Eastern Cape, lying on the southeastern South African coast,
is a region of great natural beauty, particularly the rugged
rough seas and dense green bush of the stretch known as the
The province's diverse climates and landscapes range from the
dry and desolate Great Karoo to the lush forests of the Wild
the Keiskamma Valley, the fertile Langkloof, renowned for its
rich apple harvests, and the mountainous southern Drakensberg
region around the town of Elliot.
The Eastern Cape's main feature is its spectacular coastline,
by the temperate Indian Ocean.
With long stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, rocky coves,
secluded lagoons and towering cliffs, the coast is the
province's main tourist attraction.
It's the country's second-largest province after the Northern
Cape. The majority of the people speak isiXhosa, followed by
Afrikaans and English.
The best safaris
in the world.
For nearly a decade, a premier Eastern Cape game reserve has been
voted the best in the world, at the World Travel Awards, the
Oscars of the international travel industry.
In 2006 Shamwari Game Reserve came out tops for a stunning ninth
consecutive year, winning two global awards: the world's leading
conservation company and the world's leading safari and game
reserve. The reserve was also voted Africa's leading safari.
Bushman Sands Reserve, also in the Eastern Cape, was named the
world's leading sustainable tourism project.