Eastern Cape: The Hidden Gem Of South Africa
While major cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town have caught the attention of travellers globally, one of South Africa’s lesser known treasures, is the coastal province of the Eastern Cape. Having grown up amongst the green hills and friendly faces, I’ve always attributed part of it’s beauty to the fact that it’s been left mostly to Nature’s vices and not Man’s. Here’s a little journey down the coast of one of South Africa’s best kept secrets.
(cover photo credit: @thatchriswessels)
1. Tsitsikamma – @mrjoshuaterry
Nestled between the borders of Eastern and Western Cape, Tsitsikamma is home to a variety of wildlife, waterfalls and scenic hiking trails. For adrenaline seekers, it’s also home to the Bloukrans Bridge bungee jump, which sits at a staggering 216m-making it the world’s highest bungee jump.
2. Coffee Bay – @thatchriswessels
Lying along the border of Transkei, here’s an unspoilt feast for the eyes for shutter friendly photographers -Coffee Bay’s famous ’Hole In The Wall’.
3. Port Elizabeth – @deancothill
Known famously as South Africa’s friendliest city, Port Elizabeth is a mix of both city life and seascapes, playing host to some of the most surreal sunsets.
4. Transkei – @daniel_ grebe
Rugged terrain, set away from the bustle of city life, Transkei offers unapologetically untamed views of rural life.
5. Hogsback – @thebestfandiari
Legend has it that the inspiration behind many of the locales described in the Lord Of The Rings were infact inspired by stories told to South African born author, J.R.R. Tolkien, by his nanny who lived in Hogsback. With spots named “Gandalff’s Rest’ and “Hobbiton”, prepare to fall in love with its misty waterfalls and snowcapped mountains in Winter.
6. Magwa Falls – @johanvisser1
Hidden between a tea plantation just outside the town of Lusikisiki, Magwa Falls is an easy hike that rewards you with one of Mother Nature’s stunning veils-that happens to be an impressive 144m long.
This post was written by guest blogger, Tina Tom. Tina Tom is a doctor during the day and shutter happy photographer by night. Self proclaimed die hard fan of her home country, South Africa, she enjoys anything to do with sunsets and would like to do an MBA on the art of people-watching in airports. You can connect with her on Instagram at @tinatom31.