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.
No 1 Lagune View is a 4 sleeper luxury ground floor 2 bedroom apartment in a secure complex situated right on the beach and about 100 meters from the lagoon on the quiet side of Jeffrey's Bay.
The Lodge is perfectly positioned on the top of a hill, with 360° views overlooking the Indian Ocean, the indigenous bush and the mountains.
The beautiful timber home is only a short walk from the famous super tubes surf spots! You are also within walking distance to the supermarkets, shops and restaurants. The house is situated in an elevated position with panoramic sea views.
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.
The Garden Lodge Guest House, B&B in Uitenhage, offers luxury accommodation at affordable prices. We have fully equipped self-catering units that can sleep up to six guests.
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
The Marina Martinique Bed and Breakfast boasts of five fully serviced, luxurious and spacious, en-suite bedrooms. Each room has a private balcony with views of the canal and the marina. Our rooms are modern chic with marine touches...
All individually decorated bedrooms feature a private patio or balcony with views of the surrounding area or indigenous garden. Free wi-fi, a television, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities are available.
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
Isango Gate was built in the early 1900's, the residence has since been transformed into a sophisticated, elegantly styled boutique hotel. Isango Gate is a serene yet modern setting of African Zen gardens, open deck area, earth tones, modern lines and sty
The Treetops Guest House is situated in the tranquil garden suburb of Walmer in Port Elizabeth. Treetops offers a variety of affordable spacious accommodation in Port Elizabeth, whether you are an overseas tourist, a family group or visiting on business,
Margate Place is an owner-managed establishment and we cater for business executives, tourists and holidaymakers. Children are welcome and we offer a variety of different options for families.
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.
Tastefully furnished three bedroomed en suite, apartment. Right on the beach, a walk down the sand dune is all that is needed.Undercover parking and a secure complex.Fully equipped with linen.
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.
Guests can experience the peace and tranquility this guesthouse offers in one of our 8 stylishly furnished en-suite bedrooms, each with private entrances and safe parking. Relax at the pool over a sundowner if you do not want to take a drive to ...
Freedom is a stone's throw away...stunning sunsets - country garden setting - spectacular views - bird lover's delight - swimming pool - scenic walks - children welcome. Warm Eastern Cape Hospitality!