1820 Settlers Monument

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
The 1820 Settlers Monument, opened on 13 July 1974, was built to acknowledge the role of English settlers in the history of the Eastern Cape…
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Aardwolves

  • AccommodationResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Aardwolves, at first glance, look a little like hyenas, except much smaller and with a striped pelt. Not surprisingly, they are part of the same…
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Aberdeen, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
The village of Aberdeen lies within sight of the Camdeboo Mountains, 50km south of Graaff-Reinet in the Great Karoo. This small Eastern Cape settlement has…
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Adventures in Port Elizabeth

  • SportEastern Cape
Many of the adventure activities to be enjoyed in Port Elizabeth have an association with the ocean that marks the eastern border of this coastal…
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African Angels of the Karoo

  • Leisure & LifestyleResponsible TourismEastern Cape
At first glance, the little Karoo town of Cradock seems an unlikely place to start a beauty therapy school called African Angels. Why here, in…
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Albany Museum, Grahamstown

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
The Albany Museum complex, established in 1855, is the second-oldest museum in South Africa. It is a true ‘living’ museum, with a wide range of…
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Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

  • Responsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Five of South Africa’s seven plant biomes are found in the Eastern Cape. Here the botany is almost as compelling as the Big Five attractions.…
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Amathole Mountains, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
A Victorian-era British general once called the Amathole Mountains of the Eastern Cape a ‘peculiar geographical accident of country’. The Xhosa called them ‘The Calves’,…
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Amathole Museum

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
In days gone by, the King William’s Town Museum (renamed Amathole Museum) had a tradition of adventurous curators in the Hemingway tradition. Old-time museums were…
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Art Versatile, East London

  • ArtsResponsible TourismEastern Cape
Litha Ncokazi is a young artist based in East London, a coastal town in the Eastern Cape province. As the owner of a little company…
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Camdeboo National Park

  • AccommodationWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
When you stand at the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park surrounded by precariously balanced dolerite pillars rising to heights of 120m, you…
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Steytlerville, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryLeisure & LifestyleEastern Cape
The 1st thing you should learn when you visit the Karoo – South Africa’s dry heartland – is the time-honoured art of ‘stoep-sitting’ (sitting on…
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Eastern Cape

  • Eastern Cape
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…
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Adelaide, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryRoutes & TrailsEastern Cape
If you ever find yourself in the local doctor’s waiting room in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape, chances are you’ll see a sign that reads:…
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Bathurst, Eastern Cape

  • EventsFood & WineLeisure & LifestyleEastern Cape
Driving from Grahamstown into the decidedly English-looking town of Bathurst in the Eastern Cape, one of the first signs you encounter is: ‘There’s no thirst…
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Ben McDhui Mountain

  • AdventureWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Ben McDhui in the Eastern Cape Highlands is a majestic mountain that lies next to the small village of Rhodes. The area offers a wealth…
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Bethelsdorp, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleResponsible TourismEastern Cape
Back in 1802, the establishment of a missionary village on a deserted farm near Algoa Bay (now Port Elizabeth) became a thorn in the side…
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Bulungula Lodge

  • AccommodationResponsible TourismEastern Cape
Bulungula Lodge on the aptly named Wild Coast of South Africa has been rated one of the country’s top ethical and eco-friendly experiences. It was…
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Burgersdorp, Eastern Cape

  • Routes & TrailsEastern Cape
Burgersdorp, the little village tucked into a hillside in the northern reaches of the Eastern Cape, is the perfect getaway for hikers, fishermen, museum nuts…
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Calabash Tours

  • Culture & HistoryResponsible TourismEastern Cape
People sometimes ask Paul and Thandi Miedema, who founded Calabash Tours in Port Elizabeth, whether township tours aren’t perhaps a little voyeuristic. Paul’s response is…
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Cape Recife Lighthouse, Port Elizabeth

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
As you drive up to the Cape Recife lighthouse on the southern tip of Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, you might well find yourself in…
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Cata Cultural Village, Eastern Cape

  • AccommodationArtsCulture & HistoryResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Experience life in a traditional Xhosa cultural village when the people of Cata Cultural Village in the Eastern Cape warmly welcome you into their homes…
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Cradock, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryResponsible TourismWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
The Great Fish River cuts through the little Karoo town of Cradock on its way to the Indian Ocean off the Eastern Cape coast. Since…
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Die Tuishuise, Cradock

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
Should you find yourself in Market Street in the Eastern Cape Karoo town of Cradock, you might be forgiven if you had a sudden Victorian-era…
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East London Museum

  • Culture & HistoryEastern Cape
The East London Museum houses one of South Africa’s most delightful collections of historical artifacts, amazing discoveries and utter eccentricities. There are few places in…
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Follow the Owl Route

  • AdventureArtsEastern Cape
If the idea of combining mountain biking, art and history appeals to you, then the Owl Route in the hot Great Karoo region – including…
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German history in South Africa

