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A number of malaria-free Big Five private game reserves are located within a short drive of the Garden Route. Those seeking to lay eyes on elephants, lions, giraffes, rhino and an array of other iconic African species can do so right here. Tailor-made safaris in the Eastern Cape take place across a wide range of natural habitats that are different to those in South Africa’s southern coastal region.

About the Eastern Cape Reserves

The Eastern Cape region was once used as commercial farmland but has now been reclaimed as a natural habitat with wildlife populations reintroduced and thriving. Important conservation work is undertaken by the reserves to protect and maintain their animal inhabitants. Our favourites include Amakhala, Kwandwe and Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari (meaning “my friend” in Shona) is widely regarded as among the best private game reserves in southern Africa – home to the coveted Big 5 and luxurious and authentic safari experiences Shamwari has something to offer for anyone seeking an exhilarating malaria-free safari in South Africa. The reserve has 7 lodges and 1 explorer camp and the variety of accommodation options mean that not only is there something for everyone but there is also the opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of safari-style holidays from exclusive tranquillity, fun-for-all family enjoyment or the back-to-nature appeal of a luxury tented camp. Wildlife populations on the Shamwari Private Game Reserve are superb with a broad range of rare and exciting species to search for in a safe, malaria-free safari environment.

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Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve is in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa and is located ideally for those seeking to include an amazing safari experience into their Garden Route and Whale Coast itinerary. There is a selection of 3, 4 & 5-star owner-managed safari camps, lodges and a restored country house across the large 8,500 hectare game reserve. The superb selection of properties means that all needs are catered for, from safari honeymoons to family safaris and anyone in between. There is an abundance of exciting African wildlife species that can be found during your stay on a number of different day and night activities and under the stewardship of your expert guide. Wildlife likely to be encountered during the game drives in the Amakhala Game Reserve include the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, plenty of antelope species, a variety of birds and much more. Amakhala’s broad selection of properties and great game viewing potential make it a superb option for anyone seeking a malaria-free South Africa safari.

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Kwandwe Private Reserve 

Kwandwe Private Game is tucked away deep in the heart of South Africa’s unspoilt Eastern Cape province. The reserve is a beautifully restored and expertly managed area of reclaimed farm land that has been returned to its natural state as a haven for South Africa’s amazing wildlife species. The 22,000 hectares of pristine private wilderness sits abreast the Great Fish River as it meanders for 30 kilometres through scenic, varied and wildlife-rich landscapes. The reserve has just thirty rooms split across six very individual and distinct safari lodges, camp and villas - one of the highest land-to-guest ratios in South Africa. Renowned for quality guiding, understated luxury and the thousands of wildlife species that call the reserve home and a range of of safari on offer, Kwande is an incredible option to make every African dream come true on your malaria-free South Africa safari.

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What to expect on an Eastern Cape Safari

The Eastern Cape is perfect for South Africa family safari holidays. Malaria-free safaris and family-friendly safari lodges make it the ideal place for those travelling with young ones. The reserves are fenced but extremely large so you’re unlikely to ever feel anything but a sense of being in true wilderness. Two or three days at one reserve is a decent amount of time to give yourself a fantastic chance of having memorable wildlife encounters.

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Best Time to Visit the Eastern Cape

Luxury safaris in the Eastern Cape can be enjoyed year-round. From May to October there is typically less rainfall and so animals tend to localise around permanent water. However, game viewing in the Eastern Cape Reserves is usually excellent no matter what month you visit.

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How to Book an Eastern Cape Safari Holiday

To discuss your South Africa safari holiday, Eastern Cape safari packages and tailor-made itineraries, speak to one of our South Africa experts today by contacting us.

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