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The Eastern Cape Travel Guide

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3 Days: Fly in to Port Elizabeth in the morning and head straight out to Grahamstown. Do a historical tour in the afternoon followed by dinner at your guesthouse or one of the restaurants in town. The next morning, drive out to Shamwari, Kwandwe, or Addo; plan to spend two days in one of these reserves (staying at one of the private luxury lodges or, at Addo, at an inexpensive SANParks camp) and then drive back to Port Elizabeth to fly out. Alternatively, you could spend two days in Port Elizabeth—soaking up the sun, playing a round of golf, taking a cultural tour, and just relaxing—and a third day on a day trip to Addo for an animal fix.

5 Days: With five days you could fly in and out of East London to join the Wild Coast Meander tour with Wild Coast Holiday Reservations —your days filled with walking this wonderful coastline, and each night spent at a different beach hotel. For a glimpse of Africa not on the usual tourist route, fly to Mthatha from Johannesburg; spend two days and three nights at Bulungula, immersing yourself in the local culture, and then drive from Mthatha to either Addo, Shamwari, or Kwandwe for a good game fix. If you spend these last couple of nights at one of the private lodges, you can revel in the indulgence of absolute luxury after a few days of roughing it. Return to Port Elizabeth to fly out. A third option is to start in Grahamstown, as for the three-day itinerary; two days in Grahamstown will give you the opportunity to fully appreciate the history and culture of this lovely town. Then spend two days at the game destination of your choice—Addo, Shamwari, or Kwandwe—and one more day in Port Elizabeth soaking up some culture, lounging on the beach, or playing golf.

7 Days: Start off as you would for the three-day itinerary but spend at least two days in Grahamstown and three days at your game destination. Then opt for some beach time at Port Elizabeth, Coffee Bay, or Cintsa. Alternatively, fly into East London to join the Wild Coast Meander; then spend two days at Addo, Shamwari, or Kwandwe. Head to Port Elizabeth and try to work in time to relax on the beach, play golf, or join a tour before flying out.

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