Big spaces and tons of fresh air are no strangers to the Eastern Cape. The region incorporates the vast and alluring Karoo, and also boasts large tracts of pristine wilderness supporting a plethora of wildlife. Exclusive Getaways has selected for you some great destinations in Eastern Cape for post-COVID travel – places in the Karoo and in the wilderness areas where you will have ample space to holiday freely with enough distance from other guests.

Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor offer both hotel accommodation and charming, historic self-catering cottages in Market Street, Cradock. The whole family is welcome at the cottages, including your furkids by arrangement. Cradock has lots to see and do, and being part of the Karoo, the area is well endowed with space and outdoor activities. Culture and heritage are not in short supply either. Mail us

Cape St Francis Resort Beach Break consists of five 5-star villas set on the edge of sand dunes overlooking Cape St Francis beach. These luxury beachside 4- and 5-bedroom villas are ideal for families or small groups wanting sole-use holiday accommodation on a self-catering basis. All five villas have garden- and sea-facing rooms. Open-plan living areas, private decks and swimming pools are features of all the Beach Break villas. The beach and ocean are on the doorstep. Mail us

At Hopewell Private Game Reserve a wonderful African safari lies in wait for you, where guests are encouraged to custom-pace the experience, setting their own timetable for safari drives and mealtimes. Your Hopewell safari is likely to include memorable encounters with Africa’s mightiest animals. Serene sundowner stops in the wilderness and dinners under the light of the stars will be among the other high points of your stay. Guests at Hopewell are accommodated in secluded Luxury and Standard Suites, with free-standing baths, private viewing decks and outdoor showers. Some of the suites have their own plunge pools. The main lodge is plush and comfy, and positioned for fabulous views of elephants gathering at the waterhole. Mail us

Woodbury Lodge has a remote location against a cliff in the Bushmans River valley area of the Eastern Cape. It is part of the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Greater Addo area, and offers a rewarding wildlife safari in an area that carries no malaria risk and is inhabited by all of the Big 5. Here, guests can enjoy a luxury safari on a beautiful tract of wilderness, with accommodation in seven separate stone and thatch lodges, all air-conditioned and en-suite, and with private leisure deck overlooking the bushveld. Game drives (twice daily) and walking excursions are available to guests. Mail us

Umngazi Hotel & Spa has a jaw-dropping river-mouth location on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast – a holiday playground of rugged coastline, indigenous forests, blue waters and idyllic beaches. The resort accommodates guests in thatched bungalows, separate from one another and set in indigenous gardens at the edge of the river. Lounge on secluded beaches, walk and hike in vast and majestic spaces, go snorkelling and canoeing, and do a spot of fishing. Mail us

Mail us to book these or other lodges in South and Southern Africa, or call +27 21 797 7122 to speak to a consultant.