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.
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. These include the well-known Shamwari Game Reserve with its Born Free Foundation, as well as Kwandwe, Kariega, Lalibela and Amakhala, amongst others. 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.
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 reserve will suit YOU.
Some Eastern Cape game reserves do offer a more remote safari experience. Mainly Samara and Mount Camdeboo (both near Graaff Reinet) in the Karoo and Kwandwe north of Grahamstown. These take longer to reach, but offer a greater sense of open bushveld plains.