The Eastern Cape’s wild side

Covering all seven of South Africa’s biomes, it’s no wonder The Eastern Cape is teeming with fauna and flora. Private game reserves dot the province’s diverse landscape comprised of riverine forests, endless coastline and acacia woodland, granting easy access to the country’s natural treasures in a malaria-free environment. 

Photographers are spoiled for choice with sightings of cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hippo, and an array of antelope. Of course, the trip is not complete without snapshots of the coveted Big 5. Twice-daily game drives reveal the different animals’ habits; where caracals and hyenas emerge to hunt for the night and dawn calls early risers to the watering holes. Bushwalks bring you closer to hidden gems such as southern Africa’s rare white lion and the endangered black-footed cat.

With many reserves offering specialised activities for children, the little ones will never be bored giving parents time to indulge in the soothing pastimes available at various lodgings. Avid birders flock to the area with some areas providing a home for over 400 different bird species including kingfishers, the African fish eagle and blue-cheeked bee-eaters. For water-enthusiasts, there are boat cruises and canoeing trips available along the Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers.

Highlights

  • Covering all seven of South Africa’s biomes, the Eastern Cape’s malaria-free game reserves are rich in fauna and flora
  • Photographers are spoiled for choice with sightings of cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hippo, and an array of antelope as well as the Big 5
  • Specialised children activities give parents time to indulge in the five-star lodges’ pleasures, such as Amakhala Game Reserve’s Whisper Room spa
  • Avid birders flock to Sibuya Game Reserve for its 400 different bird species, including kingfishers, African fish eagle and blue-cheeked bee-eaters
  • For water enthusiasts, there are boat cruises and canoe trips available along the Kariega and Bushman’s Rivers

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