Holidays to the Eastern Cape

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Of the seven distinct ecological zones found in South Africa the Eastern Cape has them all. Owning a rare natural beauty prepare to discover pristine beaches, dense forest, and wildlife aplenty with a wild array of National Parks, Game Reserves and lively seaside cities.

Amakhala zebra Safari holidays to the Eastern Cape, Shamwari rhino sighting Shamwari Leopard

Holidays to the Eastern Cape offer a stunning coastline to explore, which stretches an impressive 820km, along which are dotted the region's major urban centres. Chief among them is Port Elizabeth, a buzzing city with a family friendly reputation and fantastic safe swimming beaches. Further along the coast indulge in water sports at Port Alfred and check out the world's last remaining dodo egg at East London.

Travel only an hour and a half outside of Port Elizabeth and you'll stumble upon the Addo Elephant National Park, a phenomenal wilderness area offering some close-up elephant sightings, with over 600 of the gentle giants calling the park home. They are joined by the other members of the Big 5 (lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo) along with a host of other species.

For the private game reserve experience however, Shamwari (which is to the east of Addo) and Kwandwe offer luxury lodges, remarkable guiding and an exclusive wilderness experience. Shamwari's reputation for excellence is well founded with a strong focus on conservation - the famous Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary being a focal point. Adjacent to Shamwari lies Amakhala Game Reserve, a family friendly wilderness area with the Bushman's River to explore.

Kwandwe, as you may discover, is the Eastern Cape's premier reserve for game viewing. As with Shamwari, service is excellent and your accommodation is superb, mingling the charm of the wild with every conceivable modern amenity. Meander down the Great Fish River, embark on guided walks and even take on rhino tracking.

Eastern Cape Highlights

  • Stunning coastline with safe swimming beaches
  • Big 5 game viewing
  • Superb luxury game lodges
  • Shamwari Game Reserve's Born Free Foundation
  • The buzz of seaside city Port Elizabeth

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Selected Eastern Cape Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Eastern Cape

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On safari Eastern Cape

Luxury Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Family Holiday

Days
14
Cost For Family of 4
From $10,400 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, Shamwari Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve Kids

Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Family Self Drive

Days
17
Cost For Family of 4
From $11,040 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Winelands, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Amakhala Game Reserve
Vic Alfred Waterfront

The Best of the Cape Self Drive and Safari Holiday

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $3,100 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Winelands, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Amakhala Game Reserve
Table Mountain in Cape Town

Cape Town, Safari and Dubai holiday

Days
13
Cost Per Person
From $4,750 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Locations
Cape Town, Dubai, Shamwari Game Reserve

Featured Accommmodation

Some of our favorite accommodations in Eastern Cape

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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is set in the private and malaria free Kwandwe Game Reserve. From the lodge see all of Africa's most famous inhabitants while staying in exclusive accommodation.

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Amakhala Bush Lodge

Discover the secrets of malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve from Amakhala Bush Lodge. Stay in luxurious yet authentic thatched and tented suites and enjoy incredible Big 5 game viewing.

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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Small and intimate, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge offers the chance to explore Kwandwe Private Game Reserve's 22,000 hectares, with the chance to see the Big 5.

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Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

Stay in tented luxury at Bayethe Lodge in the Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Experience superb game viewing and dramatic scenery in this award winning reserve.

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