Eastern Cape Cultural Tours
Our Eastern Cape Cultural Tours are generally shorter module that you can fit into a custom designed South Africa Tour and all of our Eastern Cape Tours are privately guided.
Possibly the top experience of this area would be a village cultural immersion experience available in a stunning setting right on the Indian Ocean back dropped by the green rolling hills.
Need at least 2 to 3 Nights due to logistics/distance to make it worth while, dependent where you are arriving from.
About our Eastern Cape Cultural Tours.
South Africa Location:
Eastern Cape South Africa.
Best time to visit:
Year round destination with some Summer rain.
Approximate trip cost:
Depends on what you add in.
Can these trip be modified:
Coastal walk/village immersion Wild Coast.
The Eastern Cape Walk:5 Nights/6 Days is a guided meander down the central wild coast that supports sustainable community driven tourism.
The length of the hike can be modified according to how you want it.
Walking with a guide from the community, staying in lodging that is community owned, and experiencing some of the most beautiful scenery while immersed into the Xhosa culture that you will experience in South Africa.
A digital journey to what this village immersion is like. A fully privately guided experience.
This lodge is run by the community and you get the opportunity to immerse yourself into Xhosa village life while supporting the communities sustainable tourism efforts tourism.
A text description about the village immersion experience.
Multi Day Eastern Cape & Wild Coast Cultural tours
The Nelson Mandela early childhood tour This one day tour can be included in any of our multi day tours.
A short 2N guided Southern Eastern Cape tour with a village experience.
A guided journey into the heart of the Eastern Cape visiting Nelson Mandela’s village where he grew up, the Wild coast, if time allows for it the Nelson Mandela museum, and or a Xhosa cultural institute.
Xhosa dress up time.
Besides the village life experience we also have the Afrikaner farm life experience in the western part of the area, the semi arid Karoo.
It makes for a complete combination to include both these areas as they offer different experiences
A meander experiencing 2 of the better wild Coast resorts with some cultural experiences.
This tour can start in East London ending up in Durban, or start in Durban and ends up in East London or Port Elizabeth which makes for a easy transition to experience the Garden Route.
Option/activities for our Eastern Cape Cultural tours:
- The Nelson Mandela museum.
- Nelson Mandela’s rural village where he grew up, we get out and walk in this area, home stay option available.
- A visit to a Black African Art Gallery, and the oldest black university in South Africa
- The drive to Coffee Bay, walking among the villages and the sustainable gardens.
- Staying in the Kings place interacting with the local village people who live in the area.
- As well we walk in the smaller towns where the village people come to shop.
- Walk in the rural villages, village immersion stays and or walk the wild coast.
- Overnite stays in a cultural village are possible.
- We stay in rural Guest Houses, special local guests can be arranged to come dine/talk/interact with you. Local rural hospitality is 5*treatment at 3* rates, a real heart to heart connection, with the personal touch.
- We visit local medical clinics, day care centers, and or rural school’s.
- We can combine a stay at one of the the Indian ocean resorts.
- We bake bread with locals and then drink tea in a communal setting.
- You can do bead work.
- We can visit the small, quaint, and scenic town where Tolkin was reported to have obtained the idea for his Lord of the Ring series…
- You can do Volunteer work……helping others out with your time, skills, knowledge and experience.
Read a article from a New York USA newspaper written about the Eastern Cape.
The guide mentioned by the journalist is my guide who used to do our Eastern Cape Cultural Tours.
He unfortunately lost his life during covid.
Thank you Zuks for opening my eyes and my heart.
The Eastern Cape
For our Eastern Cape Cultural tours the lodging that we use are all rural guest houses, Bed and Breakfasts, smaller hotels with Western Style bathrooms, clean neat full of ambiance, charm and local atmosphere.
Many people when they travel to South Africa and they think of creating a tour that will give them insight into South Africa past and present, the name Nelson Mandela comes up somewhere in that conversation.
We offer a full South Africa Tour that includes the Eastern Cape based on a theme such as Triumph of the Human Spirit, Footsteps of Nelson Mandela, Apartheid and Struggle Route, etc.
“We have set out on a quest for true humanity and somewhere in the distance we can see the glittering prize. Let us march forth drawing strength from our common plight and brotherhood. In time we shall be in a position to bestow upon Africa the greatest gift possible, a more human face.” B.S. Biko
Some say the Eastern Cape is the most beautiful region of South Africa and it surely is full of wonderful surprises – rugged coastlines with white sandy beaches and coves, tranquil lakes, rivers and lagoons, forests with 800 year old Yellowoods and peaceful villages and towns.
The Eastern Cape Wild Coast is truly unique. Protected for years by limited road access this area offers a combination of rural tranquility ,traditional African lifestyles and architecture, almost unbelievable scenery and fascinating flora and fauna with the opportunity to have a great Indian ocean beach holiday.
Hotels are spread out along the coast some are excellent, some a little run down, but all offer fantastic views and, invariably excellent and plentiful seafood, and even the smartest of the coastal hotels does not expect you to wear shoes to dinner..
Although the coastal hotels are wonderful probably the best way of experiencing this area is to spend some time with the local people.
The biomes of South Africa come together here, so you will find some unusual plants.
The water plant palmiet, for example is found here and only much closer to Cape Town, so it’s a bit of an anomaly, and there are so many other plants found nowhere else.
If you’re of a botanical bent you should set aside a lot of time to explore this coast especially the Mkambati Nature Reserve.
For a totally different cultural experience you could explore the towns of Port St Johns or Lusikisiki which are small but busy and bustling with a vibrant energy.
Coffee Bay has a number of advantages over its admittedly also fantastic rival Wild Coast destinations.
Probably the most important especially for visitors who are not used to unpaved roads, is the fact that a tarred road leads all the way there.
Other advantages include friendly hotel’s, backpackers hostels fantastic surf and the iconic hole in the wall
Wild Coast walk.
This unusual rock formation is a rocky island a few hundred meters offshore with a hole right through the middle.
The tunnel is big enough to drive a ski boat through but only the foolishly brave or bravely foolish would attempt to do so as the sea crashes through there hence the local name esiKhaleni, which means place of noise.
Most people visit here for the fantastic scenery the lovely beaches and the charm of the local people but there are some more active choices as well.
You could do an abseil right over the sea, a scenic day canoe trip on the Umtata River or an escorted walk.
The Eastern Cape begins where the Garden Route ends so its a easy fit with a Garden Route package.
We design your Africa experience as you want it.