The Eastern Cape is the second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces and is the birth place to many prominent South Africans, such as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Charles Coghlan. The diversity of the Eastern Cape offers you the dry desolate Great Karoo to the steamy forests of the Wild Coast and the Keiskamma Valley. With 800km of untouched, pristine coastline along with some splendid beaches you will find the Eastern Cape a delight where you can you surf the world’s biggest waves, ski down the only snow slopes in Africa, go on a big seven safari, bungee off the highest bridge in the Southern hemisphere or visit the birth place of Nelson Mandela in the Transkei. With so much to do it is easy to see why the Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s favorite destinations.
As well as holidays the Eastern Cape also offers massive investment opportunities – The Eastern Cape is the only South African province boasting two industrial development zones. As well as constructing a deep water harbor that is set to take new generation container vessels. The Eastern Cape also successfully balances the great combination of career and recreation, living close to the work place, beaches and game reserves and within easy accessibility of great cities like Cape Town.
Port Elizabeth is a great little coastal city with a whole host of fantastic attractions right on its door step. Full of beautiful old buildings and history as well as 10 long golden wonderful beaches, museums and aquariums makes Port Elizabeth a great city to visit but, there is more to Port Elizabeth than museums and memories. Port Elizabeth has beautiful parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves with an abundance of bird life. Many inland and coastal walking trails can be explored in the area. It is a great sun, sea and sand destination, where you can walk for miles along the oceans edge or indulge yourself in a truly great shopping experience.
Addo Elephant National Park
The Addo Elephant National Park, situated 73km from Port Elizabeth, was proclaimed in 1931. Its 743km2 offers sanctuary to about 400 elephants, the last Cape buffalo, lions, hyena and 21 black rhino.
The Tsitsikamma National Parl, also known as ‘the place of much water’, it one of the Eastern Cape’s famous National Parks – offering up a spectacular combination of temperate forest, rocky ravines and breathtaking ocean views. It is an 80 km long coastal strip between Nature’s Valley and the mouth of Storms River. In the park the visitor finds an almost untouched natural landscape. Near the park is the Bloukrans Bridge, the worlds highest bungee jumping site A daring adrenaline – rushing dive from this bridge ensures dazzling 160metres of free fall.
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Valley of Desolation
The Valley of Desolation is a geological phenomenon; a sheer cliff face, declared a national monument that lies within the Camdeboo National Park – a unique landscape that surrounds the town of Graff-Reinet, creating a type of oasis in the midst of the aridness of the Karoo. The product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years, the Valley of Desolation is one of the most spectacular sights in the country. Vertical cliffs and columns of dolerite that teeter precariously 120 metres above the valley floor are breathtaking. They stand over a valley – huge isolated hobgoblins of nature, forcing those who view them to suspend time, if only for a moment, to contemplate the force and beauty of nature.
Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area
Situated 2 and a half hour from Port Elizabeth, The Baviaanskloof (Valley of Baboons) is a wilderness area situated on the eastern border of the Cape Floral Kingdom it stretches over 100 km, between the Baviaanskloof Mountains to the north and the Kouga mountains to the south. It offers hours of beautiful scenery – veld, indigenous forests, crystal mountain streams, sheer cliff and waterfalls.
Tiffindell is South Africa’s only ski resort, it is situated near the hamlet of Rhodes in the Southern Drakensberg on the slopes of the highest mountain peaks in South Africa.