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Eastern Cape is an unspoilt Eden, and it remains one of the most economical provinces to travel through!  Blessed with sunny weather across most of the province, spectacular beaches, immense natural beauty and warm Xhosa hospitality, the Eastern Cape is the perfect tourism destination for nature and game lovers. The Eastern Cape is also the homestead of rural Xhosa people – it was home to political greats such as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Steve Biko – so don’t leave the province without learning more about their customs and beliefs. In terms of Eastern Cape accommodation, you can choose from luxury resorts and guesthouses to cultural village huts and hostels. Accommodation tends to be quite varied and inexpensive – so you’ll be sure to find something to suit your needs and pocket.

Unlike KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape is not the place to go to if you’d like to enjoy a buzzing nightlife scene. Considered to be sleepier than its bordering provinces, the Eastern Cape has something far more unique to offer: scenic diversity. Explore the lush Tsitsikamma Forest, the rugged Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, the arid flat planes of the Great Karoo, the sweeping waves of Jefferys Bay, and the steep slopes of the Drakensberg mountain range – all within hours of each other. The landscapes of the Eastern Cape with leave you awe-stuck.

Top attractions include the Tsitsikamma National Park, the world's highest bungee jump at Bloukrantz Bridge, the world-renowned oceanarium in Port Elizabeth, and South Africa's only ski resort, Tiffindell. The Addo Elephant Park is also another must-see. It’s home to over 200 elephants, the Big Seven, over 180 South African bird species and a range of unique flora. There are various private game reserves within Addo and the broader Eastern Cape province (all malaria-free!), including the Shamwari Game Reserve, Samara Private Game Reserve, RiverBend Lodge, and Addo Afrique Elephant Lodge. Other animal sanctuaries include the Seaview Lion Park, The Island Nature Reserve, and the Mountain Zebra National Park.

For outdoor activities, head straight to the Eastern Cape coastline. The Wild Coast and Sunshine Coast is paradise for water sports lovers: here you can ride amazing waves, go sailing, water-skiing, boardsailing, or simply spend the morning fishing. Head off to Kenton-On-Sea, Bushman's River Mouth and Jeffreys Bay which are by far the three more popular beaches. Other outdoor activities include doing the Baakens River Mountain Bike Trail, taking the Bushbuck Walking Trail, going horseriding in Hogsback or river rafting on the Kraai.

Major cities such as Port Elizabeth and East London have an array of malls, restaurants and night clubs. For that something special to remind you of your trip to the Eastern Cape, head off to malls such as the Greenacres Shopping Centre, Walmer Park Shopping Center, Pier 14 Shopping Center and Vincent Park Shopping Center. If you’re at Humewood Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth, Finnezz is a great place to go to for sundowners. Two other places to chill out at are the Yellow House in Grahamstown and the Imbizo Jazz Cafe in East London.

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Quote characterBeyers Van Tonder | South Africa - 12 September 2009SelectedSelectedSelectedSelectedSelected
Took the family to see some more of the country in the Eastern Cape and I have fallen in love with the wide open stretches of beaches. It was the first time Anton (my youngest 8yrs) went swimming in the sea, warmer than Cape Town. Had a wonderful time.

The beautiful Eastern Cape offers many great beachfront bungalows and forest lodges.
THINGS TO DO Eastern Cape
Home to the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape has a wide variety of activities for the whole family.
In Knysna, as with many other east coast towns, oysters and other fresh seafood is the order of the day.
REAL ESTATE Eastern Cape
Whether it’s a home on one of the many world famous golf courses or a little farm up in the mountains, the Eastern Cape offers fascinating real estate.
EVENTS Eastern Cape
The Cape Epic, Oyster Festival and the Elephant Trek are just some of the events taking place in the Eastern Cape. Find out more!
Use Accommodation Hunter's vacation planner to find out about the exciting tours on offer in South Africa.

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