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February 17, 2015
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Sub-Saharan Africa: The Eastern Cape is Beautiful and Untamed


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Bordered on one side by the Indian Ocean, the Eastern Cape boasts wildlife and pristine natural beauty. Dotted with first-rate cities and charming small towns; the Eastern Cape hosts a wealth of attractions.  Bhisho, the capital city, is home to the Provincial Legislature and many other government departments, while Port Elizabeth – known as the Friendly City – and East London are the province’s largest and most populous cities. The region flaunts a mountainous terrain punctuated by deep gorges, rolling hills, intermittent forest, and unspoilt beaches.  Enjoy sights of the spectacular birdlife and an abundance of beauty in the Tsitsikamma Mountains, unwind on the isolated beaches of the wild coast, and witness a wealth of wildlife and wilderness in Baviaanskloof, including the leopard, bushbuck, Eland, and a profusion of plant and birdlife. 

What’s happening now?

On 19- 21 February, Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape will host the Discovery Wild Coast Ultra, an adventure trail run. Trails are not designated and runners will have to find their way and make trail decisions as they navigate the rugged coastline and mountains. This is one for adventure trail runners who are looking to push their limits.

The province looks forward to hosting Scifest Africa 2015. This, South Africa’s sole science festival, will showcase innovative projects, and aim to bridge the gap between white-coated scientists and the public. The event will take place next month in the educational hub of Grahamstown.

Key Venues

East London International Convention Centre (ELICC)

Boasting style, comfort, and a tranquil coastal location, the East London International Convention Centre is a landmark in one of the province’s largest cities. The state-of-the-art auditorium accommodates up to 600 delegates in cinema style, while 11 versatile halls accommodate from 30- 450 delegates, who can enjoy views of the cobalt Indian Ocean. ELICC also offers well-equipped staff that are committed to service excellence to complement its sophisticated conference facilities.

Boardwalk Hotel & Casino

Capturing the grace and detail of Victorian architecture, while exuding modernity, the Boardwalk Hotel & Casino is the most exciting leisure attraction in Port Elizabeth. The venue, in the province’s biggest city, boasts views overlooking manicured gardens and the ocean from the elegant rooms and conference areas.  Accommodating up to 1,700 guests in the Boardwalk International Convention Centre, it comprises six multifunctional fully equipped meeting halls, while the hotel is geared to provide sophisticated and functional conference conveniences in the country’s friendly city.

Climate

This lush province experiences various climates. The western region of the province experiences a semi-arid Karoo climate, with frosty winters and hot summers. Humidity and rainfall increase toward the eastern region, while the south experiences a temperate rainforest climate.

You need to know

The Easter Cape is the birthplace of Xhosa traditions. Many of the Xhosa-speaking people today have adopted western culture, however those still living within the rural areas are bound by the traditions and lifestyle set out by their ancestors. The Xhosa people are known for their magnificent beadwork and their recognition of the presence and power of ancestral spirits as a supreme authority.

Population

6.62 Million (Stats SA, 2013)

 


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