Eastern Cape

The diversity of wildlife in South Africa’s untamed Eastern Cape rarely fails to impress

The diversity of wildlife in South Africa’s untamed Eastern Cape rarely fails to impress. Get thrilling up close encounters with black rhino, buffalo, lions and the mighty African elephant in luxurious game reserves and national parks. Safaris in the Eastern Cape also have the added bonus of being malaria-free.

The main attraction of the Eastern Cape is undoubtedly the diversity and richness of its wildlife. One of the best places to view game is at the Addo Elephant National Park. As the name suggests, the park is known for its thriving elephant population, now in excess of 600 after a huge conservation effort. Go at your own pace with a self-drive or head out with a guide to help you track the Big Five.

Visitors to the Eastern Cape can also choose from a selection of luxury private game reserves to maximise wildlife sightings. Many of these reserves are located within short reach of Port Elizabeth, making it really easy to combine a safari with a Garden Route road trip. 

Although better known for its wildlife, the scenery of the Eastern Cape is breath-taking and worth taking the time to explore. The landscape is at its most scenic in the vast swathes of Karoo desert with craggy mountains, scrubs and rolling hills as far as the eye can see.

End an action packed safari with a stay on the Eastern Cape coast, also known as the ‘Wild Coast’. These untouched shores are met by rising hills scattered with tribal huts that mark it as Xhosa tribal country – birthplace of Nelson Mandela. Soak up spectacular ocean vistas as you lounge on white sands, keeping an eye out for dolphins frolicking in the waves.

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