The Mountain Zebra National Park was set up specifically to protect the zebra and you can take one of the hiking trails to experience the park itself. Tsitsikamma National Park on the Western edge of the province is a lush forest and rugged coastline, with The Otter Trail perfect for keen hikers, or the Dolphin Trail for those keen on walking. Storms River provides some exciting adventures, with the world’s highest 180m-bungee jump at Blaauwkrans Bridge - not for the faint hearted!
Whilst the landscape and safari options are a big attraction for the Eastern Cape, it also offers great fishing, scuba diving, surfing, sailing and hiking. The warm coastline and legendary waves are well known among the surfing community, Jeffrey’s Bay claims to have the ‘perfect wave’ !
The Eastern Cape is also rich in history, with it being the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. A museum situated at Qunu was opened in 2000 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. The historic city of Grahamstown, home to Rhodes University, is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounds and to take a tour to relive the frontier wars and the pioneer history.
Helen Martins one of South Africa’s most notable artists, worked in the small village of Nieu Bethesda, where you are able to see her work at the Owl House Museum.
Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa and is often called a ‘living museum’ due to the number of National Monuments, the largest number of any town or city in South Africa. It lies in the centre of the 15 000 hectare Camdeboo National Park (formerly the Karoo Nature Reserve) in which the nearby and spectacular Valley of Desolation is situated. A conservation policy is in place to ensure that the many examples of architecture, ranging from simple Karoo-style houses to stately Cape Dutch buildings, are retained.
Port Elizabeth is the largest city within the province and the gateway to the province. It has a range of beaches and is home to Humewood golf course, the only true links course in South Africa (according to the locals anyway).