November 15, 2020
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.
Regions of the Eastern Cape
The Nelson Mandela Metro (including Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) is the gateway to the Eastern Cape Region, its well-equipped airport and harbour linking South Africa with other national and international destinations.
A city that still manages to retain some of its old fashioned values blended with a dollop of laidback charm makes East London – the gateway to the wild coast and the sunshine coast and the only river port in South Africa – one of the most.
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.
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 water”.
A hauntingly beautiful region, arguably the crucible of South African history, Frontier Country is a vibrant mix of all the best that Africa has to offer.
Greater Addo is largely dominated by the Addo Elephant Park, the boundaries of which now extend right from the edge of Darlington Dam in the north to Colchester at the coast, incorporating the beautiful Sundays River Valley.
Often referred to as the ‘dry heart’ of South Africa, the Karoo Heartland is but a portion of the Karoo set on the eastern periphery of the central plateau. The Karoo, regarded in the past by many as something of a desolate, barren backwater.
Experience the rugged beauty of South Africa when you book overnight accommodation in Baviaanskloof for the whole family or as a romantic getaway for two. There is a gorge that lies in the valley, stretching for over 100 kilometres.
The Amatola region is one of the most beautiful and diverse in the Eastern Cape. The Amatolas stretch into the hinterland just north of Grahamstown and west of Stutterheim, their slopes covered in dense natural forests of white stinkwoods and yellowoods.
As its name suggests, the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape that extends between the Mtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River to the south, is an untamed wilderness.
Eastern Cape Highlands
Ukhahlamba, the Xhosa word meaning ‘barrier of spears’, refers to the majestic portion of the Drakensberg that dominates the northern section of the Eastern Cape, forming a border with the Free State.