The Eastern Cape of South Africa is a place that captures the imaginations and souls of its visitors. It is one of those rare corners of the Earth where time seems to stand still, inviting you to pause, breathe, and reflect in one of the most unassuming yet fascinating places this world has to offer.

With five distinct biogeographical and topographical regions, the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape is truly a sight to behold and a stark contrast to its highly developed counterparts in the Western Cape. From the plains of Camdeboo in the semi-desert region of the Great Karoo to the lush forests and pristine beaches toward the Garden Route, there exists a wide variety of offerings to the traveler seeking to explore South Africa, whether in leisure or adventure.

Wildlife lovers will not be disappointed with offerings of magnificent plains game in the Karoo and the elephants of Gorah. Undulating plains nestled between amphitheaters of mountains set the stage for bushvelds with far-reaching views, indigenous flora, and various mammal species, including Cape Mountain Zebra, rhino, buffalo, and cheetah. Even a walk along the beaches of the region provides an opportunity to discover the rare Oystercatcher bird, explore caves and rock art created by early man, and view the annual migration of the Southern Right Whale, a spectacle that is not to be missed as mothers birth their calves and care for them among the craggy shores of the coastline.

Historically, this region is the birthplace and home of South Africa’s brightest son, Nelson Mandela. The infrastructure of the region is modern with major airports in Port Elizabeth for easy access to both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Towns and villages in the region are full of art galleries, delightful cuisines, and of course, activities for adventure seekers.

Ker & Downey’s recommended properties in the Eastern Cape are full of the finest facets of luxury, personalization, and Karoo character. To include the Eastern Cape in your custom journey to South Africa, simply talk to your travel expert or browse through the list of recommended properties in the region to add to your itinerary.