Did you know?
The Addo Elephant National Park is home to the unique Addo flightless dung beetle. These creatures create large round balls of elephant dung and roll them away to be buried.
The Eastern Cape is the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and home to a rich Xhosa heritage.
Covering over 820 km of pristine coastline, the rugged province is also known for its spectacular biodiversity and is a Big 7 destination (which means you can view lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo as well as whales and Great White Sharks).
There are numerous malaria-free game reserves in the Eastern Cape including the
well-known Addo Elephant National Park and the world-famous Shamwari Game Reserve.
The province is known for its adventure tourism opportunities – visit Bloukrans and do the world’s highest bungee jump, hike the Otter Trail (or Dolphin Trail for the less adventurous) or take a 4 x 4 into the spectacular Valley of Desolation.
If you like to take things one step at a time book yourself on a hike along the rugged beaches of the Wild Coast.
In terms of city life, enjoy the urban offerings in Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City.
Port Elizabeth or the ‘friendly city’ is known for its colonial buildings and superb Blue Flag beaches – it might also be a good idea to fit in a township tour while you’re there or enjoy a visit to the Red Location Museum.
East London is another fun coastal city with laid-back coastal vibes and lots of fun and entertainment on offer. The East London Museum is known for its unique displays and historical highlights.
Further afield you’ll find Grahamstown, a student town made famous by the annual national arts festival (July) and for those who love surfing why not visit Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa’s answer to Hawaii. There are also the small seaside towns of St Francis and St Francis Bay that offer great beaches and laid-back lifestyles.
The Eastern Cape is a great conferences and meetings destination if you want pristine scenic beauty served up as part of your conference or incentive offering.
Regarded as a masterpiece of visionary art, the Owl House, created by the reclusive Helen Martins, is a fascinating world of concrete sculptures, fantastic figures and mythical beasts set around a house decorated with luminous paint and multicoloured panes of glass.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Eastern Cape Tourism Board
Palm Square Business Park
Iron Wood House
Bonza Bay Road
Tel: +27(0)43 701-9600
Fax: +27(0)43 701-9649