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EASTERN CAPE,  SOUTH AFRICA - TRAVEL GUIDE
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The Eastern Cape is South Africa's second largest and most diverse province. It's a great sun, sand and sea destination with a coastline that runs from temperate rocky shores in the south to sub-tropical beaches in the north. There is a beach for every reason - from highly developed urban playgrounds to wild and untamed stretches of wave-washed sand. It has some of the best surf in the country - make that some of the best surf in the world. The small towns of Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay are renowned and very popular surf destinations and the Wild Coast has some legendary (and mostly secret) breaks.

Eastern Cape, South AfricaThe Eastern Cape is not classic lowveld, which is the vegetation type found around the Kruger National Park and is most usually associated with big game. However, this province has some awesome safari destinations. The Greater Addo Elephant National Park, near the town of Addo, conserves a staggering diversity of plant and animal life. There are a number of private game lodges, both in the national park and in surrounding private reserves. Best of all - it's totally malaria-free. South Africa's first and - to date - only serious commercial ski resort is in the high-lying northern part of the Eastern Cape. OK, it's not exactly Chamonix or Aspen - but it is skiing in Africa. Snowboarding's big, too.

The Eastern Cape's cultural heritage is particularly varied and interesting, and there are so many interpretive tours, museums and monuments, you'll never be bored. Towns that will particularly appeal to more culturally minded visitors include Graaff-Reinet and Grahamstown.

Nieu Bethesda, which is close to Graaff-Reinet, is a funky little village that owes its popularity to the existence of the Owl House, which is South Africa's most well known example of outsider art. Port Elizabeth is renowned for its excellent township and cultural tours. The Nelson Mandela Museum in Umtata is a loving tribute to South Africa's first president. There are great tours along the Wild Coast, on which you get to spend time with the local people and see how they live. The Grahamstown Festival or, more accurately, the National Festival of the Arts, which showcases a huge variety of South Africa's visual and performance arts, is held in Grahamstown at the beginning of July.

There are some excellent golf courses, but they're not all as conveniently close together as they are, for example, on the Garden Route. Some of the better courses are to be found in or near Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred, East London and Port Edward. A brand new golf course has been built at the rather interesting town of Alicedale, which is experiencing a huge economic revival after spending years as a virtual ghost town.

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CAPE ST FRANCIS,  EASTERN CAPE,  SOUTH AFRICA

Cape St. Francis is a town in South Africa, situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province. It is popular for its clean beaches and as a surfing location.  The town is home to a Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Center as well as the Seal Point Lighthouse.  The Irma Booysen Floral Reserve is the home to many species of flowers and plants.

The adjacent town, St Francis Bay, was the site of "ten-million-to-one" surfing waves seen in the 1966 surf/travel documentary, The Endless Summer.

Cape St. Francis is now known as one of the best surfing locations on the planet. Given its geological location, it is susceptible to swell year round from large low pressure systems that form between Antarctica and the southern tip of Africa. When the large south west swell wraps around the coastline of the region and the prevailing offshore winds come up, the surfing is as good as it gets.

Cape St. Francis Resort Cape St Francis Resort, Self-Catering/Bed & Breakfast, CAPE ST FRANCIS
Cape St Francis, a tranquil eco-destination with it's historic Seal Point Lighthouse, pristine beach, surrounding nature reserves, mild temperatures, and the longest sunshine hours on the South African coast ensures a relaxed all year round destination.  Explore the canals by boat, venture onto the Kromme  River, experience a game of golf on one of the surrounding golf courses on either the St Francis Bay Golf Club or the St Francis Links, surf the Endless Summer, charter a fishing vessel or simply relax. Cape St Francis Resort offers a selection of accommodation options to suit all pockets.
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EAST LONDON,  EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION GUIDE

East London is a pleasantly laid back little city with lovely beaches and great surf. Pretty little seaside resorts stretch out to the north, eventually culminating in the fabulously scenic Wild Coast, where you can do coastal hikes - on your own or supported - horse trails, some gentle river paddling and awesome surfing. There are some small game farms nearby and fantastic hikes in the not too distant Hogsback Mountains.  

