Eastern Cape

Big Five safaris in the malaria-free Eastern Cape game reserves. The Karoo interior offers stunning scenery, wilderness safaris and frontier history.


The Eastern Cape is known for its scenic diversity and adventure. It is packed with raw beauty ranging from lush coastal forests to arid desert landscapes.

A focal point of the Eastern Cape is its malaria free game reserves. On the Coast, the attractive sandy beaches of the Wild Coast, the Ciskei and St Francis Bay are backed by forested dunes, and rolling pastures, offering some of the most unspoilt coastal scenery in South Africa. Inland lies the immensely beautiful Karoo with its majestic panoramas and frontier history.

Malaria free safaris

The Eastern cape offers malaria free game-viewing and stunning scenery. The temperate climate and gently undulating hills lend themselves to game viewing.  With fewer trees obscuring sightings, no malaria, and better vantage points, it is easy to see why. There is a choice of game lodges to suit everyone from honeymoon couples to families. Groups of friends or family parties can enjoy some of the smaller safari lodges on an exclusive basis.

Highlights of the Eastern Cape

  • Malaria-free safaris
  • Long sandy beaches at Kenton, Port St Alfred and St Francis Bay
  • Family safaris & kid’s activities at many Eastern Cape game lodges
  • Majestic Karoo scenery with superb star-gazing & cheetah sightings
  • Easy to combine with the Garden Route
  • Attractive Cape Dutch colonial architecture in historic Graaff-Reinet
  • Superb links golf courses at Port Elizabeth, St Francis and Port St Alfred

Family safaris

The Eastern Cape is one of the prime malaria free safari areas of South Africa. The Addo Elephant Park with its large and relaxed elephant herds is joined by several private game reserves. All offer big five safaris orientated towards families.

Best time for an Eastern Cape safari visit?

The Eastern Cape is in a transitional climate zone that doesn’t have a distinct winter or summer rainfall pattern. (Though the rain falls mainly at night which is great). So it stays fairly lush and green year round. Generally the best time to visit is from late August to early May. The winter months can get very cold inland, though the coast stays warmer.

The Eastern Cape is often combined with the Garden Route as you simply continue east from the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and the malaria-free game reserves beyond. (It is approx 3½ hours drive from Plettenberg Bay to the Eastern Cape game lodges).

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