Eastern Cape Attractions and Destinations

Port Elizabeth and Eastern Cape

Attractions in the Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape, South Africa
Eastern Cape, South Africa

Once you've booked your hotel or Eastern Cape accommodation explore our pages below for destination info, info on events, attractions and what to do in the Eastern Cape.

The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces, the diverse Eastern Cape Province is situated between the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal, and bordered by the Orange River and Drakensberg Mountains.

The Eastern Cape is an interesting place to visit. Some of the country's most powerful political figures, like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, were born here and the capital city, Port Elizabeth, was a crucial center of the anti-apartheid movement. A number of very good tour operators offer excellent township tours that provide an insight into Port Elizabeth's role in South African history, as well as an introduction into traditional Xhosa rites and ceremonies.

Eastern Cape Attractions and Destinations

Destinations / Regions of the Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth

Where to Stay: Port Elizabeth Accommodation

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: East London Accommodation

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

Sunshine Coast

Where to Stay: Sunshine Coast Accommodation

The Sunshine Coast incorporates more then a million hectares of malaria free game reserve. Stretching from Port Elizabeth in the west to East London in the east, it boasts hundreds of kilometres of shining beaches, visit ... sunshine coast information

Wild Coast

Where to Stay: Wild Coast Accommodation

The Wild Coast incorporates more then a million hectares of malaria free game reserve. Stretching from Port Elizabeth in the west to East London in the east, it boasts hundreds of kilometres of shining beaches, visit ... Wild Coast information

Karoo Heartland

Where to Stay: Karoo Heartland Accommodation

As an enviro-tourism destination, the Karoo is unsurpassed, with scenery that changes from dramatic, rugged mountains to arid, open plains. Malaria free game viewing, hunting, bird-watching, imposing historical buildings ... karoo heartland information

Frontier Country

Where to Stay: Frontier Country Accommodation

As an enviro-tourism destination, the Karoo is unsurpassed, with scenery that changes from dramatic, rugged mountains to arid, open plains. Malaria free game viewing, hunting, bird-watching, imposing historical buildings ... frontier country information

Greater Addo

Where to Stay: Greater Addo Accommodation

Greater Addo is far more than just elephants. The Sundays River Valley, which nestles in the crook formed by the Addo Elephant National Park as it skirts the edge of the valley, is one of South Africa’s major citrus producers ... greater addo information

Amatola

Where to Stay: Amatola Accommodation

The Amatolas stretch into the hinterland just north of Grahamstown and west of Stutterheim, their slopes covered in dense natural forests of white stinkwoods, yellowwoods, Cape chestnuts, and a myriad other indigenous ... amatola information

Tsitsikamma

Where to Stay: Tsitsikamma Accommodation

The incredibly beautiful area of land that lies between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the sea stretches west to the Bloukrans River and east to Eerste River, and is named after the San word that means ‘place of abundant ... tsitsikamma information

Northern Ukhahlamba

Where to Stay: Northern Ukhahlamba Accommodation

Northern Ukhahlamba district, dominated by the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, is bordered by Lesotho to the north-east and by Limpopo to the north-west and forms a border with the Free State. The district is ... northern ukhahlamba information

Baviaanskloof

Where to Stay: Baviaanskloof Accommodation

There is a gorge that lies in the valley, stretching for over 100 kilometres, between the Baviaanskloof Mountains to the north and the Kouga mountains to the south. Recently awarded World Heritage Site status this 192 000 hectare ... baviaanskloof information

Eastern Cape Attractions and Destinations

"Must See" Attractions in the Eastern Cape

Addo Elephant Park

Situated in a malaria free area the magnificently diverse Addo Elephant Park offers a wide variety of game viewing, outdoor adventure, accommodation and cultural experiences. You will be amazed at the variety of South Africa Wildlife that can be experienced in one easily accessible destination ... more information

Algoa Bay Whale Watching

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

Nelson Mandela Museum

The Museum offers visitors an inspiring journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. Known affectionately as 'Madiba', he is loved and respected world-wide for his tireless energy to bring about a better life for all. Mandela has insisted that the Museum should not be a tribute dedicated to him, but should rather ... more information

Hole In The Wall

The Hole in the Wall at Coffee Bay is a unique structure with a huge detached cliff that has a giant opening carved through its centre by the waves. The local Xhosa call this place "izi Khaleni", which means "place of thunder". During certain seasons and water conditions (high tide) the waves clap is such ... 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

Amakhala Game Reserve

Steeped in history and beauty, this 6000-hectare game reserve creates an ideal environment for an unforgettable safari and an intimate experience of the varied landscape, including breathtaking views of the Bushman's River. Amakhala Game Reserve offers ... 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

Seaview Lion Park

The Seaview Lion Park in Port Elizabeth has made, playing with lion cubs of varying ages, an experience open to the public. Located just 25km’s from the city’s center, the Seaview Lion Park provides what is likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Depending on the age of the cubs when you visit, you’ll ... more information

Valley Of Desolation

The Valley of Desolation is a geological phenomenon; a sheer cliff face, declared a national monument that lies within the Camdeboo National Park - a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinett, creating a type of oasis in the midst of the aridness of the ... more information

Camdeboo National Park

Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo as well as splendid scenic beauty. The greater portion of the Camdeboo ... more information

Eastern Cape Attractions and Destinations

Featured Things To Do in the Eastern Cape

The Island Nature Reserve

Where: Seaview
How much (per person): On Request

Spend the day at The Island Nature Reserve. The reserve is located approximately 25 km from Port Elizabeth and accessed via the Seaview Road ... more information

The Port Elizabeth Apple Express

Where: Humewood
How much (per person): On Request

The Port Elizabeth Apple Express has since inception in 1903 contributed much to the national heritage, family memories and milestones of So ... more information

Walk the Donkin Heritage Trail

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

Another great walk in Port Elizabeth is the Donkin Heritage Trail. This self guided walk takes you past 47 places of historical interest in ... more information

Walk the Lower Guinea Fowl Hiking Trail

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

Walk the Lower Guinea Fowl Hiking Trail. The walk is a 7,5 km trail which is accessed from the 3rd Avenue dip in Newton Park, leading down ... more information

Whale Watching off the PE Coast

Where: Port Elizabeth
How much (per person): On Request

This is a full day excursion of Whale Watching off the Port Elizabeth Coast available from Afrika Unique Tours. You can view the full itiner ... more information

On SA-Venues.com 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 Eastern Cape!
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