Eastern Cape is South Africa's second largest and most diverse province.
On the one side, the Eastern Cape is a great sun, sea and sand destinationwith
its coastline running from temperate rocky shores in the south right through
to sub-tropical beaches in the north.
The beaches range from highly
developed seaside resort areas to wild and untamed stretches of wave-washed
sand, offering some of the best surfing conditions inSouth Africa.
Eastern Cape is not classic lowveld, which is the vegetation type found
around the Kruger National Park and is most usually associated with big
game. However, this province also has some awesome safari destinations.
The Greater Addo
Elephant National Park, near the town of Addo,
conserves a staggering diversity of plant and animal life. There are a
number of private game lodges, both in the national park and in surrounding
private reserves. Best of all - it's totally malaria-free. South Africa's
first and - to date - only serious commercial ski resort is in the high-lying
northern part of the Eastern Cape. OK, it's not exactly Chamonix or Aspen
- but it is skiing in Africa. Snowboarding's big, too.
The Eastern Cape's cultural
heritage is particularly varied and interesting, and there are so many
interpretive tours, museums and monuments, you'll never be bored. Towns
that will particularly appeal to more culturally minded visitors include
Nieu Bethesda, which is close
is a funky little village that owes its popularity to the existence of
the Owl House, which is South Africa's most well known example of outsider
Elizabeth is renowned for its excellent township and cultural tours.
The Nelson Mandela Museum in Umtata is a loving tribute to South Africa's
first president. There are great tours along the Wild Coast, on which you
get to spend time with the local people and see how they live. The Grahamstown
Festival or, more accurately, the National Festival of the Arts, which
showcases a huge variety of South Africa's visual and performance arts,
is held in Grahamstown at the
beginning of July.
There are some excellent
golf courses, but they're not all as conveniently close together as they
are, for example, on the Garden Route. Some of the better courses are to
be found in or near Port Elizabeth, Port
Alfred, East London and Port
Edward. A brand new golf course has been built at the rather interesting
town of Alicedale, which is experiencing a huge
economic revival after spending years as a virtual ghost town.
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Welcome to the Eastern Cape
South Africa. Where else can you surf the worlds biggest waves, ski down
the only snow slopes in Africa, go on a `big seven safari, visit the birthplace
of Nelson Mandela and bungee the highest bridge in the southern hemisphere?
The Eastern Cape, of course! ... read
to Ride wraps up successful South African surfing adventure
by Tim Conibear
Ticket to Ride wrapped up
an extremely successful inaugural three month gap year surfing adventure
to South Africa when all the 'riders' in the group completed internationally
recognised surf coaching and lifesaving qualifications... read
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South Africa is renowned
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only just the locals testifying to this. Recently 23 South African beaches
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ACCOMMODATION - EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
is a town and area in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa and is
situated near the Great Winterberg Mountain range. Adelaide is an
important centre of wool and sheep farming. Beef, mutton, venison and citrus
fruit are also important products. Many historical graves can be seen near
the battlefield sites, old posts, forts and in the Adelaide cemetery.
Experience the culture and
traditions of the Xhosa people by visiting the township taverns and shebeens,
where you can sample the traditional cooking, watch dancing and buy beadwork
and arts and crafts at reasonable prices. For those with a love of sport,
Adelaide caters for squash, bowls, tennis and golf, at the nine-hole golf
course which was established in 1892.
Map of Adelaide
for more accommodation in Adelaide
B&B and Guesthouse, ADELAIDE
Offering a garden and a
large outdoor pool, Tri-Angle B&B and Guesthouse is situated close
to the R63 in the quaint town of Adelaide. Free WiFi is available. The
individually decorated rooms are equipped with satellite TV, a microwave,
a small fridge and tea-and-coffee making facilities. The Bridal Suite has
a four-poster bed and is equipped with a corner bath and shower. Breakfast
is served in the dining room and lunch and dinner can be arranged for a
surcharge. Room service is available. At Tri-Angle B&B and Guesthouse
you will find a bar and a shared lounge. Laundry and ironing services can
be arranged and the guest house offers free on-site parking. The Adelaide
Golf Club is 2 km away.
