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.
First Avenue Lodge is a well established 4 Star guest house situated in a quiet cul-de-sac opposite Hobie Beach in the popular beachfront suburb of Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth
African Aquila Lodge takes its name from the majestic African Eagle and is a 5 unit self catering establishment - an ideal getaway for families and long term corporate clients. African Aquila is ideally located in the beautiful garden suburb of Walmer..
Experience peace and tranquility in a relaxing atmosphere, away from the busy main road. Enjoy all the comforts of home living, panoramic views of the bay and beyond. 6 Tastefully decorated rooms, three equipped with a kitchenette.
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.
We would like to welcome you to our four star guesthouse with our stunning suites and excellent service. In a quiet and safe setting we offer the most beautiful view of the whole of Jeffreys Bay and our guesthouse is just 900 meters away from the beautifu
Far from the madding crowd, on a hill overlooking the luscious Sunday's River Valley and on the doorstep of the world renowned Greater Addo Elephant Park, lies Kududu Guesthouse, a haven of tranquility and comfort, waiting to be discovered.
St Francis Bay is a beautiful little holiday village, situated about an hours drive from Port Elizabeth, at the start of the Garden Route.
Two x2 bedroomed en-suite luxury up-market units each with fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, comfortable living area with full DStv and DVD. Ceilings fans and underfloor heating throughout. Private patio with patio furniture, Weber braai, ...
The spacious living area downstairs is open plan and flows on to the deck which stretches onto the canal, where you could moor your own boat. In the living area downstairs there is an indoor braai and on the deck there is a lapa braai for good weather con
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.
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.
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.
The delightfully scenic Kariega River estuary winds its way through wooded thickets and steep banks before opening out onto wide, grassy flats and sandbanks just upstream of the Indian Ocean mouth
3x One Bedroom flat with kitchen, lounge and bathroom, lock up garage or carport parking. DSTV mm1, mm2, TV1, TV2, TV3, ETV, channels 200-208
Sea Whisper Self Catering Apartments overlook 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.
Janine’s Beach House is right on the beach at Cape St Francis – just walk through a path onto the swimming beach! Check out the surfers at Seal Point without having to go onto the beach, join the surfers in front of the house ...
Heaven-on-Sea self catering unit is situated in a private holiday resort (Eersterivier), in the Tsitsikamma and is approximately 30 kilometers from Storms River on the Garden Route. The resort has a secure and private entrance and is only ...
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 .
The C-Front self-catering unit has 2 bedrooms (sleep 4). Linen, a braai and DSTV are also provided. Just across the road are very popular rock pools and the unit is situated approximately 200 metres from the safe beach