The Eastern Cape

Wild, untamed and beautiful

South Africa’s ‘wild’ province, the Eastern Cape features expanses of untouched beach, semi-desert plains, mountains and true wilderness areas. This was Nelson Mandela’s home province, and the region chosen for the first large-scale settlement of English-speaking people in Africa, who left a rich legacy of English education and culture. The area offers a range of attractions - Addo Elephant National Park, with the densest elephant population in the world, beautiful beaches, the endless views of the Karoo and the cliffs and forests of Tsitiskamma.

With a rich cultural history, warm, welcoming people, and a seemingly endless list of activities, the Eastern Cape has much to offer travellers.

Bask on golden sandy beaches, bungy-jump or abseil, hike the rugged coastline, wilderness areas or the mountains, learn to surf in our Indian Ocean waves, windsurf or kiteboard, sandboard on some of the biggest dunefields in the world, explore wildlife in a number of national and private parks, gaze at stars you’ve never seen before in our clear night skies, dive in our bays or simply drive across our endless semi-desert plains, and enjoy the feeling of freedom.

The province offers great opportunities to enjoy an authentic South African experience; where else can you enjoy breakfast in a five star beachfront hotel in the morning and spend the same night in a traditional Xhosa hut deep in rural Africa?