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Best scenic spots in the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape in South Africa is known for many things – it’s gorgeous beaches, friendly people and temperate weather. For travelers after photo moments worth sharing on Instagram and other social media, we’ve put together a list of beautiful spaces, extraordinary spots, and remote places to share with the rest of the world. Here are our three favourite secret scenic spots in the Eastern Cape.

Paradise Beach, Jeffrey’s Bay

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life sometimes means escaping it all and taking in the natural splendour around you. Paradise Beach provides the ideal chance to do just that. Paradise Beach itself is a long sweep of white sand, onto which the warm blue of the Indian Ocean laps. It includes a quiet suburb that is bordered by natural reserves and picturesque estuaries. This means that the natural abundance around it is readily observed and includes otters, small antelope and a number of beautiful bird species. The serenity of this area makes for perfect photo opportunities.

The Strandloper Trail

The Strandloper Trail runs from the Kei River Mouth to Gonubie – almot 60 kms of gorgeous beaches, rivers, cliff tops and coastal forests. It’s not called Strandloper (beach walker) for nothing. The scenery on this endurance hike along the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast is incredible, you’ll see East London’s beaches and the accompanying waves, shorelines, tidal pools and incredible sand dunes, estuaries and coastal forests.

Camdeboo National Park

In Camdeboo National Park, which surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet, the Valley of Desolation is one of the most striking natural features on the Eastern Cape. Here, you can enjoy spectacular views of towering dolomite rock pillars and the surrounding countryside where the shifting light plays upon the sweeping landscapes. To the south lie the semi-desert landscapes of the Great Karoo; to the east, Graaff-Reinet; and to the north, the distinctive peaks of the Sneeuberg Mountains. For the best photos, visit at sunrise or especially sunset, when the deep, golden light imbues the landscapes with a honey glow.

The Eastern Cape Province in South Africa is astoundingly diverse and, in parts, deliciously undeveloped. In winter, snow sometimes dusts its distinctive mountain peaks, and in summer, its sparkling coastline lures throngs of surfers, swimmers, and sun lovers. From the sea to the inland desert, the scenery of the Eastern Cape is spectacular.

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