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Eastern Cape


The Eastern Cape is a province in South Africa that shares a coastline on the South Indian Ocean. It borders Lesotho in the northeast as well as four other South African provinces, Western Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State. Eastern Cape was formed in 1994 out of the Xhosa homelands of Transkei and Ciskei and the eastern portion of the Cape Province.

Despite offering many incredible natural attractions, the Eastern Cape is not as touristy as other South African provinces. It is however very important in the history of the country being the birthplace of several prominent figures involved in the struggle against apartheid including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Oliver Tambo.

The coastline of Eastern Cape is famous for beautiful beaches and for water sports including surfing, fishing and diving. Jeffrey’s Bay is one of the top five surfing destinations in the world, hosting the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour. Port Elizabeth is the capital city and has been nicknamed “The Friendly City” because of the outgoing nature of the people who live there. It enjoys more sunshine than any other coastal city in South Africa. Addo Elephant Park is located near Port Elizabeth supporting around 200 elephants and is very rich in birdlife.

A province of contrasts, Eastern Cape offers informal seaside breaks as well as exciting city stays, plus many wildlife opportunities and sporting challenges all without ever being too crowded.

 


 

South Africa Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to South Africa.

Learn about the history and culture of South Africa, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about South Africa's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering South Africa for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our South Africa tours today!

 

Extend Your Stay

After your South Africa vacation, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from South Africa or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours.

 

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  • Cape Highlights & Safari

    Take in the wonders of the Cape region of South Africa, from the mother city of Cape Town and winelands, along the wonders of the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and ending with an African safari in a private game reserve.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,584
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
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  • Gorah Elephant Camp

    Gorah Elephant Camp is an exclusive safari lodge that recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,144
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Kariega Game Reserve: Ukhozi Lodge

    Ukhozi Lodge embodies the romance of Africa. Nestled in the bush are ten superbly appointed, air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,337
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Magnificent Garden Route from Cape Town

    The Garden Route is legendary for its awesome natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, this touring idea journeys across spectacular mountain passes and along a pristine coastline boasting some of South Africa's top resorts.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 766
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Port Elizabeth: City Stay

    Enjoy a short break at one of South Africa’s attractive coastal cities, Port Elizabeth with its excellent beaches and beautiful sweeping bay.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 204
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Private Magnificent Garden Route Gold

    The Garden Route is legendary for its natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (or vice versa), journey across mountain passes and along a pristine coastline that boasts excellent resorts.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,540
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Locally Escorted Tours
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Private Magnificent Garden Route Silver

    The Garden Route is legendary for its natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (or vice versa), journey across mountain passes and along a pristine coastline that boasts excellent resorts.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,612
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Locally Escorted Tours
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Shamwari Bayethe Tented Lodge

    Bayethe Tented Lodge, located in Shamwari Game Reserve, offers the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation. It is a splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,621
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Shamwari Eagles Crag Lodge

    Ultimate Luxury personified in a contemporary African design, Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travellers. The luxury spa offers a wide variety of personalized treatments.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,640
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

    Riverdene Lodge is a colonial African experience in an elegantly restored frontier homestead. Located in Shamwari Game Reserve, which lies amidst verdant bush along the Bushmans River, its 25,000 hectares features 5 quite different eco-systems rich in bio-diversity.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,370
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Winelands, Garden Route & Safari Adventure

    On this self drive itinerary, enjoy stops in Stellenbosch, the Little Karoo, Knysna and at a game reserve. This is a leisurely trip offering wine tasting, spectacular scenery, both inland and on the Garden Route plus animal viewing all in one specific South African region.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,538
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
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