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Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape boasts a large number of habitats, ranging from the dry Karoo, to savannah bushveld, lush coastal forests and striking mountains. One of the biggest provinces in South Africa, the Eastern Cape is the birthplace of  “Madiba”, the revered Nelson Mandela.This region is the traditional home of the Xhosa peoples. A great place to enjoy african safari tours – in a malaria free area!

This region is also the eastern gateway to the Garden RouteEastern Cape Map

Highlights

  • Malaria-free Big 5 experience – excellent private reserves.
  • Addo National Park
  • Nelson Mandela’s birthplace
  • Safe beaches and spectacular coastline
  • Xhosa and 1820 Settler history and culture Lions Eastern Cape

Shamwari Game Reserve – rated the best safari game reserve in the world – has an excellent reputation for implementing and maintaining good conservation principles. Other private reserves in the area also offer high quality experiences.

The Addo National Park situated in the centre of the province was once established as an elephant park but is now much more than that and is now one of the premier conservation areas in southern Africa. Soon visitors will be able to add whales and the the great white shark to their lists – all at one destination!

There other excellent Big 5 private game Reserves in the Eastern Cape – and the best of all is that the area is malaria free!

1820 Settler Country

Several thousand British settlers landed on the shores of the Eastern Cape in 1820. This set the scene for a long series of skirmishes and battles between the settlers and the British army on the one hand, and the Xhosa peoples on the other.

To this day there are many signs of this period, such as old forts and mission stations constructed during the 1800’s.

Grahamstown in July is an experience not to be missed. Home of the National Arts Festival, this quaint mountain town is completely transformed into a festive wonder each year, showcasing some of the best indigenous and imported talents.

The magnificent Wild Coast also forms part of this beautiful province, as do the cities of Port Elizabeth and East London. Join a guided tour of the “townships”, visit a traditional “shebeen” or drinking house, and meet the vibrant people of this region.

Another attraction of the Eastern Cape is the easy access to beautiful sandy beaches, intimate sea-side hamlets, surfing mecca’s like Jeffreys Bay, the magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park where you can enjoy activities such as the well known Otter Trail, mountain biking and forest hiking, tree top tours, boat trips, scuba diving and bungee jumping – the highest in the world!

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