The Eastern Cape Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Eastern Cape - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Port Elizabeth 9

Grahamstown 7

East London 4

Addo Elephant National Park 3

Shamwari Game Reserve 2

Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve 1

Samara Private Game Reserve 1

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 1

Mthatha 1

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Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 8

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Addo Elephant National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Smack in the middle of a citrus-growing and horse-breeding area, Addo Elephant National Park is home to a staggering 700 elephants not...

Art Route 67

  • Trail/Path

Consisting of 67 public artworks by the Eastern Cape's local artists, the route symbolizes the 67 years that the late Nelson Mandela...

Born Free Centres

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Part of the reserve has been set aside as the Born Free Centres (there's one in the northern part and one in the southern part of the...

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This is Grahamstown's most prominent landmark, as much by virtue of its steeple—the highest in South Africa at 176 feet—as the strict...

Drostdy Arch

  • Building/Architectural Site

When Grahamstown was a garrison town, the Drostdy Arch, erected in 1841, was the original entrance to the military parade ground. Now...

East London Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

There's definitely something fishy going on at the East London Museum. In addition to a whole section on the discovery of the coelacanth,...

Gonubie Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Gonubie Beach is at the mouth of the Gonubie River, about half an hour northeast of the city. The riverbank is covered in dense forest,...

Hobie Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The pier marks the beginning of Hobie Beach, where sailing catamarans and Jet Skis launch, and where a number of annual events and festivals...


  • Beach–Sight

What makes Coffee Bay stand out from all the other lovely destinations is its proximity—only 9 km (5½ miles)—to the spectacular...

Humewood Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Humewood Beach runs from King's Beach to Shark Rock Pier. This beach has fine white sand and is a great place for families, with shaded...


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