Province of Eastern Cape Things to Do

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Province of Eastern Cape Things to Do

  • Tsitsikamma National Park (area 1)

    This Park, about 180km from PE, is one of the most beautiful Parks in the country. It is in the Garden Route, between Stormsriver and Bloukrans. There are many different adventure activities, hiking trails etc. It is only a few minutes drive to Bloukrans, where you can do the highest bungy jump in the world. It is important to book in advance, as...

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  • Tsitsikamma Park: a suspension bridge...

    We visited Tsitsikamma Park when we did the garden route from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth. We were lucky that we could do the walk between the rain showers.When you only have a few hours or less time do the walk towards the suspension bridge over the Storm River. It's a good chance to stretch your legs and the landscapes are good.The trail...

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  • Road Trip – “Intro to the Garden Route”...

    PE → Jeffrey’s Bay → Tsitsikamma National Park → Bloukrans →Onwards to the Western CapeTake the N2 (direction Cape Town), and make your first stop in Jeffrey’s Bay (only about 75km). Stays overnight in this lovely coastal town and do enjoy the great waves and shopping.Continue along the N2 to Stormsriver, where you can have...

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  • Round Trip – “Close to Nature” (Areas 1...

    PE → Baviaanskloof → Zuurberg → Addo Elephant National Park → PE Leave PE on the N2 (direction Cape Town). After crossing Van Stadens Bridge, look out for the sign directing you to Baviaanskloof. Try and stay over for a night or two. After driving through the Baviaanskloof, drive to Addo Elephant Park, via Steytlerville and...

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  • Gariep Dam (area 4)

    The Gariep Dam is on the border of the Eastern Cape and the Free State. It is a very big dam, with a road on the dam wall. It is especially nice to see when it is very full and water outlets are opened. There is also a very nice resort at the dam, with good facilities where you can stay overnight, especially if you are taking a road trip from up...

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  • Steynsburg & Hofmeyr (area 4)

    These two Karoo towns (on the R390) are very small and a bit off the beaten track. I usually drive through if I take the alternative route from Cradock to Bloemfontein. It is mostly sheep farming areas. The towns don’t have much to offer, but one could say that it is very typical of what we would call a “plattelandse dorpie”, which means a small...

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  • Cradock (area 4)

    One of the bigger towns in this area. The church (1868) on the Market Square is said to be built in the style of St-Martins-in –the-Field in London.Although I did not have the opportunity to visit the Mountain Zebra National Park, it is one of the things to do in this area.It is worth spending a few hours in this town, as it has quite a rich...

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  • Hogsback (area 4)

    A very small town high in the mountains of the Eastern Cape. It is a very small town, but beautiful surroundings. There are many waterfalls (like the Madonna & Child) and hiking trails, in and around the forests.Accommodation is available if you want to stay over, which is recommended, as there is enough to do for a few days.To get there, take the...

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  • Baviaanskloof National Park (Areas 1 &...

    This is a very large and diverse area of conservation, now a National Park. Although I have seen people driving through with a normal passenger vehicle, it would say it is advisable to use a vehicle with a high clearance, and differential lick (2x4) option. It is not necessary to have a 4x4.It is an absolutely beautiful wilderness area. The...

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  • Bungy Jumping - Bloukrans (Area 1)

    The Bloukrans Bridge spans an amazing gorge. Bloukrans is the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump - 216 !It is just before the tollgate, where you enter the province of the Western Cape.It is possible to go there on a daytrip from PE.Even if you don't do the jump - do go and watch!

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  • Addo Elephant National Park (areas 2 &...

    The Addo Elephant Park is one of the National Parks of South Africa. It was initially proclaimed in 1913 to secure the survival of the elephants of this area. These elephants are a bit smaller than their family members in the rest of Africa and South Africa.I would recommend staying overnight, as the Park has very good accommodation available.The...

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  • Jeffrey’s Bay (area 1)

    J’Bay as it is often refer to, is small coastal town, but expanding very rapidly. It is a very popular holiday destination, especially during December holidays. Jeffrey’s is also known fro international surfing competitions, which is held annually. During the festive season the town has a lot to offer, eg places like Potters Place, where you can...

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  • Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth is the biggest city in the Eastern Cape. Its history dates back to 1820 and the British Settlers.It is served by a good airport (domestic), and has good infrastructure.It is possible to use PE as a base and do many daytrips from her, eg Addo Elephant Park, Jeffrey’s Bay, Baviaanskloof, Tsitsikamma, Grahamstown etc. The city has also...

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  • Outeniqua Trail

    The Outeniqua Trail is a world-renowned trail that thousands of people from all over the world come to complete every year.It is an area of unsurpassed beauty, where you experience the touch of wildlife in a special way.Come prepared with bird books, binoculars, good walking boots, a hat, sun cream, swimming costume/trunks... good outdoor wear!

