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The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is the 3rd most populous region in the country and was once the frontier between British occupied territory in the west and the grazing grounds of various Nguni tribes living off the land. Xhosa and English are the two most widely spoken languages here.
The province is an amalgam of pastured farm land and maize fields amid mountains, nature parks, indigenous forests, and 820km of mostly pristine coastline. It’s an area where modern cities coexist comfortably with traditional kraals.
The Province is world renowned for many things; surfing at Jeffrey’s Bay, the Grahamstown Art Festival, the highest bungee jump at the Bloukrans Bridge and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, to name a few.
It’s an adventure playground, a nature lover’s utopia and a beachgoer’s hideaway all rolled into one.
Top 8 reasons to visit the Eastern Cape
1. For unqualified beauty, the Tsitsikamma rainforest region is a must visit. The forest has some of the country’s largest trees, a swing bridge over the angry Storms River mouth and rock pools containing small octopus and other marine life. The area is an adrenalin-invoking hub with activities such as treetop ziplining, canoeing and black water tubing available.
2. The Addo Elephant National Park is considered one of the best game farms in southern Africa, offering self-drive and guided game drives to view the Big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Other Eastern Cape parks of significance are the luxurious Shamwari and Pumba private game reserves.
3. Tiffindell in Barkly East is South Africa’s only ski resort, rated 19th in CNNs top 100 ski runs in the world. Not bad for a country with a dearth of snow!
4. Surfers flock to Jeffrey’s Bay and nearby Cape St Francis to ride the supertubes. Jeffrey’s Bay hosts the annual Billabong Pro event on the professional... Show more