31 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

31 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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31 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Drive:  2 h
1
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Graaff-Reinet
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cradock
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Hogsback
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
East London
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Grahamstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Port Elizabeth
— 10 nights
End: Port Elizabeth

3
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Take a break from Tsitsikamma National Park with a short trip to Dutch Reformed Church in Kareedouw, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, trek along The Dolphin Trail, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip planner.

Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Dutch Reformed Church
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Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

4
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Graaff-Reinet: Walter Battiss Art Museum (in Somerset East) and Nieu-Bethesda (The Owl House & Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Camdeboo National Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Graaff-Reinet Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Graaff-Reinet takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cradock.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nieu-Bethesda, Walter Battiss Art Museum
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

2
nights
Cradock

Cradock ©
Cradock is a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, in the upper valley of the Great Fish River, 250km by road northeast of Port Elizabeth. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Conservation Trust, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mountain Zebra National Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Peter's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Schreiner House Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cradock vacation maker website.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Cradock in 2 hours. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hogsback.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
Cat Conservation Trust ©
Cat Conservation Trust
Schreiner House Museum ©
Schreiner House Museum

2
nights
Hogsback

Hogsback ©
Hogsback is a town in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.NameThere are two theories as how the village received its name. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get outside with Hogsback Adventures and then stroll through Hogsback Arboretum. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Camelot Fairy Meander, look for gifts at Crystal Corner, then don't miss a visit to St Patricks on the Hill, and finally admire the sheer force of 39 Steps.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hogsback trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cradock to Hogsback takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hogsback are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to East London.

Things to do in Hogsback

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
Hogsback Adventures ©
Hogsback Adventures
St Patricks on the Hill ©
St Patricks on the Hill

5
nights
East London

East London ©
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nahoon Beach and Haga Haga Beach. Get out of town with these interesting East London side-trips: Double Mouth Nature Reserve (in Morgan's Bay), Emerald Vale Brewery (in Chintsa East) and Gonubie Beach (in Gonubie). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Cintsa Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, buy something for everyone on your list at Hemingways Mall, and observe the fascinating underwater world at East London Aquarium.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the East London vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hogsback to East London takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in East London

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Emerald Vale Brewery, Cintsa Beach, Double Mouth Nature Reserve, Haga Haga Beach, Gonubie Beach
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Haga Haga Beach ©
Haga Haga Beach
East London Aquarium ©
East London Aquarium
Apex Predators Snake Park ©
Apex Predators Snake Park

3
nights
Grahamstown

Grahamstown ©
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kariega Beach and Observatory Museum. Explore Grahamstown's surroundings by going to Port Alfred (The Kowie Museum, Kelly's Beach, &more) and Kenton-on-Sea (Spas & Mosaic Studio). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Michael and St George and pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grahamstown trip planner.

Traveling by car from East London to Grahamstown takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenton-on-Sea, Port Alfred
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Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Observatory Museum ©
Observatory Museum

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park trip planner.

Drive from Grahamstown to Addo Elephant National Park in 2 hours. April in Addo Elephant National Park sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

10
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Family-friendly places like Sardinia Bay Beach and Dolphin Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Port Elizabeth's surroundings by going to Seal Point (in Saint Francis Bay), Jeffreys Bay (Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails, Paradise Beach, &more) and Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hobie Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through King's Beach, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth attractions planner.

Drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Port Elizabeth in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jeffreys Bay, Sundays River Mouth and Beach, Seal Point
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach

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