The Eastern Cape is 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, ideal for Eastern Cape incentive tours.

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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.

Addo Elephant National Park
Situated in a malaria-free area of Eastern Cape and just one hour’s drive from the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, lies the Addo Elephant National Park.

When the park was first proclaimed in 1931 there were only 11 elephants remaining in the area, today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants that roam freely.

In terms of wildlife, the park also has Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle (found almost exclusively in Addo).

Shamwari Game Reserve
The luxury Shamwari Private Game Reserve is the southernmost ‘Big Game’ private reserve in Africa. This premier award-winning game reserve, forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route and is steeped in Settler history.

There are seven luxury lodges to choose from at Shamwari, and here, world-class service and exquisite cuisine is part of the package. Shamwari is also known as a trailblazer in the industry when it comes to conservation and responsible tourism.

Grahamstown National Arts Festival
South Africa’s largest and most colourful cultural event offers the very best of local talent. Every year for 11 days during July, Grahamstown’s population almost doubles, as over 50 000 people flock to this student town to enjoy a feast of the best of South Africa’s theatre, music, arts, crafts and entertainment.

The Wild Coast
The Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets. This virtually untouched part of the world comes with pristine white sand beaches, spectacular rock formations and a few choice family hotels. Adventure tourism is big in this part of the world and guided hikes and horse-riding safaris on the beach are popular.

Excellent Beaches
The Eastern Cape is known for its excellent beaches, and there are currently nine beaches that have earned blue flag status. The Sunshine Coast, stretching from St Francis Bay to East London is very popular with holidaymakers in search of a carefree bucket-andspade experience.

Eastern Cape highlights at a glance:
Big 7 Game Reserves and immense stretches of beach
• Nelson Mandela Museum – tribute to a South African icon
• The Addo Elephant National Park
• Bloukrans Bungee – highest bungee jump in the world
• The Garden Route National Park
• The Sunshine Coast – sun, sand, sea and loads of fun
• The Valley of Desolation – lunar landscapes
• A combination of bush and beach experiences
• The Wild Coast – unspoilt and hub for adventure activities
• Grahamstown - The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown is the 2nd largest in the
world after Edinburgh.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency
6 St Marks Road
East London
Tel: +27(0)43 705 4400