Eastern Cape

The birthplace of former South African President Nelson Mandela, the Eastern Cape is home to legendary surf spots, malaria-free safaris, luxury lodges and landscapes rich in tribal history. Known by some as South Africa’s ‘wild province’ due to 820km stretches untouched beaches and lush forests, the province extends from the Southern Drakensberg mountain range to the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma and is flanked by the warm Indian Ocean.

A province of significant natural diversity, the Eastern Cape boasts all of the Big Five, an incredible bird population, and a diverse marine life that includes some 27 species of whale and dolphin. The village of Jeffrey’s Bay is a world-renowned surfing mecca and home to some of the world’s biggest waves while the famous Addo Elephant Park provides sanctuary to Africa’s gentle giants.

Landing place of the British 1820 settlers, the area is rich in history and is home to some of the great battles fought between early settlers and Xhosa people. A few of the Founding Fathers of South Africa’s freedom struggle hail from the Eastern Cape too, so there is a real sense of cultural significance when exploring the Nelson Mandela Museum, traditional Xhosa homesteads or early battlefields.

Adrenaline junkies can get their fix on the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee jump or hit the famous Otter Trail while The Valley of Desolation offers some incredible insight into the geology of the region. The Karoo desert offers it’s own brand of intrigue with endless expanses and some of the best stargazing opportunities in South Africa.

The historical town of Grahamstown combines old English charm with the energetic pulse of the students who now call it home, whilst the major cities of Port Elizabeth and East London offer easy accessibility into the region.

One of the Southern Destinations team comes from the Eastern Cape, and all of us love to visit the area. Contact us for first hand information and special offers.

 

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Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Kariega Ukhozi Lodge

Successfully capturing the romance and excitement of a true African safari experience, Ukhozi Lodge is situated on the pristine expanse of the private Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. This malaria-free, family-owned private game reserve is made up of 9 000 hectares of unspoilt African bush that spans five different eco-systems.

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kariega main lodge

Kariega Main Lodge

Situated amidst the pristine surroundings of the glorious Kariega Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region, the Kariega Main Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and unsurpassed game viewing opportunities. This family-owned game reserve spans almost 9 000 hectares of picturesque South African wilderness and includes the beautiful Kariega and Bushmans rivers.

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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Renowned for understated luxury and breath taking scenery, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. Set in this 22 000 hectares (54 000 acres) of malaria-free private wilderness, Ecca Lodge offers accommodation and experiences that will make every African safari dream a reality.

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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe’s Great Fish River Lodge is designed to welcome in the enormous landscape on which it is situated. With the vastness of Africa all around, this luxurious lodge offers complete privacy, wonderful views and is the perfect honeymoon destination. It is also the natural conclusion to a journey along the world-famous Garden Route.

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Kwandwe Melton Manor

Kwandwe Melton Manor

Melton Manor, which is situated in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, is a contemporary frontier farmhouse that is encompassed by sweeping views of the Fish River and surrounding plains. Enjoy a truly South African safari experience on 30kms of malaria-free Fish River frontage, which boasts fantastic viewing opportunities of the Big Five.

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Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Situated on the majestic Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s historical Eastern Cape, Uplands Homestead is true 1820 Settlers luxury. The game-rich, malaria-free surrounds of the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve are some of the most breathtaking and varied in the country and offer magnificent views and complete tranquility.

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Kichaka Game Lodge

Kichaka Game Lodge

All the thrills of a Big Five safari together with the luxury of a five star hotel, Kichaka Lodge combines the best of both worlds with unforgettable wildlife viewing and sumptuous hospitality. Tucked into sheltering trees in the unspoilt landscapes of a 7,500 hectare private game reserve in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape, it is easily accessible from Port Elizabeth and a makes magnificent finale to a journey along the famous Garden Route. Watch elephants and resident hippo at the waterhole, bush buck drinking from your private plunge pool and enjoy a leisurely spa treatment between the twice daily game drives.

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Gorah Elephant Camp

Gorah Elephant Camp

A fabulous tented camp in an exclusive private concession of the legendary Addo Elephant National Park, Gorah Elephant Camp takes you back to a bygone era of safari romance and adventure. Looking out over sweeping views of the park and a nearby waterhole where elephants regularly drink, the camp is unfenced so you are immersed in the sights and sounds of Africa. Addo is known not just for its elephants but also for its big cats and a plethora of wildlife, and is perfectly located in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape making an ideal finale to a vacation along the Garden Route.

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Lalibela Lentaba Lodge

Lalibela Lentaba Lodge

A welcoming traditional African safari experience awaits guests to Lentaba Safari Lodge, perched on a secluded hillside in Lalibela private game reserve. Conveniently located in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape, at the end of the renowned Garden Route, it offers a wonderful introduction to the Big Five and a host of fascinating wildlife. The unfenced thatched lodge opens onto a sunny swimming pool and several viewing decks looking over a waterhole, so that game-viewing starts even before you go out on a drive and a warthog or elephant may even stroll past your chalet.

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Lalibela Tree Tops Lodge

Lalibela Tree Tops Lodge

A luxury tented camp raised on solid wooden decks to look out above the trees over a secluded wooded valley, Treetops Safari Lodge offers an intimate safari experience within Lalibela Game Reserve. Conveniently located in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape at the end of the Garden Route, it combines the close to nature romance of an African safari with easy access and all the comforts in an idyllic setting. Lalibela focuses on conservation and has a wide variety of habitats that support all the Big 5 and much more, with prolific birdlife to view from your private deck.

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