East London beach ©  South African TourismEast London has some great cultural attractions, including a wonderful natural history museum, where you can see the only dodo egg in existence - but don't expect Jurassic Park, it's a bit dodgy. 

What isn't dodgy, though, is the fact that it was this museum that identified the first specimen of a coelacanth - there's a great exhibit outlining the history of this awesome prehistoric fish. Previously known only from the fossil record, it was assumed to be extinct, and is believed to be the missing link between aquatic and terrestrial animals. OK - one of the missing links - it's quite a long chain. 

East London has all the facilities you'd expect in medium sized city - good hotels, sufficient shopping opportunities, yummy restaurants and an airport - while still retaining the sleepy charm of a village.

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EAST LONDON HOTELS,  EASTERN CAPE,  SOUTH AFRICA

Blue Lagoon Hotel and Conference Centre Blue Lagoon Hotel & Conference Centre - EAST LONDON
Overlooking the site where the Nahoon River meets the warm Indian Ocean, The Blue Lagoon Hotel and Conference Centre (Eastern Cape, East London) lies nestled in indigenous sub tropical foliage, against the riverbank. Although we are situated on a coastal area, we are easily accessible and close to the Central Business District.  Our hotel offers a delightful blend of stylish garden facing hotel rooms or modern luxury two bedroom lagoon-facing suites (self-catering available), against the riverbank. Our hotel rooms have recently undergone a refined face-lift focusing on décor, comfort and attention to detail.
The Manderson Hotel The Manderson Hotel, EAST LONDON
A small upmarket country hotel & conference centre situated at the base of the Amatole Mountains. Set in beautiful gardens the hotel offers 10 bedrooms and 2 junior suites all en suite with separate bath & shower, T.V. With DSTV, direct dial telephone, electric blankets for those cooler evenings and coffee/tea makers. The hotel is fully licenced with a small intimate pub.  The hotel restaurant is open for hotel and outside guests. Breakfast and al al la carte lunch is served in the sunny breakfast room or on the wooden deck overlooking the swimming pool.  A table d hote dinner is offered in the evening in the candle lit dining room.
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EAST LONDON BED & BREAKFASTS/GUEST HOUSES,  EASTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA

Haga Haga Resort Haga Haga Hotel, B&B, Self-catering, EAST LONDON
If the fragrance of wild flowers, bird watching, fishing, shell collecting, long beach walks and magnificent scenery is your idea of quality holiday times, then this is the place for you!  Personalised hospitality, excellent cuisine, congenial atmosphere and romantic evenings are the trademark of this renowned establishment, where the mystical Indian Ocean passionately kisses the rugged Wild Coast.  Excellent amenities for adults and children alike, including a pool and tennis court on the beach to compliment the sea facing rooms
Smart Villa Guest House Smart Villa Guest House, B&B/Self-Catering, Nahoon, EAST LONDON
7 Beautiful decorated en-suite rooms will welcome the Business traveler, small family and tourist.  15mins from the Airport, 2kms to the Golf Club, Nahoon Beach, CBD and Sporting facilities.  Complimentary Wireless, MNet and Satellite TV. Walk to the nearest Restaurant and Shops will make your stay more pleasant.  Arrive as Strangers, Leave as Friends!   Smart Villa offers comfortable & spacious guest areas:  a Breakfast/reception room, downstairs lounge/dining area with an indoor & outdoor barbeque.  Satellite TV & Complimentary Wireless.
Oakhampton Bed and Breakfast Oakhampton Bed and Breakfast, EAST LONDON
We are in East London. 4 Star graded, Multiple Winners of the AA Tavel Accommodation award for the best B&B Homestay in S.A.. Welcome to the Sunshine Coast. We offer a variety of rooms (8 to choose from) with en suite or private bathrooms, award winning garden, braai's, swimming pools, Cocktail bar, craft gallery, Private lounges, NO SELF CATERING. We are close to shops, restuarants and the Beach We pride ourselves in providing top quality accommodation at VERY reasonable prices You may arrive as a stranger but you will leave as a friend.
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EAST LONDON SELF-CATERING/VACATION RENTALS,  EASTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA

