The Eastern Cape has an extremely beautiful ±820 km coastline with long stretches of deserted sandy beaches interspersed with rocky and sandy cliffs. Huge shifting dune fields are found in some areas and vegetated dune fields in others. It is a diverse Province with natural scenery ranging from barren semi-desert Karoo landscapes to rain forest covered mountain ranges.
Visitors to the Eastern Cape enjoy the diversity of attractions in coastal holiday towns and nature reserves that include the semi desert regions, forests, marine life and a variety of game reserves, of which the best is probably the Addo National Elephant Park.
The Eastern Cape region has played an important role in South African history over the last few centuries. It is known as frontier country, this is where the migrating Boer farmers and the Xhosa people met and clashed in the early 1800’s. The British government imported British settlers as a buffer between these two groups. This is also from where some of the 'Voortrekkers' (first white farmers to settle in the Northern regions of South Africa) departed on their migration to the North. Ultimately this region also played a key role in the struggle for freedom and a democratic South Africa as this is the hinterland of leaders such as president Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki and his son, former president Thabo Mbeki as well as the black consciousness leader Steve Biko.-->
The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .
The Addo Elephant National Park is about an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. The Park was originally founded to protect the dwindling number of elephants that used to roam this region in abundance. Today it is home to more than 550 elephant.
Highlights: Addo Elephant National Park , Eastern Cape .
The Wild Coast covers the north-eastern coastline of the Eastern Cape province and is part of the former homeland of Transkei. It is indeed quite "wild" with little infrastructure and almost no commercial development. This is the region's greatest attraction as well as its greatest drawback. Facilities for tourism is limited.
The Sunshine Coast in South Africa stretches from the Tsitsikamma Reserve in the South to East London in the North. Aptly named the Sunshine coast, because it boasts more sunshine hours per year than the rest of sunny South Africa. This is due to the warm Mozambique current that runs along this coast and leads to the moderate temperatures.
Port Elizabeth's tourist attractions include eco-attractions, scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife (close by), cultural experiences and water sport activities. The city's main attraction is it's family friendly beaches, well served by various beachfront hotels and self-catering apartments. A favourite tourist destination is Bayworld, which incorporates a cultural and natural history museum, a dolphinarium and a snake park.