Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape, a huge expanse of land with 800km of coastline, is home to much of this country's history, both ancient and modern. Its earliest inhabitants left their mark in rock art sites across the area while European settlers of the 1700s stamped their own signature in the forts and garrisons from which they attacked resident Xhosa tribes. More recently, the Eastern Cape has bred many of the most influential names of the modern South Africa - Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Desmond Tutu to name but a few. Most visitors arrive via the Garden Route and it's worth stopping off at some of the great sandy beaches that line the coast for seafood, sunbathing and perhaps even a spot of surfing around St. Francis Bay. (Surfing is for some an exciting schuss down the slopes of steepling waves. For others, like me, it is an exhausting and painful way to half-drown yourself.)

Other highlights are historic Grahamstown which hosts the country's largest annual arts festival, and travelling on past East London you'll reach the rolling green Wild Coast, perhaps the country's most spectacular seafront.

Away from the coast the landscape rises through once fought-over pastures into the wilds of the Winterberg Mountains (an area I am personally particularly keen on) and, further north, the southern reaches of the Drakensberg. Agoraphobics beware, this is South African wilderness at its gigantic best. Public and private game reserves span much of this country, with Addo Elephant Park an institution in the world of wildlife conservation.

Eastern Cape Accommodation

Listed by town/area where applicable (click to auto-scroll):
Addo :: Addo/Sunland :: Bedford :: Burgersdorp (closer to Jamestown) :: East London :: Graaff-Reinet :: Grahamstown :: Port Elizabeth :: Port St Johns :: St Francis Bay ::

Addo

River Bend Lodge

River Bend Lodge

Addo

All-inclusive: Luxury Suites: R4,400 – R6,000 pp; Honeymoon Suite: R4,900 – R6,600 pp; Kids (3-16 yrs): R1,320 – R3,600 pp; Long Hope Villa: R15,400 – R24,000 pn for exclusive use. B&B*: Luxury Suites: R2,225 pp; Honeymoon Suite: R2,225 pp; kids (4 – 12 yrs): R1,500 pp. *Excludes all extras and compulsory Conservation Fees & Tourism Levy.

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Addo/Sunland

Lupus Den Country House

Lupus Den Country House

Addo/Sunland

Homestead: R375 - R500 pp. Singles R490 – R650. Garden Cottage: R590 - R600 pp sharing. Singles R765 - R780. Kids under 4 free accommodation, pay for all meals; 4 – 10 half price B&B; 11+ full rate.

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Bedford

Cavers Country Guest House

Cavers Country Guest House

Bedford

R750 – R950 pp sharing.

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Burgersdorp (closer to Jamestown)

Leliekloof Valley of Art

Leliekloof Valley of Art

Burgersdorp (closer to Jamestown)

Full board rates: R550 - R600 pp (for three or more). R600 - R660 pp for 2 people. Self-catering options available. Singles on request.

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East London

Loerie Hide

Loerie Hide

East London

R450 - R650 pp sharing. Singles R700 - R900.

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Graaff-Reinet

Cypress Cottages

Cypress Cottages

Graaff-Reinet

R550 - R650 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Wheatlands

Wheatlands

Graaff-Reinet

Dinner, bed and breakfast: R650 - R800 pp sharing. B&B only from R400.

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Grahamstown

Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge

Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge

Grahamstown

R4,950- R6,985 pp sharing (single +50%) inclusive of all safari activities, meals and drinks (local beers and spirits, house wines and soft drinks). Additional cost for massage treatments.

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The Cock House

The Cock House

Grahamstown

R485 - R540 per person sharing. Singles R595 - R650.

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Port Elizabeth

Thunzi Bush Lodge

Thunzi Bush Lodge

Port Elizabeth

Self-catering: R835 – R3,000 per chalet.

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Port St Johns

Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Port St Johns

Bungalows: R1,145 – R2,520 pppn sharing fully–inclusive 3 meals. Luxury Spa Suites R2,135 – R2,520 pppn sharing. Fly-in package R13 715 – R20645 pp for flight, 7 nights, all meals & transfers from Port St Johns.

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St Francis Bay

Dune Ridge Country House

Dune Ridge Country House

St Francis Bay

R820 - R1,312 per person per night sharing. Singles R820 - R1,965.

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