This is South Africa’s very own “wild province”. The Eastern Cape offers a pristine and unspoiled coastline as well as superb bush experiences and dense tropical forests. Below are just some of our very favourite things to do in a province that has remained one of our best kept secrets.1) The Wild Coast
Renowned for being one of the world’s most scenic locations, there are very few beaches in the world which could rival those at the Wild Coast. This is a unique landscape which is decorated by the traditional Xhosa tribal huts, rolling hills, beach roaming cattle, shipwrecks and spectacular rock formations. 2) Addo Elephant National Park
Home to the densest elephant population in the world and only one hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth – this is definitely a must-see destination. This is the third largest national park in the country and has grown so rapidly, that it now features a diversity of landscapes with a variety of flora and fauna that is second to none. This is also the only national park in the world to be home to the Big 7; the Big 5 as well as the Southern Whale and the great white shark off the Algoa Bay Coast. 3) Grahamstown National Arts Festival
Once a year this town becomes the largest cultural event of the year as over 50,000 people visit Grahamstown to indulge in the best of South Africa’s theatre, music, arts, crafts and spectacular entertainment. It comprises of drama, dance, comedy, opera, film and visual art exhibitions. For 11 days each year at the end of June, Grahamstown is transformed into a creative and colourful town. 4) Jeffrey's Bay
Notorious to be the home of the best right hand surf break in the world, Jeffreys Bay attracts surfers from all around the globe. What makes this old fishing village so special is that its waves can stretch up to 800 meters in length and 4 meters high. This offers a surfer unparalleled rides amongst the sunshine, shells, classic reefs and the local resident dolphins. 5) The Bloukrans Bridge
Africa’s highest bridge overlooks the Bloukrans River Valley. This is the highest bridge bungee jump in the world and if jumping over 200 meters into the depths below isn’t quite your style, there are many alternatives to try out – the newest addition to the adventure inventory is the 200 meter flying fox swing (that’s foofie slide to the South Africans out there) over the Bloukrans Canyon. 6) Tsitsikamma National Park
This protected coastal reserve is well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline and the Otter Trail. The park covers an 80 kilometre stretch of coastline. The Otter Trail begins at the Storms River Mouth with its trail leading through coastal and forest scenes. Along the way you will discover its hidden gems such as its waterfalls, streams and rivers.7) Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth offers a good choice of beautiful beaches, museums and historic attractions. The ‘friendly city’, an important sea port and tourist destination is set along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay. With clean beaches and warm water, PE is an ideal destination for water sports. Enjoy swimming, surfing, body boarding and many other exciting activities.
If you are looking for some adventure and beautiful accompanying scenery, the Eastern Cape is just the place to go. I’m up for it are you?
By Candice Perry, Thompsons Holidays