Why visit the Eastern Cape Game Reserves?

A province of dramatic contrasts, South Africa’s Eastern Cape is home to some of the country’s most varied landscapes.

Travel to the Eastern Cape game reserves

Spanning arid stretches of the Karoo, to the lush rolling hills of the Transkei, enchanting tropical forests, and craggy rock fringing startling ocean, the Eastern Cape is a thriving tourist mecca. Here, a number of Big Five game reserves boast an exceptional range of game viewing adventures that will delight any wildlife enthusiast. The Addo Elephant National Park provides some of the world’s most spectacular elephant viewing and the unique opportunity to view marine life such as whales and great white sharks. Equally sensational is the Shamwari Game Reserve (home to the Born Free Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres) and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve’s 22 000 hectares (54 000 acres) of pristine wilderness. Featuring an extensive array of accommodation options, choose to enjoy a romantic getaway for two or an action-packed multi-generational holiday with the family.

  • Simply relax in a hammock all day with the sea breeze gently lulling you into slumber, or participate in thrilling adrenalin-fuelled adventures
  • In close proximity to the scenic Garden Route, explore this magnificent part of the country
  • Discover iconic wildlife on safari and encounter predators and plains game roaming the landscape
  • Step back in time and learn about the fascinating history, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, and culture of the area
  • Hop on a boat and immerse yourself in the depth of the ocean glimpsing kaleidoscopic marine life and watch whales and dolphins leaping out of the water
  • Learn the art of photography as you meander through the African bush with Agfa Wildlife Photography Award winners, capturing excellent sightings
  • Live the life of a rhino conservationist over a three or four-day Kwandwe safari that allows travellers to participate in the much needed and thrilling rhino-darting and notching programme
  • Track big game on foot on walking safaris alongside armed rangers, and savour picnics at the foot of the Great Fish River
  • Spend a magical night at one with the wild, immersed in the bush with a Star Bed experience

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