Top 7 Eastern Cape road trips

2012-09-18 14:54
The Eastern Cape, an area of great natural beauty in South Africa, can be a holiday haven for those wanting value for money and an equal amount of relaxation in return. Take a look at these seven routes that showcase the area's diversity and then get to planning the ideal end-of-year road trip...

1 - Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown - The Wildlife Route

Pumba Game Reserve or Shamwari, one of the largest private game reserves in the Eastern Cape.

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2 - Willowmore to Graaff-Reinet - The Camdeboo Route

It is an area the Bushmen inhabited for about 20 000 years before being joined by first Khoi and later European settlers.

3 - East London to Port St Johns - The Wild Coast Route

izi Khaleni" in Xhosa, during certain seasons the waves crash through the hole so violently that the area becomes a "place of thunder". No one knows exactly what created the near perfect opening in the dense cliff face, but many theories do exist. From the scientific to the more mythical, the Coffee Bay Hole in the Wall has many stories to tell.

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4 - Port Elizabeth to Nieu Bethesda - The Heartland Owl Route

Nieu Bethesda's Owl House, a weird and wonderful paradise of concrete figurines and light reflecting glass, who unwittingly managed to transform a somewhat dull town into one of South Africa's artistic gems.

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5 - Port Elizabeth to Graaff-Reinet - The Back Roads Route

Camdeboo, ending with views overlooking the Valley of Desolation. This tourist attraction provides excellent game-viewing, bird-viewing and hiking trails. 4x4 enthusiasts and watersport adventurers will be more than satisfied when opting for this route.

6 - Port Elizabeth to Nature’s Valley - The Tsitsikamma Route

Jefferey's Bay to catch the legendary waves the town is famous for - made up of seven different sections, the three really good parts of this world class right being Boneyards, Super Tubes and Tubes. Surfers can expect leg achingly long rides when the surf is in. Alternatively, stop off at Marilyn's Diner in Storms River and get lost in the '50s.

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7 - Grahamstown to Port Elizabeth - The Coastal Route

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