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.
Belton farm is situated in close proximity to the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, offering you the best of both worlds. It is within easy distance to the beautiful beaches of Kenton-on-Sea, game lodges offering Big 5 game viewing...
Your accommodation options include BLACK EAGLE CAMP where you will awaken to a chorus of forest birds. This comfortable camp is a 5 minute walk from the parking at the entrance to the Kleinrivier gorge
At The Woods Guest House offers a relaxing and comfortable base from which to explore the Tsitsikamma and surrounding areas. Our desire is that guests will feel at home enough to slip off their shoes
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.
Our large luxury safari tents are one bedroom and have all the modern conveniences, including full en-suite bathrooms, air conditioners, electric blankets and a minibar. It also offers an open-plan lounge and viewing decks over-looking the African bush.
Valparaiso Guest House is situated in the scenic town of Paradise Beach, 5 minutes from the surfing paradise of Jeffreys Bay. With a unique approach to hospitality, the owners, Bernalene & Louis have passionately built and designed this haven of tranquili
The Stables offers traditional rustic outdoor self-catering holiday accommodation to families who enjoy water and nature.
We offer clean, cosy, comfortable and affordable Self-Catering units. 125 Milner Avenue is situated across the road from the water way, with scenic views of the North End Lake. The place offers well equipped self-catering accommodation in Port Elizabeth.
VALLEY BUSHVELD COUNTRY LODGE is an owner managed, successful, four star, safari-style Country Lodge in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The Lodge is built on a private game reserve on the banks of the Coegas River.
Aries Guest is among the best self-catering accommodation options available in the Grahamstown area. Based in a secure apartment block in the suburb of Oatlands, with views stretching up over the town and Rhodes University, Aries Guest boasts not only s
The five luxury chalets are found on a working citrus farm only 4km away from the main gate of the Addo Elephant National Park. The elegantly decorated chalets are equipped with air-conditioners which also have a heating option and en-suite ...
The Angler and Antelope Guesthouse offers a unique experience on large landscaped grounds securely enclosed in the heart of the town. The venue has maintained the ambience of yesteryear with the comforts of the modern era.
Our two-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a secure holiday complex, sleeps four, with a sleeper couch in the lounge to accommodate an additional guest.
Zareba Bed and Breakfast is nestled away within the charming suburb of Richmond Hill in the historical and quaint heart of Port Elizabeth. Richmond Hill has retained much of the atmosphere of the old days.
Lovely comfortable sundrenched beach house, situated than 2 minutes from the exquisite main beach and a few minutes from the famed Seal Point. The house has a spacious open-plan area for the kitchen.
Our guesthouse is stylishly decorated and has 6 bedrooms, two of which have interleading doors to make a family unit. These two have full kitchenettes. All have en suite bathrooms, self catering facilities, private entrances
Watercolours is a spacious, sunny beach house centrally situated in Cape St Francis…less than 200m from the swimming beach & famous ‘Seals’ surf spot. With all the mod cons, this self-catering house it is designed for a totally laidback holiday…
Enjoy peace and tranquility at Steytlerville Villa Guest House, one of the town's first historical buildings. Having been restored and extended, the Steytlerville Villa Guest House offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome to you.
We are situated in Newington Street, Richmond Hill on a quiet tree-lined lane, filled with historic and gracefully restored buildings.