8 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

8 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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8 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: Bloemfontein
Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Storms River
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Bloemfontein

2
nights
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.
When in Port Elizabeth, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo in Addo Elephant National Park, approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 13th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. The adventure continues: try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip planner .

Bloemfontein to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 1.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bloemfontein in September, expect nights in Port Elizabeth to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Storms River.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Storms River is known for adventure, trails, outdoors, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery, trek along Waterfall Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Dolphin Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Storms River vacation planning tool .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Storms River in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Storms River

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
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Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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nights
Graaff-Reinet

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at The Owl House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, and then stroll through Valley of Desolation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then examine the collection at Urquhart House Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Reinet House.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Storms River to Graaff-Reinet in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Owl House
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk

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