The iconic Nelson Mandela’s home province, the Eastern Cape is home to beautiful cities, untouched beaches, wild rural areas and the densest elephant population in the world.
This is an area rich in diversity, making for interesting experiences and significant memories. This is the second largest of South Africa’s provinces, in which lies a crucial centre of the anti-apartheid movement along with layers of dramatic history. With malaria-free Big Five game viewing as well as pristine beaches, it is hard to find any destination with such varied appeal.
- The temperate climate means year-round access and always gorgeous landscapes
- Scenic diversity is the most striking characteristic of the region
- Big Five game viewing in a malaria-free location and a safari experience like no other
Whether you are in search of a tranquil seaside escape, the thrill of a “Big 5” safari or the chance to immerse yourself in local culture and town life, you are sure to find what you are looking for here. Ranging from rocky outcrops to sandy beaches, lush forests, arid landscapes and river mouths, the region is a paradise for water-sport enthusiasts, nature-lovers, adventure seekers, and relaxation.
Days are spent here traversing the countryside and exploring hidden gems. Enjoy a leisurely drive, take to the water for deep-sea fishing, diving, or simply a day enjoying the rivers or sea, wander the mountain trails to uncover spectacular waterfalls and astonishing views or explore the towns and cities bursting with personality.
Home to the Wild Coast, this serene stretch of shoreline is one of South Africa’s most exciting and unexploited areas. Venture inland to discover expansive game reserves and national parks teeming with bird and wildlife, the perfect safari destination for insiders in the know.
When the sun goes down, enjoy the striking kaleidoscope of colours across the land, sea and sky over a gin and tonic. The great outdoors awaits.View other areas >
Here are some places to stay in this area
Kwandwe Fort House
This classic safari retreat is nestled within manicured gardens on a private game reserve. Featuring two master suites, two classic rooms, each en-suite, as well as free flowing living entertainment areas, wine cellar, the spa treatment room, and refreshing pool make Fort House the perfect escape.
Kwandwe Melton Manor
Relax within the cosy living spaces of this four-bedroomed private villa, Melton Manor is a private space that inspires sharing of meals, laughter and experiences. Featuring four double suites, en-suite bathrooms, large private terrace, farm-style kitchen, central courtyard and swimming pool, it comfortably sleeps up to 8 guests.
Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
Uplands Homestead is an intimate, private safari home imbued with old-world romance. Featuring three suites with private verandas and en-suite bathrooms, a full-sized swimming pool and gazebo, the remote location offers complete tranquillity for up to six guests.