16 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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East London
— 1 night
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Port Alfred
— 2 nights
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Cradock
— 1 night
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night

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East London

East London ©
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Gonubie Beach and then stroll through Cintsa Beach. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Ann Bryant Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Nahoon Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, and finally browse the different shops at Hemingways Mall.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our East London vacation tool.

Durban to East London is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Durban in December, expect East London to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Alfred.

Things to do in East London

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

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Shopping Mall
Hemingways Mall
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Port Alfred

Port Alfred ©
Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 6th (Sun), explore the activities along Kowie River, enjoy the sand and surf at Kelly's Beach, and then play a few rounds at The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Fish River Lighthouse, then hike along Beachcomber Horse Trails, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kariega Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mosaic Studio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Alfred trip builder.

Drive from East London to Port Alfred in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cradock.

Things to do in Port Alfred

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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Equestrian Trail
Beachcomber Horse Trails
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Art Gallery
Mosaic Studio
4.0

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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 8th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mountain Zebra National Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cradock planning website.

Traveling by car from Port Alfred to Cradock takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

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Parks · Nature
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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 9th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St James the Great Anglican Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, see the interesting displays at The Owl House, and then stop by Dustcovers.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet travel planner.

You can drive from Cradock to Graaff-Reinet in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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Specialty Museum
The Owl House
4.2
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Nature / Park
Valley of Desolation
4.8

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Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
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.
On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, browse the exhibits of Bitou Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and hike along Waterfall Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Graaff-Reinet to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums
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Suspension Bridge
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Hiking Trail
Waterfall Trail
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Hiking Trail
The Dolphin Trail
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Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©

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.
Family-friendly places like Shamwari Game Reserve and Boat Tours & Water Sports will thrill your kids. When in Port Elizabeth, make a side trip to see Sundays River Mouth and Beach in Colchester, approximately Colchester away. Spend the 16th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, kick back and relax at King's Beach, and look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Safari
Safaris
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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Addo Elephant National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Addo Elephant National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks · Wildlife
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