About the Eastern Cape’s Game Reserves

The Eastern Cape region is 16,896,600 hectares (168,966 km²) making it the second largest province in South Africa, after Northern Cape. The landscape within the Eastern Cape region is some of the most diverse in South Africa, ranging from completely arid in the West to well-watered in the East.

Located on the South East coast of South Africa, the Eastern Cape is a slightly different safari destination to those that most people are more familiar with – and is completely unique.  The Eastern Cape region contains five different ecological zones, ranging from rugged mountains to dry savannah to lush evergreen forests.

The 6 different reserves has a huge variety of flora and fauna, including the Big Five that people travel from across the globe to see, and is situated on the stunning Sunshine Coast which offers kilometers of beautiful beaches, making this the perfect safari destination for anyone.

The Eastern Cape consists of six private game reserves; Amakhala Game Reserve, Kariega Game Reserve, Lalibela Game Reserve, Shamwari Game Reserve, Kwandwe Game Reserve and Kwantu Game Reserve. Each of these private game reserves offers something for everyone; at Kwandwe guests can embark on a four-day safari participating in a rhino-darting and microchipping program.

How to get to the Eastern Cape’s Game Reserves

Depending on your individual travel needs you can get to the Game Reserves of the Eastern Cape in a variety of ways. Most people choose a scheduled flight to Port Elizabeth or shuttle flight to the reserve (where available).  Or you can choose the scenic route and travel by rental car – access is easy.


The game Reserves of the Eastern Cape are abundant with a huge variety of wildlife including elephants, giraffes, hippos and the elusive cheetah. At Shamwari Game Reserve elephants, lions, giraffe, and hippos are all common sightings but cheetahs and leopards are rare here.

In Kwandwe and Amakhala the elephant sightings are less common but cheetah and leopard sightings are more common in these locations. It is suggested that you research which animals are commonly sighted in each area to help you decide which game reserve within the Eastern Cape region you wish to visit for a once in a lifetime safari adventure.


Eastern Cape Game Reserves also offers a colossal variety of birdlife which will awe even the most experienced bird watcher. With over 300 species of bird residing in the area year round, it is not uncommon to lose hours of your day in awe of these beautiful creatures. The Blue Crane, Cape Vulture and Martial Eagle are all common birds to spot during your safari in the Eastern Cape.

In order to optimize your bird watching experience (although bird watching is generally good year-round within the Eastern Cape Region), plan your trip from November to April, when the migratory birds of northern Africa and Europe have arrived for their summer holiday, escaping the often harsh European winters.


The reserves offer a wild array of choices with every type of accommodation to suit the needs and budget of every guest. You can choose to stay in the luxury of a lodge that caters to all of your creature comforts or you can stay in a rustic lodge with the African wildlife right on your doorstep.  Whether it is a romantic getaway or camping under the stars, the Eastern Cape has it all and the choice is entirely yours.

Safari Options

The Eastern Cape is a huge ecosystem and home to one of the most diverse collections of wild animals in the world.  You can participate in a wide variety of safari experiences including game drives, river cruises or bush walks. There are even safari options available for children, making the Eastern Cape the perfect safari holiday for anyone! Whatever you want to achieve from a safari holiday you are almost guaranteed to find it in the Eastern Cape.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

The ideal time of year to visit the Eastern Cape is during the warmer summer months from October until April due to the temperatures being more comfortable for humans and animals alike. This is also the dry season, with less rain meaning that animal sightings are easier because the animals will usually gather by a predictable water source, and also the roads are a lot easier to drive on.

The Eastern Cape Game Reserves enjoys a subtropical climate with mild winters (May to September) and warm summers (October to April). The climate is very moderate throughout the year.   The presence of the Big Five combined with a year-round pleasant climate makes Eastern Cape the perfect safari destination for everyone.

About African Safari Group

Eastern Cape Game Reserves e is proudly presented and recommended to you on this website by African Safari Group, a Premier Inbound Travel Agent, and an accredited and contracted reservations office for premier game reserves and game lodges across South Africa.  ASG is not affiliated with Eastern Cape Game Reserves.  Read more about African Safari Group…



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