9 Fun Experiences to have in South Africa’s Eastern Cape
South Africa’s Eastern Cape is famous for its absolutely beautiful Garden Route – a stunning stretch down the coastal path, which boasts some of the most amazing and picturesque sights imaginable! Towering mountains, gigantic gorges, pristine lakes and endless stretches of vineyards all define this gorgeous landscape and although this in itself is truly a sight to see, there’s so much more to do in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
1. Drive down the Garden Route:
By this point you already know why this is important. Just make sure you grab some friends to enjoy this road trip with you when you do.
2. Go ziplining:
This is a rather unique way to take in the scenery here. And let’s face it, it’s not everyday you get to say you’ve zip-lined over waterfalls and between mountains.
3. Go on safari:
Visit Addo National Park which is a great way to go on safari and still get to see more sights around the Eastern Cape. You can self drive across this huge national park. It’s one of the biggest in South Africa (after Kruger National Park) and chock-full of a variety of animals.
4. Go bungee jumping:
Tsitsikamma National Park in the Eastern Cape is home to the world’s tallest bungee jump! If you’re gonna do a bungee jump, might as well be the record holding one, right?
5. Drink ALL the wine:
South Africa is famous for its wine and the Eastern Cape produces a fair number of these wines. The Eastern Cape is particularly popular for its sparkling wine so grab your afore-mentioned friends and head over to the many vineyards, which line this beautiful part of South Africa.
6. Have a Brai:
A brai is essentially just a barbeque and South Africans love their brais. The Eastern Cape and its glorious natural surroundings make for the perfect place to indulge in this truly South African experience.
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7. Visit a township:
A visit to a township is a key way to gain a balanced view of life in South Africa and indeed its people. Note of caution though – you should only ever visit a township with a proper guide and never on your own.
8. Try the local cuisine:
A visit to the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape is a great way to try out delicious South African cuisine as the choices and range on offer are particularly good here. A place definitely worth visiting here is Cubata –which is an unpretentious restaurant that serves some of the best food we’ve ever tasted in South Africa.
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9. Go Sandboarding:
The Eastern Cape is home to several stunning stretches of sand dunes and is a perfect place to test out your sandboarding skills. It’s slightly easier than snowboarding so even if you’re inexperienced, you’ll fairly quickly find your feet here.