Following on from the trips around the Western Cape, check out these five Eastern Cape road trip ideas you should try these holidays!
1. East London to Port St Johns via Coffee Bay– The Wild Coast route.
If you’re keen to do a long-weekend or even a week-long Eastern Cape road trip, this one will be perfect for you!
Travel north out of East London, through to Coffee Bay and then on to the ‘Hole in the Wall’. This destination being another of South Africa’s remarkable natural phenomena.
This unique structure is a huge, detached cliff with a giant opening carved through its centre. No one knows exactly what created the near perfect opening in the dense cliff face, but many theories do exist. From the scientific to the more mythical, the ‘Hole in the Wall’ has many a story to tell!
2. Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma via Jeffreys Bay – for the nature lovers.
This two hour journey is the perfect getaway for the nature lovers and those who love great views and excellent beaches.
You can also choose to stop off at Jeffrey’s Bay – to catch the legendary waves the small town is famous for! Continue on to one of the most beautiful, nature-encapsulating parts of the garden route -famous for its diverse and cultural heritage.
3. Port Elizabeth to Cape St. Francis – for a more relaxed getaway.
This is the perfect little weekend breakaway! Or you can even make it into a day trip, as it is only about an hour’s drive.
Cape St. Francis is a tranquil eco-destination surrounded by nature reserves and a glorious beach, just waiting to be explored. As it is situated just south of St Francis Bay, be sure to make a quick trip there as well!
4. Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown – take a trip on the wild side!
If beaches and surfing isn’t your thing, this route may be the one for you!
On this route you can experience sand dunes, elephant herds, hiking through game reserves and picnicking in beautiful olive groves.
The route takes you past the Addo Elephant National. Being the third largest national park in South Africa, you have the opportunity to witness hundreds of elephants, as well as lions and black rhinos!
5. East London to Port Alfred – small towns with big surprises!
If you want stunning views, small towns and river banks – then this is the option for you.
Port Alfred makes up part of what is known in South Africa as the ‘Sunshine Coast’. The name comes from the fact that this part of the country experiences more sunshine than any other! Allowing you get the most out of each day!
The coastal route is the quickest drive to Port Alfred, which takes about two hours. There are also quite a few resorts, game farms and nature reserves to stop at along the way!
Surrounding Port Alfred are little towns such as Kenton-on-Sea and Bathurst which are always fun to visit!