The Adventure Province
Enjoy some of South Africa's finest hiking trails along the province's largely undeveloped coastline and through its mountainous, waterfall-filled landscapes. Private wildlife reserves and national parks abound; see the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) or migrating whales and dolphins. Scenic diversity is one of the most striking characteristics of the region, ranging from the lush, evergreen Tsitsikamma Forest to the rugged Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, the southern slopes of the Drakensberg and the arid Great Karoo.
Soar over the Sundays River Valley and the stunning citrus orchards from the dizzying heights of the ziplines. Secured safely in a harness, glide above the ground, sometimes reaching speeds of up to 80km per hour for a fun and exhilarating ride. This is the highest, longest and fastest double zipline in the country at present.
Tsitsikamma Segway Experience
The forest is a wonderful place to explore, with an abundance of plant and animal life around you. Take a guided tour and glide through on a Segway for the ultimate experience.
The Big Tree
This giant Outeniqua Yellowwood in the Tsitsikamma Forest is a magnificent part of creation, being some 1 000 years old and towering at an impressive height of 36.6 metres. The trunk has a circumference of nearly nine metres and the canopy boasts a spread of 33 metres.
Explore Suicide Reef
Explore the caves, overhangs and numerous drop offs of Suicide Reef, Just off Noordhoek in Port Elizabeth. On a calm day this is an ideal spot, popular amongst spear fishermen.
Three Sisters Dive Site
East London’s top diving sites are Mermaid’s Pool, at Nahoon Reef, and Three Sisters reef, about 1 km offshore of Bonza Bay beach, up the coast towards East London from Mermaid’s Pool.
The reef, is good for all levels of divers and for snorkelers.
Gonjah 4x4 Route
This is a fabulous way to explore and discover the gorgeous area of the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape. This area borders the Baviaanskloof region, which is one of this province’s most prized natural jewels and tourist attractions.
The Kowie Canoe Trail
This trail will lead you approximately 21km up the river past attractions such as The Old Wreck, Windy Beach, Rabbit Rocks, Cob Hole, Black Rock, The old Mill, The Reef, Ferry Glen, White Rock and on to the Camp at Horseshoe Bend.
The highest commercially operated Bungee Jump from a bridge, in the world at 216 meters above the Bloukrans River. Bloukrans utilises pendulum bungee technology ensuring you the smoothest, most comfortable jump possible.
Jeffreys Bay is known for its popularity as a surfing haven! Great beaches, waves and “vibe”, make this place ideal for surf lessons, shopping and culture.
Route 67 – Port Elizabeth
The route starts at the Campanile and climbs the staircase to Vuyisile Mini Market Square in the city centre. It consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela's 67 years of work dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa and includes 67 steps leading up the second largest flag in Africa. The artworks were designed by local artists from the Eastern Cape. The route is a proud celebration of our cities heritage and history. This is a must see stop for the whole family to walk and to enjoy.
Known as the "Friendly City", Port Elizabeth fringes Algoa Bay at the western end of the Sunshine Coast, regarded as one of the best sailing venues in the world, while scuba diving is of world class quality with beautiful reefs, shipwrecks, fish and colourful coral species.
The city offers many good bathing beaches and surf spots. It’s also a convenient gateway to the Eastern Cape and Karoo.
Where to Stay
A unique retreat combining African and Eastern cultures in a distinct style. Set in a quiet part of Summerstrand, close to the popular surfing and bathing beaches. Lush landscaped gardens with water features lead to spacious bedrooms, each with a separate entrance and private patio.
Ibhayi Guest Lodge
Ideally situated in Walmer, gateway to the garden route and offers luxury accommodation to both business and leisure guests. Set in secure tranquil surroundings, accommodation is provided in 20 twin/double rooms and 4 family rooms, all with private entrances and secure parking.
The Boardwalk Casino & Hotel
This hotel enjoys a prime position along Beach Road, the motorway that separates this world-class development from the warm waters of Algoa Bay. As such, it is centrally situated and showcases gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean.
