While not as well-known as the neighbouring Western Cape, it’s contribution to South Africa’s background is huge.
It was in the Eastern Cape that Nelson Mandela was born and in 2000, a museum opened its doors to correspond together with the 10th anniversary of his release from jail. The museum is located at Qunu on the N2, south of Umtata.
The Eastern Cape is at the same time filled in natural beauty too with a balmy shoreline getting surfers, fantastic inland scenery of rolling farmlands and secret valleys not to mention the Wild Coast. It is thought of as certainly one of the world’s most luscious strips of coastal woodland.
The province’s most westerly coastline accommodates the tail end of the renowned Garden Route, making it a simple decision to carry on north-eastwards along the African shoreline, to the Eastern Cape.
The Eastern Cape is additionally a first-rate game viewing place with 3 malaria-free national parks, the Addo Elephant, Mountain Zebra and the Tsitsikamma National Park. Shamwari, somewhere between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, had been the first private conservation project in the Eastern Cape. It has been a great success, both in terms of ecological ethics and as a fantastic vacation location, presenting an extremely high-class gambling or safari encounter.
Port Elizabeth is the primary city in the Eastern Cape and one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. As well as being a superb base for day tours, PE (as it is known) has a diverse variety of shores and some great golf courses. Within the city limits are beautiful walks, some brilliant mountain bike trails, excellent surfing and sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and fantastic scuba diving.
You have perhaps heard of the “Big Five” however the Eastern Cape is home to the “Big Seven”. In combination with the traditional “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino), you might also see the Great White Shark and the Southern Right Whale.
Written and contributed by ratherton