17 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

17 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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17 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
East London
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Grahamstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cradock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Storms River
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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. On the 17th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light and then kick back and relax at Nahoon Beach. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at East London Museum, browse the different shops at Hemingways Mall, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Emerald Vale Brewery.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our East London vacation planning app .

Johannesburg to East London is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in East London, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in East London

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trip

Emerald Vale Brewery
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Hemingways Mall ©
Hemingways Mall
Emerald Vale Brewery ©
Emerald Vale Brewery
East London Museum ©
East London Museum

2
nights
Grahamstown

Grahamstown ©
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 19th (Thu), examine the collection at The Kowie Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kariega Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Michael and St George. On your second day here, explore by horseback at Beachcomber Horse Trails, then explore the activities along Kowie River, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Clumber Church.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grahamstown journey website .

Drive from East London to Grahamstown in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cradock.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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. On the 21st (Sat), stroll through Cat Conservation Trust, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mountain Zebra National Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Church.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cradock trip planner .

Drive from Grahamstown to Cradock in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

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

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Graaff-Reinet: Walter Battiss Art Museum (in Somerset East) and The Owl House (in Nieu-Bethesda). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James the Great Anglican Church, make a trip to Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, and sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip maker site .

Drive from Cradock to Graaff-Reinet in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Storms River.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

The Owl House, Walter Battiss Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Camdeboo National Park ©
Camdeboo National Park

4
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.
Take a break from Storms River with a short trip to Dutch Reformed Church in Kareedouw, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, get outside with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey, trek along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Storms River trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Storms River takes 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Dutch Reformed Church
Highlights from your plan
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park), Paradise Beach (in Jeffreys Bay) and Daniell Cheetah Project (in Kirkwood). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, gain insight at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Storms River to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Daniell Cheetah Project, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris

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