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    Eastern Cape

    Nestled on South Africa’s east coast at the top end of the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape is an extraordinary destination for anyone looking to embark on a safari adventure. This region not only serves as a perfect starting or ending point for exploring the country’s southeast coast but also offers a rich tapestry of wildlife and natural beauty that captivates every visitor. The Eastern Cape’s private reserves are renowned for their diverse wildlife and are home to the iconic Big-5: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. While leopards are elusive and sightings are rare, the region boasts one of the largest populations of African elephants globally, providing magnificent close up elephant encounters. Alongside the Big-5, the reserves support a diverse array of wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, hippos, cheetah, hyena, numerous antelope species and more.

    The history of wildlife in the Eastern Cape is marked by significant challenges and remarkable recoveries. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, extensive hunting and habitat destruction severely depleted wildlife populations. Iconic species such as elephants, rhinos, and lions were driven to the brink of extinction in the region. However, the mid-20th century marked a turning point with the advent of conservation movements aimed at protecting and reviving these dwindling populations. Today, the Eastern Cape’s reserves are celebrated for their successful conservation programs and thriving biodiversity.

    Game drives in the Eastern Cape are not just about viewing wildlife; they are also educational experiences. Led by knowledgeable rangers, these drives often include narratives about the historical context of the region’s wildlife conservation. Guests learn about the challenges faced, the strategies employed to overcome them, and the ongoing efforts to ensure the sustainability of these precious ecosystems. Each game drive is an opportunity to appreciate the delicate balance between wildlife and their habitats and the human efforts to maintain it.


    The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free safari area.


    • The Eastern Cape private reserves are home to the Big-5 (lion, leopards, elephant, buffalo and rhino).
    • Leopard sightings are extremely rare in the Eastern Cape
    • The Eastern Cape is home to one of the largest African elephant populations worldwide.
    • Other wildlife include but are not limited to giraffe, zebra,  hippo, warthog, hyena, wild cat, lynx, jackal, genet, bushpig, warthog, baboon, monkey, aardvark, otter, honey badger, varieties of magnificent antelope and more.
    • Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the region and are particularly drawn to the water sources.

    Game Drives:

    • Game drives are taken in open 4×4 safari vehicles and are accompanied by a ranger, who will share a wealth of knowledge about the animals with you.
    • The game drives on a Eastern Cape safari are 3 to 4 hours long and take place twice a day in the morning and afternoon.
    • Morning game drives are complimented by a coffee stop and a sundowner downer stop in the evening a remote location.
    • Night drives and guided bush walk are permitted


    • A collection of malaria free game reserves.
    • World-class safari lodges with diverse accommodation options.
    • Exciting game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles.
    • Birdwatchers paradise.
    • Remarkable elephant encounters.
    • Ideally located at the end of the Garden Route.
    • An abundance of rivers run through the reserves.
    • Stunning views and landscapes.


    Situated on South Africa’s east coast, at the top end of the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape makes for a great ending or starting point when exploring South Africa’s southeast coast.

    Getting there:

    • The closest commercial airport is Port Elizabeth (PLZ).
    • Flight time from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes.
    • Flight time from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes.
    • The reserves are a 1 – 2 hour drive from Port Elizabeth airport.

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