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  • Outeniqua Choo Choo train

    The Outeniqua Choo Choo train is a highly enjoyable steam train, that we took from George to Knysna, and back, on our honeymoon :)The trip took over 2 hours, each way, and was thoroughly enjoyable!Our most memorable photo was everyone leaning out of the train window as we were going over the bridge at Victoria Bay... heading toward the tunnel, with...

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  • Cradock

    Cradock is a largeish Little Karoo town, in the midst of some harsh countryside... harsh but beautiful.It is primarily Afrikaans speaking, but they do cater for English-speaking folk as they get quite a few tourists here.They primarily visit TuisHuis, where I have stayed twice, last time being in January 2007.There is loads of character and charm...

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  • The Owl House

    Nieu Bethesda is the Owl House, which was once the home of the eccentric sculptor Helen Martins. It is an eclectic space of all kinds of weird and wonderful figurines, sculptures, mirrors etc.This town still has no ATMs to withdraw cash and no street lights!

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  • The Wild Coast

    The beaches all along the Wild Coast are simply spectacular. These are splendid for long walks and trails. Fine white sand that is so white you strain your eyes, and sea that is salty and blue, with crashing surf-loving waves.

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  • Paul Sauer Bridge

    Just after Big Tree heading towards PE you will come to a Shell service station. Park here and then take a walk along the boardwalks underneath the Paul Sauer bridge.....

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  • Uitenhage

    Uitenhage is a large town in the Nelson Mandela Bay area and is situated at the foot of the Winterhoek Mountains. There are a number of resorts in the Mountains which are one of the premier Wilderness areas in South Africa.Uitenhage later is an important industrial centre with the advent of the railways, and many of the old railway workshops are...

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  • Storms River

    The little village of Storms River grew out of a hunting lodge and is situated in the Tsitsikhamma Forest between the Tsitsikhamma National Park and the dramatic peaks of the Tsitsikhamma Mountains. The village is in a very beautiful and tranquil setting and is famous for the number of activities on offer in the area.

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  • Rhodes

    Rhodes is one of South Africa’s most beautiful and isolated villages. Originally called Rossville, the tiny hamlet occupies one of South Africa’s most stunning settings near to where the Kraai River starts to cut its valley out of the Drakensberg massif. The isolation of the place meant that it was often the hideout of bandits, cattle rustlers and...

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  • Queenstown

    Queenstown is the main centre of the Lukhanji Municipality and lies at the foot of the dramatic Hangklip Mountain. The town was founded by the then Governor of the Cape Sir George Cathcart in February 1853 and was named Queen’s Town after Queen Victoria. A unique feature of the town is the fact that the centre of the town is a hexagon from which...

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  • Port St. Johns

    This attractive town is the main centre in the Port St John’s Municipality and is becoming one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in South Africa. The town is situated at the mouth of the mighty Mzimbuvu River which along with the Tugela River in Kwa Zulu Natal can lay claim to be the river carrying the most water in South Africa. Port St...

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  • Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth is the largest city in the Eastern Cape and is the main centre of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality. The first written recordings of the area come from the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama who visited the bay in 1497 and named it Algoa Bay after the number of lagoons in the area. Diaz did not land at the bay but planted a...

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  • Port Alfred

    Port Alfred is the largest town in the Ndlambe Municipality and one of the fastest growing holiday resorts in the Eastern Cape. Situated at the mouth of the Kowie River, Port Alfred has a great deal activities, including scuba diving, surfing, whale watching, fishing, canoeing and waterskiing on the river, bird watching, swimming and hiking and has...

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  • Mthatha

    Mthatha, (formerly spelt Umtata), is the head town of the King Sabata Danilyebo Municipality, (pop 89464), and was the capital of the formerly independent Bantustan of Transkei. King Sabata Danilyebo was the traditional leader of the AmaThembu people and was a prominent anti apartheid activist. Many of South Africa’s leaders, including President...

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  • King William’s Town

    This centre was established on the orders of the then Governor of the Cape in 1835 during the War of Hintza on the banks of the Buffalo River near the mission of the Rev Charles Brownlee. The town was named after King William IV and was intended to consolidate the British gains in the area. It was abandoned in 1836 after the dispatch of the...

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  • Kenton on Sea

    The Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape is a long stretch of wide beaches that are some of the finest in the world. These beaches are bordered by high dunes where terrestrial vegetation begins to make a foothold and are filled with a unique ecosystem of their own. These beaches are punctuated by broad tidal estuaries along which coastal resorts have...

