Call Us Toll-Free
  •  1 877 390 5745
  •  0808 189 1375
  •  1 800 737 403
  • Enquire Now

Eastern Cape Luxury Holidays


The Eastern Cape region of South Africa is home to traditional villages on rolling hills, giant hardwood forests, rocky coves, sandy beaches and the some of the best game viewing opportunities available in Africa. Stay in luxury Eastern Cape accommodation wherever you choose to base yourself and explore the myriad attractions of the region.

Start your Eastern Cape journey in the Tsitsikamma, a treasure trove of attractions; this indigenous forest is part of a huge conservation area boasting an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Walk the forest, climb the mountain or follow the water – in spectacular gorges and crystal clear rock pools as it makes its way through kloofs and waterfalls to the river mouth and the sea.

Enjoy a malaria-free safari in the Eastern Cape, home to some of the country’s leading luxury game reserves. The Big Five are on show here in game reserves such as Shamwari, Addo and Kwandwe; you will see elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo as well as a host of other mammals and predators. Luxury accommodation is available on the game reserves and safaris include game drives, unique bush experiences and fabulous cuisines and wines.

Head to the country’s fifth largest city and capital of the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth if you need some city life after time spent in the bush on safari. Geared up for visitors, Port Elizabeth’s attractions include safe swimming beaches and warm water! The Snake Park, Aquarium and delightful performing wildlife at the Oceanarium are guaranteed to be a hit with both adults and children.  Stroll along the beachfront at the end of the day before heading out to dinner at one of the city’s fine dining establishments.

Get into the warm Indian Ocean waters to swim, surf, yacht or ski and the beautiful white sand beaches are the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. The coastal waters are also teeming with life from the abundance of fish to dolphins and even the occasional whale is spotted.

If you travel a few hours up the coast from Port Elizabeth you will reach the laidback city of East London, the only river port in South Africa. Long, white sandy beaches that are a surfer’s paradise appeal to all who love being on the water. It also boasts a natural history museum that is home to the only dodo egg in existence!

Stretching from the lush Tsitsikamma Forests, inland to the Great Karoo, the Bavianskloof Wilderness Area and the southern slopes of the Drakensberg, the Eastern Cape offers you seaside escapes, Big Five encounters on malaria-free game reserves, the chance to discover the history of the frontier and sophisticated city entertainment.  Contact Southern Africa Travel today.

The Eastern Cape is best known for...

Malaria-free Game Reserves
Choose a luxury safari experience when visiting the game reserves of the Eastern Cape. Home to the Big Five - elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard – these luxury game reserves offer game drives and unique bush experiences.

Addo Elephant National Park
Visit one of our national treasures, the Addo Elephant National Park to view one of the densest African elephant populations on earth. The highlight of any trip to Addo is watching these large matriarchal herds interacting with their babies, but there is plenty of other big game too including buffalo, giraffe, zebra and lion.

Warm Ocean and Sandy Beaches
The long, sandy beaches and safe swimming around Port Elizabeth make this stretch of coastline a popular choice with families, or for something a little wilder continue north up the coast to Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve.  

Off the beaten track

Be entertained at the Grahamstown Arts Festival
For 10 days every June or July, thousands of people gather in the small town of Grahamstown to celebrate the phenomenal artistic talent of South Africa. This National Arts Festival has been running since 1974 and offers simply superb entertainment – look forward to theatre, music, art, dance and goodie-packed craft markets.

Journey to the Valley of Desolation
Surrounding the historic town of Graaff-Reinet is the Camdeboo National Park and Valley of Desolation: incredible rock formations with vertical columns teetering 120m above the valley floor and views opening up to the vast open spaces of the Great Karoo. Visit in the late afternoon for warm, rich colours and photos to 'wow' your friends.

Experience the Owl House
Another attraction close to Graaff-Reinet is the hamlet of Nieu-Bethesda, where you'll find the famous Owl House. Wander around the house and its fantastical gardens where the artist Helen Martins, inspired by the bible, the poetry of Omar Khayyam and the works of William Blake, created hundreds of concrete and ground glass sculptures depicting scenes from these books as well as her own fantastical imaginary beings.


