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Top 10: Accommodation in The Eastern Cape

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1 Shamwari Private Game Reserve

An absolute highlight of any stay in the Eastern Cape. This malaria-free, Big 5 private game reserve offers the finest luxury accommodation and excellent game viewing opportunities. Renowned the world-over for its conservation ethics and excellent service. more

2 Umngazi River Bungalows

This famous family-friendly establishment is situated on a hillside overlooking the Umngazi River Mouth along the scenic Wild Coast. There are five types of bungalows on offer and for mums in need of pampering there’s also a fantastic spa. more

3 Elephant House

Situated in the fertile Sundays River Valley on the edge of the Addo Elephant National Park is the charming Elephant House. This charming establishment boasts an East African colonial feel combined with good old South African hospitality. more

4 The Cock House, Grahamstown

A restored national monument, The Cock House has nine en-suite guest rooms, fine fabrics and antiques, a fully licensed pub and elegant restaurant. Nice touches include home-made biscuits in the room, electric blankets for cold nights and cooling fans for steamy days. more

5 The Windermere, Port Elizabeth

Located in Port Elizabeth, in the prestigious waterfront suburb of Humewood, The Windermere boutique hotel offers glorious views over Kings Beach. Originally, a block of student digs, in 2003 it became an oasis from the city’s hustle and bustle. more

6 St. Francis Bay Lodge

All thatch and white walls in keeping with the area’s traditional architecture this visually impressive establishment stands on Jack Nicklaus Drive on the Links Golf Club – so it offers good golf in a setting close to the ocean. The lodge itself is the last word in luxury. more

7 Hogsback Granny Mouse House

Comfortable 4-star guest house that offers full service (meals included), stylish rooms and beautiful gardens in a village known for its scenic beauty, New Age and artistic residents, labyrinths and sculpture gardens. more

8 Misty Mountain Reserve, Tsitsikamma Forest

Built in the log cabin style typical to the area, the 4-star accommodation is all about taking in the views, which are of the ocean and the lush forest vegetation. Make the most of the close proximity of canopy tours, heli flips, hiking and bungee jumping opportunities.

9 Villa Reinet, Graaff Reinet

A restored National Heritage Monument it offers rooms in the villa and the option of garden cottages – all en-suite and air-conditioned. attractions are the Karoo breakfasts, the impressive architecture of this town and the nearby Valley of Desolation. more

10 Oakhampton B&B, Berea, East London

Award-winning guest house, thanks to its manicured gardens, pleasing en suite rooms, hearty breakfasts and close proximity to all amenities. more