Eastern Cape affectionately known as the Adventure Province boasts a variety of family resorts ranging from standard, midrange and Luxury; suitable for everyone. Feast on the list below and chose your family treat.
Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa
Umngazi Mouth, Port St. Johns, Wild Coast, 5120
The Wild Coast may be South Africa’s most spectacular and yet least touristy region with its rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and many river mouths. And all this is on your doorstep at Umngazi, an award winning family resort and spa.
The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday. Spend idyllic days lounging on secluded beaches with only the waves crashing. Take a guided walk or strike on your own, explore the mangrove swamps, canoe up the river, myriad of birds and totally unspoiled natural beauty that this coastline has on offer. Children enjoy the art of playing whether it is fishing with gillies or sand boarding on the dunes
Mbotyi River Lodge
Mbotyi Village, District of Lusikisiki, Lusikisiki, 4820
For a perfect relaxing family holiday on the Wild Coast visit Mbotyi River Lodge, a 3 star rated family hotel and holiday resort on the stunning Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This Pondoland’s best kept secret is situated at the mouth of the tidal Mbotyi river nestled between the rolling hills, lush tropical forest and the warm Indian Ocean. This unique Wild Coast hotel is the perfect place for a peaceful, tranquil holiday or for the more adventurous traveller wanting to experience the many amazing natural treasures like waterfalls and forests this coast has to offer.
Mbotyi is in the heart of Pondoland where one can experience true Pondo culture as well as the warmth and friendliness of these lovely people. Walk along the hills and valleys of the village with a local guide/interpreter, meet the people and the local characters, or visit a Sangoma or a lively shebeen.
St Francis Bay House On The Canal
26 Harley Street, St Francis Bay, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Have a perfect holiday in a beautiful, modern and spacious four bedroom, four bathroom house on the canals; a home for friends and family in the heart of St Francis Bay.
You will find yourself right in the water with your own private jetty and a small beach. Folding, stacking glass doors open up to the canals. Across the road, a few seconds walk down a quaint footpath is the beautiful Kromm River with white sand and calm water. Here you will frequently see and hear the many fish eagles residing in the tall trees on the banks across the river.
The canals have clean sea water that moves in and out with the tides so they are great for fishing and swimming, rowing and boat cruising. St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis have beautiful beaches well known by surfing enthusiasts.
Dungbeetle River Lodge
76 Aqua Vista Crescent, Cannonville, Colchester, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Dungbeetle River Lodge is your entry point to the world famous Addo Elephant National Park (just 5 minutes to the new gate), and some of the finest game reserves in the Eastern Cape. It is situated on the banks of the Sundays River, its magnificent decks have sweeping river views, a perfect backdrop to your big five game viewing.
Opposite the lodge is the famous Alexandria dune fields, the longest widest coastal dunes in the southern hemisphere, full of history and interesting facts. Use the canoes to access these dunes and enjoy the dune hikes.
Miarestate Hotel & Spa
Bosbokstrand Road, Haga Haga, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Miarestate, a beautifully appointed boutique hotel and spa, is situated on 740 hectares of wildlife estate and gives guests a panoramic view of the sea and untamed bush. As a guest you will enjoy private access to a secluded beach. Indulge in all that the beautiful Wild Coast has to offer from hiking, whale watching, swimming, game viewing and scenic drives.
Sit in the shade of a deep wooden deck and feel the serenity of the valley or swim in the fresh river water and explore the rock pools. The log cabins make an ideal getaway for families or groups of friends. Each cabin has its own bathrooms and the two cabins share a kitchen. Guests staying in the cabins have access to all hotel facilities.
Premier Hotel Regent
22 Esplanade Road, Beachfront, East London, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Ideally located on the Esplanade and overlooking the Indian Ocean, Premier Hotel Regent, East London boasts a central location just 15 minutes from the East London Airport and is close to the local shopping centres, business districts and coastline.
The 120 rooms feature the modern amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel in a comfortable, contemporary and spacious setting. Guests can also enjoy dining at the Three Ships Restaurant during meal times.
Gulu Private Resort
Farm 1015, R72, Gulu, East London, 5200
Situated on the R72 Coastal Road, a stone’s throw away from East London Airport, Gulu Private Resort has everything a traveller needs, there’s great fishing, wildlife, walkways and long beaches. There are activities like swimming, horse riding, surfing and canoeing. But it doesn’t end there; off the beaten track, you’ll find abundant cultural heritage, rare exotic bird life and if you’re lucky, some of the Big 5.
Some places have great rivers; some have outstanding beaches while others have waterfalls and mountains, lush forests, tropical climates and majestic sunrises and sunsets. A great way to see the coastline from a different perspective is from the sea, booking essential. In doing so, you’ll also get sight of the many whales and an abundance of dolphins common to the area.