Eastern Cape Tours & Safaris

Cape Town, Garden Route & Malaria Free Safari

Cape Town, Garden Route & Malaria Free Safari

7 Nights | 8 Days

From USD $1,720

Visiting Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape

African Romance

African Romance

12 Nights | 13 Days

Visiting Seychelles Islands, Cape Town, Eastern Cape, Sabi Sands Reserve

City, Sea & Safari

City, Sea & Safari

9 Nights | 10 Days

From USD $2,142

Visiting Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape

Coast & Wilderness Hideaway

Coast & Wilderness Hideaway

8 Nights | 9 Days

Visiting Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape

Experience South Africa

Experience South Africa

13 Nights | 14 Days

From USD $6,250

Visiting Johannesburg, Sabi Sands Reserve, Cape Town, Whale Coast and 2 more top destinations.

Golfing Safari

Golfing Safari

6 Nights | 7 Days

Visiting Eastern Cape


Featured Eastern Cape Accommodation

Shamwari - Bayethe Lodge

Shamwari - Bayethe Lodge
Style: Lodge

From USD $575

Amakhala Bush Lodge

Amakhala Bush Lodge
Style: Luxury Tented Camp

Price on request

Amakhala HillsNek Safari

Amakhala HillsNek Safari
Style: Luxury Tented Camp

Price on request

Founders Lodge

Founders Lodge
Style: Lodge

Price on request

Gorah Elephant Camp

Gorah Elephant Camp
Style: Luxury Tented Camp

Price on request

Kariega Homestead

Kariega Homestead
Style: Lodge

From USD $1,750


Explore more of South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town

Good For: Bars And Nightlife, Beach

The vibrant Mother City, Cape Town, offers culture, nature and glamour surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans with the…

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

With open arms, the Cape Winelands welcomes you to explore, discover and experience the lifestyle of great food, fabulous wines,…

Cederberg Mountains

Cederberg Mountains

The Cederberg Mountains are a great place to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. This pristine wilderness area with its dramatic…

Durban and Surrounds

Durban and Surrounds

For a vibrant fun-filled vacation the region around Durban is a great choice of destination with its warm waters, amusement parks…

Garden Route

Garden Route

South Africa’s Garden Route is holiday perfect: white sand beaches, forests, lakes and world-class accommodation. Start…

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

You can choose from the many luxury accommodation options in the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg city, close to world-class malls…

Kalahari Region

Kalahari Region

Plan a visit the Kalahari Desert with Southern Africa Travel and take in the famous red sands. The only permanent surface water…

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Good For: Bird Watching, Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit

The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest reserve offering visitors the chance to experience Africa's Big Five in…

KwaZulu Natal Battlefields

KwaZulu Natal Battlefields

The towns and surrounding areas in the KwaZulu Natal battlefields region all have an intriguing story to tell you of battles for…

KwaZulu Natal North Coast

KwaZulu Natal North Coast

Divide your time between the coastal reserves and the inland game viewing opportunities that abound in the mountain foothills,…

Limpopo and Lowveld Region

Limpopo and Lowveld Region

Choose a classic African luxury safari adventure for memorable experiences and a touch of the African magic in the Limpopo and…

North West Province

North West Province

Whether you are coming for the game lodge experience or a gaming experience at Sun City, the North West province offers you…

Northern Cape

Northern Cape

The Northern Cape region of South Africa offers the rare opportunity to view ancient Khoisan Rock Art and has countless…

Sabi Sands Reserve

Sabi Sands Reserve

Situated in the south western corner of the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve is located in one of the most spectacular…

Swaziland

Swaziland

stay in luxury accommodation in Swaziland and take a leisurely journey through Swaziland, the jewel in the African crown, by…

Timbavati

Timbavati

The lure of the African bush is never stronger that at the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this luxury African safari destination…

Whale Coast

Whale Coast

Shipwrecks, seafood, sleepy towns, superb wines and Southern Right whales all add up to offer you a superlative destination in…