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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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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Bayethe Tented Lodge – Shamwari Game Reserve

Bayethe Tented Lodge

Get caught up in seduction and luxury in the tented accommodation at Bayethe Lodge, situated in Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Surrounded by rich vegetation and the privacy that comes with the vast African landscape, at Bayethe Lodge you will find seclusion and the warm greeting that comes with Bayethe, which means “I salute you”.

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Riverdene Lodge  – Shamwari Game Reserve

Riverdene Lodge

A family-friendly luxury lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Riverdene Lodge provides an inspiring safari experience that all the family can enjoy, with comfort and elegance for the adults and plenty of space and activities for kids. The huge private game reserve is renowned for its conservation efforts and wildlife rehabilitation, and is well stocked with all the Big Five and much more. Conveniently located in a malaria-free area near the Addo Elephant National Park and at the end of the Garden Route, it makes the perfect climax to a family vacation in Southern Africa.

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Long Lee Manor

Refined and elegant, this Edwardian manor house combines the graciousness of a bygone era, with all the modern comforts required for a truly five star experience. With colonial style accommodation that over looks magnificent plains teaming with wildlife, Long Lee Manor at Shamwari Game Reserve is a truly luxurious African experience. Known as the flagship of the Eastern Cape-based Shamwari, it overlooks a watering hole, as well as the grassy plains that stretch down to Bushmans River.

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River Bend Lodge

River Bend Lodge

A stylish country house atmosphere and a personalised approach to the safari experience are what distinguish River Bend Lodge. Set in a 14,000ha private concession of the renowned Addo Elephant Park in South African’s malaria-free Eastern Cape, the lodge has exclusive access to the concession, so that your game-viewing really is exclusive and authentic. Both family-friendly and romantic enough for couples, River Bend excels in tailoring activities to your interests, adding walks with giraffes, photography workshops, birding expeditions and spa pampering to the enthralling game drives, which include all the Big 5 and many more fascinating creatures, as well as the legendary Addo elephants.

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Lalibela Marks Camp

Lalibela Marks Camp

Relaxed Pan-African style and a friendly atmosphere welcome guests to Mark’s Camp at Lalibela Game Reserve. Tucked into the bushveld on a hillside overlooking a waterhole, the stone and thatch lodge is perfectly placed for Big Five game-viewing in this family-owned private game reserve in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape.  Mark’s Camp has a dedicated and well thought out children’s safari programme for kids from 2-11, plenty of space to run around in the fenced lodge gardens and two swimming pools.

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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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