The malaria-free Eastern Cape is home to a number of private reserves and the Addo Elephant National Park. The area contains tracts of savannah grassland, semi-desert Karoo, coastal forests, dune belts and thickly vegetated valleys. The Eastern Cape is a particularly popular safari add-on for holiday makers visiting the Garden Route or travelling up the coastline from Cape Town. The reserves and parks are generally smaller in size than found elsewhere in the country and are not true wilderness areas but do offer a great range of accommodation and activities to suit all budgets. All the general plains game as well as the infamous Big 5 occur in healthy numbers on the various reserves. With a close proximity to the Indian Ocean visitors have on offer a diverse range of places to visit.

Useful Information

The Eastern Cape is the perfect safari add on for those visiting South Africa’s famed Garden Route or planning a trip to Cape Town and its nearby winelands. Award winning lodges, conservation success stories, an exquisite coast line and a rich cultural heritage make for a most interesting stay. A self-drive tour from Cape Town through the Garden Route, Karoo and ending off being pampered in a luxury lodge in the Eastern Cape is a holiday you wont forget.

Parks and Reserves

Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, about an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The 164000-hectare park combines seven of South Africa’s major…

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Amakhala Game Reserve

The 7500 hectare Amakhala Game Reserve is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape in South Africa. It is easily accessible via the N2 highway. The reserve offers a wide variety…

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Kariega Game Reserve

Kariega Game Reserve is located on the doorsteps of Kenton-on-Sea in South Africa's Eastern Cape, and is a great safari add-on to those travelling to the Eastern Cape or the…

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Tours and Trips

Aspect V- Aspect Romance: The Fairest Cape

South Africa's Cape region is one of the most beautiful and magical in the country. Stunning landscapes, quaint little towns, and unspoilt coastline make up this area, and it is…

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Duration: 11 nights
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Aspect X: Aspect Romance: The Fairest Cape

South Africa's Cape region is one of the most beautiful and magical in the country. Stunning landscapes, quaint little towns, and unspoilt coastline make up the area. It is also…

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Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Leopard
Cheetah
Brown Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Zebra
Red Hartebeest
Impala
Waterbuck
Baboon
Crocodile
Ostrich

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Black Rhino
Lion

BIRDS
Ostrich
Secretary Bird
Stanley's Bustard
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Blue Crane

REPTILES
Leopard Tortoise
Rock Monitor Lizard
Cape Cobra

TREES
Sweet Thorn Acacia
Spek Boom
Sneezewood

HABITAT TYPES
Grassland
Savanna
Thornveld
Karoo
Wetland
Riverine
Oceanic
Dune Belt

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 8.5
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 6.5
Trees: 6.5
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