Eastern Cape Holidays: An Overview

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

Isabel, Ra and Louise Fitzgerald are here to help give you the inside track.

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  • 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.


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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

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

Veranda at Camp Figtree, luxury hotel in South Africa

Camp Figtree

Eastern Cape

Camp Fig Tree is a remote private lodge set on top of the stunning Zuurberg mountain range. Resting between a conservancy and the Addo Elephant National Park, the camp boasts unparalleled views.

Where to stay

Outdoor Deck and Fire Pit, Settler's Drift

Settler's Drift

Eastern Cape

Settler’s Drift is a 5-star luxury tented lodge set amidst the Kariega Nature Reserve – a big five reserve - on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Dotted with lanterns and roaring fires this unique camp is as welcoming to guests now as the land was to the original settlers in 1820.

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

Kurland Villa, luxury hotel in South Africa

Kurland Villa

Eastern Cape

Home to Peter and Dianne Behr, owners of the Kurland Hotel Polo Estate, Kurland Villa has been in the family for three generations. Set in park like surroundings in a secluded location, it is ideal for families and friends looking for a private and exclusive getaway.

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

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