Eastern Cape Holidays: An Overview

South Africa is famous for the diversity of its landscapes and the Eastern Cape is no exception.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Eastern Cape combines extremely well with a stay in Cape Town and the Winelands, either at the beginning or end of your stay - we can help you tailor make your perfect holiday.

Luxury Eastern Cape Holidays: The Detail

The diversity of the scenery is one of the most striking characteristics of the region, with surroundings ranging from the arid Great Karoo of the interior to endless sweeps of sandy beaches, the big game safari parks in and around Addo National Park to the lush green forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

Luxury Eastern Cape holidays are all about experiencing the great outdoors. It is particularly renowned for its coastline, which is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. Surfers come from far and wide to ride the waves at Jeffreys Bay, and there are many spots that make for an ideal seaside escape such as Plettenberg Bay.

Other attractions include the unspoilt Tsitsikamma National Park, big game safaris and, for adrenalin junkies, the world's highest bungee jump, over the Storms River.

Original Travel have a selection of the finest places to stay during your luxury holiday that between them, take in the best that the Eastern Cape has to offer. They can be experienced individually or by renting a car and driving between the various destinations.


Original Highlight

It’s an easy and attractive drive from Cape Town to the coastal playground of Plettenburg Bay, and there's some beautiful, non-malarial safari territory beyond.

Ra, Original Traveller

A note on price

South Africa’s USP is the sheer variety of experiences it offers (from food and drink to diving to safari), which makes it tricky to provide guide prices. A luxury holiday combining Cape Town and the Winelands could cost around £2,000 per person, while upgrading to the best hotels and including a top end safari could add a few thousand to the bill. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 0.8 inches
  • Water Temp. — 19°C / 66°F
Flight from London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Top picks for Eastern Cape

The living room at Samara, luxury hotel in South Africa


Eastern Cape

Located in the Great Karoo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Samara is a private game reserve comprising 70,000 acres of beautiful landscapes.

Where to stay

Bathroom at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, luxury safari lodge in South Africa

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Eastern Cape

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is spread along the Great Fish River, with the added bonus of being in the malaria free Eastern Cape.

Where to stay

Kids playroom at Kurland, luxury hotel in South Africa


Eastern Cape

Kurland is a luxury country hotel set on a 700-hectare estate near Plettenberg Bay, on South Africa’s famous ‘Garden Route’.

Where to stay

The pool at Hog Hollow Lodge, luxury hotel in South Africa

Hog Hollow

Eastern Cape

Situated 12 miles east of the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow Country Lodge sits in a private nature reserve on the edge of indigenous forest, with wonderful views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Where to stay

The Villa at Hog Hollow, luxury hotel in South Africa

The Villa at Hog Hollow

Eastern Cape

Situated near the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, The Villa at Hog Hollow Country Lodge is set on a private nature reserve, with breathtaking views over the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and Mountains.

Where to stay

Horses at Oyster Bay Lodge, luxury hotel in South Africa

Oyster Bay Lodge

Eastern Cape

Located between Knysna and Port Elizabeth lies Oyster Bay Lodge, a beautiful Coastal Reserve which is set on 235 hectares and incorporates magnificent dunes, woods, river deltas, beaches, wetlands, lagoons, free roaming horses and an extensive birdlife.

Where to stay

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