The Eastern Cape Province is an exhilarating experience for visitors, from blue flag beaches such as Kings Beach to the rural tranquility of the Transkei. Despite the cosmopolitan feeling in some of the urban centres, there is always an element of the untamed, just below the surface …
Vast stretches of scenic beaches, lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, set the Eastern Cape apart as an ideal beach holiday retreat. In many places (like Port Elizabeth, East London, Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis Bay), these beaches are safe for swimming and water sports. Kite surfing, surfing, sailing, fishing and hydrofoiling are all par for the course on these exquisite beaches, where white sand meets turquoise waters in a gorgeous display of South Africa’s natural beauty.
This part of the country is a hotspot for visitors wanting an authentic African safari as it boasts an excellent variety of game reserves and national parks. These include Addo Elephant National Park, Shamwari Game Reserve, Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, and Pumba Game Reserve. The province is free of malaria, making it a safe destination for families.
Port Elizabeth is the largest city in the province and has been dubbed ‘The Friendly City’ for its warm hospitality and laid-back vibe. Its beaches, excellent coffee shops, shopping malls and close proximity to the nearby Addo and Jeffrey’s Bay make it the perfect place to start your Eastern Cape adventures.
MORE \ Discover the Eastern Cape \ or to find a place to stay visit Eastern Cape Accommodation or Eastern Cape Hotels. (Popular regions include Port Elizabeth, East London, Addo, Amakhala and Baviaanskloof).