Explore the elements of the Eastern Cape


Cape Town – The Eastern Cape has a certain charm about it. This enchanting province has an honesty and sincerity that has the ability to put a spell on even the toughest of travellers. You simply cannot leave the EC unmoved by the wonders of Mother Nature, and the beauty of our South Africa.

The EC is also one of the best places to get to know your travel buddies by heart. When facing the elements, true colours show and the most amazing memories are made. And when you’re travelling with family, the heart-to-heart experiences are even better!

It is in that spirit that we’ve compiled your list of to-dos for the EC. Read up and Go! Go and make the most amazing memories with your family in the wonder-world of the Eastern Cape.

EARTH

Hike or Drive the Woodcutter's Journey in the Tsitsikamma forest

#stormsriveradventures #stormsriver #woodcuttersjourney

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#stormsriver #oldesthouseinstormsriver

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What:
See legendary yellow wood trees that have been around for more than 8 generations on this almost otherworldy tour that takes you back to the time of the woodcutters. Start a family tradition by taking your children on this tour. The trees in the beautiful (and protected) indigenous forest won’t go anywhere soon, and one day your kids can take their own little ones there, too.

Where:
The offices are at 101 Darnell Street, Storms River

Time/Distance:
The tour takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete.

Highlight:
Spotting a Knysna Loerie in the forest!

Family-friendly Rating:
9/10 [Kids under 3 years go for free, and those between 4 and 8 pay only 50% of the fee.]

Budget wise:
6/10 [The rates vary between R200 and R250 per person, depending on the time you go.]


WATER

Go Surfing

Life is beautiful ..!

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One from the archives. #supertubes #jbay #jeffreysbay #surfing #surfer #surf

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What:
This thrilling activity needs no introduction of explanation. We must however mention that the EC has some of the best waves in the WORLD, with big tube names such as JBay in the mix. The best part of surfing in the EC is that the water feels like bathwater. Take that Western Cape.

Where:
Jeffrey’s Bay, Coffee bay, Blue water Bay, Kenton-on-Sea and plenty of other bays. 

Time/Distance:
As you please

Highlight:
Catching an early morning wave just as the sun breaks over the ocean.

Family-friendly Rating:
9/10 [There are plenty of surf clubs and schools in the dedicated surfer towns, which means every member of the family can learn to surf.]

Budget wise:
7/10 [Although the surfing lessons would cost you a few bucks, it’s not much – even during peak season.]



Wild Waves water park

#wildwaveswaterpark #waterworld

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Time to have some fun .. #wildwaters#ThisIsSouthAfrica#PortEdward#kzn#mysatrip#sarocks#family#wildcoast

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What:
A looped and capsule water slide in which subertubers zip down at amazing speeds. You might get water up your nose when you go upside down, but this is all part of the fun. Apart from the amazing aqua-loop, there are plenty of other water rides and slides, too. 

Where:
Wild Coast Sun, Main Bizana Road, Eastern Cape (5.2 km south of Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal)

Time/Distance:
 The aqua-loop spits you out in 10 seconds!

Highlight:
Getting a wedgy from the speed!

Family-friendly Rating:
10/10

Budget wise:
5/10 [Entrance fee is R130 for adults, and R65 for kids under 1,2 meters.]


Wild water slide in SA makes international splash!



AIR

Tsitsikamma canopy OR waterfall zipline tours

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee #tsitsikamma #southafrica #canopytour #funtimes

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What: An amazing perspective from which to view one of the oldest indigenous forests in South Africa. The canopy tour weaves over and through the old indigenous forest, while the waterfall tour takes you over the Kruis river's majestic falls. The zipline can accommodate both young and old and the educated guides on tour make the experience even more rewarding.

Where:
 The offices are at 101 Darnell Street, Storms River

Time/Distance:
The whole tour takes 2 - 3 hours to complete

Highlight:
The amazing and completely undisturbed bird-life you get to see up close… you might even spot an elusive Knysna Loerie.

Family-friendly Rating:
9/10 [Children 3 years and older may participate.] 

Budget wise:
5/10 [The canopy zipline costs R495 per person, including refreshments, while the waterfall zipline costs R395 per person, including refreshments.]

Bloukrans bungee


What:
This bungee is the highest one in the entire world and should be on every adrenaline junkie’s bucket list. If you can’t stomach falling face-down from the bridge in the Tsitsikamma, you can always also do a less-daunting walk along the Bloukrans bridge.

Where:
On the N2, 40km east of Plettenberg Bay

Time/Distance:
The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 meters above the Bloukrans river. 

Highlight:
Seeing your jump on the television afterwards! (DVDs of the jumps are for sale, too.)

Family-friendly Rating:
5/10

Budget wise:
4/10 [The bungee costs R790 per person, and the bridge walk costs R100 per person.]



FIRE

Braai under the stars


What:
As South Africans, we are born with the inherit ability and need to braai. Apart from your own backyard, South Africa has the most amazing natural braai spots with their own natural lighting – the milky way. Make the most of the beautiful SA weather in summer and go camping in the outdoors with your fam. 

Where:
Anywhere where a braai is allowed in the EC (which means nearly anywhere you please...) 

Time/Distance:
You can go for the day only, but the beautiful night sky is something to be seen. 

Highlight:
Braaiing marshmallows for dessert!

Family-friendly Rating:
10/10

Budget wise:
10/10 


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