Located on the magnificent beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex. The stunning four-star hotel offers homely comfort in its 58 spacious, en-suite bedrooms, some with stunning sea-views and others opening onto the tranquil courtyard.
Admiralty Beach House
A four-star Luxury Guest House, perfectly situated in Summerstrand, a beachfront suburb of the city.
Country-chic rooms with hardwood floors are individually furnished, and offer free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screen TVs.
Ocean Bay Guest House
Nestled in the beautiful, tranquil beach suburb of Summerstrand, is a new contemporary styled guesthouse and within easy reach of Nelson Mandela Bay business centres. Garden Rooms are set in a courtyard with a sunny deck overlooking tranquil gardens and the Poolside Rooms have their own sunny decks and overlook the sparkling pool and deck area.
Brookes Hill Suites
On a hill overlooking the ocean, this informal hotel is close to the beach, restaurants, shops and casino on The Boardwalk as well as the Bayworld theme park. Casual rooms featuring traditional decor and wicker furnishings include satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities.
No 5 by Mantis
Step into a world of unsurpassed sophistication and excellence at this exclusive five-star hotel,
nestled in the upmarket beachfront suburb of Summerstrand. The air-conditioned suites are elegant and modern and feature a minibar, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and a lounge area.
The Windermere by Mantis
In the beachfront suburb of Humewood, home to many shops and restaurants, this contemporary hotel is close to the beach and city centre. The 9 modern rooms come with flat-screen TV’s and free Wi-Fi.
The Kelway Hotel
This timber-built hotel is close to the beach and offer rustic-chic rooms with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities, plus shower-only bathrooms. Some have balconies with Mandela Bay views and minifridges are available on request.
Known as ‘the Kowie’ for the picturesque canal-like river that flows through its centre, Port Alfred is blessed with beautiful beaches and a Royal golf course, intimate small-boat harbour and 43 Air School, a world-class training facility for pilots and air traffic controllers. There is the Royal Alfred Marina - one of few in the world where every home owner enjoys private water frontage and a personal jetty! Visitors can enjoy boat cruises through the Marina canals and if you feel energetic you can hire a water pedalo or canoe to make the trip.
Where to Stay
Royal St Andrews Hotel
Set in an elegant, half-timbered building dating from 1924 and a modern, glass-fronted annexe, this upscale hotel overlooks the Royal Port Alfred golf course and is close to the beach. The chic rooms offer decor ranging from old-world to contemporary. All have free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilites. Suites have sitting areas, and bathrooms with claw-foot tubs.
Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve
This elegant lodge on a coastal wildlife reserve has views to a private white sand beach and the Indian Ocean. Close to the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club and Waters Meeting Nature Reserve.
Luxe suites with thatched ceilings and antique furnishings offer air-conditioning, Wi-Fi access and satellite TV, plus en-suite bathrooms with heated floors and Jacuzzis. All 7 have living areas and private decks with ocean views. A sleek 3-bedroom house adds a full kitchen and a private plunge pool.
Camdeboo National Park
It covers an area of 194sq km and almost surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet. There are plenty of animals including springbok, buffaloes, Cape mountain zebras and kudus, plus over 200 bird species, but the real draws are the spectacular geological formations and great views overlooking Graaff-Reinet and the plains. The Valley of Desolation is the park’s most popular sight. It’s a hauntingly beautiful valley with an outstanding view – the rugged, piled dolerite columns are set against the backdrop of the endless Karoo plains. Graaff-Reinet is also visible, nestled in a bend of the Sundays River. The valley can be reached by car on a steep but sealed road, and there’s a 1.5km circuit walk. It’s the sort of place that makes you wish you were an eagle and in fact people do paraglide from here. The best times to come are at sunrise or sunset.
Founded in 1786, known as the “gem of the Karoo” With over 200 buildings claimed as National Monuments and an entire street restored, including its slave cottages. Graaff-Reinet has retained much of the character of a typical 19th century town and is well worth a visit.
