The Eastern Capeeastern

Famous for its friendly people and its temperate climate, the Eastern Cape welcomes visitors with a warmth that comes from the heart.
Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Winterberg, the Eastern Cape's coastal region between St Francis Bay and East London is affectionately, and for good reason, known as 'The Sunshine Coast' with a yearly average of 7 hours of sunshine per day. The climate is subtropical, with winter average day temperatures reaching 21 degrees Celsius and the average summer day temperatures reaching 28 degrees Celsius. In summer it can reach the middle 30's quite often. The sea temperature varies between 14 and 24 degrees Celsius.

The Garden Route

The Eastern Cape is home to the world renown Garden Route. Stretching from Jeffreys Bay in the east to Mossel Bay in the west, it is one of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring stretches of land in South Africa. With majestic mountains, breathtaking views, a natural garden of rich, colourful vistas, with valleys and lakes, rivers and forests, it is a paradise for bird-lovers and nature-lovers, an eco-destination like few others in the world. One of South Africa's richest botanical treasures, where you can lose yourself in nature amid the grandeur of giant Yellowwood or Milkwood trees in one of the indigenous forests along the route. A treasure trove of nature trails and spectacles of scenic splendour. And from Jamaican Palms it's right outside your door.

The Addo Elephant National Parkbaby_Elie_gif

Originally established in 1931 to save 11 elephants in this region from extinction, the park is now home to more than 350 of them. Situated on more than 120 000 hectare of thick bushveld in the Sundays River area of the Eastern Cape the Addo is not only home to Elephants but also a great diversity of wildlife including Cape Buffalo, Black Rhinocerous, Lion, Zebra and a wide variety of Antelope including Kudu, Eland and Hartebeest.
About an hour and a half's drive from Marina Martinique means that 27 Jamaican Palms is ideal for either day visits to the park or as a base to which to return after a stay in the park's lodges or tented camps.