Kwantu Private Game Reserve
1 Daniel street, Sidbury, 6130
Kwantu offers a unique African safari-adventure, in which you will through our deep-rooted and embracing approach, experience the ultimate sobering adventure and spiritual rejuvenation. Naturally merged into the pristine landscape, each lodge exudes a traditional African charm with all the modern comforts and complete privacy, surrounded by the mesmerizing sounds and fragrances of the beautiful bush. Towering above the natural splendour and wonder of God’s gift is each of Kwantu’s exquisite suites with personal decks, ensuring complete peace and privacy and overlooking a tranquil dam.
Kwantu is situated in what legend refers to as ‘the cradle of mankind’. In the heart of frontier country, the reserve boasts 6000-hectares of an animal-friendly mix of grasslands, fynbos, valley bushveld and sub-tropical vegetation.
The Murphys Guest House
23 Seestrand Way, Beachview, 6001, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
The Murphys is a fabulous guesthouse situated close to the beachfront in the town of Beachview in Port Elizabeth offering breathtaking sea views. This quaint town offers tranquility to those looking for a peaceful break away, although while here, you are still within close reach to a number of interesting activities and attractions.
This establishment boasts three gorgeous suites that sleep two guests each. These suites are extraordinary, oozing opulence and luxury while remaining comfortable and equipped with amenities that will make you feel at home.
Ocean View Hotel
1 Main Road, Coffee Bay, Mthatha, 5082
This hotel is found near ‘Hole in the Wall’, Coffee Bay, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Nestled between towering cliffs and a sparkling sea, Ocean View’s the ideal place to meet new people and forge bonds of friendship that will draw you back to the Bay time and again. When you’ve had your feel of beach combing, swimming, surfing, and boogie boarding – the sparkling pool in the hotel gardens is a refreshing alternative.
Characterised by swathes of sandy beaches, towering cliffs where waterfalls tumble into the sea, and dense coastal forests – the Wild Coast is one of the most compelling stretches of coastline in southern Africa. While you’re sharing our patch of paradise, take time out to meet the people and find out more about their way of life.
Fish River Sun Hotel
R72, Port Alfred, 6170
|The Fish River Sun Hotel & Country Club is situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape’s popular Sunshine Coast nestled between the Great Fish River & Old Woman’s River. It is approximately 1,2 km away from the Indian Ocean, and the setting lends itself to breathtaking glimpses of this massive expanse of water.
The Eastern Cape is a land of unspoilt beaches and a natural heritage of beauty and tranquility, coupled with a rich cultural history and temperate climate; it’s the ultimate dreamland. The resort is situated on the R72 – the main coastal route between Port Elizabeth and East London.. A sporting paradise of fishing, hiking and superior golf only a wedge away.
Tiffindell Ski Resort
Hotel on the slopes of Ben McDhui Mountain, Tiffindell, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
From your first welcoming drink, through to your final goodbye, the ever friendly staff will look after you so you can enjoy the ‘magic of snow’ in this unique African environment. The mountain is the perfect place to escape from reality and enjoy a snowy, thrilling time.
Tiffindell accommodation is situated within 100m of the slopes and is centrally heated. All packages include accommodation, breakfast, dinner, ski and snowboard equipment hire and ski pass for your entire stay, as well as emergency medical assistance, ICE-AID band and resort entertainment.
Guest House at Baviaans Lodge, Doornboom Farm, Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Discover Kouga and Baviaanskloof Wilderness Areas. Baviaans Lodge is the gateway to this pristine natural wilderness offering superb lodge accommodation, directly adjoining the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site. Its stunning remote situation takes you away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and opens your eyes and senses to a natural wilderness wonderland.
Bordering the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, the Lodge is a nature lovers paradise, solitude, remoteness and relaxation are on the agenda, with a wide variety of natural outdoor activities to live, experience and enjoy. Experience this natural outdoor wilderness area; photography, birding, dendrological, botanical and geological opportunities abound. Stunning natural stone lodge and quaint stone cottages provide comfortable accommodation.
Oyster Bay Lodge
Hotel at 1 Oyster Bay Road, Oyster Bay, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Located between Knysna and Port Elizabeth lies Oyster Bay Lodge, a beautiful coastal reserve which is set on 235 hectares and incorporates magnificent dunes, woods, river deltas, beaches, wetlands, lagoons and even free roaming horses.
The 4 star lodge is strategically located for excursions to Tsitsikamma National Park, Baviaanskloof, St Francis Bay and Addo Elephant National Park. The private and unspoiled sandy beachfront of 3.5 kilometers makes Oyster Bay Lodge a little paradise in the Eastern Cape.
Settlers Drift Lodge
Game Lodge at Kariega Game Reserve, Kenton-on-Sea, 6191, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, Settlers Drift Lodge offers a unique tented safari combined with 5-star luxury. The lodge consists of spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks.
Gazing down from the decks overlooking the Bushman’s River, it feels as if time has stood still since the last feet to have touched this remote valley were those of the 1820 Settlers as they guided their wagons across the river.