Eastern Cape safari travel

Even seasoned travellers have to catch their breath at the sight of the Eastern Cape’s untouched wilderness. With lush, wild forests, raw coastlines, and rugged hills, the Eastern Cape is ideal for a wild, spectacular safari adventure.

Diversity and biological richness are hallmarks of the Eastern Cape. In what other region can you find nature reserves that span from rivers and forests to untamed beaches and great surf, as you do at the Tsitsikamma National Park?

Get close to nature

You can get a sense of the Eastern Cape’s variety by considering the famous Addo Elephant Park, near Port Elizabeth, which features, unsurprisingly, elephants and other large game, as well as a rich variety of flora and small game. The park also teems with marine life, great and small.

Or consider Riverbend Lodge, part of a private concession within the Addo Elephant Park. Enjoy privacy, comfort and luxurious appointments, all situated in incomparably rich and diverse natural terrain. The lodge is a great place from which to explore the area, and the lodge itself features a unique diversity of wildlife. Get up close to elephants in their natural state, view wildlife on horseback or take a game drive with an expert guide.

Of course, rugged wilderness doesn’t have to mean roughing it. For an Eastern Cape safari adventure in high style and comfort, consider a venue like the Safari Lodge at Amakhala Game Reserve, near Addo. Here you will experience five-star luxury accommodation, service and cuisine as a backdrop to a thrilling Eastern Cape safari.

Find a sanctuary in the city

Travellers who are flying into the Eastern Cape will probably land at Port Elizabeth, the largest city in the province. Port Elizabeth is one of the oldest cities in South Africa, Known as the ‘friendly city’, Port Elizabeth has great beaches and wonderful weather, and can be a great base from which to explore the province.

Before heading out on your Eastern Cape safari adventure, you may want to spend some time at one of the many guest houses and inns, such as Hacklewood Hill Country House, in a tranquil corner of the city.  One of the advantages of being located in PE, is that you have easy access to all the urban conveniences, making the city an excellent place to restock on your safari tour.

Surf safari adventure

For a surf and safari tour of a lifetime, you must stop in Jeffreys Bay, a South African surfing capital, and one of the great global surfing destinations. J-Bay, as it’s known to locals, is also really popular for its unspoilt beaches.

Diaz 15 is located on the beachfront, making it great accommodation for surfers and sun worshippers. If you are a surf pro, or an enthusiastic beginner, J-Bay is a must-visit location along your Eastern Cape safari holiday.

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