12 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

12 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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12 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Storms River
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cradock
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Grahamstown
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Step out of Port Elizabeth to go to Addo Elephant National Park and see Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip builder site .

Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Elizabeth, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Storms River.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Safaris

3
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Storms River is known for adventure, trails, outdoors, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, trek along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Otter Trail, and view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Storms River tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Storms River in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Storms River, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Storms River

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
Highlights from your plan
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, and then stroll through Valley of Desolation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Owl House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, and finally see the interesting displays at The Reinet House.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Storms River to Graaff-Reinet in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cradock.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
Highlights from your plan
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk

1
night
Cradock

Cradock ©
Cradock is a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, in the upper valley of the Great Fish River, 250km by road northeast of Port Elizabeth. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the striking features of St Peter's Church, stroll through Cat Conservation Trust, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mountain Zebra National Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cradock road trip planner .

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Cradock in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
Cat Conservation Trust ©
Cat Conservation Trust

2
nights
Grahamstown

Grahamstown ©
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at The Kowie Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kowie River, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kariega Beach. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church, and then trek along Beachcomber Horse Trails.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Grahamstown day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cradock to Grahamstown in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea
Highlights from your plan
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Kowie River ©
Kowie River

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