The Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s 9 provinces that begins on the coast at the Garden Route and extends up to the Wild Coast. It then stretches inland into the Karoo and Drakensberg Mountains.

The Eastern Cape coastline
The Eastern Cape coastline

The Eastern Cape boasts a remarkable natural diversity, ranging from the lush, evergreen Tsitsikamma Forest to the rugged Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, the southern slopes of the Drakensberg and the arid Great Karoo. It is known as the land of rolling hills, endless sweeps of rocky coves and sandy beaches, towering mountain ranges and verdant forests.

The main feature of the Eastern Cape is its astonishing coastline, which is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts; surfers ride the perfect waves, anglers reel in king-size catches, and board sailors revel in the challenge of the wind. Fine leisure resorts and splendid facilities ensure that there is something for everyone!

The Eastern Cape boasts a remarkable natural diversity, ranging from the lush, evergreen Tsitsikamma Forest to the rugged Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area

Whether you’re in the mood for an informal seaside escape, an encounter with the Big Five on safari, or a choice of scintillating city diversions and rich natural tourist attractions, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the Eastern Cape.

 

Eastern Cape Weather

The Eastern Cape has unspoiled beaches to enjoy

The Eastern Cape region of South Africa is renowned for its beautiful weather all year round. It’s aptly nicknamed The Sunshine Coast as it enjoys 7 to 8 hours of sunlight a day on average through the year and records the most days with sunshine in the country. It never really gets too hot or too cold, with winter temperatures (May to August) ranging from 7C in the morning to 20C by lunchtime and summer temperatures range from 16C to 26C. And the area is malaria free if you’re planning to take in game reserve or safari.

Rainfall is also evenly spread through the year with an average in the region of 650-750mm per annum. Slightly more rain falls in winter than summer, but at only 40-60mm a month, the sunny days are never far apart.

All coastal regions experience wind – great for kite-surfing!, but one of the great open secrets of Kenton is its coves and bays that afford sheltered beaches whichever way the wind blows.

The coastal area of the Eastern Cape lies between the subtropical conditions of KwaZulu-Natal and the Mediterranean conditions of the Western cape. The countryside and vegetation surrounding Kenton-on-Sea are dominated by thick evergreen coastal bush with rich green milkwoods and characteristic grey-green kariega (euphorbia) trees.

 

The Eastern Cape

Map of the Eastern Cape, South Africa

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