  • Culture & HistoryEastern CapeKwaZulu-Natal
Ah, the joys of Oktoberfest! The tasty Bavarian wonders of bratwurst and eisbein, the clink of massive steins of beer, the oompah bands, the lederhosen…
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Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Graaff-Reinet has been a traveller’s oasis in South Africa’s semi-arid desert, the Karoo, for more than two centuries, since it was founded in 1786. It’s…
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Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
If you called Grahamstown the ‘Settler City’, the ‘City of Saints’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ or ‘Rini’, you’d be correct on all counts. This Eastern Cape town…
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Great Fish Point Lighthouse, Eastern Cape

  • AccommodationCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
If you should ever make your way to the mouth of the Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape and hear about ‘the short, red-headed…
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Green Leaf Environmental Standard

  • Wildlife & NatureEastern Cape
“Take this leaf because it comes from a tree that is a tree of the wild and you will also find it next to every…
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Hamburg, Eastern Cape

  • AccommodationArtsLeisure & LifestyleTownsWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Go onto the local South African fishing blogsites and you’ll see why the village of Hamburg in the Eastern Cape is a top fishing getaway…
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Hester Rupert Art Museum

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
The impressive collection of art in the Hester Rupert Art Museum is a delight to discover. Housed in the fifth oldest church building in South…
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Hiking in the Eastern Cape

  • AdventureRoutes & TrailsEastern Cape
The majority of the Eastern Cape’s hiking trails can be found along the Wild Coast, which many travel pundits argue is among the most beautiful…
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Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth

  • EventsLeisure & LifestyleWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Epithets like the ‘Sunshine Coast’, the ‘water sports capital of South Africa’ and the ‘Friendly City’, give clues to the kind of beach experience that…
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In search of South Africa's mead pioneers

  • Food & WineLeisure & LifestyleEastern CapeWestern Cape
Bees visit thousands of different species of flowers, and make countless combinations of flavours in their honey. For mead-makers, balancing the natural variance in honey…
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Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

  • AdventureFood & WineLeisure & LifestyleSportTownsWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Jeffreys Bay, less than an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, is a surfer’s haven on the Sunshine Coast. South Africa’s premier wave is at Supertubes,…
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Karoo farm museums

  • Culture & HistoryEastern CapeNorthern CapeWestern Cape
Karoo farm museums are not always immaculately archived. You might find an old rusty tin that held bully beef (or ‘blow-up stew’ as the soldiers…
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Karoo windmill crafters

  • ArtsResponsible TourismEastern CapeNorthern Cape
Over the decades, dozens of crafters have fashioned the little Karoo windmills (less romantically, but more accurately called “windpumps”) you see outside the towns of…
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Karretjiemense of the Karoo

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleEastern CapeNorthern CapeWestern Cape
When you travel the back roads of the vast Karoo, chances are you’ll come across a family on a donkey cart, slowly heading towards the…
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Keiskamma Trust

  • ArtsResponsible TourismEastern Cape
The quiet coastal village of Hamburg, hardly an hour south of East London, is the home of a remarkable venture: the Keiskamma Trust’s Art Project.…
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Kelly’s Beach, Port Alfred

  • Leisure & LifestyleWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Kelly’s Beach has won various awards over the years and has Blue Flag status, which means it is recognised by international standards as a beach…
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Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape

  • AccommodationLeisure & LifestyleTownsWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape lies snugly in the middle of some of South Africa’s finest beaches. The little seaside village – a long-time traditional…
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Khaya La Bantu

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village in the Eastern Cape offers fascinating insight into Xhosa art, craft and culture. Traditionally, the Xhosa are famous for their…
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Kitesurfing

  • AdventureSportEastern CapeKwaZulu-NatalWestern Cape
Kitesurfing in South Africa is concentrated around the coastal areas, stretching from Cape Town, going up to Port Elizabeth and Durban. Surfers go where the…
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Lady Grey, Eastern Cape

  • AccommodationLeisure & LifestyleRoutes & TrailsWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
It’s a chilly winter’s night in Lady Grey village, in the Witteberg Mountains in the high country of the Eastern Cape. This area is also…
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Leliekloof Valley of Art

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryEastern Cape
Although South Africa is known for its spectacular San rock art, particularly in the Drakensberg Mountains, the Leliekloof Valley of Art is a lesser-known yet…
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Lobengula & Bayethe Lodges, Shamwari Private Game Reserve

  • AccommodationWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
There is a sunny lightness and warmth about Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Maybe it has something to do with being in the Eastern Cape, where…
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Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryRoutes & TrailsWildlife & NatureEastern CapeFree StateKwaZulu-Natal
The Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route is a joint eco-tourism initiative between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. The route features approximately 13 000km2 of the…
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Mbodla Eco-Heritage Route

  • Routes & TrailsWildlife & NatureEastern Cape
Your drive on the Mbodla Eco-heritage route could begin in Grahamstown, City of the Saints. The official version of how the nickname came about it…
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