Eastern Cape

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The Eastern Cape is the ultimate backpacker destination for the adventurous traveller seeking unmatched natural and cultural diversity. Here you'll find unspoiled beaches with legendary waves, majestic mountain hideaways where hobbits lurk, stark Karoo landscapes that hide ancient rock art and the country's friendliest cities. Welcome to Mandela's homeland, it's time to travel!

General information

CAPITAL: Bisho
OTHER CITIES: East London, Port Elizabeth, Mthatha
AIRPORTS: East London, Port Elizabeth
AREA: 13.9% of the country
POPULATION: 15.5% of the country at 6.6 million
LANGUAGES: Xhosa, Afrikaans, English

Not to be missed

  • Addo Elephant Park
  • Jeffreys Bay for excellent surfing
  • Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha
  • National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June
  • The Owl House in Nieu Bethesda
  • The Wild Coast for rural coastline
  • Addo

    Home of the Addo Elephant National Park with over 450 elephants, lions, leopard and other wildlife.
  • East London

    A laid-back port city that is much fairer than its English counterpart.
  • Grahamstown

    A university town that that hosts the country's largest arts festival every July.
  • Hogsback

    Nestled on the slopes of the Amatola Mountains with indigenous forests and a fairytale landscape.
  • Jeffreys Bay

    The centre of the winter surfing season, but good all-year round for beach lovers.
  • Mthatha

    A gateway for most of the Wild Coast's beautiful beach destinations and a good place to stock up on supplies.
  • Port Elizabeth

    With 40km of white sandy beach and calm waters, PE is ideal for year-long watersports.
  • Wild Coast

    Rocky and untamed with countless attractions and a rich cultural heritage.

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    Away With The Fairies

    Accommodation  > Hogsback

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Bay Language Institute

    English language studies  > Port Elizabeth

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Coffee Shack Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Coffee Bay

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Elgin Africa

    Tours & adventures  > Travel agent  > Cape Town

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Elundini Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Hogsback

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Face Adrenalin

    Tours & adventures  > Storms River

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Imonti Tours

    Tours & adventures  > Day tours  > East London

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    In the Green Backpackers

    Accommodation   > South Africa

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Island Vibe Jeffreys Bay

    Accommodation  > Jeffreys Bay

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Island Vibe Port Elizabeth

    Accommodation  > Port Elizabeth

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Jungle Monkey Backpackers

    Accommodation   > Eastern Cape

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Kumba Safaris

    Tours & adventures  > Adventure activities  > Addo

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Lungile Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Port Elizabeth

    Lungile is a two minute walk away from the main beach, bars, restaurants and booming nightlife.
    There are excellent in house daytrips, activities, safaris and multi day tours down the Garden Route and the Wildcoast available!

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    Mdumbi Backpackers

    Accommodation   > Eastern Cape

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Mr Pell's House

    Accommodation  > Jeffreys Bay

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

    Tourism services  > Port Elizabeth

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Owlhouse Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Nieu Bethesda

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Seals Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Cape St Francis

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    SmartOperation

    Tourism services  > Business to business  > Coffee Bay

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Sugarshack Backpackers

    Accommodation  > East London

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Sundays River Adventures

    Tours & adventures  > Adventure activities  > Addo

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Travellingcheapskates

    Tours & adventures  > Multi-day tours   > Eastern Cape

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Wanderlust Adventures

    Accommodation  > Port Alfred

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Wild Lubanzi Backpackers

    Accommodation   > Eastern Cape

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Wild Wine

    Tours & adventures  > Day tours   > Eastern Cape

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist

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    Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Kenton on Sea

    We offer Wild Coast Adventure tours. Through our Volunteer Africa programme we manage foreign volunteers in an outreach project in our local school. Adventure tours on the Wild Coast Beds Mountain bike trips on the Wild Coast Volunteer projects Conservation projects School volunteer projects Wild Coast specialist