About the Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape as a South African Province came into being in 1994 and incorporated areas from the former Xhosa homelands of the Transkei and Ciskei, together with what was previously part of the Cape Province. Traditional home of the Xhosa people, it offers the visitor a world of diversities.The interior is the arid Karoo, with its diverse wildlife, while in contrast there is the Indian Ocean’s Sunshine and Wild Coast areas.
The landscape is extremely diverse. The western interior is largely arid Karoo, while the east is well-watered and green. The Eastern Cape offers a wide array of attractions, including 800 km of untouched and pristine coastline along with some particularly splendid beaches, and “big-five” (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo) viewing in a malaria-free environment.
Five of the country’s seven biomes (biogeographic regions) are represented here, supporting an unrivaled diversity of plants and animals. Three cultures - English, Afrikaner and Xhosa - first converged here, shaping South African history and providing a mosaic of lifestyles, languages and traditions.
There are National Parks, numerous game and nature reserves and vast wilderness areas where wild animals and beautiful flowers flourish in protected paradises.
With sunshine all year round, the Eastern Cape is the ideal getaway for outdoor fun and adventure.