Eastern Cape Game Reserves Holidays

Regarded as South Africa’s ‘wild’ province, the Eastern Cape features expanses of beach, bush and forest with a wealth of thriving flora and fauna, including the Big Five, namely lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard.

Additionally, this is a malaria-free zone, making it a fabulous safari destination for the whole family. Guided game drives at each of our featured private game reserves fulfil the thrill of viewing a large variety of magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

If you are keen to see elephants then make a beeline for Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest national reserve. Established in 1931 to save 11 elephants, the park now has over 600 of them. Just over an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, in the Sunday’s River Valley, Addo can also exclusively claim to be the world’s only national park to conserve the Big Seven - the aforementioned Big Five as well as the Southern Right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay Coast.

Within the Eastern Cape, is the Wild Coast, a region of untamed wilderness with rugged beaches, secluded bays, remarkable rock formations and green hills that rush headlong into deeply etched river valleys. This is also the Xhosa tribal heartland with thatched huts dotted across the gently rolling hills, and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. Visit the fascinating Nelson Mandela Museum at Qunu for an inspiring journey through his life.

Further regional insights can be found in Grahamstown, a melting pot of the many and varied cultures that have met and mingled here over the last 200 years. With more than
70 heritage sites, Grahamstown offers the largest collection of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the country. The town is also renowned for the annual National Arts Festival, the biggest celebration of the arts on the African continent.

In the Eastern Cape’s northwest is the Karoo, a stirring landscape of flat-topped mountains and arid plains stretching for hundreds of miles. Once regarded as good for little other than sheep and ostriches, in recent years it has become distinctively hip as creative urbanites have established galleries, design studios and imaginative restaurants.

    Why visit Eastern Cape Game Reserves?
  • Malaria-free region
  • Fantastic Big Five game viewing
  • Wonderful game lodges
  • Incredible coastline


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Essential facts about Eastern Cape Game Reserves
Local Time

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Currency

South African Rand

Travel information

Port Elizabeth is the main city in the region and while there are no non-stop flights from the UK, there are flights available from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Many also choose to drive via the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape.

Best time to go

Coastal cities have a subtropical and Mediterranean climate while inland the conditions are usually drier and hotter with lower levels of rainfall than at the coast. Temperatures are seldom extreme with summer temperatures ranging from 16-26ºC and winter 7-20ºC.

Travelling with children

Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged full birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents. For more information, contact the South African High Commission www.southafricahouseuk.com or the South African Department of Home Affairs www.dha.gov.za.