Haga Haga Resort and self-catering Haga Haga Resort & Self-Catering Cabanas, B&B, Self-catering,
EAST LONDON
If the fragrance of wild flowers, bird watching, fishing, shell collecting, long beach walks and magnificent scenery is your idea of quality holiday times, then this is the place for you!  Personalised hospitality, excellent cuisine, congenial atmosphere and romantic evenings are the trademark of this renowned establishment, where the mystical Indian Ocean passionately kisses the rugged Wild Coast.  Excellent amenities for adults and children alike, including a pool and tennis court on the beach to compliment the sea facing rooms.
Smart Villa Guest House, B&B/Self-Catering, Nahoon, 
EAST LONDON
7 Beautiful decorated en-suite rooms will welcome the Business traveler, small family and tourist.  15mins from the Airport, 2kms to the Golf Club, Nahoon Beach, CBD and Sporting facilities.  Complimentary Wireless, MNet and Satellite TV. Walk to the nearest Restaurant and Shops will make your stay more pleasant.  Arrive as Strangers, Leave as Friends!   Smart Villa offers comfortable & spacious guest areas:  a Breakfast/reception room, downstairs lounge/dining area with an indoor & outdoor barbeque.  Satellite TV & Complimentary Wireless.
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GRAHAMSTOWN ACCOMMODATION - EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

With a large university, some of South Africa’s top schools and a plethora of museums and other cultural attractions, Grahamstown is a rather erudite destination. It’s also the venue of the National Festival of the Arts, which is the second largest arts festival in the world, coming in just behind Edinburgh. Of Grahamstown’s numerous lovely old buildings, many of which are national monuments, the one that – literally – stands out is the magnificent Cathedral of St Michael and St George, which forms a focal point at the top of High Street. The more academic of the many museums in Grahamstown include the Observatory Museum, which has the only genuine Victorian Camera Obscura in the southern hemisphere, the National English Literary Museum, the Library of African Music and – rather unusually considering its inland position – the SA Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, where you can see exhibits relating to the coelacanth – the fossil fish that was thought to be extinct but still lives off the South African coast.
Grahamstown’s position on the 19th century frontier between the British colonialists and the Xhosa tribes, has contributed to its interesting history. And the culture of rebellion that was forged in the Frontier Wars was brought to bear during the 20th century to the extent that Grahamstown was one of the major centres of resistance to the apartheid regime. 

Local historians offer insightful tours of the area, highlighting seminal moments in South Africa’s history. Grahamstown has a decent golf course and it is very close to one of the newest golf resorts in South Africa – the Gary Player-designed Bushman Sands in the interesting and unusual town of Alicedale. 

There is good climbing near the town, a skydiving club and – less than an hour’s drive away – good surfing at Port Alfred. There are numerous excellent game viewing destinations within an hour’s drive of Grahamstown.

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Leeuwenbosch Country House Leeuwenbosch Country House, near Grahamstown
Leeuwenbosch has been in the Fowld’s family since 1873, and offers warm African Colonial hospitality. The original manor house invites comfortable country living, and Shearer’s Lodge is a converted shearing and wool-classing building, offering a more contemporary living. Situated on Amakhala Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, amidst scenic bushveld and indigenous gardens. Our cosy cellar pub is a good start to the evening before dining in the original homestead, circa 1834. Enjoy a bush dinner, a game drive tracking rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, lion and giraffe. Or take a relaxing river cruise along Bushmans River which can be seen at various position in the reserve at offers breathtaking views.. 
A Stone's Throw Bed and Breakfast A Stone's Throw Bed and Breakfast, Grahamstown
A Stone's Throw Bed and Breakfast, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. We aim to offer warm Eastern Cape hospitality in the heart of Frontier Country, Grahamstown. Freedom is a Stone's Throw Away, Stunning Sunsets, Country Garden Setting, Spectacular View, Bird Lover's delight, Scenic Walks, Welcome atmosphere. Attractions nearby include: *Museums *Nature trails *Thomas Baines Nature Reserve *A Variety of Day Trips within accessible driving distances. Including Addo, Double-Drift, Thomas Baines, Bathurst, Kenton-on-Sea, Port Alfred (about 33 minutes drive to the sea). A Stone's Throw is also ideally located as a convenient halfway stopover off the N2 between the Garden Route and Kwazulu Natal.
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PORT ELIZABETH ACCOMMODATION, EASTERN CAPE,  SOUTH AFRICA