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  • Joubertina

    Joubertina is the principal town of the Koukhamma Municipality and the main town in the spectacular Langkloof Valley, one of the most productive fruit producing areas of South Africa. Situated on the banks of the Wabooms River Joubertina was founded by the Dutch Reformed Church in 1907 and was named after the Rev W.A. Joubert, the Dutch Reformed...

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  • Jeffrey’s Bay

    Jeffrey’s Bay straddles the western side of St Francis Bay and is world famous in the international surfing fraternity. Jeffrey’s Bay is the largest town in the Kouga municipality and one of the fastest growing towns in the Eastern Cape. This seaside resort was an almost unknown fishing village, with some status in the conchologist community for...

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  • Humansdorp

    Humansdorp was founded in 1849 as a church village on the farm Rheeboksfonrein a 70kms from Port Elizabeth. The town was founded by the Dutch Reformed Church a separate congregation from that in Uitenhage and was originally called “Alexander” after the Rev Alexander Smith but this was later changed to Humansdorp after the owner of Rheeboksfontein...

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  • Hamburg

    Hamburg is a costal resort at the mouth of the Keiskhamma River, almost midway between Port Alfred and East London. The area is typified by the rolling hills of the interior, and the long, wide sandy beaches which are completely undeveloped.

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  • Grahamstown

    This is the first town in South Africa to be established by the British. During the Fourth Frontier War, the commander of the British forces in the Eastern Cape was searching for a suitable area in which a military post could be erected along the turbulent eastern Frontier of the then Cape Colony. He chose this site for its strategic position and...

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  • Graaf-Reinet

    Graaf-Reinet is the oldest established town in the Eastern Cape and the fourth oldest in South Africa. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Dutch Burghers began to leave the settlement around Cape Town and the authorities tried to keep up with them as they moved into the vast African interior. These Burghers became known as Trek Boers...

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  • Fort Beaufort

    Fort Beaufort was founded in 1824 and was named after the Duke of Beaufort who was the father of the then governor of the Cape, Lord Charles Somerset. Originally a military garrison, Fort Beaufort retains much of the original townscape that existed during the Frontier Wars. The town has several notable features including the historic Martello...

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  • Elliot

    Elliot is a small country town in the Sakhisizwe Municipality (population 54031), and has one of the most spectacular settings of any town in South Africa. Elliot is set at the foot of the Drakenberg Mountains; this section of the Drakensberg Massif has some of the most spectacular outcrops to be found in the range. This portion of the Drakenberg...

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  • East London

    East London is the second largest city in the Eastern cape and is the main centre of the Buffalo City Municipality, (Population 701 884). The municipality is named after the Buffalo River which bisects the municipality and whose estuary is the port of East London, the only river port in South Africa. The earliest evidence of human activity in the...

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  • Cradock

    Cradock is the principal town in the Nxuba YeThemba Municipality and was founded in 1813, the second town in South Africa after Grahamstown to be founded by the British. It was started as a Frontier outpost on the Farm Buffelskloof on the Great Fish River, and was named after the Governor of the Cape, Sir John Cradock. Cradock is famous for several...

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  • Coffee Bay

    Coffee Bay is one of the best known resorts in the Wild Coast, not far from the spectacular feature known as the Hole in the Wall. The area is spectacular with high cliffs sheltering small secure, sandy beaches and coves. There are a number of hiking trails around the coast, while inland there are several Xhosa cultural sites of note.

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  • Cape St. Francis

    Cape St Francis is the most southerly point on the African continent after Cape Aghulas in the Western Cape. Named by Portuguese mariners during their epic exploration of the southern reaches of Africa over five hundred years ago, Cape St Francis is made up of three resorts. Cape St Francis resort is at the actual cape, near the lighthouse that was...

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  • Butterworth

    Butterworth, also known as Gcuwa, is a town in the Amathole District Municipality and is the principle town of the Mbashe Municipality, (Population in 2001 253281). The town is named after the Mbashe River, (also known as the Bashee River), one of the great streams that runs from the Drakenberg Mountains to the Wild Coast. Butterworth was...

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  • Bizana

    Also known as Mbizana this town is a centre in the Pondoland region of the Eastern Cape and is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and the wildest part of the Wild Coast.

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  • Bisho

    Bhisho is the Capital of the Eastern Cape and the houses the Legislature of the Province. It is one of the newest urban centres in the Province having only been established in the 1970s and 1980s. Built outside King William’s Town, Bhisho is unique as it is thus far the only town on Earth which has been built according to the post modernist idiom.

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  • Berlin

    Berlin is in the Buffalo City Municipality and is 20 kms from King William’s Town. It was one of the first towns in Africa to be founded by people of German origin. It was named after the Capital of Germany. In that year, in order to consolidate the gains made by the Cape after the War of Mlanjeni, Many immigrants were brought out by the Anglo...

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