Inclusive of the stretch of rugged cliffs, dense bush and rough seas known as the Wild Coast, the Eastern Cape boasts areas of great natural beauty. The province extends to the semi-desert of the Karoo, includes the southern Drakensberg Mountains, and where it meets the Indian Ocean are some of the country's most beautiful beaches on a coastline punctuated by the cities of Port Elizabeth and East London.
Port Elizabeth, nicknamed 'The Windy City' or the 'Friendly City', is part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. It provides among the best hotels and accommodation in the Eastern Cape and contains great natural beauty such as beaches, scenic nature trails and magnificent wildlife, to name a few, making it the perfect holiday destination – as is Buffalo City, the locals' affectionate term for East London, which is situated between Nahoon River to the north and Buffalo River to the south. And among the other most important towns and cities of the Eastern Cape is Mthatha, previously known as Umtata, home to one of the Nelson Mandela museums.
The best Eastern Cape hotels and accommodation establishments stand out as beacons of good hospitality. An example is Hemingways Hotel in East London, fashioned in the style of the famous writer Ernest Hemingway, the ambience that of a sophisticated island lifestyle.
Whereas the Garden Court East London and Garden Court Kings Beach in Port Elizabeth share stunning views and are within walking distance of the beach. The Garden Court Mthatha provides spacious, comfortable rooms with breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness area.