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Eastern Cape, South Africa

South Africa’s unique position affords visitors with a multitude of options to suit all needs and requirements. The country’s subtropical region is ideal for supporting the exciting Big Five wildlife we all love and revere, and is also entirely malaria free. There are numerous private game reserves offering an array of accommodation from tented camps to lodges and each offers 2 game drives a day so you can witness the animals at first light and then again later in the day as afternoon turns to dusk. During the day relax by the pool, read-up on the local flora and fauna or just kick back with a good book and enjoy the serenity. From Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Waterberg and Pilanesberg there are plenty of options that combine with a lovely Garden Route or Cape Winelands holiday.

 

What you’ll love most about South Africa’s Eastern Cape

  • Explore the rugged beauty of the Wild Coast, with its unspoiled beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming rural villages, ideal for hiking, surfing, and cultural experiences
  • Visit Addo Elephant National Park, home to one of the densest elephant populations in the world, as well as lions, rhinos, and diverse bird species, offering thrilling safari adventures
  • Discover the natural wonders of Tsitsikamma National Park, featuring lush forests, dramatic coastal scenery, and adventure activities like canopy tours, hiking, and kayaking along the Storms River
  • Wander through the historic town of Grahamstown, known for its colonial architecture, vibrant arts scene, and the annual National Arts Festival, showcasing local and international talent
  • Surf the world-renowned waves at Jeffreys Bay, one of the best surfing destinations globally, or simply relax on its beautiful beaches and explore the lively town centre
  • Experience luxury and wildlife at Amakhala Game Reserve, where you can stay in upscale lodges, enjoy guided game drives, and see the Big Five in a malaria-free environment

Where to Book

  • Game drive in Shamwari Game Reserve - South African Tourism

  • Hole in the Wall Beach in Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape - South African Tourism

  • Greater kudu, Eastern Cape

  • Horse riding on the beach in the Eastern Cape - South African Tourism

  • Elephants bathing in a water hole in Addo Elephant National Park near Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

  • Cape Recife Lighthouse in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

  • Scenic view in Tyhume Valley of the Amathola Mountain Range in Hogsback, Eastern Cape

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

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When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

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Where to book


East Cape Tours create unforgettable holidays, tailored just for you. Explore, experience, and make priceless memories like never before. As tour operator and ground handlers, they’ve been curating dream holidays for 25 years. Tailor-made specialists that you can trust, they’re passionate about Southern Africa with first-hand experience in the destinations they offer.

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Explore is a global adventure travel company with 40 years’ experience in providing exciting and authentic travel experiences. With over 350 trips in around 100 countries, Explore’s expertly crafted itineraries combined with award-winning tour leaders, small group sizes and a commitment to responsible travel ensure unforgettable travel experiences in extraordinary destinations.

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Riviera Travel is the UK’s leading luxury river cruise & tour company with over 38 years’ experience in crafting worldwide tours, luxury river cruises, rail holidays and UK tours. Their commitment to quality & thoughtfulness has earned them a coveted Which? recommendation.

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Visions of Africa will guide you through discovering your dream holiday. The team have vast experience in creating the most perfect safaris and self drive trips tailored to your specific requirements. Speak with their experts about beginning your journey to this amazingly diverse continent.

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“We’re not your ordinary travel agency. We’re a community of travellers.
WeRoad was born to connect people, cultures and stories through that magical activity that we call ‘travelling’. We group people together and send them to live incredible adventures around the globe.”

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Hotels

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  • Life of Luxury
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5* Gorah Elephant Camp, Eastern Cape

Experience the adventure and romantic mystique of the authentic African safari of centuries past. Gorah Elephant Camp is a luxurious tented camp, with a gracious manor house overlooking a waterhole teaming with game in the heart of the Addo National Park.
Gorah is the only private concession and Camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. Gorah is malaria-free and has the Big 5.

Our Rating: Unique & Fabulous

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5* Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape of Southern Africa. Home to vast plains and valleys of pristine wilderness where an abundance of wildlife roam. Shamwari boasts several lodges, each tailored to meet specific needs, from a family friendly haven to a tented paradise.

Our Rating: Life of Luxury

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