Duration: 13 days
From: £ 3,686pp (excluding flights)
The Eastern Cape is a warm and welcoming part of South Africa with plenty of untouched natural splendor across it. While the waters of its beaches are warm, it’s the game reserves that will remind you just how diversely beautiful South Africa really is. Located just an hour out of Port Elizabeth, the malaria-free reserves offer an abundance of big game and five star accommodations with service to match.
One game reserve that places a lot of importance on conservation is Kwandwe – a 22 000 hectare haven for the Big Five and visitors alike. This private game reserve that boasts understated luxury offers guests four different lodges to choose from, all within roaring distance of a lion or two.
Shamwari Game Reserve on the other hand has been described as “the pride of the Eastern Cape”. It’s 25 000 hectares is rich in biodiversity and is home to a number of successful conservation stories big and small, from the flightless dung beetle to the black rhino. Guests will be surrounded by nature and luxury here and can choose from seven different accommodations from “glamping” (luxury camping) to sumptuous manor living.
Smaller than the other game reserves in the Eastern Cape, Amakhala is no less as impressive. Its 7500 hectares means that it provides guests with intimate safari experiences that are filled with diversity. 11 camps, lodges and inns await guests in search of their own private corner of the Eastern Cape.
Kariega Game Reserve, which is family owned and managed, is one of the most accomplished conservation projects in the Eastern Cape to date. The now expansive 10,000 hectare reserve spans across 5 different eco systems, resulting in extremely high game carrying capacities which results in Kariega’s game viewing and birding experience being exceptional. Settlers Drift has completed Kariega’s portfolio of lodges – now ranging from 4 to 5-star.
Addo Elephant Park has been a sanctuary for beautiful elephants since 1931. Its verdant land is now home to over 350 elephants as well Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino and Antelope. It’s the third largest park in South Africa and its 120 000 hectares are enough space for elephants to roam and plenty of room for you to explore its untouched land. With plenty of accommodation and activities on offer at Addo, you might find yourself forging permanent friendships with the elephants that live here – they never forget a face.
A well positioned malaria- free game lodge that offers glorious views over the Amakhala Game Reserve.
A family-run, beautifully presented colonial style bed and breakfast perfectly positioned for game drives in the Addo Elephant Park.
An intimate luxury tented camp that caters well for families, well located just off the Garden Route.
Tucked in amongst the dense vegetation each of the six stylish suites features in and out door showers and a wrap around deck with private plunge pool.
Set up high on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River, this lodges 9 luxurious suites have been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery.
This exclusive four -bedroom private residence safari villa is cleverly designed around a large inviting swimming pool and is perfect for families.
A private residence with three en-suite bedrooms, full sized swimming pool, private chef and exclusive 4x4 with guide and ranger make this the perfect spot for families after complete privacy.
A fabulously modern game lodge with stunning views and private plunge pools in a Big Five malaria-free reserve.
An extremely family friendly game reserve experience with tailored safari experiences and luxurious accommodation.
A small, luxurious 10 suited thatched lodge with elevated views over the savannah to the Bushman's river.
An exclusive use villa with six luxury suites, private veranda, outdoor shower and sensational mountains and valley vistas.
The most luxurious of Shamwari's lodges, this 9 suite lodge offers intimate accommodation with private plunge pools and lounging decks.
A unique tented camp offering walking safaris and a true outdoor experience for those that want to experience the real Africa, with just a touch of luxury.
12 luxury tents with private plunge pools, in a convenient location for those visiting the Garden Route.
An Edwardian-style estate house sleeping up to 30 guests, with wood-panelled drawing rooms, manicured gardens, pools and verandas that look across plains to the Bushmans River.
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