The Eastern Cape may have been slightly overshadowed by its western neighbour in the past, but this province is now truly coming into its own as a superb destination. As well as the cultural hotspot of Grahamstown, there is the “Friendly City” as Port Elizabeth is known. “PE” is the gateway to the Eastern Cape’s breath-taking coastline, while inland, private game reserves are some of the best places in the country to encounter the Big Five.

Rural areas of the Eastern Cape have retained much of their traditional charm, and some of the villages seem almost not to have changed since Nelson Mandela was born in this area a century ago. Whether you come for the surf, to go on safari, or to enjoy a warm welcome from the people of the Rainbow Nation, the Eastern Cape is certain to delight and surprise you, and deserves a place on any itinerary.

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Shamwari Long Lee Manor

Shamwari Eagles Crag Lodge

Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Kariega Settlers Drift

Kariega Main Lodge

Amakhala Safari Lodge

Prana Lodge