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Eastern Cape Safari


Eastern Cape Safari

Eastern Cape Safari

Please see our Planning section for an overview of ‘going on safari’ and how to choose the best lodge for your needs.

A safari in the Eastern Cape is a thrilling extension to a holiday in the Garden Route only a few hour drive away. Choose between the Addo Elephant National Park or one of the many Private Game Reserves, all malaria-free, for a unique opportunity to see the Big 5 with your friends and family.

Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931, when only 11 elephants remained in the area. The 164,000 hectare Park is now home to the densest elephant population in the world. Lion has also been recently introduced, living alongside Cape Buffalo and Black Rhino. Plans are underway to expand the Park down to the coast, to include a marine zone for sighting species such as Cape gannets and African penguins as well as the southern right whale and great white shark, making this the first ‘Big 7’ destination.

You can ‘self-drive’ within Addo, although we would recommend staying at River Bend or Kuzuko Lodges which offer guided tours in an open vehicle, enabling you to see and learn more as well as gaining access to private areas of the Park.


Kwandwe, meaning ‘Place of the Blue Crane’ (south Africa’s highly endangered national bird) is operated by &Beyond, the continent’s leading ecotourism company.

This diverse and fascinating 25,000 hectare ‘Big Five’ reserve in the Great Fish River region, was a hotly contested border during the Frontier wars (1779-1878) and the reception building is a fortified homestead from this period.


Since 1992, Shamwari has pioneered the return of game to this region after over a century of farming had destroyed the animals and degraded the land. Now also home to the Born Free Foundation, the Reserve has received numerous conservation awards. A similar size to Kwandwe, Shamwari incorporates the Bushmans River and 5 eco-systems enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life.


Whilst being smaller than its neighbours listed above, the 7,500 hectare reserve still offers ‘Big Five’ game viewing enjoyed from a variety of atmospheric Lodges ideal for both Honeymooners and Families.


The stunning setting, in the heart of the Karoo, ensures sunsets of burned orange and deep purple can be viewed from the delightful boutique Lodges overlooking the 5,000 hectare reserve. One of the latest exciting projects is the introduction of a ‘walk and stalk’ safari, shadowing the fastest of all land hunters, the cheetah, as it seeks out prey.


This 6,000 hectare reserve incorporates an area where dangerous animals do not roam, providing the opportunity for additional activities such as hiking and mountain biking as well as canoeing on the Kariega River for those seeking to combine safari with active persuits!


Many generations ago five families settled in the Eastern Cape to farm sheep and cattle on the wild and often hostile frontier of the Zuurveld. Now the land has been turned to Game, with the aim of re-creating a special wildlife experience and conserving natural heritage. The Reserve has the added attraction of the Bushmans River for boat cruises and canoeing.

Weather Chart

Averages J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg max daily temp (°C) 25 25 25 23 22 20 20 20 20 21 22 24
Avg min daily temp (°C) 18 18 17 14 12 9 9 10 11 13 15 16
Precipitation (mm) 36 40 54 58 59 62 47 64 62 59 49 34

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