As many parts of the world tentatively emerge from travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a better time to explore our own country — and the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast is a perfect starting point.
The Eastern Cape, having earned a solid reputation as South Africa’s “Adventure Province”, offers a plethora of activities, places of interest and unrivalled adventures – making the region ideal for road trips.Historic hamlet of Bathurst
Situated at the heart of the Sunshine Coast is the quaint and historic hamlet of Bathurst where travellers will be awestruck by the world’s largest replica of a pineapple.
Located around 40km from the equally historic university city of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) and less than 20km inland from the seaside gem of Port Alfred, The Big Pineapple stands 16.7m tall and functions as a walk-in building and tourism centre with three levels.Big Pineapple a delight for all ages
As an enlarged replica of the original Big Pineapple in Queensland, Australia, the attraction is popular with both domestic and foreign tourists who can visit the unique structure between 08:00 16:00 daily, including weekends.
The installation is based on Summerhill Farm on the R67 and is naturally an integral part of the area’s extensive agricultural sector where pineapples are among the crops which are grown prolifically in the area.
The wider region, which encompasses Makhanda and further south-east, Alexandria, is historically recognised as “Frontier” country with the 1820 Settlers having established agricultural enterprises — such as livestock and chicory farming — there from around 200 years ago.
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Travel and tour information summary from The South African Travel News.
Author: Alicia Naidoo