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7 Things To Do For Nature Lovers in Port Elizabeth
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7 Things To Do For Nature Lovers in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape in which it is situated are really beautiful parts of South Africa and remain somewhat untouched. The vegetation is scrubby in places, and densely lush in others. The landscape includes mountains, rivers, forests and beaches, making the fauna and flora interesting and diverse. Those that enjoy spending time in the tranquillity of nature, admiring its splendour and abundance, will be well rewarded in and around Port Elizabeth. Seven must-sees for nature-lovers visiting the Friendly City The Beaches Port Elizabeth, as a landmass, forms a hook that enclo...
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Keeping Busy in Tsitsikamma
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Keeping Busy in Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma is an exquisite part of the Garden Route; a route that extends formally between Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. However, many understand the Garden Route to refer to the entire route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Tsitsikamma is a green haven of lush forests, rolling mountains and deep gorges that eventually lead to the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. “Tsitsikamma” is a Khoi word, meaning “place of abundant water”, and its natural magnificence leaves us in no doubt as to the origins of its name. This abundance combines with the T...
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The Grahamstown National Arts Festival
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The Grahamstown National Arts Festival

At any other time of year, the little university town of Grahamstown, just 90 minutes from Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, is a quiet hub of students and families going about their daily lives. However, come June / July, this peaceful retreat suddenly erupts into a hive of excitement and activity for the annual Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Visitors from all over the country, and the world, make their way to this artistic epicentre to be a part of the festivities. The National Arts Festival is organised by the Grahamstown Foundation and has been recognised as the most exte...
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The Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay
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The Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay

The Billabong Pro is part of an international surfing competition that pushes even the most seasoned surfing champs to the limits. This exciting sporting event is the halfway mark for the esteemed ASP World Tour, which is made up of a total of 10 individual surfing events around the planet. The winner of this tough compo is recognised as the world’s champion male surfer. So, it is no wonder that it draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, no matter where in the world these top-notch surfers are competing for this coveted position. Every July, thousands of people and many of the world’...
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Stanley Street in Richmond Hill Becomes PE’s Pulse
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Stanley Street in Richmond Hill Becomes PE’s Pulse

Richmond Hill is one of Port Elizabeth’s oldest suburbs, littered with charming Victorian homes that have been tastefully restored. It is bustling with newlyweds, young families and retired couples for a really diverse taste of the Friendly City. At any given time, neighbourhood dogs are seen exploring the area, children can be spotted playing soccer in the many parks around Stanley Street and couples meander past languorously, hand-in-hand. Stanley Street runs through the heart of Richmond Hill and is bursting at the seams with fabulous eateries, cocktail bars and even a wine bar. Being si...
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Explore the Addo Elephant Park
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Explore the Addo Elephant Park

The Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape boasts an area of some 180 000 hectares, making it the third largest national park in the whole of South Africa. It is situated less than an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth and includes an intriguing variety of landscapes, fauna and flora. The Bushman’s and Sundays River valleys traverse its landscape, as do the magnificent Zuurberg Mountains. This natural beauty is, no doubt, one of the many draw-cards to the more than 140 000 visitors that the park welcomes every year. Elephants are a prized possession, having been hunted for their valuab...
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I Love Seaview Because …
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I Love Seaview Because …

Hi, I’m Tanya from Elizabeth House in Seaview, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Seaview IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, proximity to lots of unspoilt beaches, and the dolphins and whales that come to visit us each day. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT sunset on Maitlands beach, the beach stretches for miles and it perfect for a long walk or a lazy day.  At sunset the wet sand catches all the colours of the sunset… a magical time! Don’t miss out on this special treat! THE BEST family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT any time of the day when the dolphins are coming pa...
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I Love Maitlands Because …
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I Love Maitlands Because …

Hi, I’m Tren from Thunzi Bush Lodge in Maitlands, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Maitlands IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beautiful, pristine beach which is right next door to a coastal indigenous forest. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the top of the GIANT Maitland Sand dune, yes it really is BIG! THE BEST nature PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Maitland Nature Reserve, here you can have forest or beach pictures as the reserve borders the Maitland Beach. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Maitland Mines 4x4 Estate with stunning views of the coast as well as indigenous forest. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, ...
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I Love Morgans Bay Because …
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I Love Morgans Bay Because …