ACCOMMODATION - EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
is a very small town on the banks of the Buffels River, 90 km from Port
Elizabeth and which owes its existence to the development of the railways
the early 1800’s. Nested in surrounding hills, Alicedale is set in a horseshoe
of the Bushmans River and was named after Alice Dale (later Alice Slessor),
the wife of the engineer in charge of the junction's construction.
The once-forgotten town is very small, but growing rapidly, with a population
of about 6,000. There is a tourism revolution happening in Alicedale
at the moment.
The multi-faceted tourism
village has a fantastic golf course designed by Gary Player to attract
golfers from all over the world and Alicedale is a railway stop on the
Rovos Rail 9-day Golf Tour. The town is also close to numerous game and
nature reserves including Shamwari Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park.
Also see Addo Elephant Park
Map of Alicedale
accommodation in Alicedale
Sands Golf Lodge, Addo Area, ALICEDALE
Sands is a multi-faceted experience offering something for everyone. The
4-star hotel is a delightful blend of rich heritage and modern luxury.
The Gary Player designed Golf Course is perfect for the keen golfer. There
are thrilling adventure options and prospects of viewing Big Game. Those
wanting relaxation, pampering and peace will find alternatives at the spa,
at the poolside, or even on a tranquil sunset boat cruise. The Hotel comprises
of 39 bedrooms around a pool area overlooking the Bushman Sands Golf Course.
At the Bunkers Restaurant, cuisine is traditionally South African with
influences of Xhosa, English and Cape Malay. Hearty Breakfasts, a la carte
lunches and evening dinners are served here, while a cigar and good single
malt can be enjoyed on the outside patio.
ST FRANCIS ACCOMMODATION - SUNSHINE COAST, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
St Francis, with its historic lighthouse, is a tranquil Eco–destination.
The pristine beach, the mild temperature and the longest sunshine hours
on the South African Coast ensure a relaxed all year round destination.
Action or leisure, the choices are endless.
Our sundowner cruise through
the marina at St. Francis Bay has become a traditional highlight. On a
less organised note, a trip to Seal Point Lighthouse (built in 1878 to
warn ships of the dangerous reefs that stretch more than a kilometre out
Map of Cape St Francis
is the tallest masonary tower on the South African coast standing at a
height of 27.75 metres), with guided tours departing every 45 minutes,
a round of golf at the nearby 18 hole links style course, bowls, squash,
tennis, a visit to Port St. Francis home to the chokka (calamari) industry,
or simply a stroll along the beach is all part of the Cape St. Francis
For the more active all of
the following are available: the Sand River with green emerald pools and
big sand dunes, various paths through Irma Booysen fynbos Reserve, or the
Cape St. Francis Nature Reserve at Shark Point, or, a walk to the Beacon
with the most spectacular views. For the more adventurous: Kromme
River boat cruise, diving, deep sea fishing, sea and river kayaking, horse
riding, guided riding safaris through Lambordini Game Farm and surfing
to name but a few.
The area is the ideal base
camp enabling you to visit nearby Addo Elephant Park, Shamwari Game Reserve,
Tsitsikama Canopy Tours, and the Kouga Cultural Centre or experience the
ultimate thrill of Bloukraans bungy jumping. From this most southern
point one is centrally situated to experience all the Eastern Cape has
to offer." Information courtesy Beach Break
browsing accommodation in Cape St Francis
St Francis Beach Break Villas, Holiday Rental Homes, CAPE ST FRANCIS
Beach Break, luxurious,
well appointed secure beachfront accommodation with sweeping views of both
seal and shark point and easy access to the beach. Secluded outdoor entertainment
area with swimming pools and Jacuzzi promise idyllic relaxation. Cape St
Francis, with its historic lighthouse, is a tranquil Eco-destination. The
pristine beach, the mild temperature and the longest sunshine hours on
the South African Coast ensure a relaxed all year round destination.
Action or leisure, the choices are endless. From this most southern point
one is centrally situated to experience all the Eastern Cape has to offer.
Accommodation consists of three free standing units all with a swimming
pool. 12 en-suite bedrooms are spacious, individually decorated.
accommodation in the Eastern Cape