Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Enjoy Big Five game-viewing on day and night drives in one of the malaria-free private game reserves of the Eastern Cape.


The Eastern Cape Game Reserves have become very popular for two reasons. They are all malaria-free and they lie within easy driving distance of the Garden Route. Thus making it effortless to add on an Eastern Cape safari without having the hassle of airports and flying to a completely different part of South Africa.

Most Eastern Cape lodges are easily accessible from Port Elizabeth (1 to 1½ hours drive). This accessibility is both a blessing and a curse. Some are perhaps a little too accessible so that you may not feel that you’re really in the ‘bush’. We have visited every game lodge in the Eastern Cape. With this knowledge and experience we are experts in advising on which Eastern Cape safari lodge will suit YOU.

The natural bushveld and temperate climate supports plenty of plains game and their associated predators. There are several malaria-free Eastern Cape game reserves to choose from and the  game drives are enjoyed in an open 4×4 vehicle with an experienced ranger. The ranger gives you a deeper understanding of the wildlife and the natural cycles of the bush while on drive. Some lodges specialize in family safaris with special kids safari activities.

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Gloria Darvall

Africa Travel Specialist
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Why you may love it

  • Malaria-free game reserves.
  • Driving distance from Garden Route.
  • Easily accessible from Port Elizabeth.

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Brilliant safari in Eastern Cape

"Our safari on the Eastern Cape was brilliant – we would have had to sacrifice a day of safari for a day of travel if we had gone to the larger/better known areas and we are so glad that we didn’t, and that we were advised that safari on the Eastern Cape would be just as good." Ms Winter, UK
Did you know
  • AnimalsHome to the Big Five
  • LocationEasy reach from Port Elizabeth