South Africa’s ‘wild’ province, the Eastern Cape features expanses of untouched beach, semi-desert plains, mountains and true wilderness areas. This was Nelson Mandela’s home province, and the region chosen for the first large-scale settlement of English-speaking people in Africa, who left a rich legacy of English education and culture. The area offers a range of attractions – Addo Elephant National Park, with the densest elephant population in the world, beautiful beaches, the endless views of the Karoo and the cliffs and forests of Tsitsikamma.
With a rich cultural history, warm, welcoming people, and a seemingly endless list of activities, the Eastern Cape has much to offer travellers. The area has warm, temperate summers, while winters are mild and pleasant.
Bask on golden sandy beaches, bungee-jump or abseil, hike the rugged coastline, wilderness areas or the mountains, learn to surf in our Indian Ocean waves, windsurf or kiteboard, sandboard on some of the biggest dunefields in the world, explore wildlife in a number of national and private parks, gaze at stars you’ve never seen before in our clear night skies, dive in our bays or simply drive across our endless semi-desert plains, and enjoy the feeling of freedom.
The province offers great opportunities to enjoy an authentic South African experience; where else can you enjoy breakfast in a five star beachfront hotel in the morning and spend the same night in a traditional Xhosa hut deep in rural Africa?
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth
Nelson Mandela Bay, named after former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, comprises of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch.
Situated on the south-eastern tip of Africa, the Bay boasts 40 km of magnificent golden beaches washed by the warm water of the Indian Ocean. These beautiful beaches, along with the city’s excellent accommodation facilities, lure thousands of visitors to our shores annually.
Nelson Mandela Bay offers a broad range of attractions, from history and heritage, eco-tourism, beaches, entertainment and shopping, business and wildlife viewing. With a population of 1.3 million people, the metro is a melting pot of cultures as it was in this region that Khoisan, Xhosa, English, Dutch and German people first met in South Africa.
The metro offers excellent access to education facilities. With a university, aviation schools, a language school and various colleges, there is something for everyone.
Experience the splendour, the beauty, the spirit, the freedom, the wildlife, the culture and the friendliness of Nelson Mandela Bay. A warm welcome awaits you!
Jeffreys Bay, situated just 80 km from Port Elizabeth on the Garden Route, is well-known all over the world for surfing, hosting the annual World ASP surfing contest in July every year. The town also offers excellent surf clothing shopping selling brands such as Billabong, Quiksilver and Ripcurl.
Its temperate climate and excellent wave and water conditions make Jeffreys a destination of choice for those wanting to learn to surf and try sandboarding or stand-up paddling.
Jeffreys offers excellent whale and dolphin watching, whether from the beach or boat-based, as well as easy access to wildlife & nature reserves just an hour away. Horseriding on our beaches is an amazing experience, and a walking township tour offers a wealth of cultural information and history.
An array of restaurants and coffee shops offers the tastes of our local cuisine and seafood feasts, as well as foreign flare. Local and popular music, jazz bands and other entertainment can be heard in any of the pubs around the town.