OVERVIEW – EASTERN CAPE
The Eastern Cape, holding all
that South Africa has to offer, contains all seven of South Africa’s biomes
(ecological zone) and offers an
unrivalled range of climates, landscapes and cultures. The province is the second
largest in South Africa and represents 14% of the country’s land mass. The area
has miles of sandy beaches, a variety of nature reserves and quaint towns
filled with rich histories and vibrant cultures. It is these distinctive
attributes that attract local and international tourist to the province.
The automotive industry is one
of the main contributors to the area’s economic growth. The Eastern Cape is
home to three major automotive manufacturers, namely Volkswagen, General Motors
South Africa (both located in Nelson Mandela Bay), and Daimler Chrysler
(situated in East London). In addition, there are over a 150 vehicle component
manufacturers in the province.
Infrastructural projects such
as the Coega IDZ (See Nelson Mandela Bay general information) and the East London
IDZ have shown added value to local and foreign investors with export
"The Eastern Cape is still a frontier. For the tourist, industrialist or investor,
it is a frontier of diversity, potential and economic opportunity. For the
people who live here, the province is a frontier at the cutting edge of social and
Capital city – Bhisho
Area – 170 000
Population – Approximately 7 million
Nelson Mandela Bay, covering an area of 1950 km², is situated
on the east coast of South Africa, in the Eastern Cape Province. It lies midway
between Cape Town and Durban and 1058 km from Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela Bay
is named after former South African president, freedom fighter, and Nobel Peace
Prize winner, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The Bay is comprised of Port
Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Dispatch, with Port Elizabeth being the largest city
in the Eastern Cape.
Nelson Mandela Bay boasts an assortment of tourist
attractions such as its clean, safe, golden beaches and its exquisite natural
surroundings and wildlife reserves. Situated on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth
(25 km west from the city centre), one would find the ever popular Seaview Game
and Lion Park. The ADDO Elephant National Park, home to the Big 7 and to the
world’s most comprehensively recorded elephant population, is situated 72 km
north of Nelson Mandela Bay. The Bay also presents a diverse marine life that
can be enjoyed all year round. The area’s vibrant and friendly culture offers
visitors diversity, from the indigenous Xhosa culture with its unique and
charming craft, music and dance to the European Colonial history showcased in
various museums and architecture in the area. A range of art galleries in
Nelson Mandela Bay exhibit local artists and open-air flea markets pose the
opportunity for crafters to display and sell their work.
- Warm, dry summers
and mild winter temperatures.
sailing venues, first-rate scuba diving with colourful coral species, beautiful
reefs and shipwrecks, near perfect conditions for wind-surfing, angling, snorkelling,
kite-surfing, fly-fishing and canoeing.
schools, universities, hospitals, good telecommunications infrastructure
and modern shopping centres.
beaches and rivers and countless malaria-free game and nature reserves (free of
hippopotamus and crocodile) to explore.
- Three of
South Africa’s top 10 golf courses
- Hiking, 4X4
trailing, white water rafting and bungee jumping activities.
parks and botanical gardens with an abundance of bird life.