Bordered by the Orange River and Drakensberg Mountains, the Eastern Cape Province is the second largest of the nine provinces of South Africa drawing thousands of visitors every year. From the inland desert to the sea, the scenery of the Eastern Cape is a sight to behold.
Below are some of the top attractions that tourists must explore on a holiday to the South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
With a long stretch of shoreline between Cintsa in the south and Mtamvuna River in the north, Wild Coast presents a number of surfing spots drawing surfers from all across the globe. While the beauty of some of the world’s best coastal sceneries is a treat for nature lovers, a number of excellent rides on a well-exposed point break attract surfers from all around. Sharks Point, Lwandile and Mdumbi are some of the popular surfing spots you can discover on the Wild Coast.
Addo Elephant National Park
A place that was proclaimed in 1931 to save 11 elephants on the brink of extinction, Addo Elephant National Park is now home to over 500 wonderful African Elephants. Lying just north of Port Elizabeth, it is considered to be the third largest reserve in South Africa drawing visitors with not just incredible elephants but with a wide range of rhinos, lions, buffaloes, zebras and penguins. You can take a truly wild tour here enjoying game viewing and outdoor activities including guided walking, hiking and horse riding.
One of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world, Jeffrey’s Bay is a prominent tourist attraction in the Easter Cape province of South Africa. Visitors can explore here incredible marine life including aloes, shells, perfect points, dolphins, and classic reefs. This place draws surfers from all around the world with its consistent tubes and Supertube waves. Besides, the bay is famous for an amazing surfing event – Billabong Pro, hosted here every year and visited by a large number of surfers from all around.
Valley of Desolation
Often called “The Cathedral of the Mountains’, the Valley of Desolation is the most striking feature of the well-known Camdeboo National Park in the Eastern Cape. It is an ideal hiking spot drawing hikers from all over the world and offering stunning views of towering rock dolomite rock pillars and the surrounding countryside. Visitors can also discover here the semi-desert landscapes of the Great Karoo lying to the south and the distinctive peaks of the Sneeuberg Mountains to the north. Wildlife including many species of birds as well as mammals such as the Cape buffalo, springbok, kudu, and bat-eared fox is another major draw of the attraction.
The Storms River Suspension Bridge
Lying along the famous Garden Route, the Storms River Suspension Bridge is more than a 200-kilometre scenic drive stretching from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape. This 77-metre long bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tsitsikamma National Park and spans the foaming, froth-topped waters of the Storms River mouth.
Visitors would love to hike through 900 metres of beautiful bird-rich forests and delight in the beauty of the waterfalls and stunning sea views. Standing on the bridge is a wonderful experience here giving you the feel of floating above the thrashing sea.