Eastern Cape

A province proud and popular for its iconic politicians, diverse culture, foot tapping music, breath-taking scenic beauty and hair-raising adventure sports. Birthplace of South African politicians such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu and many more.
The attractions of this province are diverse with a mix of natural, cultural and historical activities.

Addo Elephant National Park - The third largest national park in South Africa and home to the Big Seven, this National Park even offers accommodation to those seeking to be close to the action.

The Owl House - The house was declared a provisional national monument in 1989 and was opened as a museum in 1992. The Camel Yard contains more than 300 sculptures, many of owls, camels, and people.

Bloukrans Bungee - This arch bridge located near Nature's Valley is the world's highest commercial bungee bridge and stands at a height of 216m above the Bloukrans River.

Castlehill - One of the oldest surviving Settler cottages in Port Elizabeth and built in 1825, Castlehill was opened to the public in 1965.

Fort Frederick
- Built in 1799 to stop the French from conquering the Cape Colony during the Napoleonic wars.

Donkin Reserve, Pyramid and Lighthouse - Located off Belmont Terrace, a Stone Pyramid Monument with a touching inscription erected by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth.
Xhosa cuisine is at its most authentic in the rural Eastern Cape. Xhosa of the Eastern Cape have refined the culinary usage of Maize to an art, though it is a staple food in most of Africa.

There is also a wide array of culinary delights to choose from in Port Elizabeth, East London and Grahamstown.

The third FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show takes place at the Boardwalk Convention Centre on Thursday and Friday 23 and 24 November 2017. Engage with winemakers or their marketing representatives while tasting more than 150 of South Africa’s best wines.
The climate of Eastern Cape is highly varied. The west is dry with little rain during winter or summer, with frosty winters and hot summers. Further east, rainfall becomes more plentiful and humidity increases, becoming more subtropical along the coast with summer rainfall. The interior can become very cold in winter, with heavy snowfalls occasionally occurring in the mountainous regions between Molteno and Rhodes.

Port Elizabeth: Jan Max: 25 °C, Min: 18 °C; Jul Max: 20 °C, Min: 9 °C
Molteno & Barkly East: Jan Max 28 °C, Min 11 °C; Jul Max: 14 °C, Min: -7 °C
European settlers first arrived in 1652 to build a supply station for Dutch trading fleets in Table Bay.

In 1795 the British seized the Cape from the Dutch East India Company, but returned control to the Dutch government in 1803 – only to reclaim it 3 years later with the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, in order to protect their sea route to Asia

In an attempt to escape British control, around 6000 Boer men, women and children along with an equal number of Black Africans, moved northwards into the Highveld in the 1830s. The path eastwards was blocked by the Xhosa. This Great Trek by the Voortrekkers resulted in the establishment of two Voortrekker Republics – the Orange Free State (capital Bloemfontein) and the South African Republic (capital Pretoria).

Eastern Province was formed in 1994 from the Xhosa homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, along with the eastern portion of the Cape Province.

The economy of this province is driven by the automotive sector, agriculture and tourism.
Eastern Cape has 800 km of untouched and pristine coastline.

Tiffindell is South Africa's only snow skiing resort and is located near the hamlet of Rhodes in the Southern Drakensberg.

Africa's largest and most colourful cultural event, The National Arts Festival, is held annually in Grahamstown.

Eastern Cape is the only province with three harbours: East London, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura.

Addo Elephant National Park is the only reserve in the world that is home to the Big Seven – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, great white sharks and southern right whales.

The Coelacanth fish was rediscovered off the Chalumna River by fishermen in 1938, after it was believed to have been extinct for 65 million years.