Where to Stay
Set in charming Cape Dutch manor buildings linked by courtyards, this sophisticated boutique hotel is close to the Graaff-Reinet Museum and 14 km from the Valley of Desolation. Stylish, uniquely decorated rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as Nespresso machines, minibars and writing desks.
Villa Reinet Guest House
Centrally situated in the town, the guest house has a garden and air-conditioned rooms feature
en-suite facilities, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi access, a fridge, kettle and free toiletries. Selected rooms also feature pool views.
Avondrust Guest House
Built in 1911, this Edwardian mansion is set on an estate with a lush garden, water features and outdoor pool. Classically decorated with a touch of country style atmosphere, the spacious rooms and suites feature selected antique furnishings, paintings and chandeliers. Guests can enjoy views of the garden.
Addo Elephant National Park
A day or two at malaria free Addo is a highlight of any visit to this region. It offers a wide range of game viewing and outdoor activities, which include horse-riding, guided walking, hiking and 4x4 trails. Look out for the rare flightless dung beetle, endemic to Addo. Nothing could be better if you are a bush lover!
Where to Stay
Woodall Country House & Spa
Tucked away on a peaceful citrus farm where miles of citrus trees bear fruit all winter and scent the air with blossoms in the springtime. It is ideally suited for nature lovers, food and wine connoisseurs, as well as those seeking time out in the spa.
Stay in understated colonial style luxury, with panoramic views of the Zuurberg Mountain Range. Camp Figtree features a variety of game drives, safaris and game walks. There is also an infinity pool and a restaurant.
Gorah Elephant Camp
This exclusive lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past. Situated in the malaria-free Addo, tented luxury suites offer a private deck with panoramic views. Meals are served in the dining room at the colonial Gorah House and in an enclosed outdoor area around the fire, where guests can enjoy a gourmet barbecue and African cuisine. High tea is served every afternoon.
Zuurberg Mountain Village
This mountain-top resort surrounded by savannah, provides panoramic views of Addo Elephant National Park. It offers luxury accommodation, with an outdoor pool and an array of outdoor activities from horse riding to hiking.
This exclusive lodge is a must for every nature lover who enjoys relaxing and taking in the sounds of the wild, with views of the Karoo Plains and the Zuurberg Mountains. It offers Big-5 game walks, night safari drives, fly fishing, cave exploring and bird watching.
Founders Lodge by Mantis
A character-filled 1940’s manor house, situated on a private reserve directly adjacent to the malaria- free Big-5 Shamwari Game Reserve. Newly renovated to accommodate guests in exquisite 5-star comfort.
Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area
The area encompasses the World Heritage Site of Baviaanskloof and the Karoo towns of Steytlerville, Willowmore, Rietbron and Groot Rivier. It covers 200km of unspoiled, rugged mountainous terrain with spectacular landscapes hosting more than a thousand different plant species, including the Erica and Protea families and species of ancient cycads. A must-see for all nature and adventure enthusiasts.
River Bend Lodge
This upscale, low-rise lodge is close to the Coerney River. Suites feature private patios with Wi-Fi and satellite TV, plus minibars and safes. An upgraded suite includes a Nespresso machine and a private plunge pool. A villa adds a kitchen, a living area and another pool. There's a refined restaurant and a wood-panelled bar, plus a lounge and a library. A lawn surrounds an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a spa and a playroom.
The game lodges, safari lodges and bush camps of the Eastern Cape present visitors with endless choices when it comes to planning a safari adventure. Many of the reserves include the “Big Five”– rhino, elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo as well as an abundance of bird species, which makes this part of South Africa a hotspot for safaris.
Daily guided game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles and guests may experience a close-up and personal interaction with a cheetah. See other predators like hyena, jackal and lynx, as well as many antelope species or spot the rare Bontebok and Oribi.
While some of the lodges are luxurious 5-star escapes, others are comfortable camps or cosy suites in 3- and 4-star establishments.
