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3 day Eastern Cape Coastal Trip, Eastern Cape

Here's a suggestion for a 3 day and 2 night trip along the wonderful Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape. The trip is approximately 335km in length and starts and ends in Port Elizabeth.

3 Day Coastal Route Around Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Attractions

Eastern Cape Accommodation

Day 1
Your journey starts at the coastal port of Port Elizabeth where you should get onto the R336 and then take the R335 turn off that will take you to Addo National Elephant Park (see photo). This magnificent national park is home to over 450 elephants. It is possible to drive yourself around Addo and to explore the park yourself. Leaving Addo take the R336 and then get onto the N10. Once on the N10 then take the N2 road that heads to Grahamstown. This route boasts some of the best game reserves in the country including the likes of Shamwari Game Reserve and Pumba Game Reserve. Once you get to Grahamstown, famous for its annual National Arts Festival, there are a number of delights to explore such as the Observatory Museum, the History Museum, the Provost Prison, the Eastern Star Gallery as well as the not to be missed 1820 Settlers Monument. Grahamstown will be your first stopover and there is a great selection of guest houses, bed and breakfast, self catering and lodges to choose from. The distance covered today is approximately 166km.

Day 2
So we start today with a total adrenalin rush and head to the Eastern Province Skydivers Club. You can skydive every weekend, even beginners, however booking is essential (Tel: +27 46 636 2486). So once you have had your socks blown off now head on the R27 to Bathurst which is just a short 40km drive away. Bathurst is a sleepy settlers town with lots of arts and crafts shops and a market on sunday mornings. Bathurst is also famous for its Big Pineapple which you will find just outside the town. We recommend a stop at the Bathurst Agricultural Museum that has a display of over 1000 farming items used by the Settlers. There are a number of places to eat and drink in Bathurst including the Pig and Whistle Hotel situated at the crossroads in the centre of Bathurst. Continue your journey from Bathurst taking the R67 to the lovely coastal town of Port Alfred again just a short 14km drive away. Arriving at Port Alfred why not head towards the marina and hire some canoes and take a trip up the lovely Kowie River. The river passes through some lovely countryside and is well worth it. Port Alfred has some wonderful accommodation to stay at and this is where you will spend your 2nd night on this trip.

Day 3
Waking up nice an early take the R75 and drive to Kenton-on-Sea which is a lovely seaside town with some lovely beaches. Continue your journey from here passed Bushmans River until you see the sign for Boknesstrand about 11km from Kenton-on-Sea. Here you could turn off and take a look at the replica of the Dias Cross which can be found here. If not continue on the R72 to Alexandria which is set in the middle of Chicory country. Alexandria is known for its enormous sand dunes which have been around for some 6500 years and move at a rate of some 2 to 5m per year. Some of the dunes here are over 140m high. Continue along the road eventually taking the N2 back to Port Elizabeth.

Where to stay:

Port Elizabeth Accommodation
Port Alfred Accommodation
Addo Accommodation