Are you and your family ready for something different to do this weekend? Well, the next big thing might very well be in your backyard. There’s a reason they refer to it as the sunshine coast. With your Datsun Go, you can go anywhere you choose, but sometimes, it’s nice keeping it local and experiencing the adventures near you. We’ve taken a look at the top things to do for the day in the Eastern Cape.
1. Grab a bite to eat
Yellowwood Forest Tea Garden and Pizzeria | Morgan’s Bay
This one of a kind eatery in Morgan’s Bay, allows guests to feel as if they’ve stepped foot in their own private forest. The nature lover’s retreat is secluded in a canopy of trees and colourful décor. Yellowwood tea garden takes the casual Saturday lunch to a trip into the wilderness. Not only is their food divine, but they also offer a backpackers, camping facilities and other accommodation options. The Tea Garden can also merely be a meeting point or pit stop during the large array of activities they offer. From biking, family hikes, the nearby Morgan’s beach or even canoeing.
For more information, visit yellowwoodforest.co.za.
2. Dive into adventure
Scuba Dive | Port Elizabeth
You might know your town, but what about the depths of the water surrounding it? Explore the beautiful and colourful reefs of the Eastern Cape. Book a dive, scheduled boat dives or a shore dive. For certified Scuba divers, there is also a wide range of diving spots around Port Elizabeth. For more information, visit prodive.co.za.
3. Get Wild
Addo Elephant Park | Addo
Addo elephant park is approximately 72 kilometres north of Port Elizabeth and is great for a day out or even a longer stay. The Addo Elephant is the third largest national park in South Africa, but offers much more than the gentle giants. Take a day tour through the park and see if you can spot any of the Big 5 who all reside in the park. Alternatively, visitors can also opt for adventures like horseback riding and hiking trails. For more information, visit sanparks.org.
4. Check out the surf
If you live close to Jeffreys Bay, you’d know that there’s one thing that comes to mind – the incredible surf. Spend the day in Jeffreys, and you’ll be sure to see plenty of surfers – young, old, beginners and professionals either in the water on watching an event. When planning your trip to Jeffreys, check out the up and coming surf competitions and share your support on the beach.
For more information, visit supertubesguesthouse.co.za.
5. Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridge
Put on your walking boots and trek through 600 meters of indigenous forest, before crossing the suspension bridge that hangs over the waters of the Storms River mouth, spanning over 77 meters. The suspension bridge is situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park and offers various other adventure activities like white water rafting, kloofing, paddling and diving. While you’re there, stop at the Tsitsikamma restaurant on the rocks, with the waves crashing nearby as you enjoy a drink.
For more information, visit sa-venues.com.