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.
Oyster Kaya offers 4 rustic self-catering apartments in Oyster Bay only 5 minute walk to main beach.
Milkwood 314 is a luxurious, fully equipped apartment with 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms situated right on the beach.
Blue Skies Country House offers comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation for 26 people in 11 rooms at realistic prices. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of our 2 hectare garden near Kragga Kamma Road with a sparkling salt water pool and abundant bird..
There are 4 bedrooms with heaters sleeping a maximum of 8 guests. The spacious main bedroom with double bed on the upper level has breathtaking sea views and an en-suite bathroom with both bath and shower. Listen to the waves crashing on the rocks...
The popular main Addo Rest Camp offers a wide variety of accommodation units to suit all tastes, and plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point, floodlit at night, within the camp as well as the underground
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.
Tsitsikamma Backpackers is a four star backpackers situated in Stormsriver Village along the scenic Garden Route. We are a clean, neat and relaxing backpackers lodge in Stormsriver Village.
Tsitsikamma Gardens Self-Catering Cottages near the Stormsriver Bridge offers two delightful self-catering cottages in the Tsitsikamma region of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is the Khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water".
Leeuwenbosch Shearers Lodge offers a homely Eastern Cape experience inclusive of dinner and breakfast. Game drives in the Amakhala Game Reserve are bookable at an extra cost. Shearers Lodge has three twin/double rooms, and two family rooms.
Enjoy the spectacular views of this pristine unspoilt private beach nestled in the heart of the Tsitsikamma forest. Access into the resort is controlled via an electric gate, contributing to the security and privacy of this unique haven.
Anchorage consists of a 3-bedroomed house and two 1-bedroomed garden flats, with wooden decks, barbecue facilities, and off-road parking, in a quiet and sheltered area, 5 minutes walk from the 4km beach. Safe swimming, snorkeling and fishing are ...
We are situated in Newington Street, Richmond Hill on a quiet tree-lined lane, filled with historic and gracefully restored buildings.
Aston Woods B and B is an intimate retreat, set amongst the dunes with un-spoilt views of the pristine, secluded Aston Bay Beach. Situated 7km. from the well known city centre of Jeffrey's Bay, with it's famous beaches, waves and shops.
Three reasonably priced self-contained garden flats each with their own private entrance. One of the flats sleeps 4 (twin beds and bunk beds with hospitality mattresses) and the other 2 flats (twin beds in each) sleep 2 people.
Settle Inn at Sundays River is situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. On the one side, you overlook the rolling hills and new Southgate entrance, Camp Matyholweni of the Addo National Park and on the other side the Sundays River .
Villa Arte is a lovely holiday destination in Jeffrey's Bay, situated on the Sunshine Coast and well renowned for its kilometres of magnificent beaches, sea shells, blue water and beautiful weather.
Our beautiful 5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom home is situated on the Bushmans River near the sea. The house sleeps up to 12 people with comfortable living space. There are panoramic views of the sea and river and we are a 5 minute walk to the shops and beaches.
We offer a range of accommodation to suit all pockets, in six tastefully furnished, air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms. To quote a recent guest - "accommodation prepared for friends, not for paying strangers." Three of these bedrooms are in the ...