Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape lies on the south eastern coast of South African. It is a region of great natural beauty, particularly the rugged cliffs, rough seas and dense green bush of the stretch known as the Wild Coast.

The province's capital is Port Elizabeth. Along the west coast are the indigenous forests of Tsitsikamma and the best surf spots in the country are St. Francis and Jeffrey's Bay. North of Port Elizabeth lies the Sunshine Coast with beautiful beaches and the Wild Coast with choppy waves, deep canyons and unspoilt nature. The interior also has many scenic contrasts, from the hilly Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area to the dry and desolate Karoo with magnificent national parks and much large and small game.

The Eastern Cape is the heart of Xhosa culture, one of the major African tribes in South Africa. Many Xhosa leaders, including Steve Biko and former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid here. There is much attention to the special Xhosa history and traditions.

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Addo Elephant Park

Situated in a malaria free area just one hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, Addo is the second biggest game reserve in South Africa.
The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area - today it is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, 280 Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
The obvious main attraction of the Addo Elephant Park is the park's 350 or so African Elephants. The Black Rhino and Cape Buffalo are also notable species, but unlike the elephant, these species are easier to see by night. Visitors should also look out for the flightless dung beetle, a species unique to the Addo region and that feeds on the faeces of the large ungulates. There are also many other large herbivores, particularly antelope species such as kudu, eland, red hartebeest and springbok.

Addo Elephant Park is een malaria-vrij gebied. In en rondom het park liggen diverse lodges en private wildreservaten van waaruit de Afrikaanse bush ontdekt kan worden.

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Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan (early inhabitants of the area) word meaning, "place of much water."

The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

The Tsitsikamma's spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, ever-green forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines.