The Eastern Cape province includes the former "homelands" of Transkei and Ciskei. With a long coastline on the Indian Ocean it offers great beaches as well as several very interesting National Parks. Its population is mainly Xhosa-speaking and the province is home to several of South Africa`s most important persons in the fight against Apartheid (e.g. Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Oliver Tambo). It's still a poor province especially in the former homelands but beautiful and not so touristy.
Seaview Game & Lion Park, ☎ +27 (0)42 378-1702, . edit
Schotia Safaris Game Reserve, ☎ +27 (0)42 235-1436, . Huge stock of game with free roaming lions. One gets the safari feeling here without paying through the nose.Ggame drive, meal and drink R600pp or staying overnight, with evening and morning drive, meals and drinks for R1200pp.. edit
Shamwari Game Reserve, ☎ +27 (0)42 203-1111, . The most well-known and luxurious of the private game reserves in the Eastern Cape.edit
The main motorway in the province is the N2. It runs along the coast from Cape Town via the Garden Route, Port Elizabeth, the Transkei and further through KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. The road condition is mainly excellent except in the Transkei (Do not travel the Transkei portion of the N2 at night as the potholes can be deep and there are often stray animals ie cows and goats wandering around).
Follow the N1 toll road south until Colesberg, then follow the N9 from there towards Graaff-Reinet and George or follow first the N9 and then the N10 towards Port Elizabeth. Avoid driving the N9 and N10 at night as game often wander onto the road at night and accidents are not uncommon. A full grown kudu or other large antelope and cause some severe damage to you and your vehicle.
Definitely the best option if you are more than two as several regions and some of the National Parks aren't accessible by public transport. Road Conditions are mainly good but get informed before you start. Car rental is available in larger cities and along the popular resorts of the Garden Route.
Be careful of wild animals, especially monkeys, on the road. Be especially careful if driving at night.
With the limited range of railways this isn't really a viable option for touring the province. However, the route from Grahamstown to Alicedale is very scenic and well worth doing. The newly-opened line from East London to Mthatha also traverses some dramatic scenery through the Wild Coast.
Mkulu Kei Horse Trails (Cheradon), ☎ +27 (0)836327298, . Mkulu Kei Horse Trails Cher-a-Don, is an award winning, owner-run horse trail company, established in 1998, that provides guided horse trekking vacations along the Wild Coast of South Africa. We offer the best of equestrian holidays with a selection of well-trained horses to suit your equine adventure. Riding tours are available from +-2 hour beach rides in Morgan Bay, full day rides, as well as 2 to 12 day over night multi-day riding trails. Our Multi-day tours are flexible, where we hop from one hotel to the next, incorporating beach and in-land riding, giving you the chance to sample the beauty of this pristine coastline. The Wild Coast is a truly scenic experience and what better way to discover it than on horseback with stunning views and awesome riding in the beautiful, undeveloped area of the Transkei. See rural Xhosa villages, nature, birds, game, dolphins and whales en route. There are no predetermined trail dates so feel free to contact us with dates that suit your travel plans and we will tailor make an itinerary for you. We also offer volunteer/career break/gap year opportunities for anyone who would like to take part in a working holiday. A warm welcome and an unforgettable equestrian experience await all visitors.edit