The capital is Bisho. It was formed in 1994 out of the “independent” homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, as well as the eastern portion of the Cape Province.
The best time to visit the Eastern Cape is April and May.
This is the home of the Xhosa, and the birthplace of many prominent South Africans, such as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki.
The Eastern Cape is extremely diverse. The western interior is dry and arid, while the east is wet and green. This South African Province offers a wide array of attractions, including 800 km of coastline with the best beaches you have ever seen, and wild life viewing in a malaria-free environment.
The Eastern coastal regions enjoy hot summers and moderate winters and Port Elizabeth experiences a daily average of 7 hours sunshine. Northern regions are much cooler. Certain areas receive rain throughout the year albeit erratic.
Wild Coast: Hole in the Wall, Nelson Mandela Museum
Sunshine Coast: Bayworld Oceanarium & Snakepark, Baviaanskloof Reserve
Kouga Region: Jeffreys Bay – world famous surfing, Langkloof Valley & Fruit Route, Kouga Cultural Centre
Tsitsikamma Adventure Route: Tsitsikamma National Park & Marine Reserve, Bloukranz Bridge – bungy jumping
Karoo Heartland: Mountain Zebra National Park, Valley of Desolation, Nieu-Bethesda Owl House
Freindly N6: Aliwal North Hot Springs
Amatola Mountain Escape: Voice of the Earth Eco Shrine, Mpofu Game Reserve
Frontier Country: Grahamstown, Valley of the Ancient Voices, Shamwari
Sundays River Valley: Addo Elephant National Park, Kirkwood