The Eastern Cape: Places to Explore

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  • Alicedale

    A tiny settlement west of Grahamstown, Alicedale was once an important railway town. The demise of the steam train, however, sent Alicedale into decline, turning it into a virtual ghost town...

  • Bulungula

    Bulungula is a tiny community near the mouth of the Bulungula River, about a 25-km (16-mi) walk from Coffee Bay's Hole-in-the-Wall. There are no shops, no banks, and no post office. There isn't...

  • Cintsa

    This lovely, quiet little seaside town a half-hour's drive from East London is a winner. A nice long beach, pretty rock pools, and a beautiful lagoon on which to paddle make this a coastal...

  • Coffee Bay

    The village of Coffee Bay is a bit run-down, but the beaches and the scenery are great. (The surf is fantastic, but don't head out alone if you don't know what you're doing.)

    You can do a fabulous...

  • East London

    The gateway to the Wild Coast, East London was built around the mouth of the Buffalo River, which forms South Africa's only river port. Although fairly urban, East London is still close to the...

  • Grahamstown

    Although billed as a city, Grahamstown looks more like an English village than anything elseā€”if you discount that alter ego of most South African towns, the desperately poor contiguous shanty...

  • Mthatha

    Mthatha is poor and run-down. Most people don't stay here beyond making a travel connection elsewhere. However, if you're traveling on your own and have some free time, be sure to make a detour to...

  • Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth, or PE, may not have the range of attractions found in Cape Town or on the Garden Route, but it's a pleasant town that's worthy of a few days' exploration. There are some beautiful...

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