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Eastern Cape Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts

Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Eastern Cape , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Port Elizabeth − gateway to the Eastern Cape − is set along the dazzling shores of Algoa Bay and is fondly referred to as the 'Friendly City'. As a family and adventure holiday destination, the city offers an unbeatable and diverse mix of eco-attractions including scenic nature trails and magnificent wildlife, as well as long golden beaches, a rich historic heritage and a unique coastal climate. The region is the perfect choice for those wanting to discover the 'real' South Africa; to the northwest, the province borders KwaZulu-Natal and meets the southern tip of the breathtaking Drakensberg range. Further south, mountains and hills predominate, while the northern section in the dry Karoo tends to be flatter.

General Information
LanguageEnglish, Afrikaans
Time Difference-2 hours
CurrencySouth African Rand


Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

New rules will apply from 1 June 2015 regarding parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa. Parents or guardians may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (FULL) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (e.g. an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). We advise that you should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. For more information, contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.


The Eastern Cape is situated between KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and its climate is a bit of a mixture of the two.

The coastal areas experience more wind and higher levels of humidity. The humidity increases the closer you get to KwaZulu Natal and decreases closer to the Western Cape. Conditions inland are usually drier and hotter and there is a lower rainfall level than at the coast.

The Eastern Cape enjoys a high level of annual sunshine so visitors can make the most of it and soak up the sunshine whilst visiting the coast. Winter months fall between April and August while summer temperatures are usually highest between November and April.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Eastern Cape.

  Temp °C Rain mm

Getting There+

Flight Information
Via Johannesburg with Emirates from Dubai to Port Elizabeth.
Via Johannesburg with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Port Elizabeth.
Via Johannesburg with Qatar Airways from Doha to Port Elizabeth.

Flight Time
From Dubai to Port Elizabeth: 11 hours, 25 minutes.

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Travel Planning
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