10 things to do in the Eastern Cape

  1. Just outside Port Elizabeth is the Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve. In its 500 hectares you’ll find three biomes – southern wooded slopes, a large plateau and northern river banks each have their own vegetation type. The reserve protects and propagates the unique Fynbos, succulents and indigenous flora. This is a perfect mountain biker’s excursion, with a number of flat gravel road and ideal riding terrain for the novice mountain biker or the family on a cycling outing. http://vanstadens.co.za/
  2. The Valley of Desolation sits inside the Camdaboo National Park, a quick drive from Graaff-Reinet. Its dolerite pillars rise nearly 100 metres from the valley floor, the product of volcanic and erosive forces over a period of 100 million years that removed the softer sedimentary filling. Access to look out points are easily accessible by car, and there is also a 1,500-metre scenic walking trail starting at the parking area. graaffreinet.co.za
  3. Port Elizabeth’s Hobie Beach is the perfect location for an Eastern Cape beach break. The waters are great for swimming and body surfing and the sheltered rock pools house some interesting inter-tidal sea life. There are plenty of eating establishments, ablution facilities, as well as a launching place for boats and rubber ducks. http://adrenalinaddo.co.za/
  4. If you’ve ever wanted to fly like Superman, you need to head out to Addo, where Adrenalin Addo will hook you up to a forward-facing, prone zip line and send you soaring. Their other heartbeat-raising activities include South Africa’s highest, longest and fastest double zip line and a giant swing. adrenalinaddo.co.za
  5. Visit the early-life home of Nelson Mandela – Qunu. The Nelson Mandela Museum offers a memorable cultural experience that gives insights into the life of Nelson Mandela, with guided tours and a heritage trail that follow his footsteps. See where is remarkable man played as child, went to school and the church where he was baptised. http://nelsonmandelamuseum.org.za/
  6. Take the family for a meal at the Yellowwood Forest Tea Garden and Pizzeria in Morgan’s Bay on the Wild Coast. The kiddies play area is the perfect distraction for youngsters, allowing parents some time for adult conversation. http://www.yellowwoodforest.co.za/tea-garden-pizzeria-bar/
  7. Seaview Predator Park in Port Elizabeth is a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation centre with a number of permanent residents who are unable to be released back into the wild. Visitors can self-drive through the park, where the predators are housed in large enclosures for the safety of everyone. Antelope, zebra and other herbivores roam free. https://www.seaviewpredatorpark.com/
  8. The Port Elizabeth branch of the South African Air Force Museum is a great place for anyone interesting in flying machines. Exhibits include helicopters, a supersonic jet fighter, two of the world famous Harvard trainers, and the oldest surviving jet fighter in South Africa. https://saafmuseum.org.za/
  9. Amble along the 5km Donkin Heritage Trail which links 51 places of historical interest in the old Hill area of central Port Elizabeth. The 1820 Settler history and architectural delights of the historical central city can be explored at leisure on a self-guided walking tour. https://www.nmbt.co.za/listing/donkin_heritage_trail.html
  10. Ever wondered what life for 1820 British settlers in Port Elizabeth looked like? At No7 Castle Hill, you can see for yourself. The house was completed in 1825 and is one of the oldest surviving Settler cottages in PE. Following renovations, it was opened as a Museum in 1965. https://www.nmbt.co.za/listing/7_castle_hill_historical_museum.html