The Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape offers fantastic game-viewing, wonderful cultural destinations, beautiful beaches, great golf-courses, attractive towns and a range of adventure activities. Port Elizabeth is a major seaport situated in Algoa Bay. Nelson Mandela Bay, uniting Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch, bears the rich legacy of an area which saw the first meetings of Khoisan, British, Dutch, German and Xhosa people. As the landing place of the British Settlers, discovered by Vasco da Gama, inhabited by the Khoisan, it boasts some of the finest architectural attractions in South Africa. Many historical and speciality tours are on offer to familiarise visitors with this fascinating history.

The Amathole District Municipality is not only home to historical landmarks that can be traced back centuries ago, but it is also home to hidden heritage treasures: Four heritage routes known as Sandile, Phalo, Maqoma and Makana, named after Xhosa kings and heroes, were established to maintain and promote cultural tourism.

The Red Location Museum, housed in the iron barracks that were part of a Boer Concentration camp, has scooped several prestigious architectural awards. The museum seeks to remember the past by depicting the nation’s memory in 12 “memory boxes”. It expresses the horror of racism and the heroic efforts of the anti-apartheid movement.The Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu is one of the few places to learn about the humble beginnings of Nelson Mandela. Village tours are arranged for visitors to follow Madiba’s footprints. The second component of the Nelson Mandela Museum, in the Bunga building in town, houses a display of Nelson Mandela’s gifts he received from all over the world, and an exhibition of the “Long Walk to Freedom.