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.
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!
Lalapanzi Guest Lodge is a purpose built guest house which offers upmarket self catering accommodation with a B&B option in the very sought-after beachfront suburb of Humewood in the city of Port Elizabeth.
St Francis Bay is a beautiful little holiday village, situated about an hours drive from Port Elizabeth, at the start of the Garden Route.
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
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
The property is 50m from a small shopping centre with a home industry/take-away, a small superette, hair dresser and a liquor store. It is +/- 200m from the lagoon which is great for fishing as well as 1 km from the beach in Aston Bay.
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
Sundays River mouth Guesthouse is an AA SUPERIOR RATED wonderful self-catering Guesthouse situated on the banks of the Sundays River, in the sleepy holiday village of Colchester (38 km North of Port Elizabeth off the N2 Highway).
Celtis offers varied options of affordable accommodation. It ranges from Bed only rooms to spacious suites that are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioner and DSTV. Swimmingpool, tranquil gardens and braai facilities.
Spend a night in the middle of the bush, listening to the sounds of the wild around you. You may catch a glimpse of nocturnal animals drinking at the nearby waterhole, gaze at the starry skies and enjoy simply being away from it all. The tents are located
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 ...
Nestled in the Loerie district, situated 11 km north-west of the mouth of the Gamtoos River, Pabala Nature Reserve offers self-catering accommodation with eco-activities, game and vegetation. Visiting Pabala Private Nature Reserve will reinvigorate your b
Beautifully fitted with a high quality king size bed, crisp white linen and freshly laundered towels. Bedside lamps for midnight reading rests on two stunning wooden bedside tables which complement our wooden cupboard, mirror frame and occasional table al
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.
Come and enjoy the comfort, peace and tranquillity of Aan die Oewer Guest House's exquisite 3-star facilities and top-class service. Aan-die-Oewer Guest House offers their guests either Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering Accommodation in Graaff Reinet...
The Aberdeen Pagel house has a beautiful, spacious and tranquil garden for guests to enjoy. The gardens are luscious and green, watered by the old, leading water (leiwater) farrows running through the property. Guests will enjoy the array of birds that vi
Sandown offers two seaview garden flats, with wooden decks, braai facilities, and secure off-street parking. Each flat has a sleeper-couch, TV with M-Net, and a kitchenette equipped for 4 people, and en-suite shower, toilet and handbasin. They are...
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..
Built at the turn of the last Century - Sandflats Bed & Breakfast in the country village of Paterson, is a quaint establishment reminiscent of a bygone era. We offer clean and comfortable rooms with a host of facilities.
Savour the peace and quiet of this beautiful hidden gem, while listening to the waves breaking on the shore, perched ever so perfectly on the beachfront of Kini Bay, a quaint village setting in Port Elizabeth.