By: Natasha Archary
If you’re looking for a quick escape this ‘month of love’, the picturesque Eastern Cape might be just what you need to break away. Boasting scenic landscapes, beautiful national parks and a breathtaking coastline, it’s the perfect romantic backdrop for a weekend away.
Ultimate tourist hot spot
There’s so much to do in the Eastern Cape that it’s no wonder the province is a tourist hot spot, attracting both local and international visitors. With the COVID-19 regulations eased and the reopening of beaches and recreational venues, it’s a good time to get lost in the tranquility of one of the coastline cities.
With a wave of adrenaline-charged activities such as kayaking, sandboarding, hiking, ziplining and canopy tours, the Eastern Cape could just be South Africa’s playground.
Reconnect with nature
The province is home to the stunning Garden Route, an area of untouched beaches and forests and the breathtaking Tsitsikamma National Park. One of the main attractions of the park is the hike to the Storms River Suspension Bridge. It’s one of the shorter hikes that the park offers, with stunning views of the ocean and Storms River gorge.
The Addo National Park attracts the most visitors. A stone’s throw away from Port Elizabeth, it is the third largest national park in the country,with over 600 elephants, lions, leopards and buffalo.
If a romantic vibe is what you’re looking for these are the Top 5 dates to try in the Eastern Cape.
- Picnic at Van Staden’s Wild Flower Reserve
- Take an introduction into Scuba Diving or go diving at the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass
- Visit a lighthouse in Port St Johns
- Drive to Jeffrey’s Bay for a swim or to watch the sunset
- Hike the Sacramento Trail