Where to Stay
Hopewell Private Game Reserve
The malaria-free Hopewell Private Game Reserve is set on 3000 hectares of African bush with an abundance of wildlife and birds. Guests can enjoy panoramic views, game drives and free Wi-Fi.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Offering a Big-5 safari experience, nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The five award-winning lodges offer a range of accommodation options and activities to make every African Dream come true.
Lalibela Private Game Reserve
Not only malaria free, but spans 5 ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna. Home to the Big-5 as well as other predators like cheetah, hyena, jackal and lynx. Lalibela has its own airstrip making air charters directly into the Game Reserve possible.
Amakhala Game Reserve
Offers a wide variety of 3, 4 and 5-star owner-managed experiences in a selection of 11 Luxury establishments, made up of restored Country houses, Safari Lodges and Tented camps located in different areas of the large 18 000 acres Safari park.
Shamwari Game Reserve
The malaria-free reserve is home to vast herds of wildlife, bird life and ecological diversity and guests can spot Africa's Big-5. Luxury accommodation is offered in different lodges on the reserve and Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience.
Sibuya Game Reserve
The unique ‘Sibuya Experience’ starts with a short boat transfer up the Kariega Estuary to River Camp, Forest Camp or Bush Lodge and is located close to the beach. Situated in a malaria-free forest., it offers Big-5 game drives, river cruises and tented accommodation.
Pumba Private Game Reserve
Water Lodge offers waterfront chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, while Bush Lodge is set on a floodplain with scenic mountain views offering luxury thatch and glass chalets. All Chalets open onto private game viewing decks boasting plunge pools and outdoor showers.
Kariega Private Game Reserve
Offers a combination of “Big-5” and general game viewing and a variety of fauna, flora and birdlife. Main Lodge offers families, friends and couples a relaxed and friendly environment to enjoy the African bush. Ukhozi Lodge truly captures the romance and intimacy of Africa. River Lodge is unique with 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed thatched suites and The Homestead is a private lodge which offers guests secluded comfort, convenience and luxury.
Garden Route (Eastern Cape)
Famous for road tripping, beach lounging and hiking opportunities and known for the magnificence of its wild, unspoilt coastline and natural “gardens. The amazing forests at Tsitsikamma, sweeping beaches of St Francis Bay and beautiful Plettenberg Bay, the bustling town of Knysna and lovely Lake District of Wilderness and Sedgefield are all to be found along the way.
Cape St Francis & St Francis Bay
Renowned as a water sport paradise with surfing, kite-surfing, surf ski and canoe paddling on the beautiful waters off both Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay as well as on the nearby Kromme River. St Francis Links offers the keen golfer an excellent challenge with the nearby St Francis Bay Golf Club offering an easier but still challenging round of golf.
Choose from a selection of accommodation options from conventional hotel rooms, three and four- bedroom cottages or luxury beach villas.
Where to Stay
Cape St Francis Resort
This property is close to the beach and offers spacious one or two roomed apartments with balconies overlooking the garden or outdoor pool, family cottages in a garden setting as well as luxury beach villas.
Oyster Bay Lodge
Located on a private beach between Knysna and Port Elizabeth, Oyster Bay Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in Cape Dutch-style chalets. Each one has a private veranda with picturesque ocean views. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the bar, lounge and swimming pool area.
The Sands @ St Francis
It has direct access to the beach and an infinity pool. Elegantly decorated rooms feature a patio or a terrace with ocean views, and include a marble bathroom with spa bath.
Sandals Guest House
The ambience of this boutique guesthouse is a blend of superb hospitality, cuisine and service. The palm-fringed thatched house is decorated in a tropical-African flavour, close to the main beach and offers unsurpassed luxury with its pool bar and spacious wooden decks. The swimming pool is set in a lush semi-tropical garden.
Tsitsikamma Marine Park
Tsitsikamma is a word of the indigenous Khoi-San people meaning 'place of many waters', accurately describing the beautiful 50-mile (80km) stretch of coastline that makes up the Tsitsikamma National Park, the oldest and largest marine reserve in Africa. The park contains many attractions, including a giant Outeniqua yellowwood tree that is hundreds of years old. The region is criss-crossed by hiking trails, including the world-renowned Otter Trail (a five-day hike), starting at Storm's River and running along 25 miles (41km) of spectacular coastline to Nature's Valley.
