The Western Region of the Eastern Cape stretches from the Tsitsikamma National Park to Algoa Bay and in the North to the Karoo as far as Middleberg. The main city of the area is Port Elizabeth, capital of the Eastern Cape and often referred to as the Friendly City. Port Elizabeth is the largest coastal city between Durban and Cape Town and is the third largest port in South Africa. The city was the landing place of the 1820 settlers and there are many examples of fine Victorian architecture to be seen there. The city sits on what has become known as the Sunshine Coast, and is renowned for its long unbroken sandy beaches. Beach entertainment is second to none, and the city is a mecca for old and young alike.
At the extreme western end of the Western Region of the Eastern Cape along the coast lies the Tsitsikaama National Park. This park is in fact two parks, the Coastal Park and the Forest Park, both of which abound with natural beauty. The coastal park starts a few kilometers to the East of Plettenberg Bay and runs eastwards for some 75 kilometres to the mouth of the Groot River. It is bounded in the North by the cliffs and beaches and extending some 800 metres into the sea. There are several hiking trails along the coast and a unique Tsitsikaama Underwater Trail where the marine life is unbelievable. The Forest Park is a relatively small park of natural indigenous forest and can be found where the Storms River crosses beneath the N2 national road. This park is home to the Outeniqua Yellowwood, some of which exceed 50 metres in height. There are also many examples of stinkwood, ironwood and several species of tree fern.
Just to the North of Port Elizabeth is the Addo Elephant Park. Back in 1919 a Major Pretorius was employed to eliminate all elephants in this area and described the area as "a bit of all that is bad in central Africa that had been picked up and dropped in the Eastern Cape". The surviving elephants from this slaughter, about eleven beasts, fled to the impenetrable Harvey Bush. There are now more than one hundred elephants roaming this 8590 hectare park.
The coast of the Western Region of the Eastern Cape is dotted with friendly, warm holiday resorts. There is Jeffreys Bay and Paradise Beach, Kenton on Sea and Colchester, Sea Vista and the Storms River Mouth. All are hospitable small resorts offering miles of unspoilt beaches and some of the best surfing in the world. But inland there are some of the most interesting small towns. Graaf-Reinet is the oldest town of the Eastern Cape being established in 1786 and making it the fourth oldest town in the whole of South Africa. Graaf-Reinet is known as the Gem of the Karoo and is situated at the foot of the Sneeuberg Mountains surrounded by the Karoo Nature Reserve. Just a few kilometers from the town is the Valley of Desolation, a deep, steep sided canyon that cuts through the Sneeuberg mountains to reveal the distant plains of the Karoo and its distant koppies.
Further South and just to the North of Port Elizabeth lies the fifth oldest town in South Africa and second oldest of the Eastern Cape. Uitenhage has a long and colourful history and is often referred to as the Garden Town on account of its beautiful parks and gardens. The town is the centre of vehicle manufacturing for the Western Region of the Eastern Cape. The Old Station Museum was built in 1875 and was one of the oldest stations in South Africa. It was turned into a museum when a more modern station was built in another part of the town. The museum houses two vintage locomotives and several old coaches, and is well worth a visit.
Sea Whisper Guest House overlooks the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean. The property, less than an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth is set in luscious, tranquil gardens with stunning sea views and adjoins a small nature reserve.
Nestled in Storms River Village, we have re-constructed a typical Cape Village of the past, where old traditions of warmth and hospitality thrive side-by-side with all the comforts of the modern day. Visitors can delve into the past and select their acco
Our en-suite lodge rooms and luxury tents are clean and spacious and are ideal for couples, families or small groups of friends seeking comfortable privacy at very reasonable rates.
The Humansdorp Boutique Hotel has 20 newly built rooms, a lovely sports bar and a beautifully renovated ladies bar made from the original oregan pine floor boards that was recovered during renovations
Brighton Mew Guest Suites, a ten minute drive from the airport, provide top quality self-catering and self-serving comfortable private family accommodation for 14 persons in three apartments.
In the heart of the quaint Karoo hamlet of Nieu-Bethesda, lies Outsiders B&B. Cosy double rooms offer an en-suite shower with toilet and a private entrance. Relax on your stoep and watch village life pass you by at the unhurried pace of bygone times.
Four spacious double en-suite bedrooms have private patios, under thatch, overlooking a tranquil garden and swimming pool. The other two en-suite rooms have private courtyard gardens.
Ocean Sunset is situated on the beautiful coastline, west of Port Elizabeth in the peaceful little village of Seaview. Five minutes walk from the beach which is famous for its angling, snorkeling and rock pools.
Graaff-Reinet Accommodation - Welcome to the Gem of the Karoo - Graaff Reinet. Get back to nature. Visit our national park and view the stunning array of game species visible in the Camdeboo National Park in Graaff-Reinet.
Fifteen caravan or tent sites are situated beneath thorn trees on a gravel substrate. Each site has a braai unit and powerpoint. A communal kitchen provides deep freeze, stove top and microwave facilities while the communal ablutions have showers, toilets
Staying true to the era, our spacious grounds and generous room sizes are politely complimented by steep multifaceted roofing, which in authentic Victorian Fashion are elegantly decorated with elaborate wooden trimmings. Whilst being externally attractive
THE Maegan Cherie B&B Consists of 5 rooms. All rooms (suites) are en-suite, with either Shower/bath combination, basin and toilet or shower, basin and toilet.
Matyholweni, which means "in the bush" in Xhosa is located near the coastal town of Colchester at the Sundays River Mouth, 3km off the N2 highway, Matyholweni is easily accessible and provides a second gateway into the Park.
The accommodation provides you with your home comforts for sleep and relaxation. Step out of the sliding door, to a solar-heated swimming pool for a swim, work on that all over tan on one of our loungers
Milkwood 314 is a luxurious, fully equipped apartment with 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms situated right on the beach.
Our newly refurbished Tuscan Villa situated in the heart of Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth has been particularly designed with the traveller at heart. Tastefully decorated with unexpected large rooms gives the traveller a feeling of peace and tranquillity,
Our upmarket, spacious 3 bedroom self-catering apartment is on the 3rd floor in a secure complex right on the beach, about 100 meters from the lagoon in Aston Bay. It consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, open-plan kitchen/lounge and a built in braai in