#LoveWhereYouLive: Eastern Cape's Best-Kept Secrets To Explore

The sun rises behind hills and grassland covered in snow

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Published 29 June 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,’ canoeing through crystal clear waters, and uncovering Khoisan paintings. Check them out below...


This remarkably lush region is nestled amidst the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Tsitsikamma shows you a world of adventure as you maneuver your way through ancient yellowwood, hard pear and ironwood trees. Hop into a kayak or lilo and make your way through the Storms River Gorge. Or embrace the thrill of adventure as you plummet down one of the world's most exceptional bungee experiences. Investigate the area’s waterfall trails and embrace an incredibly scenic hike along the coast.
If you're looking to stay, the Tsitsikamma region offers many outstanding accommodation options.


The view along a narrow swing-bridge over a rocky sea channel


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.


Two elephants wander down a dusty trail flanked by a safari vehicle.

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, the Wild Coast invites you to hike alongside dramatic ocean, uncover the 'Hole in the Wall,' chase canoeing endeavors down the Xhora River, and even 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 endeavors 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.


Two zebras standing in grassland with hills and a clear sky in the background


Hogback is one of the Eastern Cape’s greatest hidden treasures. This otherworldly fairytail 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.

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