As a tourist in South Africa there are countless destinations to see. However, there are many attractions specifically in the Eastern Cape that surround Shamwari Private Game Reserve that are just as beautiful and thrilling to give you a taste of South African living.
The Eastern Cape is a well-known tourist attraction due its beaches which span over 800km. That means there is more space for you to relax and take in the ocean air and crashing waves. These beaches are also some of the most uncorrupted beaches in the world.
Many of these natural attractions are perfect displays of South African beauty.
1) The Wild Coast
The Wild Coast is a strip of coastline that reaches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south. It is perfect for adventures on foot with all its multiple hiking trails. It is also renowned for its shipwrecks which makes the diving and snorkelling water activities that much more enjoyable.
Of all the things that make the Eastern Cape great, the wild coast boasts pristine nature and wildlife. A visit here can be likened to visiting Jurassic Park. This attraction is perfect for nature lovers, bird watchers and fitness enthusiasts.
One can also experience this spectacular place by 4×4 but it is best known for its hiking trails as it offers incredible views of the dramatic coastline, jagged cliffs, sheltered bays, wild beaches and rolling hills. For the animal lovers, this destination can be experienced on horseback.
2) Baviaanskloof Valley
Baviaanskloof Valley also known as “Valley of the Baboons” is a section of mountain wilderness that is 90 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth. It is rich in fauna and flora and celebrated for the untouched natural landscape.
This famous valley is known for its tapered gorges, mountain passes and clear streams. This valley has a diverse range of natural ecosystems including: forest, grassland, fynbos and more.
One is recommended to drive through the valley using a skilled driver as one will get to immerse themselves in nature where one will be encircled by birds and animals indigenous to that area.
You can learn more about the attraction in this short video on Baviaanskloof Valley.
It is said that the little town of Hogsback was named after the three ridges on the Amathole Mountains that resemble the outlines of a hog’s back. In this town, there are many beautiful forests and valleys to get lost in.
It is known for its quirky arts and crafts shops and garden tours that are all within walking distance to accommodation and are not to be overlooked. There is something quite mystical about Hogsback and it is beautiful all year round as each season brings its own magic.
4) The Valley of Desolation
The Valley of Desolation is a national monument in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It surrounds the town of Graaff Reinet in the Karoo and is in the Camdeboo National Park.
This natural marvel is only 14km away from Graaff Reinet, and the drive to this valley is sure to be scenic. The area has recorded over 200 bird species, over 300 plant varieties and over 40 mammals.
The landscapes in this destination are like no other and the artefacts transcend to those of the stone age. There are also markings that have been left by the Khoisan people in the east of the national park. The best recommended time to visit is in Spring.
5) Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay is last but not least on our list of destinations to visit in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It has many stunning beaches and is known as one of the top 10 surfing spots in the world.
It also happens to be less than an hour from Port Elizabeth and there are many possibilities when it comes to activities in the town. One can partake in some retail therapy, or dolphin watching and water sports for those that like to be more active.
There are numerous other destinations to visit while you’re in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, it may not be the best known in terms of a holiday destination however, it is not to be overlooked when planning your trip to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime!
6) Storms River Suspension Bridge
This one-of-a-kind attraction is based on the incredible Garden Route. The Garden Route is a drive that connects a multitude of coastal towns from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. This bridge is in Tsitsikamma national park and features a suspended bridge sure to give hikers a thrill.
This bridge is almost 80 metres long and is placed at the river mouth of Storms river. This river meets with the Indian Ocean, and allows hikers to feel like they are levitating above the turbulent water.
The walk to this bridge is an easy hike that is just under 2km in its entirety. The walk features various wildlife and birdlife, making for an engaging and exciting walk. There are also waterfalls to admire as you walk and they also provide great backdrops for photos.