15 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cradock
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grahamstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
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Port Elizabeth

— 3 nights

Windy City

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.
Spend the 17th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hobie Beach, and steep yourself in history at Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planning website.

Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 4 nights
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Otter Trail. On the 22nd (Thu), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery, and get outside with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park travel planner.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then examine the collection at The Owl House, and then learn more about the world around you at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Graaff-Reinet in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cradock.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cradock

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mountain Zebra National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Schreiner House Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of St Peter's Church, and then stroll through Cat Conservation Trust.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cradock tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Cradock takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Grahamstown

— 2 nights
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Pumba Private Game Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Kowie Museum, then kick back and relax at Kariega Beach, and then trek along Beachcomber Horse Trails.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grahamstown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cradock to Grahamstown takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Addo Elephant National Park

— 1 night
On the 30th (Fri), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Addo Elephant National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Grahamstown to Addo Elephant National Park in 2 hours. In April in Addo Elephant National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Eastern Cape travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Parks · Zipline
Serving as landing site and home of settlers in the 1820s, Eastern Cape also remains the traditional home of the Xhosa people. The diverse landscape provides a dizzying array of vacation ideas in the Eastern Cape: see arid deserts in the interior, or the lush, humid land to the east--home to elephants, buffalo, and the endangered black rhino. Add cultural components to your Eastern Cape itinerary with numerous monuments, museums, and galleries that tell the story of the country's numerous ethnicities.