The Eastern Cape is, strictly speaking, where the Garden Route ends. The early settlers and farmers shot most of the game but in 1930 the Addo Elephant Park was established to protect the last 11 animals in the area. Today the park has been re-established and is home to large herds of elephant. Since 1980, farms in the vicinity have slowly been purchased and restocked with wildlife. Spotting wild animals in these parts is no longer a rarity and guests will be surprised by the wealth of game viewing on offer.
Garden Route safari options can be found on the Whale Route, Route 62 and the Coastal Route, so they can easily be added on to the rest of your holiday. For instance, if you are driving along Route 62, we recommend you stay at Sanbona, while Shamwari, Kwandwe and Idwala are close to Port Elizabeth at the Eastern end of the Coastal Route.
Get off the beaten track and head up the Garden Route for a malaria-free safari.
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Gorah Elephant Camp
Gorah Elephant Camp claims prime position in Addo Elephant National Park, home to an abundance of elephants as well as the other Big 5, making it the ideal add-on for those wishing to witness Africa's most celebrated wildlife.
Sanbona Dwyka Lodge
In the Breede River Valley, between Barrydale and Montagu, lies an enormous reserve bursting with plants, birds, San rock art and wildlife. Here on Sanbona Game Reserve you will find the stunning Dwyka Lodge, a tented safari camp unlike any other.
Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve
From its hilltop throne, the Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve boasts spectacular views of the African bush, beach, and the Indian Ocean. From game-viewing to enjoying spa treatments, this luxury lodge offers you everything you’ve ever wanted from a secluded safari holiday on the Garden Route.
Sanbona Gondwana Lodge
Gondwana Family Lodge in the Karoo boasts a special ‘Kids on Safari’ programme, which make this an ideal spot for families. Activities include game drives, guided walks, star-gazing, visits to San rock-art sites, bird-watching, water safaris and more.
Samara Private Game Reserve
Samara is a 70,000-acre private reserve in the heart of the Great Karoo, offering a unique safari experience amidst blue skies and dusty plains. There is a main lodge with 6 en-suite bedrooms and a private manor which hosts up to 8 people!
Sanbona Tilney Manor
The first of three luxury lodges to be built on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Tilney Manor, once a thriving fruit farm, dates back to 1898. Experience personal service and world-class cuisine in an atmosphere of privacy and tranquility.
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Botlierskop consists of a luxury lodge situated on an unspoilt 3000 hectare game reserve on the Garden Route. With 15 Tented Suites spread along the banks of the Moordkuil River go on game drives, bush walks and feed the elephants!
River Bend Lodge
River Bend Lodge offers a Big 5 safari experience from the refined comfort of a five-star luxury country house. Aside from nature lovers and outdoorsmen, the lodge caters to gourmands, business professionals, and families, with facilities to accommodate all.
Gondwana Game Reserve
The private Gondwana Game Reserve is 11,000 hectares of pristine, malaria-free African wilderness situated along the popular Garden Route and only a four hour drive out of Cape Town.
Cosmos Cuisine Guesthouse is located in Sundays River Valley less than 20min from Addo Elephant National Park. You are ideally located to explore while enjoying five-star comfort and acclaimed cuisine.
Elephant House is a 9-bedroom safari lodge situated near the Addo Elephant Park in the Sundays River Valley along the Garden Route. It offers great value for money in an excellent location with game viewing opportunities around the corner!
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