Whether you're in the mood for an informal seaside escape, an riveting encounter on safari, or a choice of dazzling city detours, you're sure to find what you're looking for in the Eastern Cape.
The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa, formed in 1994 out of the Xhosa homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, together with the eastern portion of the Cape Province. The central and eastern part of the province is the traditional home of the Xhosa people. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London, both big enough to offer many of the exciting adventures of a city as well as small enough to provide a welcoming and friendly environment.
Eastern Cape is full of attractive leisure resorts, splendid facilities and activities and the sun shines all year around, making sure outdoors is always in style. Whether its sweeping sand, river mouths, rocks and covers, a choppy ocean or the perfect wave, the coastline is the perfect place for water sports enthusiasts. Surfers, sailors, fisherman, this is the place for you!
Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000 . It is situated on the eastern seaboard of the country at the mouth of the Kowie River, almost exactly halfway between the larger cities of Port Elizabeth and East London. With its sandy beaches that extend for miles, this is the ideal destination for those who love outdoors!
Ranging from the lush evergreen Tsitsikamma forest to the mountainous Baviaanskloof wilderness Area, the southern slopes of the Drakensberg and the barren Great Karoo, It’s scenic diversity is one of the most exciting characteristics of this region. Port Elizabeth offers beautiful parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves with plenty of bird life. The Addo Elephant National Park, situated 73 km from Port Elizabeth, was established in 1931 and its 743 km² offers sanctuary to 170 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo and 21 black rhino.
The province is also the location of South Africa's only Snow skiing resort, Tiffindell. It is situated near the hamlet of Rhodes in the Southern Drakensberg on the slopes of Ben Macdhui,which is the highest mountain peak in the Eastern Cape, at around 3001 metres high.