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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... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.