The Eastern Cape for the keenly Cultural

Port Elizabeth

The Eastern Cape has a long heritage that is fascinating in cultural, natural and historical terms. For those travellers that have a particular interest in the cultural features of this province, the following sights are definitely recommended:

  1. Qunu is the birthplace of former-President Nelson Mandela and the home of the The Nelson Mandela Museum.
  2. The Drakensberg Ukhahlamba Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to rock art from times past.
  3. The Tsitsikama coastline and the Kouga Mountain Range are believed to be amongst the sites where human beings, as we know them, began. This is based on archaeological remnants and evidence, which remain part of the tourist appeal of this area.
  4. The Amatola Mountains are not only beautiful, but were also an integral part of the Wars of Resistance.
  5. Grahamstown’s Egazini was the venue for one of the most important South African battles that ever took place.
  6. Graaff Reinet holds the title of being the oldest town in the country. As such, it is steeped in history and culture.
  7. Afrikaner nationalism played an enormous role in the history of South Africa, and Slagters Nek was where it all began.
  8. The Eastern Cape has a fascinating Xhosa heritage. Various parts of the Wild Coast (such as Hole in the Wall and Gompo Rock) are featured in Xhosa legends.
  9. When the 1820 Settlers arrived in Port Elizabeth, the Campanile was erected. This still stands over the city today.
  10. The Alexandria Coastal Dune Field and Klasier River Caves are both due to be recognised as SA World Heritage Sites.

So what are you waiting for? Explore the Eastern Cape, decide where you want to go and what you want to see, book your Accommodation in the Eastern Cape and come and join us in the glorious Eastern Cape!


  • Kelly
    15 January 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Gillian – nice start! Look forward to reading more. Good luck with your new blog!

    • The East Cape Blogger
      15 January 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you Kelly 🙂


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