The Eastern Cape is the second largest province in South Africa and over the past three decades has become a very popular safari destination, with many visitors opting for this region rather than the Greater Kruger Wilderness area.
Top 5 Reasons to Safari in the Eastern Cape
1. The Eastern Cape is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world
The Eastern Cape incorporates five eco-systems ranging from rugged mountain to lush evergreen forest and dry savannah. This encourages a wide range of fauna, flora, wild animals and birdlife and makes for spectacular game viewing with breath-taking views and vistas. Eastern Cape safaris include the Big 5 and particularly incredible rhino, hippo and elephant encounters.
2. The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free safari region
There is no need to take any malaria prophylaxis at high cost, and suffer any uncomfortable side-effects. This makes for relaxed and effortless traveling, especially with children.
3. The Eastern Cape is very accessible
Port Elizabeth and East London, the biggest cities in the province are a 60 and 90-minute flight from Cape Town respectively. Port Elizabeth is a natural extension of the popular Garden Route from Cape Town and easily accessible by road.
4. The Eastern Cape offers bush and beach safari experiences
The south-east border of the Eastern Cape is also known as the Sunshine Coast as it offers a long stretches of glorious, sandy beaches, with warm water, quaint coastal villages and many lush waterways. Some Eastern Cape safari reserves, including Kariega Game Reserve, offer both bush and beach safari experience, particularly from River Lodge where guests can visit the beach by boat along the Bushmans River.
5. The Eastern Cape is home to top safari lodges
With some of the top safari lodges like Kariega Game Reserve, Kwandwe and Shamwari situated in the Eastern Cape, safari seekers are spoilt for choice! Everyone is able to find their perfect safari destination in the Eastern Cape.
You can also add, warm, friendly hospitality and a subtropical climate with mild winters (May - September) and warm summers (October - April) to the list and you will be reassured that the Eastern Cape is the safari destination for you.
We look forward to welcoming you to our home in the beautiful Eastern Cape. Contact us for more information and rates for your safari at Kariega Game Reserve.