South Africa’s Eastern Cape is often called a frontier country. It was the first region settled by Afrikaner Vortrekekers who were fleeing English oppression in the Cape. The small town’s of the region are charming and there is much history to discover. The town of Mkanda formerly Grahamstown is internationally recognised for its yearly arts and drama festival and is where renowned Rhodes University is located. The province is a wonderful place to enjoy homestays and learn about Xhosa culture.
The region is where the Addo Elephant National Park is found. Addo is a national park, which has the biggest population of elephant for the size of park in South Africa and excellent sightings are guaranteed.
There are many excellent private game reserves in the Eastern Cape which are popular for family safaris with small children, as the region is malaria-free. The region has well-known game reserves such as Shamwari, Kwandwe, Amakhala and Kariega. These reserves are renowned for their conservation programs. Many were former cattle farms which are now managing the land more sustainably by converting to game farms for tourism.