Discover the Eastern Cape's hidden gems

15 August 2020

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, we can now travel outside of our provinces where we live. This spotlight is on the Eastern Cape.

The Eastern Cape is filled with many incredible gems right here on our doorstep. It is known as the ‘wild’ Province. It boasts pristine beaches, bush with an abundance of wildlife and forests.  See the ‘Big 5’ at the Addo Elephant National Park, visit the Cambedoo National Park, the Baviaanskloof Wilderness area, the Tsitskamma National Park as well as the many beautiful beaches... 

Click Here to Read our Guide to the Eastern Cape courtesy of South African Tourism.




Highlights of the main centres in the Eastern Cape:

Port Elizabeth
Is also known as the Friendly City, the Windy City, and PE.  Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers. It is the second-oldest city and the fifth-largest in South Africa. Life in PE mostly revolves around the ocean. The city offers something for everyone.

East London
This city is also known as Buffalo City.  It gets its name as it lies between the Nahoon and Buffalo Rivers. It is the only river port in the country. The East London Museum offers some amazing  displays, which includes the last known dodo egg in the world!

Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay, or J Bay, is situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. It is famous for being one of the best surfing spots in the world.  Annually in July many of the world’s finest surfers are in the area for  the Billabong Pro event. There is so much more on offer from skydiving, sandboarding, and whale and dolphin watching.

Grahamstown is about 130km from Port Elizabeth and is home to the oldest independent newspaper in South Africa, Grocott’s Mail. Grahamstown is best known for the annual National Arts Festival which is held in July.  This festival is recognised as one of the biggest cultural events in Africa.

Did you know that this is the only city in South Africa to be surrounded by a national park – the Cambedoo National Park? It was founded in 1786 and has been a traveller's oasis in South Africa's semi-arid desert – the Karoo – for more than two centuries!  Don’t miss out in seeing the amazing examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

Port Alfred
Port Alfred is a popular holiday spot along the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast. It offers visitors loads of activities and has beautiful beaches, water sports (kitesurfing and water-skiing) and diving among the reefs off the coast. The popular Fish River Sun is a short 20 minutes’ drive from Port Alfred.

This little village is a popular holiday spot. Here you will find great beaches, rock pools and protected bays with plenty of opportunities for water sports like fishing and canoeing. Between April to December it is a great place to do some whale spotting. If you are keen to see some game, it is close to a number of inland game reserves.

Thank you to SA Tourism for providing this tourist information. 


If you would like to experience more of this beautiful region, then please get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to take advantage of our excellent holiday offers.

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