Where to Stay
Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Built in 1946 to resemble a village, this refined hotel is close to the N2 highway and 15 km from the Storms River Mouth. Ranging from simple log cabins to ornate cottages, accommodations come with gardens, TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities and complimentary secured parking. There's a 1960s-inspired diner, a cafe and a lounge, plus a pub. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a play area for kids.
For some, its long, lazy days on sunny beaches and for others its Plett’s buzzing night life and high season cocktail circuit. There are those who are up early to ride the forests and go parachuting or bungee jumping, and then there are the monkeys, elephants, other wild animals and birds dotted throughout Plett that make for the perfect fun-filled leisure time.
Don’t forget to visit our 16 wine estates, go on a township tour and visit a township tavern, or take part in any number of activities that make up the Plett Summer Festival.
Where to Stay
Whalesong Hotel & Hydro
Situated in a lush, landscaped garden. Each of the spacious, 24 bedrooms reflect the serene blues and whites of the ocean and features its own private wooden viewing deck. The Restaurant is well known for its quality cuisine and great hospitality.
Redbourne Country Lodge
A cosy 4-star guesthouse situated in the tranquil and peaceful Piesang Valley overlooking the world-class Plettenberg Bay Country Club golf course, offering comfortable, upmarket accommodation. Redbourne offers an extraordinary level of personal service that it is sure to become any visitor’s favourite getaway secret.
The Robberg Beach Lodge
This upscale but laid-back beachside resort offers rooms and suites that spread across 4 villas, close to Sanctuary Beach and Robberg Nature Reserve. Airy, modern rooms and suites offer a relaxed-yet-chic style and include woven jute rugs. They are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and tea and coffeemaking facilities.
Buffelsdam Country House
Located close to the N2 in the rural area of The Crags at the foot of the Tsitsikamma mountains between Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley. With six well-appointed rooms and a three-bedroom family unit, it offers guests a great stay in the heart of the Garden Route, just a few minutes from many exciting Activities.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge
This vibrant, upscale lodge is close to the Elephant Sanctuary and the Birds of Eden. Bright, modern rooms have private decks with hammocks overlooking the gardens, as well as minibars, free homemade snacks, and tea and coffeemaking facilities as well as free Wi-Fi.
Periwinkle Guest Lodge
A 4-Star luxury lodge situated on Beachy Head Drive, directly across the road from the Robberg blue Flag Beach, a safe swimming beach. Six of the seven rooms have balconies where guests can enjoy the panoramic view from the Robberg Peninsula and the Tsitskamma Mountains.
Plettenberg Park Hotel & Spa
Set on a nature reserve overlooking the Indian Ocean, this clifftop, upscale hotel is close to Knysna Elephant Park. Chic rooms and suites with muted colour schemes and private balconies feature flat-screen TVs, DVD players and heated floors, plus minibars. Many have sea or lake views.
Scallop Guest Lodge
Where peaceful earthiness encounters modern Africa. Located in a residential area, close to the pristine "Blue Flag" status Robberg Beach. Ideal for family and friends who want to escape from the noise and city life. There are numerous, lovely shops and must visit restaurants within the vicinity.
Starfish Guest Lodge
Overlooking a landscaped indigenous garden with salt water pool, the lodge is close to the swimming beach of Robberg. All 6 of the spacious en-suite rooms have been individually appointed and only the finest linens have been provided. Self-catering is optional.
The Plettenberg Bay Hotel
Situated on a rocky headland along the famous Garden Route, the ultimate South African seaside escape. The five-star hotel, with its 35 beautifully appointed rooms and two family-style villas, showcases the most breathtaking vistas, with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand. Guests may enjoy world-class cuisine courtesy of Group Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s SeaFood, where fresh seafood is the order of the day.