21 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

21 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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21 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
Port Alfred
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Saint Francis Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
End: Johannesburg

Port Alfred

Port Alfred ©
Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kariega Beach and Beachcomber Horse Trails. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St John's Anglican Church and Cathedral of St Michael and St George. Explore Port Alfred's surroundings by going to Spas (in Kenton-on-Sea) and Grahamstown (Observatory Museum & St Patrick's Catholic Church). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kowie River, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clumber Church, visit a coastal fixture at Fish River Lighthouse, and play a few rounds at The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Alfred attractions planning tool .

Johannesburg to Port Alfred is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hogsback.

Things to do in Port Alfred

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenton-on-Sea, Grahamstown, Bathurst
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Beachcomber Horse Trails ©
Beachcomber Horse Trails
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Kowie River ©
Kowie River


Hogsback ©
Hogsback is a town in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.NameThere are two theories as how the village received its name. On the 18th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at The Camelot Fairy Meander, stroll through Hogsback Arboretum, and then admire the sheer force of 39 Steps. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Hogsback Adventures, stop by Crystal Corner, and then don't miss a visit to St Patricks on the Hill.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hogsback online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Alfred to Hogsback by car takes about 3 hours. June in Hogsback sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Hogsback

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
Hogsback Adventures ©
Hogsback Adventures
St Patricks on the Hill ©
St Patricks on the Hill


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.
Visit Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk and St James the Great Anglican Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre and Urquhart House Museum. Explore Graaff-Reinet's surroundings by going to Cat Conservation Trust (in Cradock) and Nieu-Bethesda (First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre & The Owl House). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Camdeboo National Park. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at The Reinet House and tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hogsback to Graaff-Reinet in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Nieu-Bethesda, Cat Conservation Trust
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Camdeboo National Park ©
Camdeboo National Park
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

Saint Francis Bay

Saint Francis Bay ©
On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Port St Francis and then tee off at St.Francis Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at St Francis Bay Golf Club and then enjoy the sea views from Seal Point.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Saint Francis Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Saint Francis Bay in 3.5 hours. June in Saint Francis Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Outdoors Golf Parks
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St.Francis Links ©
St.Francis Links
Seal Point ©
Seal Point
St Francis Bay Golf Club ©
St Francis Bay Golf Club

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.
Get in touch with nature at Otter Trail and Tsitsikamma National Park. Explore hidden gems such as The Dolphin Trail and Waterfall Trail. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery, and head outdoors with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tsitsikamma National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Saint Francis Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey ©
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey

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 the city life by going to Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides and Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa and Jeffrey's Bay Shell Museum (Charlotte Kritzinger Shell Museum). Go for a jaunt from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay to see Paradise Beach about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 4th (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at South African Air Force Museum, stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, see the interesting displays at South End Museum, and try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth route planner.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Port Elizabeth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tsitsikamma National Park in June, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Port Elizabeth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Jeffreys Bay
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
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