Eastern Cape
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Our most recommended Eastern Cape Outdoor Activities

  • Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

    1. Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

    This is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. Most of the platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2.5 to 3 hours. The concept of guiding people through the upper canopy of a rainforest originated in Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists devised new methods for accessing the forest canopy in order to conduct research on the undiscovered canopy ecosystem. The idea soon developed into a breathtaking form of eco-tourism which allowed people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment. The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a kitting up session where full body harness, pulleys, and climbing equipment is issued and checked. A short d...

    It is really worth it. It's a once in a life time experience with everlasting memories

  • Tsitsikamma National Park: 1 or 2-Hour Segway Tour

    2. Tsitsikamma National Park: 1 or 2-Hour Segway Tour

    Embark on a one- or two-hour fully-guided tour from Stormsriver onboard a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered, personal Segway. Bring the whole family along for a totally easy, safe, and fun adventure. Begin with a training session and then explore the local forest and village. On the one-hour tour, glide through the adventure-filled village and onto a forest road leading deep into the pristine Tsitsikamma indigenous forest. Note that the 6:00 AM, 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM tours remain in the village due to restricted after-hour access in the forest. The two-hour Segway experience also takes you through Stromsriver Village and into the cool pine forests. Enter the ancient indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest on the way to the famous and majestic Tsitsikamma Big Tree. Head then back to the village. Introductory training is provided before embarking on the tour.

    If I get the chance to do this again, I will do it. This made it very easy to navigate the Stormsrivier pass

  • Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

    3. Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

    The tour departs from Algoa Bay Yacht Club at Port Elizabeth Harbor in the early morning. Board the catamaran with your guide, and then set sail onto the waters where the adventure begins. As you sail around the coastline, watch out for the vast array of marine life that lives here, as you learn about their mating and migration patterns. The best time for whale spotting begins in June when humpback whales move along the coast as they head up the east coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Humpback whales can be spotted in Algoa Bay between June and early January, reaching peaks in July/August, and then again in November/December when they make their return journey with newborn calves in tow. Southern right whales are also usually seen very close inshore nearby to the harbor during July to October as they enter the safety of the bay to give birth. These whales are the most frequ...

    We had the most beautiful experience. The crew took time to explain everything and gave us enough time to watch and enjoy the whales.

  • Tsitsikamma Guided Hikes

    4. Tsitsikamma Guided Hikes

    Wander through the ancient Tsitsikamma forest as you travel back in time to when the forest was home to hunter gatherers and learn more about their daily existence beneath the canopy. As you hike beneath the treetops, discover how the forest lives and breathes to the sounds of birds like the Knysna Loerie and Green Hoophoes—you will be amazed. Hike the Tsitsikamma's indigenous forest and discover the secrets of the spectacular forest: choose your own adventure with a variety of routes to choose from. As you enter the forest you will encounter Hard Pear trees, Giant Yellow Woods and other interesting forest flora for an experience you'll never forget. The routes start at the Stormsriver Adventure Centre. The hikes are relatively easy and an average of 3 km/h can indicate the time needed to complete the various routes.

    The tour guide, Nigel, was great. We were never bored and it was informative. We came across a snake along the way and he handled it well. Shaded, beautiful views and good service altogether. Couldn’t be happier.

  • Garden Route and Addo: 5-Day Tour from Cape Town

    5. Garden Route and Addo: 5-Day Tour from Cape Town

    Enjoy a memorable 5 days visiting some of South Africa’s top national parks and admire the scenery of sunsets, beaches, and the lush forests of the famed Garden Route. Expect a generous dose of the great outdoors, where nature and adventure combine in one perfect playground. Country roads perfectly frame both the rolling farmlands and endless flora and fauna. The landscape dramatically changes — from wine farms to untamed wilderness, Tsitsikamma forest to mountain ranges — as the kilometers pass. Day 1: Cape Town to Wilderness Area (travel route is about 450 kilometers) • Start with a morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town to reach the Garden Route section by early afternoon. • Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant bird life of Wilderness. Wilderness features 18 kilometers of beaches cooled by sea spray, 5 lak...

