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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  • 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.

Top picks for Eastern Cape

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

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’.

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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

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.

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Morukuru Ocean House

Eastern Cape

Looking out over the white beaches, rock pools and sand dunes of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, Morukuru Ocean House boasts a fantastic location on the Eastern Cape’s Garden Route. Plus, the reserve is UNESCO protected so you can enjoy the beautiful coastline in peaceful isolation.

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.

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