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Choosing The Right Family Getaway in The Eastern Cape

 A natural paradise in the Winterberg

Most of us know that family holidays are more about the time you spend together than where you go or what you do. If you are all excited about a Family Getaway it generally sets the stage for a fun holiday. We are fortunate to be blessed with a number of fantastic holiday destinations in South Africa, so you really are spoilt for choice but if you want to go slightly off the beaten track and get away from the popular, crowded places the Eastern Cape offers a diverse range of activities, landscapes and accommodation types to choose from. Its three signature offerings- the beach break, the safari getaway and Resorts in Eastern Cape– are going to be taken a look at here.


Game Viewing In The Eastern Cape

One of the advantages to going on safari in the Eastern Cape is the province is malaria-free. It also attracts smaller crowds than other famous game viewing areas.  If you want to experience big 5 game viewing in the Eastern Cape in luxury, Lalibela and Shamwari offer an exclusive experience.

For something a little closer to Blanco, the Mountain Zebra National Park offers a rare chance to see this endangered species, only 12-kilometres from Cradock and 280-kilometres from Port Elizabeth. The park was created in 1937 to protect the Cape mountain zebra from extinction and there are currently 350 in the park at the moment. The Cape mountain zebra is characterized by narrower stripes, no shadow stripes and an orange colour to the face. Visitors can also expect to see wildebeest, gemsbok and red hartebeest, as well as kudu, black rhino (also an endangered species) and buffalo. It’s a great way to teach the kids about nature conservation on a Family Getaway.


Eastern Cape Beach Holidays

Eastern Capes beaches are really underrated when compared to the more famous offerings in KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town. But, they are ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle, and overcrowding. While there are some busy areas there are plenty of peaceful spots that you can relax in and really be at one with the ocean.

Eastern Cape beaches are famous as surfing areas, and with swimmers because of their warmer waters. Places worth spending some time at along the Easter Cape coastline include Gonubie, Kidd’s Beach, Sardinia Bay and Jeffreys Bay, the country’s surfing hotspot. There is also a lovely picnic route that passes between Seaview and Schoemakerskop. For a Family Getaway, sun, sand and salt water are always a winning combination.


Resorts in Eastern Cape

Families that want to try something different, where the focus is on fun, find themselves at home at Blanco Guest Farm. Over 100 years old Blanco offers an infectious country charm that is cosy and comfortable. Kids can let loose on the playground, nature walks and horse rides or spend their mornings on the playground. There is also a petting zoo and special kid’s lounge, aptly named the Wreck Room.

It’s set on a registered nature reserve too, which means you can enjoy the flora and fauna of the Winterberg mountains freely, as well as hundreds of birds who have also made Blanco their home. It’s an adventure delight, with tennis, volleyball, mountain biking, fishing and 4X4 trails, to name but a few. For those who want to take it easy there is a library and relaxation lounge with roaring fire, and a massage service to ease your troubles away and get you into holiday mode.



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