South Africa - Eastern Cape

The birthplace of Nelson Mandela, the Eastern Cape is scattered with traditional African villages and offers exemplary game reserves. Its long Sunshine Coast boasts a rugged beauty too.

At the end of the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape’s capital, Port Elizabeth, enjoys first-class beaches, distinctive Victorian terraces and plenty of trendy places to dine and drink. Here too, visitors can understand a little of the region’s history at the Red Location Museum and its culture at the Metropolitan Art Museum.

The region is becoming one of the fastest growing nature conservation areas in South Africa and the main highlight of the Eastern Cape is its malaria-free game reserves. Addo Elephant National Park is a sure shot for those wishing to witness the large mammals alongside the rest of the Big Five, while endangered black rhino, cheetahs and zebras can all be spotted at Mountain Zebra National Park.

For travellers seeking adventure, it abounds in the Eastern Cape. A visit to the Drakensberg Mountains excites with ancient rock paintings and the chance to cycle through the dramatic landscape. Tsitsikamma Forest National Park offers exceptional views of ocean, craggy cliffs and dark green undergrowth, while along the coast, among the miles of unspoilt beaches, is the world-renowned waters of Jeffrey’s Bay - second to none for South African surf.

Visitors wishing to learn of the country’s history will want to visit Qunu and Nelson Mandela House, the museum dedicated to the great man, and travel to KwaZulu-Natal to meet the traditional tribe and get an understanding of this fine destination.

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The award-winning private Shamwari Game Reserve is malaria free and is situated at the end of the Garden Route. Home to an impressive array of indigenous wildlife and luxury lodges.
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The award-winning private Shamwari Game Reserve is malaria free and is situated at the end of the Garden Route. Villa Lobengula is a truly classical African experience.
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The award-winning private Shamwari Game Reserve is malaria free and is situated at the end of the Garden Route. Bayethe Lodge, offers the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation.
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Amakhala Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth is the ideal, malaria-free choice for your 'Big 5' safari destination. It is a great location for travellers visiting Cape Town, the Winelands and the famous Garden Route.
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Set between two streams in a lush bushveld valley, Kichaka Lodge is an exclusive luxury lodge located within a 'Big 5' game reserve, in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa.
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This extensive private game reserve is home to an impressive array of indigenous wildlife and six luxury lodges. The reserve is also home to the Born Free Foundation.

This gracious Edwardian Manor House echoes traditions of the past offering ...
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Lucky visitors to Pumba may see the rare and majestic white lion. Game drives here are offered in luxury safari vehicles, accompanied by expert game rangers. Together you will search for game in the 17,000 acre reserve where the 'big 5' are resident.
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Part of the award-winning private Shamwari Game Reserve which is malaria-free and is situated at the end of the Garden Route. Riverdene Lodge is a colonial African experience in an elegantly restored frontier homestead.
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With African travel becoming a family affair, Shamwari Game Reserve has opened Sarili Lodge, a new luxury lodge ideal for families.
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The latest addition to the family-owned private Kariega Game Reserve, is Settlers Drift which is a unique 5-star luxury tented lodge. This exclusive lodge is perfectly positioned, on an incline, to afford stunning views over Bushman's River and the m...
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Kariega is a family-owned and operated game reserve set in 22,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, near Port Elizabeth, thus forming a natural extension to Cape Town and the Garden Route.
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This family-owned and operated private game reserve spans 22,000 acres of pristine African wilderness, incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushman's Rivers.
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This family-owned and operated private game reserve spans 22,000 acres of pristine African wilderness, incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans Rivers. Kariega's game lodges offer a unique combination of awesome big 5 game viewing with an e...
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Amakhala Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth is the ideal, malaria-free choice for your 'Big 5' safari destination. It is a great location for travellers visiting Cape Town, the Winelands and the famous Garden Route.
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Sibuya, one of South Africa's most unique safari destinations, has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. Consequently as a birding destination it is hard to beat: there are nearly 400 different species.
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The Homestead is a private lodge offering secluded comfort and luxury. With a dedicated game ranger and chef, guests have the flexibility to plan their day according to their own specific needs.
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Amakhala Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth is the ideal, malaria-free choice for your 'Big 5' safari destination. It is a great location for travellers visiting Cape Town, the Winelands and the famous Garden Route.
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Amakhala Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth is the ideal, malaria-free choice for your 'Big 5' safari destination. It is a great location for travellers visiting Cape Town, the Winelands and the famous Garden Route.
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Amakhala Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth is the ideal, malaria-free choice for your 'Big 5' safari destination. It is a great location for travellers visiting Cape Town, the Winelands and the famous Garden Route.

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