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Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Visit the Eastern Cape Game Reserves


The Eastern Cape boasts more than a million hectares of malaria-free game viewing terrain.

With an outstanding range of private concessions and award-winning private game reserves and lodges offering the opportunity to spot the Big Five, the Eastern Cape game reserves are a major draw for visitors.

Close to the Garden Route, good for families, malaria free and catering to a wide range of budgets, they are often essential stops for people visiting the Eastern Cape.


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Eastern Cape holiday ideas

Aerial view of Knysna, Garden Route, South Africa

Highlights of South Africa

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,005 pp incl. flights

This is the perfect introduction to South Africa. A spectacular drive along the Garden Route will see you link Cape Town’s beachside charms with the country’s finest vineyards before ending with an all-inclusive Big-Five safari.

Places to stay in the Eastern Cape

Great Fish River Lodge, Kwande

Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

The Kwandwe landscape is dominated by thousands of animal species, including the ‘Big Five’, alongside an array of plants, floras and fauna upon valley Bushveld.

Ecca Lodge, Kwande Game Reserve

Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

The perfect safari ending to a journey along the Garden Route: Ecca Lodge offers breath-taking views of cliffs, overlooking a dense valley.

Settlers Drift, Kareiga Game Reserve

Settlers Drift, Kariega Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

Settlers Drift Lodge is located within a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, overlooking the Bushman’s River within 22,000 acres of pristine African landscapes.

Riverdene Lodge, swimming pool

Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

This lodge has a welcoming atmosphere and warmth, becoming a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends.

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Where to go in Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape province near Port Elizabeth, Shamwari Private Game Reserve combines super-stylish accommodation across seven luxury lodges with incredible Big Five wildlife viewing.

Ecca Lodge, Kwande Game Reserve

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe, meaning ‘Place of the Blue Crane', is located close to the coastline and is home to thousands of animals, including lions, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah, as well as a population of rare, highly endangered blue cranes - South Africa's national bird.

Kariega Game Reserve

Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned area of rehabilitated farmlands and one of the Eastern Cape's most successful conservation projects.

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