19 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

19 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Alfred
— 2 nights
Drive
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East London
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cradock
— 1 night
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint Francis Bay
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth

— 4 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 25th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 26th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Sardinia Bay Beach, stroll through Hobie Beach, and stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in December: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Addo Elephant National Park

— 1 night
On the 28th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Addo Elephant National Park holiday maker app.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park in 1.5 hours. December in Addo Elephant National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Alfred.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Port Alfred

— 2 nights
Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Kelly's Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kowie River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Kowie Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Fish River Lighthouse, then stroll through Kariega Beach, and finally trek along Beachcomber Horse Trails.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Alfred trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Port Alfred takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to East London.

Things to do in Port Alfred

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

East London

— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, kick back and relax at Nahoon Beach, and then stroll through Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Gonubie Beach and then kick back and relax at Cintsa Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the East London road trip planning site.

You can drive from Port Alfred to East London in 2 hours. December in East London sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cradock.

Things to do in East London

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Cradock

— 1 night
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 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Mountain Zebra National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cradock trip planner.

You can drive from East London to Cradock in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks · Nature
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Graaff-Reinet

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Graaff-Reinet: Nieu-Bethesda (Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre & The Owl House). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Camdeboo National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Valley of Desolation, see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet trip tool.

You can drive from Cradock to Graaff-Reinet in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 3 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.
On the 8th (Sat), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, hike along Waterfall Trail, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tsitsikamma National Park vacation builder.

Getting from Graaff-Reinet to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Tsitsikamma National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Saint Francis Bay

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Seal Point, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Surf Camp South Africa, and then tee off at St.Francis Links.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saint Francis Bay trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Saint Francis Bay takes 1.5 hours. January in Saint Francis Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side 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.