The Eastern Cape’s biggest draw card is its reserves. As the newest addition to South Africa’s safari circuit, this once-overlooked province has now become a top big game destination in its own rights. Most of its reserves boast the Big 5 in an easy-to-see habitat. It offers a variety of safari activities ranging from game drives, to horseback riding, river cruises and walking safaris.

All visitor’s going on an Eastern Cape safari are sure to enjoy an expertly-led game drive whilst searching for game. It has a diverse and beautiful scenery as well as an agreeable temperate climate. You have a choice when it comes to accommodation, you can take your pick from romantic tented camps, traditional thatched lodges or stylish boutique hotels offering private plunge pools, indulgent spa treatments or a butler service.

Addo Elephant National Park is the Eastern Cape’s best known reserve and is most famous of course for its large elephant herds. Kwandwe is the place to go to if you are looking for big cat sightings and luxurious accommodation, then we’d recommend this private reserve. Kwandwe has four award-winning lodges, Shamwari – has two big cat sanctuaries and is also renowned for its conservation initiatives while Pumba, is the home to rare white lions.

To organise a perfect Eastern Cape safari, simply speak to people who have been there. We can give you personal recommendations and put together a packaged deal to suit your style and budget. We suggest that combining the reserves of the Eastern Cape with a self-drive journey along the Garden Route, starting or ending in South Africa’s mother city, Cape Town.

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Sibuya Game Reserve 4*

Sibuya Game Reserve & Tented Camps is a beautifully scenic game reserve on South Africa’s malaria-free Sunshine Coast. Spanning the Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, Sibuya is South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by a 9km boat transfer. Sibuya is home to the…
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River Bend Lodge 5*

Located on a 14000ha private concession within the world famous Addo Elephant National Park. The Lodge has eight luxury stand alone suites linked by a meandering path through the lush gardens, each suite offers its guest an individual, tranquil and private retreat. Each of the spacious suites opens up onto…
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Kwandwe Uplands Manor 5*

Set in a remote and tranquil valley and available for the sole use of families and parties of up to six, This elegant 1905 farmhouse has been lovingly restored to retain all the charm and grace of yesteryear without losing any of its renowned warmth and ambience. The elegant and…
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Kwandwe Melton Manor 5*

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a renowned conservation and community success story. The reserve comprises just 22 rooms split across four intimate and award-winning lodges, of which two are sole-use villas. The welcoming U-shape and four ensuite bedrooms are cleverly designed around the central courtyard and its large, inviting swimming…
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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge 5*

Great Fish River Lodge is all about tranquillity and solitude. The nine luxurious suites have been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery. Floor-to-ceiling framed glass doors fold back to reveal an uninterrupted wilderness, and the ensuite bathrooms, complete with bath and indoor and outdoor showers, separate w.c…
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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Ecca lodge 5*

6 stand-alone and well-proportioned suites have been individually decorated, each in a different colour in celebration of the vibrance of Africa. Wraparound wooden decks with private plunge pools provide relief from the heat of the day. Furnishings are in soft linens, velvets, cords and eco-cottons in striking, bright and contrasting…
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