Wind your way through the dorpies of the Eastern Cape: Kenton-on-Sea

From rolling hills to elephant-watching, picturesque coastlines and beautiful beaches to Afromontane forests - the Eastern Cape offers travellers a virtually endless variety of experiences to enjoy.

The cities and towns of the Eastern Cape are also replete with amazing sights.

It can be said with certainty that the Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s most beautiful, adventure-filled and history-rich provinces. The average, relatively well-informed traveller is likely familiar with Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Port Alfred and other locations that see a fair amount of visitors - however, this is a guide to one of the places you’re likely not as familiar with.

SEE: Coast along SA's golden Sunshine Coast for your next road trip experience

So read on, start planning and get ready to wind your way through this great dorpie of the Eastern Cape.


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Popular with Rhodes University students, who can often be found staggering across the sand; this small dorpie on the Sunshine Coast is situated between the Bushmans and Kariega Rivers and is almost halfway between East London and Port Elizabeth. With a small population of just over 5000 people, it certainly qualifies to be on this list of must-see Eastern Cape dorpies.

Kenton is a relatively well-known holiday destination with well-to-do Eastern Cape locals, offering visitors pristine (and often empty) beaches, a nature reserve along the shore and tumbling green hills.

There isn’t much to do in the town proper, but if you’re willing to head out just a bit, you will find that there is plenty to see and do.

WATCH: A holidaymaker's guide to SA's Sunshine Coast

Top things to do in Kenton:

Walking and hiking

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This isn't the place to go out looking for an extreme, technical hiking challenge that requires a lot of equipment and time. The hikes and walks here are much more geared towards those who seek to get out and explore the area along the shore.

A good idea is to take a walk from the mouth of the Bushmans River across the koppies overlooking the bays all the way to the beach on the mouth of the Kariega. Try walking from either direction and you just might discover something completely new.

SEE: A hiker’s paradise: 5 must-do Eastern Cape hikes to suit all levels of fitness

Bike around

Once again, this is not the ideal place for those seeking an extreme day out on the trails. (Read this Storms River piece if that's more your pace).

That being said, there is more than enough space to ride around if you feel the need to put two wheels to asphalt. Take off in the direction of Grahamstown and put the pedal to the medal.  

For more information and for alternative routes, follow this link.

Get wet and enjoy some water sports

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The coastline in Kenton sure does get a lot of attention, and rightly so. With beaches having great breaks for surfing or body board action, windy conditions and flat waters for kite-surfing and Middle Beach which offers the perfect conditions for some swimming - there is much to see and to be enjoyed along the coasts of Kenton.

SEE: From Addo to the Wild Coast: SA’s top wildlife experiences to add to your Eastern Cape itinerary

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