Our Eastern Cape Cultural Tours,are generally shorter module that you can fit into a custom designed South Africa Tour.
We also have longer complete South Africa Culture tours,most of them have a theme,that include these rural cultural areas,combining with the urban areas to give you a well balanced and full experience South Africa tour experience.
A unique South Africa Tour that includes a Eastern Cape Culture Tour, that is a a well balanced South Africa Tour of Rural/City/Scenery/Wildlife:
Meanders from Johannesburg…… Kruger National Park ……Swaziland…….. Kwa Zulu…….Drakensberg mountains…..Eastern Cape…..Garden Route …..Cape Town.
View our Eastern Cape Lodging that we use on our Eastern Cape Cultural tours
Eastern Cape Cultural Tours 2 to 6 Nights
- 2N from Port Elizabeth Culture/Nature/Villages
- 2N The Struggle – A Cultural and Historical Experience
- 3N Traditional Ways/Nelson Mandela Village/History/Nature
- 3N Nelson Mandela/Culture/Safari
- 4N Fossils/Bushman rock art/Xhosa Culture/Karoo Farm Life
- 4N: Village Life/Indian Ocean
- 5N Wild Coast.
- 5N:The Real Eastern Cape
- 6N Durban to Garden Route
For our South Africa self drive packages,we will meet you in Southern Kwa Zulu, and you can pick up a vehicle again,in Port Elizabeth,after the Eastern Cape Cultural tour, and head down the Garden route,on to Cape Town.We can do this is the reverse order as well.
Some of the areas that are most popular on these Eastern Cape Cultural tours are the
- The Nelson Mandela museum,
- Nelson Mandelas rural village where he grew up,we get out and walk in this area
- A visit to a Black African Art Gallery,and the oldest black university in South Africa
- The drive to Coffee Bay,walking amongst the villages,the sustainable gardens, and a visit to a local craft center.
- 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.
- We walk in the rural villages.
- 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 rural school.
- 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 very 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 does our Eastern Cape Cultural Tours
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.
You can also do a full South Africa Tour,that includes a Eastern Cape Tour based on a theme such as Triumph of the Human Spirit, Footsteps of Nelson Mandela, Apartheid and Struggle Route, etc.
Some say this is the most beautiful region of South Africa.Read about my local guide and this area it was written up in a New York Newspaper..read this link
“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 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.
There is a fantastic community project on the northern Wild Coast, of the Eastern Cape which offers you horse riding, hiking, canoeing and fishing from a beautiful tented camp overlooking a turquoise-blue lagoon.
The entire project is run by the local community, with marketing and management input from a non-profit, non-government organization. Here you can chat with the local people who are very proud of their magnificent home area, learn how they live and go fishing with them, or foraging for wild foodstuffs. Or, of course, you can just lie around relaxing in beautiful surroundings.
The vegetation of this area is pretty unique, as many of 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, that this area has been dubbed the Pondoland Centre of Endemism. 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, Eastern Cape.
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 a friendly hotel, two backpackers hostels, fantastic surf and the iconic hole in the wall. This unusual rock formation is a rocky island a few hundred metres 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. And, of course, once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be able to munch your way through lots of lovely seafood.
Coffee Bay is about an hours drive from the N2 on a tarred, but unfenced, road, which branches off the N2 about 20km on the East London side of Umtata. The closest airport is at Umtata – with flights only to and from Johannesburg.
The Eastern Cape begins where the Garden Route ends so its a easy fit, with a Garden Route package.