8 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

8 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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8 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: East London
East London
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: East London

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. On the 16th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Nahoon Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our East London road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to East London. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in East London

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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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.
Step out of Port Elizabeth to go to Addo Elephant National Park and see Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, don't miss a visit to The Donkin Reserve, and try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

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You can drive from East London to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. In April in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

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.
Tsitsikamma National Park is known for adventure, trails, outdoors, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, stroll through Waterfall Trail, trek along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park trip website .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tsitsikamma National Park are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail


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.
On the 23rd (Thu), examine the collection at The Reinet House, stroll through Valley of Desolation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet driving holiday site .

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk