Eastern Cape Towns

Travel articles, activities and information on places to visit and towns in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
  • Addo

    This small farming town in the Eastern Cape is close to the Addo Elephant National Park and offers a good alternative to staying in the park. As well as the nearby national park and game farms

  • Alice

    This small, rather unprepossessing little town has one big claim to fame. It is the site of the University of Fort Hare, the alma mater of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu

  • Bisho & King Williams Town

    Bisho is the capital of the Eastern Cape but it seems to be dominated by the nearby King Williams Town, which is much older. In fact, these two towns are virtually one

  • Cintsa

    This little coastal paradise is less than an hour's drive from East London and is an excellent springboard for the Wild Coast. It's a quiet little holiday town and is a marvellous resort

  • Coffee Bay

    Coffee Bay is probably one of South Africa's hidden paradises. It is believed that the name Coffee Bay came about in 1893 when a ship full of coffee beans ran aground

  • Cradock

    Cradock, a small town in the Fish River Valley, which was founded by Sir John Cradock after the frontier war of 1812. The rich soil, plentiful water and warm climate makes this town

  • Eastern Cape

    The Eastern Cape is the second largest of South Africa's provinces and has the greatest diversity of environments, cultural attractions and outdoor activities. The beaches are spectacular

  • Graaff-Reinet

    This Karoo town is a little out of the way, so it's not included on most itineraries. This is a pity, as it's one of the Eastern Cape's most interesting settlements. Pretty much a cultural

  • Grahamstown

    Grahamstown is best known as the venue of the annual National Festival of the Arts and is generally considered to be a cultural and cerebral destination. With Rhodes University

  • Ngqura

    Ngqura is in Algoa Bay; Algoa Bay was the landing place of the 1820 English settlers. Ngqura like the rest of Port Elizabeth has a variety of beaches, water activities, restaurants and hotels

  • Nieu Bethesda

    Nieu Bethesda really is a tiny little country town, way off the beaten track and it is only through an absolute quirk of fate that it ever became known at all. For it was here that the late Helen

  • Port Elizabeth, the friendly city on the Garden Route.

    Port Elizabeth

    For an overview of east coast attractions, this Port Elizabeth travel guide offers ideas and insights into the “Friendly City” plus Port Elizabeth Guest House options

  • Port St Johns

    This town at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, on the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast, has seen many changes. It lost a lot of its lustre during the Bantustan days when it was part of the nominally

  • Queenstown

    Queenstown, known as the 'rose capital of South Africa' is a town that truly comes alive in Spring. A prosperous farming district, , Queenstown is also known for its commercial

  • Qunu

    This tiny, rather insignificant town in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape has only one claim to fame – as the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. This small town is surrounded by the lush green

  • Umtata

    This smallish city on the banks of the Umtata River was the capital of the nominally independent Bantustan of the Transkei during the apartheid era. It is the largest town in the Transkei region