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.
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.
Safari in style to discover the Bushman's River and fabled Big 5 while kids can enjoy a range of specially tailored activities.
One of the Eastern Cape's premier safari destinations, track rhino, stay in luxury and see the legendary Big 5.
A spectacular Big 5 reserve rooted in conservation, stay in luxury and visit the world famous Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary.
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