The Eastern Cape

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Eastern Cape - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Born Free Centres

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Part of the reserve has been set aside as the Born Free Centres (there's one in the northern part and one in the southern part of the reserve...Read More

  • 2. Addo Elephant Back Safaris

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This company lets you get up close and personal with a small group of trained African elephants. You get to do a short elephant ride and then...Read More

  • 3. Addo Elephant National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Smack in the middle of a citrus-growing and horse-breeding area, Addo Elephant National Park is home to a staggering 700 elephants not to mention...Read More

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  • 4. Art Route 67

    Public Art

    Consisting of 67 public artworks by the Eastern Cape's local artists, the route symbolizes the 67 years that the late Nelson Mandela dedicated...Read More

  • 5. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is Grahamstown's most prominent landmark, as much by virtue of its steeple—the highest in South Africa at 176 feet—as the strict geometry...Read More

  • 6. Drostdy Arch

    Notable Building

    When Grahamstown was a garrison town, the Drostdy Arch, erected in 1841, was the original entrance to the military parade ground. Now it is...Read More

  • 7. East London Museum


    There's definitely something fishy going on at the East London Museum. In addition to a whole section on the discovery of the coelacanth, the...Read More

  • 8. Gonubie Beach

    Gonubie | Beach

    Gonubie Beach is at the mouth of the Gonubie River, about half an hour north east of the city. The riverbank is covered in dense forest, with...Read More

  • 9. Hobie Beach


    The pier marks the beginning of Hobie Beach, where sailing catamarans and Jet Skis launch, and where a number of annual events and festivals...Read More

  • 10. Hole-in-the-Wall

    Nature Sight

    What makes Coffee Bay stand out from all the other lovely destinations, though, is its proximity—only 9 km (5½ mi)—to the spectacular Hole-in...Read More

  • 11. Humewood Beach


    Humewood Beach runs from King's Beach to Shark Rock Pier. This beach has fine white sand and is a great place for families, with shaded areas...Read More

  • 12. International Library of African Music


    A teaching and research center for indigenous music, the library has a collection of more than 200 traditional African musical instruments,...Read More

  • 13. King's Beach


    Within the bay and starting closest to the city center and harbor (which is best avoided), the first beach you come to is King's Beach, so named...Read More

  • 14. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is tucked away in the Eastern Cape, near the quaint, historic cathedral city of Grahamstown. Little more than a...Read More

  • 15. McArthur Baths

    Humewood | Beach

    The section of beach near McArthur Baths is great for swimming and very popular. If you'd rather swim in flat water, head for the bath complex...Read More

  • 16. Nahoon Beach

    Nahoon | Beach

    Nahoon Beach, at the mouth of the Nahoon River, is about a 10-minute drive from the city. There's some fantastic surf—but only for people who...Read More

  • 17. National Arts Festival


    The 10-day National Arts Festival, which takes place in late June and/or early July and is purported to be second in size only to the Edinburgh...Read More

  • 18. National English Literary Museum


    The National English Literary Museum houses a comprehensive collection of books, articles, and press clippings on South African writers in the...Read More

  • 19. Nelson Mandela Museum


    The Nelson Mandela Museum stands as evidence of the love and respect that this awesome statesman inspired in people all over the world, from...Read More

  • 20. Observatory Museum


    An intriguing study of Victorian-era cutting-edge science, the building was constructed by a watchmaker and amateur astronomer, H. C. Gulpin...Read More

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