Things to do in the Eastern Cape

14 December 2020

The Eastern Cape offers some phenomenal travel experiences. We've compiled a list of our Flight Centre favourites, from hiking to glistering waterfalls to rubbing shoulders with the 'Big 7,’ and more.

Tsitsikamma

This remarkably lush region is nestled amidst the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Tsitsikamma shows you a world of adventure as you manoeuvre your way through ancient yellowwood, hard pear and ironwood trees. The Storms River Suspension Bridge is one of the most popular attractions in Tsitsikamma National Park. To access the bridge, visitors hike through 900 meters of beautiful bird-rich forests with waterfalls and plenty of lookout points to stop and rest while admiring the sea views. For the adventure seekers, this is where you can experience the thrill of plummeting down one of the world's most exceptional bungee experiences.

Greater Addo

While the Greater Addo region is already a fantastic setting, we're particularly intrigued by the Addo Elephant National Park. The park lies in the malaria-free Sundays River valley and boasts one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth. Rub shoulders with wildlife as you explore the only park in the world to boast Africa's 'Big 7.' Be sure to opt for any of the scenic hikes, from 7km of leisure to a more challenging 36km hiking trail. There’s a charming set of accommodation to choose from, for all budgets and traveller interests.

Wild Coast

This untamed slice of wilderness is a utopia to hikers and adventurers alike. Snuggled between the Mtamvuna River and the Great Kei River. Uncover the 'Hole in the Wall or cliff jump along the Mapuzi Trail. For those looking for a wild travel adventure, the Wild Coast is just the ticket.

Mountain Zebra National Park

The Mountain Zebra National Park was initially established as a means to save the Cape Mountain Zebra, but now encompasses far more wildlife than its most famous black and white striped species. Expect to see lions, wildebeest, reedbuck, kudu, buffalo, black rhino, and cheetah. The park has become a phenomenal wildlife venture that offers you scenic game drives, unique trails, cheetah tracking endeavours and even Khoisan painting tours. The park is ideal in all seasons. In the chillier months, cosy up next to crackling log fires and enjoy a bottle of fine red. On hot and sultry summer days you can embrace swimming along the river's edge, followed by a family picnic.

Hogsback

Hogback is one of the Eastern Cape’s greatest hidden treasures. This otherworldly fairy-tale lies just 3-hours outside Port Elizabeth and invites you into a land of phenomenon. Coated in ancient indigenous Afro-montane forests, this village is a must-experience to any ‘Lord of the rings’ fan, as the area was said to have inspired the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The residents of Hogsback encompass artists, musicians and poets alike who have moved here to recharge body, mind and soul in an inspiring and tranquil setting. With adventures ranging from mountain biking, bird watching, rock climbing, and perhaps most notably, soothing walks through these magical forests, don’t forget to include Hogsback on your Eastern Cape itinerary.

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve

Discover this magical park, about 33 kilometers from East London. You can enjoy an exhilarating safari adventure, as well as hand-on experiences with some of the fascinating wildlife. Under the careful supervision of experienced staff, visitors can visit the elephant sanctuary and cheetah enclosure and interact with them at close range, enjoying the opportunity to touch, feed, and learn about these magnificent animals.

The park is also home to a diversity of other wildlife including lions, Cape buffalo, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, and many species of antelope. Birdlife is also abundant with more than 180 different species recorded in the park. Another highlight here are the white lions in a separate enclosure within the park.

Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump

Located right at the border of the Eastern and Western Cape provinces near the town of Nature's Valley on the Garden Route, the Bloukrans Bridge is South Africa's most famous spot for bungee jumping. Spanning the Bloukrans River below, the arch bridge was constructed in the early 1980s and is the highest of its kind in the country. The Bloukrans bungee jump is the highest commercial bungee jumping operation in the world at 216 meters-more than 700 feet.