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Welcome to the Adventurous Eastern Cape well known for its outdoor experiences from the Tsitsikamma Forest to Baviaanskloof Wilderness area, the Drakensberg Mountains and the Great Karoo.

Main Attraction : The Tsitsikamma : Otter Trail

The Tsitsikamma forms part of the Cacadu District of the Eastern Cape and is branded as one of the Cacadu District's seven wonders due to its beauty. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water".

The Otter Trail is the eastern capes most famous and exquisitely gorgeous hiking trail. This hike is a physically demanding one through forest areas, coastal shorelines, mountain streams and beautiful waterfalls.  

Otter Trail 42km, 5 days and 4 nights with good overnight huts. You have to book ahead. Bookings can be taken a year in advance, which means that there are often last minute cancellations, so it's always worth seeing if you can get in at the last minute. Bring your own food and sleeping bags. You do not need tents. You need to be fairly fit as the trail follows the cliffs and hills along the coastline, dipping down to the rivers. What goes down must come up... It's beautiful and only 12 people are allowed on any one part of the hike, so it really is unspoilt and worth doing. Be prepared for a difficult river crossing on day three. Please check with the parks officials when low tide is and ask for advice on getting over the river. R685pp.

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Beaches

Travellers enjoy pristine and mostly unspoilt beaches of the Eastern Cape because of the slightly warmer water and excellent surfing locations such as Port Elizabeth, East London and the world famous Jeffrey's Bay being the most popular beach where world class surfing competitions are held. In East London, Kidd’s Beach and Gonubie are the favourite sunny beach areas while locals in Port Elizabeth enjoy Hobie Beach andSardinia Bay.  Watersports such as scuba diving, swimming, boating and jet skiing are enjoyed all along the coastal area.  Horseriding is also well loved.

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The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast has more sunshine hours per year than any other part of South Africa. With plenty of charm, sun-drenched beaches, warm waters and quaint seaside villages, it makes a popular holiday destination. Watch the whales and dolphins play in the sparkling ocean and the Big 7 roam their natural habitat. The area boasts a wide variety of water sports, such as surfing, canoeing, skiing and an annual power boat race. Other activities for the adventurous include beach sports, fishing, golf, hiking trails, mountain biking and horse safaris. With miles of sun-drenched coastline, warm sparkling ocean and unspoiled beaches - the Sunshine Coast will enchant, entice and excite all who visit the area.

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The Karoo

The Karoo is a semi desert area with the largest assortment of over 9000 plant species especially succulents in the world, which have adapted to the arid conditions in the region. 

The best time to travel in the Karoo is between May and September. During the day, it is pleasantly warm and sunny (20 - 25 degrees C), and at night it gets cool enough for a good sleep.

Graaf-Reinet is recognized as the home of magnificent examples of Karoo architecture and over 220 heritage sites, more than any other town in South Africa. Another unique characteristic of the town to look out for is one of the largest grape vines in the world, which was planted in 1870 and the worlds only other Agave spirit distiller.

The town lies on the banks of the Sundays River and is surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park.

Addo Elephant Park

There are plenty of amazing things to see and do around the Sunshine Coast and the Addo Elephant park is a wonderful park to visit.

The Addo Elephant National Park is one of the country's larger parks to visit with at least 400 elephants of all sizes. The park has Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard on land. 

Addo NP is about 70km north-east from Port Elizabeth. There is no public transport to or within the park so you need your own car (car rental is available in Port Elizabeth). The Standard Conservation Fee for Foreign Visitors: R130 per adult and R65 per child, per day.

The Park is famous for its elephant population that has a special, brownish skin colour due to the red soil. Amongst the elephants other animals, like ostriches, different antelopes and warthogs can be seen. As part of the park's expansion, a group of lions and a group of spotted hyenas have been introduced to the park in 2004.

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