Top 10: Natural attractions in the Eastern Cape
The magnificent Wild Coast
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The Wild Coast
The glorious Wild Coast extends between the Mtamvuna River (in the North) and the Great Kei River (to the South). This coastline is wild and pristine with sheer cliff faces, isolated beaches and tropical forests.
Addo Elephant National Park
This extraordinary park extends along the Sundays River Valley and is home to over 450 elephants, black rhino and a variety of antelope.
This part of the Drakensberg forms the boarder between The Free State and the Eastern Cape and is a picturesque region known for its dramatic mountain passes and beautiful scenery.
Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area
Located 120 kilometres from Port Elizabeth the Baviaanskloof consists of a pristine mountain wilderness that is home to the Cape leopard, bushbuck, eland and a wealth of plant and bird life.
Shamwari Game Reserve
This Big Five malaria-free reserve stretches along the Bushman’s River and covers some 25 000 hectares of pristine wilderness. Shamwari is renowned for its conservation efforts.
The forests of the Tsitsikamma offer up an abundance of natural beauty – here you’ll find ancient yellowwoods, stinkwoods and iron woods and an abundance of bird life. The Tsitsikamma falls into the Garden Route National Park.
Valley of Desolation
The sheer cliff face of the Valley of Desolation is a geological phenomenon and has been declared a national monument. This valley lies within the Camdeboo National Park and offers up a unique Karoo eco-system.
Found in the Amatole Mountains, Hogsback is a fertile green belt dominated by three ridges that are said to look like the bristles on a hog’s back. Great hiking trails and walks in the area.
Hole in The Wall
Known as ‘izi Khaleni’ (place of thunder) by the local Xhosa people, the Hole in the Wall along Coffee Bay is an enormous detached cliff with an opening that has been carved by the waves.
A surfer's paradise, Jeffreys Bay is known the world over for its famous right-hand point break that, on a good day, can give surfers a 1km ride