    Fabulous 5 day garden state tour trip, Isaac our guide was wonderful, open, kind and caring, I learnt so much about South Africa from him, nothing was too much trouble and he became more than a guide, he is now a valued friend. Fabulous scenery, I stayed in wonderful accommodation as was in the hotels/guest houses. The kayaking was fabulous, long journeys on the road however lots of stops and lots to see making each trip great, we had lots of chats and lots of laughs. A trip that I will never forget.

  • Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park: 6-Day Safari

    6. Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park: 6-Day Safari

    Day 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas The tour departs from Cape Town/Stellenbosch and heads to Hermanus. The tour follows the scenic coastal road and includes a stop at Betty's Bay to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for playing home to hundreds of Southern Right whales from July to November. The town also features many shops, restaurants, and markets. In the afternoon you'll drive on to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where you'll see the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Day 2:  Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the ostrich capital of the world, via scenic Route 62, South Africa’s longest wine route. Sample local wines before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided to...

    Great trip, really helpful guide (Christine). Nice food and accommodations. All round fun experience!

  • Kayaking Jeffreys Bay

    7. Kayaking Jeffreys Bay

    The lagoons around Jeffreys Bay are some of the most spectacular in South Africa. Relaxing, fun, and easy to learn, kayaking is great even for beginners. The instructors will show you the basics. The kayaks are stable and easy to steer. All equipment is provided and all ages are welcome. The spot is conveniently located at the Kabeljouws Lagoon in J Bay just as you enter Jeffreys Bay from Port Elizabeth, at the lagoon next to the ablution blocks, there you will see the launch site and office. Kayak trips are run daily and transport can be arranged from Jeffreys Bay to the lagoon. Trips are at 10:00AM and 2:00PM. In-Season (December) the office operates from 8:00AM - 6:00PM.

  • Jeffreys Bay: Fat-Tire Bike Beach Rides

    8. Jeffreys Bay: Fat-Tire Bike Beach Rides

    Anyone that enjoys riding a bike will know the rush of feeling alive when riding along unspoiled, unpopulated Kabeljauws Beach in Jeffreys Bay. Immerse yourself in nature, winding through the bush trails and over the dunes onto the beach, enjoying the sound of the waves.  See native wildlife and maybe even spot fish eagles, whales and dolphins along the way and find out about their habits. Take this opportunity to spend time in a very remote area, almost untouched by the outside world. Your local tour operator strives to leave as little impact on the natural habitat as possible while sharing an unforgettable, unique beach experience.  Enjoy the best way to see the coastline in an eco-friendly way and take in the amazing landscapes and native animals that you’ll see. Take home memories and a sense of achievement.

  • Jeffreys Bay: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    9. Jeffreys Bay: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Experience an incredible standup paddleboard (SUP) tour on the Jeffreys Bay lagoon. Discover one of the world's fastest-growing water sport which has exploded in popularity in recent years.  Arrive at the meeting point at Jeffreys Bay and meet your experienced instructor. Get kitted out with a board, paddle, and lifejacket, then, head out onto the water for a basic lesson. Standup paddleboarding is easier than you think and the gentle currents of the lagoon are suitable for all experience levels to navigate. When you're ready, set off to explore the area. Admire beautiful views of the nature reserve and keep your eyes for local wildlife and flamingos. After the tour, head back to shore and make use of the showers and facilities.

  • Addo National Park: Superman Zipline

    10. Addo National Park: Superman Zipline

    Situated in the heart of the Sundays River Valley in Greater Addo, discover the superman zip line located in an outdoor adventure park on the outskirts of the Addo Elephant National Park. Fly over the Addo National Park in an exhilirating zip line adventure in superman form – forward facing and prone.

    The experience was divine. The staff there was very friendly and communicated well. We enjoyed our visit there. Keep it up

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What people are saying about Eastern Cape

Well we have a spendened weekend with lot of affecting and we have enjoyed the Tsitsikamma adventure with most beautiful landscapes and many activities.

We had the most beautiful experience. The crew took time to explain everything and gave us enough time to watch and enjoy the whales.

If I get the chance to do this again, I will do it. This made it very easy to navigate the Stormsrivier pass

It is really worth it. It's a once in a life time experience with everlasting memories

Our tour guide Steven, friendly, patient, knowledgeable and humble.