15 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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Train to Euston Station, Fly to Port Elizabeth
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Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cradock
— 1 night
Drive
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Grahamstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Port Elizabeth Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport

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Port Elizabeth

— 4 nights

Windy City

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.
Spend the 9th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 10th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, kick back and relax at King's Beach, walk around St George's Park, and stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth vacation maker.

Manchester, UK to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Port Elizabeth is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Port Elizabeth, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 4 nights
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.
On the 12th (Mon), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, hike along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and stroll through Waterfall Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park online itinerary planner.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St James the Great Anglican Church, then stroll through Valley of Desolation, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then look for gifts at Dustcovers, then examine the collection at The Owl House, and finally learn more about the world around you at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet day trip planning site.

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cradock.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Cradock

— 1 night
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 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mountain Zebra National Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cradock trip planner.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Cradock in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:
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Grahamstown

— 1 night
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Pumba Private Game Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grahamstown trip planner.

Getting from Cradock to Grahamstown by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Addo Elephant National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge and then stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Grahamstown to Addo Elephant National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:
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Eastern Cape travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Parks · Zipline
Serving as landing site and home of settlers in the 1820s, Eastern Cape also remains the traditional home of the Xhosa people. The diverse landscape provides a dizzying array of vacation ideas in the Eastern Cape: see arid deserts in the interior, or the lush, humid land to the east--home to elephants, buffalo, and the endangered black rhino. Add cultural components to your Eastern Cape itinerary with numerous monuments, museums, and galleries that tell the story of the country's numerous ethnicities.