sunshine Coast

The little seaside resort of Mpekweni lies between the equally small villages of Hamburg and Seafield, roughly 70 kilometres south of East London. But it's close enough to Port Alfred that people with holiday homes here ... mpekweni information

Oyster Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Oyster Bay

Renowned for long stretches of sandy beach and a strong emphasis on nature Oyster Bay is a wonderful place to stay amidst woods, sand dunes, river deltas, wetlands, lagoons and roaming horses. As its name indicates, Oyster ... oyster bay information

Port Alfred

Where to Stay: Accommodation in Port Alfred

Port Alfred, with its stretches of sandy beach that extend for miles, lies on the banks of the Kowie River. Port Alfred was established by a group of English settlers in the early 1800s and, although now an active ... port alfred information

St Francis Bay

Where to Stay: Accommodation in St Francis Bay

Just 90 km west of Port Elizabeth, St Francis Bay is the millionaire’s playground of the Eastern Cape and one of the best kept secrets of the Garden Route. 50% of the town is built around a series of man-made canals and ... st francis bay information

Sunrise On Sea

Where to Stay: East London or Gonubie

Sunrise-on-Sea is perched on the border of the East London Coast Nature Reserve, which is an important protected area that consists of a number of parks. These comprise both inland and coastal parks and cover more than... Sunrise On Sea information


Where to Stay: Thornhill Accommodation

The community of Thornhill is situated just outside Port Elizabeth, which is part of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan in the Eastern Cape. This is a small area, and many of those inhabiting it work in Port Elizabeth or Jeffrey’s Bay... Thornhill information

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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Sunshine Coast

Alexandria Dunefield

Alexandria Dunefield is a reserve on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, that is privately owned by a family who has been farming chicory and livestock here since 1899. These extensive dunefields cover 142 square kilometers of ground, with some dunes being 2.5 kilometers wide and up to 140 ... more information

Amalinda Nature Reserve

The Amalinda Nature Reserve is situated less than 10 kilometres from the ever-growing city hub of East London in the Eastern Cape. Established in 1968, this reserve measures 134 hectares and boasts some of the stunning vegetation for which this part of the world is so loved. This includes an enormous ... more information

Cape St Francis Nature Reserve

Between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay lies the Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, one of four nature reserves on the tip of this cape - the others are Seal Point Nature Reserve, Seal Bay Nature Reserve and the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve. This area is not only one of incredible natural beauty, rich in both plant ... more information

Eastern Cape Beaches

The Eastern Cape in South Africa boasts some of the world’s best beaches and 800 km of unspoilt picturesque coastlines where blue oceans tumble onto quiet beaches. The Eastern Cape coastline is a mecca to all water sports enthusiasts and has a popular and thriving surfing culture ... more information

Kwelera Coastal Nature Reserve

Kwelera Coastal Nature Reserve is one of ten nature reserves that collectively make up the East London Coast Nature Reserve – a gorgeous stretch of coast that extends from the Great Kei River in the north east, all the way to the Tylomnqa River in the south east ... more information

St Francis Bay Golf Club

St Francis Bay Golf Club is situated in the village of St Francis Bay on the warm Indian Ocean coastline of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The St Francis Bay Golf Club is renowned country-wide for its warm hospitality and a great club spirit, which has been the essence of the club over the years, and ... more information

Fish River Country Club

With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from several of its holes, the Fish River Sun Country Club offers golfers a parkland type challenge along the beautiful and unspoiled coast. At 6 300 meters this Gary Player designed course is no push-over. High vegetated dunes and thick coastal ... more information

Noorsekloof Nature Reserve

The Eastern Cape is abundant in fascinating fauna and flora. It has a unique combination of species and is rich in its biodiversity. The Noorsekloof Nature Reserve is dedicated to showing some of this off to locals and visitors alike. This reserve is situated in Jeffrey’s Bay, and ... more information

Seal Point Nature Reserve

Pretty Seal Point Nature Reserve is one of four nature reserves that lie at the cape alongside the villages of Cape St Francis, Port St Francis and St Francis Bay. It is situated at the Cape St Francis lighthouse, beyond Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, Seal Bay Nature Reserve and the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve, at the ... more information

Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve is the southernmost, Big Game, private reserve in Africa - Malaraia Free. This ultimate African adventure stretches along the Bushman's river, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. The 25 000 hectare game reserve ... more information

Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya Game Reserve covers more than 2000 hectares and incorporates the unique East Cape Valley Bushveld, Grasslands and Coastal Forests. Antelope abound, including the rare Bontebok and Oribi. Malaria Free and conveniently situated near Kenton on Sea on the Sunshine Coast, just 130 kms from ... more information

St Croix Island Marine Reserve

The St Croix Island Marine Reserve lies in Algoa Bay, a series of three islands (the islands of the cross) just north-east of Port Elizabeth. St Croix and its two sister islets – Jahleel Island and Brenton Rock - are quartzitic outcrops of the Table Mountain Group, almost entirely devoid of soil. They ... more information

Kariega Game Reserve

The private Kariega Game Reserve is situated in the malaria-free, upper reaches of the Kariega River Valley, 14 km from Kenton On Sea on the R343 to Salem and Grahamstown and 145 km from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Located in pristine surroundings, the tranquillity and splendour of Kariega ... more information

Kragga Kamma Game Park

One would scarcely expect that, just a few hundred metres from the main road, there are some of Africa’s wildest species, exploring what has become their natural habitat. These species include giraffe, zebra, buffalo, rhino, a large variety of antelope, and even the usually-elusive cheetahs... more information

Seekoei Nature Reserve

The Seekoei Nature Reserve is situated between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach, just outside of Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape. The reserve has a total area of 60 hectares and lies on the estuary formed by the confluence of the Swart River and the Seekoei River. For this reason ... more information

Zwartenbosch Golf Club

Zwartenbosch Golf Club is situated at he foot of the Zwarte mountain just a stone throw away form Humansdorp and Jeffrey’s Bay. The abundance of natural fountains, fauna and flora together wildlife and the variety of birdlife will make this a golfing experience you will never forget. Zwartenbosch Golf and lifestyle ... more information

Whale Watching off Algoa Bay

Algoa Bay is a major part of the coastline of Nelson Mandela Bay, the main town of which is Port Elizabeth. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the beaches of this bay to enjoy the warm, safe swimming waters and great weather. The Indian Ocean feeds the coastal alcove and, due to its ... more information

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Featured Things To Do in Sunshine Coast

Malcolm Dewey Fine Art Gallery

Where: East London
How much (per person): Free to Browse

Browse for fine art from selected local and national artists on display at this centrally situated gallery in East London. Malcolm works ... more information

Day Trip in Sibuya Game Reserve

Where: Kenton On Sea
How much (per person): On Request

Sibuya Game Reserve offers daily trips onto the reserve hosted by a professional guide. A leisurely cruise up the Kariega River is followed ... more information

Great Fish Point Lighthouse

Where: Port Alfred
How much (per person): Free

A 'rekindling of the light' ceremony, as noted by a bronze mounted plaque, commemorated the shining centennial of the Great Fish Point ... more information

Jeffreys Bay Surf Museum

Where: Jeffreys Bay
How much (per person): On Request

Stop anyone with a wetsuit tan, anywhere in the world and ask 'Excuse me where is the number one surf spot in South Africa?' and despite a l ... more information

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Holiday Accommodation in Sunshine Coast

For accommodation in Sunshine Coast see:
AlexandriaBathurstBlue Horizon BayCannon RocksCape St FrancisEast London
Jeffreys BayKariegaKenton On SeaKleinemondeOyster BayPort Alfred
Port Elizabeth accommodationSt Francis Bay

Or to see all accommodation in this region at once, visit Sunshine Coast accommodation.

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Whether you're in the mood for an informal seaside escape, an encounter with the "Big Five" on safari, or a choice of scintillating city diversions, you're sure to find what you're looking for in the Eastern Cape.

On you'll find plenty of South Africa accommodation options. We've also listed nearby activities for any town or city in which you plan to stay. And the big bonus is that you deal directly with the venues - no fees involved. With eight world heritage sites, a multitude of game reserves and national parks, over 1350 ha of national botanical gardens, and exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture, South Africa offers the traveller a unique and inspiring experience. Enjoy your stay in the Sunshine Coast!
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