Eastern Cape Safari

Eastern Cape Safari

The Eastern Cape lies on the Eastern & Southern coast line of South Africa. With just a short drive from the Garden Route lies South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, a place with abundant wildlife, friendly people and no crowds and an exceptional Eastern Cape Safari.

The Eastern Cape’s biggest attraction is its wildlife reserves. As one of the newest of South Africa’s safari destinations, the Eastern Cape has now become a top wildlife and outdoor destination. Most of its game reserves boast the Big 5 (Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) in easy-to-see habitats and offer a variety of safari activities ranging from open vehicle wildlife drives and river cruises to horseback and walking safaris.

Moreover, being a malaria-free region, the Eastern Cape is certainly one of the best places for a hassle-free family safari. Many of the lodges offer tailor-made activities for children that include guided nature walks and treasure hunts under professional supervision and there are plenty of educational experiences too.

It’s not just families who fall in love with this part of South Africa: any visitor who is on an Eastern Cape safari is sure to enjoy professional game drives in search of big wildlife, the diverse and beautiful scenery in the Eastern Cape, and the excellent temperate climate. As for accommodation, visitors can take their pick from traditional thatched lodges, romantic tented camps or stylish boutique hotels which offer indulgent spa treatments, butler service and private plunge pools. The Eastern Cape certainly offers a safari for any budget.

The Eastern Cape’s best known wildlife reserve is Addo Elephant National Park, most famous of course for its large elephant herds and excellent elephant sightings. But for good big cat sightings and luxurious accommodation, we would definately recommend one of our personally picked private game reserves: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve offers four award-winning lodges; Shamwari Private Game Reserve- with its two big cat sanctuaries – is renowned for its conservation initiatives and efforts; while Pumba Private Game Reserve is home to the rare white lions.

To organise the perfect Eastern Cape safari, simply contact us to talk to someone who has actually been there and experienced it. Lyon Tours & Safaris’African Safari Expert can give you personal recommendations and put together a getaway to suit your style and budget, and for a best-of-both-worlds safari and beach break, we’d suggest combining the reserves of the Eastern Cape with a self-drive journey along the Garden Route – starting or ending in South Africa’s favourite city, Cape Town.

Some of our recommended safari reserves:

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Amakhala Private Game Reserve

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Samara Private Game Reserve

Lalibela Private Game Reserve

Sibuya Private Game Reserve

Kariega Private Game Reserve