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What we love

The Eastern Cape has offers a brilliant combination of beautiful scenery, fantastic game and easy accessibility. 

Eastern Game Reserves

South Africa

The destination

The Eastern Cape is known for adventure, scenery, Port Elizabeth and of course brilliant game reserves. As well as this, it is a complete malaria free zone making this an excellent place for families. There are a number of fantastic game lodges available, we have listed below some of our preferred safari areas. The beauty of the Eastern Cape is that there is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a completely luxurious safari or a more rustic and wild experience, there will be an option to suit. 

With South Africa being one of the more advanced African countries, tourism has thrived here over the years and with that, an opportunity to promote conservation has arised and the Eastern Cape has been a fantastic ambassador for this. Many of the game reserves offer conservation programs and educational services allowing the public to better understand what they can do to help the wildlife moving forward. Everyone who visits learns something new and benefits from it. 



When it comes to the safari lodges in the Eastern Cape there is a wide variety to choose from, we have a selection of our favourites listed below. However, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899 430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 


Due to the vast array of lodges the game viewing can be very interesting here. Most of the lodges offer a Big 5 experience, the ones that don't do offer other unique wildlife like white lions or black rhino. 


Eastern Cape Game Reserves are a perfect way to see the iconic wildlife of Africa and sample some of the best cuisine whilst doing so. This is perfect for families, couples and groups, just bear in mind with younger children that they may only be accepted in certain properties as a safety precaution. 


South Africa has very distinct climatic zones, meaning that weather can be very different at certain times of the year. For the Eastern Cape the following is relevant:

January - March: Peak time, bigger crowds with the warmest temperature in the Eastern Cape 

April - May:  Best time to visit in terms of temperature and game viewing. 

June - September: Colder temperatures in the Eastern Cape with drizzly weather (whale watching season July-November).

October - December: The Cape begins to warm up and offers fantastic weather, perfect time to combine regions. Bear in mind December is one of the busiest months to visit and this books up extremely quickly.


A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days. 



Top tips

  • Perfect for families as it's malaria free
  • Ideal to combine with Cape Town and Garden Route itineraries
  • Easy access to Port Elizabeth airport to connect with international flights
  • Perfect for a first time visit to Africa


  • Local currency: South African Rand
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa and MasterCard (most places)
  • Time zone: GMT +2 hrs

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