Our Guide to South Africa

Eastern Cape

Here you’ll find an extremely diverse landscape - the west of the province is a Karoo, or semi-desert, while the east consists of luscious green vegetation. The coastline is pristine, boasting beautiful, untouched beaches - as well as the only ski resort in South Africa.

Other sites include national parks where visitors can view such majestic animals as the black rhino, the African elephant, lions and leopards, as well as the last of the Cape buffalo. For those with a more artistic leaning, The National Arts festival held in Grahamstown is the largest cultural festival in the whole of Africa. The Eastern Cape is a fantastic safari destination especially for families as it is a non-malarial area so visitors don’t require any anti-malarial medication.

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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Innovative, stylish and intimate, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge embodies a "funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse" ambience, with just six intimate suites with spacious living areas and ensuite bathrooms. Ecca is a superb family friendly safari option in the Eastern Cape.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Eco/ethical tourism, Family

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Kwandwe Game Reserve is situated in the non-malarial Eastern Cape. Great Fish River Lodge comprises nine luxurious thatched suites, each with its own private plunge pool, which are linked to the lodge by wooden walkways.

Best for: Wildlife, Couples, Honeymoon, Adventure

Kwandwe Melton Manor

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Set in a beautiful location with sweeping views of the river and Afromontane forest, Kwandwe's four-bedroom safari villa, Melton Manor has enjoyed a recent refurbishment and is now available to be taken on an exclusive use basis only from August 2013.

Best for: Adventure, Villa, Wildlife, Family

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Uplands Homestead is a sensitively restored 1905 Cape Dutch farmhouse, situated in the heart of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Comprising three spacious en-suite bedrooms, Uplands is available for sole use by small groups and families.

Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Family, Villa

Bayethe Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Bayethe is a beautifully designed safari lodge located within the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve, in South Africa's Eastern Cape. With just twelve luxurious tents and a bush spa, it is a luxurious safari retreat in a prime game area.

Best for: Couples, Honeymoon, Spa & health, Wildlife

Eagle's Crag Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Eagle's Crag Lodge enjoys a secluded spot tucked into the boulders in the Shamwari Game Reserve, in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Just nine suites offer the ideal base for exploring this Big Five reserve on safari for couples and honeymooners.

Best for: Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Gondwana Family Lodge

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Sanbona boasts 54,000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art. This non-malarial Big 5 game reserve is in a spectacular Karoo location, the lodges here offer something for everyone.

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Family, Wildlife

Gorah Elephant Camp

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Gorah is an authentic tented camp set in a 5,000 hectare private concession within Addo Elephant Park in South Africa’s non-malarial Eastern Cape. Only 70km from Port Elizabeth, it is a convenient option to combine with a visit to the Garden Route.

Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife, Adventure

Riverdene Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Riverdene Lodge offers a luxurious family safari lodge, catering to children of all ages. Located on the 25,000 hectare Shamwari Game Reserve, you can enjoy superb wildlife-viewing with expert guides, in a non-malarial area on the Eastern Cape.

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Family, Villa

Sanbona - Tilney Manor

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tilney Manor consists of six beautiful open plan suites, each with its own private veranda overlooking breathtaking views of mountains and plains. This is the perfect spot for those looking for an intimate and luxurious safari experience near Cape Town.

Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife, Couples

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