Hi, I’m Erica from Morgan Bay Hotel in Morgans Bay on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. MORGANS BAY IS BEST KNOWN FOR beautiful beaches and family holidays. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN on the viewing deck at the Milkwood Spa, it has amazing ocean views. THE BEST sunset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Kranses. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the lagoon and rock pools. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO take long walks along the beach. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO watch the sea from the hotel. I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS April, May and June, BECAUSE the weather is good...
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I Love Somerset East Because …
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I Love Somerset East Because …

Hi, I’m Alan from Angler & Antelope Guesthouse in Somerset East. Somerset East IS BEST KNOWN FOR its rural ambience and country hospitality. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT The Walter Battiss Art Museum; you can say you have taken a trip to Fook Island. THE BEST family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the yellowwood trees on the museum premises. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the waters edge with a big trout! WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO spend the day enjoying fly fishing, mountain biking, birding and hiking. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO be transported to another world by visiting...
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I wanna go camping! Unique campsites in the Eastern Cape
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I wanna go camping! Unique campsites in the Eastern Cape

There is something of the 'wild' South Africa to a weekend spent camping in the Eastern Cape. Little towns up near Barkly East and Rhodes offer inland vastness, undisturbed beauty and snow in winter, whilst game lodges in and around the Baviaanskloof give easy access to big wildlife viewing, and the coast offers seascapes, boulders and time out. With all the available options and some incredibly popular campsites – Cannon Rocks at Boknes, Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park and Bruintjieskraal in the Baviaanskloof to name but a smattering – making a choice is not difficult. We've put together a li...
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I Love Graaff Reinet Because …
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I Love Graaff Reinet Because …

Hi, I’m Imelda from Beau & I in Graaff Reinet in the Karoo Heartland, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Graaff Reinet IS BEST KNOWN FOR its restored Cape Dutch buildings and Cape Malay flat roof houses in it’s serene Karoo tranquility. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT The Valley of Desolation during the spectacularly beautiful sunset or sunrise. THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Stretch Court which used to be the old slave quarters, at the old slave bell, still in existence. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the rural, water rich village of Nieu Bethesda where the beautiful Dutch Reformed Church can...
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I Love Beachview Because …
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I Love Beachview Because …

Hi, I’m Elaine from Beachview in Port Elizabeth. BEACHVIEW IS BEST KNOWN FOR its peace, tranquility and ocean views. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Barnacles Family Restaurant in Seaview - they are famous for their seafood and steaks.  You can leave your compliments on their walls. THE BEST romantic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT sunset when the sun sets over the sea. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Maitlands Beach, Seaview Lion Park (with a cub on your knee?) or just strolling along the coastline at Beachview, Seaview and Maitland Beach. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO sit on my private balco...
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Nieu Bethesda – One Town You’ve Got To Visit
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Nieu Bethesda – One Town You’ve Got To Visit

Nieu Bethesda has no petrol, bank or credit card facilities. It barely has a supermarket, it's main road is not called Main Street, but Martin Street, and the drive down into the valley that contains the little village is dominated by the striking Compassberg, the highest peak in the Sneeuberge. The best thing about Nieu Bethesda is that it's miles from any major city. This is not your typical weekend 'escape' venue. Hence it remains an arty, quiet little village with a hint of the esoteric, undisturbed by the insistent occupation of second-homers that has been the plight of so many other l...
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I Love Kleinemonde Because …
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I Love Kleinemonde Because …

Hi, I’m Marlene from Kleinemonde near Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. Kleinemonde IS BEST KNOWN FOR its fantastic white beach which stretches on forever. We also have two lagoons right next to one another … fantastic for swimming, canoe rides, fishing etc. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN ON the beach on a bright sunny day, the dunes & blue sea looks incredible! THE BEST PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Three Sisters rocks. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the biggest Pineapple in the world in Bathurst. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO go for long walks on the beach, swim or just laze around on th...
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