A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO Vuyani Dayimani
ECPTA is honoured to congratulate the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for their indelible mark in society. We take our hats off to the young movers and shakers who influence innovation and change to better South Africa within their respective spaces. Through your ability to excel in your chosen path, you give us hope that South Africa’s future is in capable hands.
Through your success as showcased in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans, we witness the immense potential of this country. We are inspired and filled with hope when we see young people taking opportunities and defying any odds stacked up against them to succeed. These young people who have shown tenacity and an ability to make positive contributions to society illustrate the strength of human capital of our country. When an opportunity to support these extraordinary people came in the form of acknowledging the dynamic and remarkable strides of young individuals, ECPTA was more than humbled.
As an agency that promotes tourism, one of the core offerings we at ECPTA boast about when showcasing the authentic experiences of the province and the country is people. Our strength as the tourism sector lies in people of diverse cultures. We pride ourselves in the dynamic, warm and friendly people that make up this beautiful country as a competitive advantage that helps the wheels of the tourism sector turn.
Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in South Africa and, according to SA Tourism, generates one in five jobs in the country. In addition to being a high job-creating force, the tourism sector offers opportunities for
entrepreneurship and innovation.
We look forward with optimism to see the tourism sector bounce back from the current lull and when that happens, we encourage you to visit Eastern Cape, to witness natural beauty, adventure and rich history of its people.
The Eastern Cape is home to the Big 7 which comprise the rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, southern right whale and great white shark. You will be spoilt for choice in one of our four National Parks: Mount Camdeboo,
Zebra National Park, Garden Route National Park and Addo Elephant National Park. The Eastern Cape is also home to various world-class private nature reserves with some offering a unique beach and bush experiences.
These are but a few of the attractions in the home of legends.
As we look forward to your visit, once again we extend our congratulations to all the chosen 200 influencers of this year. South Africa needs leadership with foresight and wisdom, and you are the chosen. Soar and Conquer.
So Many Reason To
The Eastern Cape
Birth and burial place of Nelson Mandela
800km of pristine coastline
Home of the Big 7
Highest Commercial Bungee Jump in the world
Home to 4 National Parks
Home to the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site
The Eastern Cape offers 5 of SA’s 7 biomes
Home of authentic Xhosa culture
Yours to explore
Access to the Eastern Cape
3 Airports (Port Elizabeth, East London, Mthatha) 2 Harbour Ports (Port and East London)
Road Access – National Roads (N2 & N6)
Why you should visit
the Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape is positioned as the Adventure Province and offers a wide range of adventure activities. These range from mild to wild and the province is also home to the highest commercial bungee jump in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge. The bridge is Africa’s biggest bridge and stands proudly 216m above the Bloukrans River.
The Eastern Cape has over 800km of pristine coastline and is home to numerous Blue Flag beaches. The province is popular with international surfers and watersport enthusiasts and offers some of the best surfing spots in the world.
The Wild Coast is a rustic, rugged and untouched stretch of coastline boasting amazing hiking trails, village experiences, cliffs and waterfalls.
The Eastern Cape is home to the Big 7 which comprise the rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, southern right whale and great white shark.
The Eastern Cape offers you 4 National Parks: Mount Camdeboo, Zebra National Park, Garden Route National Park and Addo Elephant National Park. The province is also home to various world-class private nature reserves with some offering a unique beach and bush experiences.
The Eastern Cape is the birth and the burial place of Nobel prize-winner and father of the nation, Nelson Mandela, and boasts the world class Mandela Museum in Mthatha.
The Eastern Cape is home to the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve. The nature reserve has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Baviaanskloof is just under 200km in length and is bounded by two mountain ranges.
- Valley of Desolation
- Qunu – Birth and burial place of Nelson Mandela
- Jeffery’s Bay Supertubes (world renown surfing hot spot)
- Addo Elephant National Park – Home to the Big 7
- Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay, Wild Coast
- Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site
- Garden Route, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra and Addo Nation Parks
- Campanile in Port Elizabeth
- Donkin Reserve
- Naude’s Nek Pass
- Waterfall Bluff, Wild Coast
- Big Pineapple – Bathurst
- Owl House – Nieu Bethesda
- Steve Biko Museum in King William’s Town
- Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha
- Adam’s Krantz viewpoint at Great Fish River Nature Reserve
- Shark Rock Pier, Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
- Tsitsikamma Adventure Region
- Wild Coast
- The Karoo Heartland
- World class Blue Flag Beaches
- Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site
- Big 7 Game Viewing
- Nelson Mandela Museum
- Annual Sardine Run spectacle
- Authentic Xhosa culture
- Ocean Safaris
- Nelson Mandela Bay is the Bottle-nose dolphin capital of the world
- Bloukrans Bridge: Bungee jump the world highest commercial bungee
- Segway through the Tsitsikamma Forest
- Zipline & treetop canopy tours
- Whale watching, Township Tours
- Urban Experiences, Karoo Food
- Route 67, Nelson Mandela Bay
- 15 Provincial Nature Reserves
- Bush experiences
- Cross the Storms River Suspension Bridge
- Hike the Otter Trail
- Explore the Wild Coast and visit the iconic Hole in the Wall in Coffee Bay
- Watersport Mecca – home to world renowned surfing spots
- City tours – Slackpacking paradise, Nature & wildlife, River cruises,
Historical and cultural tours