A province of dramatic contrasts, South Africa’s Eastern Cape is home to some of the country’s most varied landscapes. From the arid stretches of the Karoo to the lush rolling hills of the Transkei, the Eastern Cape is a 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.