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Most hotels along the coast get booked up over summer vacation (December-January), and the Wild Coast hotels are even busy over the winter school vacation, usually around June. Most establishments run winter specials, but there are exceptions. Grahamstown is packed in late June and/or early July for the National Arts Festival; every guesthouse is full, the campsite bulges, and even school and university
Grahamstown is packed in late June and/or early July for the National Arts Festival; every guesthouse is full, the campsite bulges, and even school and university dorms rent out rooms. Hotels on the Wild Coast often offer packages for the sardine run, usually in June or early July, but it's always a bit of a gamble. The sardines are just not as reliable as the artists of the Grahamstown festival.
Note that although mailing addresses are provided for most of the lodgings here, you'll have a much easier time securing a reservation if you phone or, in some cases, book via the lodging's Web site. Another thing to keep in mind is that many of the lodgings on the Eastern Cape are in a state of flux in terms of Internet service provided for guest use: some have limited service, others offer high-speed connections, and still others are planning to expand their service. In the facilities lists for the lodgings, we've specified when a lodging has an Internet terminal, which means there is a computer available for guest use, or Wi-Fi, for which you will need your own laptop. If the ability to connect to the Web is important to you, be sure to clarify the type of service available when you make your reservation.