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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Mari Jacobs

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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Kariega – Staff review

I really liked Kariega River Lodge (almost as much as Settlers Drift), mainly because of its stunning river setting and homely ambience. This is a place where you can kick off your shoes and really relax. I liked the fact that there are so many different places to curl up with a good book, away from other people.

Its also a great option for people who like to be active and on the go: with great fly-fishing right from the jetty, (they will even cook your fish for dinner if you want, or you can opt for catch and release) as well as canoeing and even beach visits to the golden sandy beaches of Kenton.

Its not an uber-smart lodge. If you want five star luxury and cutting edge interior design then this isn’t for you. But if you are not really into the modern contemporary style of many new game lodges, then Kariega River Lodge could be an ideal option

Cedarberg : Madelyn Nieuwoudt
Did you know
  • AnimalsHome to the Big Five
  • LocationEasy reach from Port Elizabeth