800 kilometers of rugged coastline punctuated by beautiful beaches met by South Indian Ocean waters – the Eastern Cape region of South Africa is often known as the home of the ‘Wild Coast’. But the region’s beauty is not limited to its coastline. From the temperate rainforest of Tsitsikamma, to the western semi-arid Karoo areas and all of the national parks, populous urban areas and nature reserves in between; beauty in different forms stretches across the entire Eastern Cape.
Starting on the shoreline, you’ll find something to indulge every mood. If you consider yourself a beach-enthusiast then King’s Beach is an energetic spot and the perfect place to take a break when exploring the vivacious Port Elizabeth. If sandy seclusion is more your thing, we’ll point you towards Morgan’s Bay, or somewhere equally sedate. Tsitsikamma National Park will appeal to animal-lovers on the lookout for land-mammals as opposed to sea critters. It is one of the best destinations in South Africa for ‘big five’ spotting; lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and cape buffalos frequent the dramatic landscapes of the park here. And if seeing one of these magnificent creatures doesn’t give you enough of a rush, you can always pop over to one of the world’s highest bungee jumping sights. The Addo Elephant National Park will give you another chance to see some majestic beasts roam across the South African landscape, whilst the Tiffindell Ski Resort can give you yet another adrenaline fix (and a brilliant view of South Africa from up high).
A ski resort, secluded beaches, the big five, energetic townships, Xhosa history and culture – this is arguably South Africa’s most diverse region. The Eastern Cape’s appeal spreads as far as wide as the area itself.