Port Elizabeth is a great little coastal city with loads of great things to do, and a whole host of fantastic attractions right on its doorstep. It's big enough to have everything you'd really want from a city but small enough to occasionally feel like a village.  There are wonderful beaches, good diving, excellent kitesurfing and windsurfing, and good surf. There are sailing trips from the harbour, as well as good whale watching. Among the many golf courses is Humewood, which is regularly voted in the top five courses in South Africa and is our only true links course. Transport buffs will enjoy a ride on the Apple Express, a narrow gauge steam train, or a visit to the St Croix Motor Museum with over a hundred vintage cars.
If you're into beautiful old buildings and history, you'll have a field day in PE. There is a self-guided walk round the central part of the city taking in some great old buildings and monuments but it's probably not a good idea to walk it alone. Go in a reasonable sized group or just chicken out and drive it. You could also do it as a guided trip, if you like. Among the interesting things you'll see are an early 19th century settler home, the Victorian Feather Market that was built during the ostrich feather boom, a beautiful Victorian library, presided over by a statue of good old Queen Vic herself, and a fascinating monument to Prester John - believed to be the only one in the world. Well, that's not really surprising as the only people who believed in his existence anyhow died out a few hundred years ago.
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Bishop's Inn Guest House Bishops Inn Guest House, Port Elizabeth
Situated opposite Kings Beach, lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and near the world-renowned water sport mecca of Hobie Beach, the Bishops Inn stands majestically overlooking Algoa Bay - Port Elizabeth, South Africa, offering panoramic sea views from its luxuriously-appointed rooms & self-catering suites. This property is 7 minutes walk from the beach. Bishops Inn is situated opposite Kings Beach in Port Elizabeth. The hotel has an outdoor pool. All of the rooms have air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. 
Brookes Hill Suites Brookes Hill Suites, Port Elizabeth
The Brookes Hill Suites is a four star establishment situated in Port Elizabeth's beachside district of Humewood. From the lofty heights of Brooke's Hill, overlooking the shores of Algoa Bay, you'll benefit from fabulous views, spectacular amenities, and the warmest welcome the Friendly City has to offer. Set in an atmosphere made up of sparkling blue ocean, gently waving palms and fine golden sand, you may think yourself on some remote desert island rather than only minutes to the bustling downtown business center of Port Elizabeth.  Each of the Brookes Hill Suites 66 private chalets is luxuriously furnished and fully equipped with all the amenities modern travelers have come to expect. 
Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine
Set on the Bay of Port Elizabeth, the Protea Hotel Marine has panoramic views of the ocean and is situated six kilometres from the city centre. It features 63 guestrooms on five floors, all decorated in soft greens or reds with ocean or garden views. Modern amenities in rooms include air conditioning, Internet ports, satellite television, direct-dial phones, safes and complimentary newspapers.  The hotel has two outdoor pools, where guests can admire sea views and top up their tans on the poolside sun loungers. Guests can also work out with the hotel's fitness equipment, or relax in the sauna or steam room. 
Splash Guesthouse Splash Guesthouse, Guest House, Summerstrand, PORT ELIZABETH
Splash is located at 53 Brighton Drive on the Port Elizabeth beachfront, one block from the popular bathing beaches, within close walking distance to shops, restaurants and the Boardwalk, and 5 minutes from the famous Humewood golf links.  In-room flat screen TV with DSTV, En-suite bathrooms, Mini-bar fridge, WIFI internet access, Guest swimming pool and braai (barbeque) area. Guest lounge with book library and large flat screen TV with DSTV. Lock-up parking with remote control.
The Windermere Hotel, Port Elizabeth
The Windermere is a hip stylish hotel situated in the beach suburb of Humewood, a short walk from Kings Beach and Blue Flag status Humewood beach.  Combining elements of contemporary chic with classic comforts and the designs of today.  The eight large luxury rooms provide every comfort, with spacious sitting areas, mini bars, satellite television and DVD, air conditioning and heating, safes and dedicated IT port. One large suite is ideal for families as it has a second interleading bedroom for children.
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