Luxury safaris in the Eastern Cape
Handy Reserves & the Sun Soaked 'Wild Coast'
As the second largest province in the country it also boasts 800 kilometres of sun-soaked coastline including at its most northern end, the lush 174-kilometre long ‘Wild Coast’; a stretch of shoreline termed as such thanks to a delightful lack of development, rivers ending in expansive estuaries, long sandy crescent beaches, rocky headlands, coastal dunes and many a shipwreck to dive.
With the most of the region’s Big Five game and nature reserves being malaria-free and all within a 45 minute to 1.5-hour drive from Port Elizabeth, the Eastern Cape is a safari experience well-suited to families or those looking for a more straightforward trip. Amongst these is the Addo Elephant Park that includes a 120,000-hectare marine reserve, and the Shamwari and Samara private game reserves which boast some of the finest luxury and Afro-chic lodges.
The region’s interior hinterlands are also what shape the Eastern Cape as a distinct destination and are worth mentioning for its endless horizons and desolate scrublands creating quite a dreamlike lunarscape interrupted with picturesque old settlement towns such as Graaff-Reinet.
Trip ideas including Eastern Cape Safaris
When to go
What to do
- Safari in its Private Reserves
- Surfing in Jeffrey's Bay
- Horse Riding
- Unspoilt beaches of the Wild Coast
- Visit the towns of Grahamstown and Graaff-Reinet