Eastern Cape Trip Planner

2013-10-31 17:05
A land of contrasts

A land of contrasts

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As the only province to contain sectors of all 7 ecological zones known to South Africa, Eastern Cape is the wild child amongst the 9 provinces. It should then come as no surprise that it is a favourite with adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers from across the globe.

The chasms of the Storms River immediately welcome visitors from the Western Cape with what is widely accepted as the world’s highest bungee jump. The Tsitsikamma forest is also the sight of the country’s first canopy tour adventure. Further east, world famous surfers brave the renowned tides of Jeffrey’s Bay for the narliest of waves. The Otter trail is the measuring stick when it comes to South Africa’s most gruelling – and rewarding- hikes.

The Eastern Cape also counts some of South Africa’s bravest souls, of a rather different kind, amongst her offspring. Nelson Mandela of course hails from the rural town of Qunu from where he started and led the country’s long walk to freedom. In the heart of the Great Karoo, a frail old woman named Helen Martins challenged narrow mindedness by expressing herself in an unconventional way when she created the eerie yet enchanting Owl House.

Whether you visit the home of the Xhosa people for the thrill of the National Arts Festival, the adrenaline of flying past monolithic Yellowwoods, to trace history or to have the unique experience of visiting a marine and bush conservation at the Addo Elephant Park, the Eastern Cape promises to get your blood rushing.

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Useful information & links

Capital: Bhisho
Population: 6,562,053
Area: 168,966 km2

5 things you must do when in the Eastern Cape

1. Learn (or try) to surf in Jeffrey’s bay.
2. Visit the haunting Owl House in Nieu Bethesda.
3. Bungee Jump at Storm’s river.
4. Paddle the Whiskey Trail
5. View the smaller cousins of the African Elephants at Addo Elephant national park.

Useful contacts:

Eastern Cape Tourism - T: +27(0)43 701 9600. E: info@ectourism.co.za. W: www.ectourism.co.za.

Nelson Mandela Bay
Eastern Cape Parks
National Arts Festival
Kenton On Sea
Addo Elephant National Park

Eating Out

Blackbeard's Lookout and Seafood Tavern - Port Elizabeth

The Chapman Hotel includes the internationally famous restaurant, Blackbeards Seafood Tavern, which, besides being known as Port Elizabeth's seafood landmark, has been a wine and dine destination for the tourism industry since 1975. Recognized as one of the finest seafood specializing a-la-carte restaurants in the Republic of South Africa, Blackbeards is the oldest established restaurant in Port Elizabeth.

Woodall Country House and Spa - Addo

This exclusive hideaway is renowned for its gourmet cuisine, which is inspired by the flavours of local ingredients. Karoo venison, freshly caught East Coast fish, home-made stocks, newly-baked bread, and local cheeses all form part of the irresistible menu on offer.

Cosmos Cuisine - Sunland

Luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and traditional countryside hospitality, only 10 minutes from Addo Elephant Park and 45 minutes to Port Elizabeth.

Haricots Deli Bistro - Grahamstown

The emphasis is on food at Haricots is simple, delicious and of very high quality and the wine list is one of the most comprehensive and discerning in Grahamstown.

Country Bumpkin - East London

With rolling lawns, a child friendly play area, a chic rustic laid back atmosphere and delectable cuisine, Country Bumpkin has become a favourite for visitors to Cintsa and East London. 'The Bumpkin' as it is affectionately named blends into the surrounding indigenous bush, and boasts a separate bar, a wide stoep overlooking the outdoor areas and great service.

Visit food24.com for more sumptuous options from the Eastern Cape.

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