Eastern Cape Holidays: An Overview

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

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.

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Safari in a Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a safari in one of the fantastic private game reserves throughout the Eastern Cape, such as Shamwari or Kwandwe (both known for their conservation efforts), spotting the Big Five as well as cheetahs, giraffes, antelopes and more. As with elsewhere in South Africa, these game reserves are especially good for families because they are malaria free.

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Learn Some Xhosa

Take the opportunity to learn a phrase or two of the second most common language in South Africa (after Zulu) - Xhosa. The majority of Xhosa speakers are found in the Eastern Cape, and in many of our favourite lodges the team can introduce you to the clicks and sounds of this unique language.

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Visit the Valley of Desolation

Admire the sheer cliffs and columns that rise up some 400 feet up from the floor of the Valley of Desolation in Camdeboo National Park. Hike through the park to take in the huge variety of flora and fauna that are found here and the dramatic landscapes, formed as a result of volcanic and erosive forces over the course of 100 million years.

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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.

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