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Kariega Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

The game reserves of the Eastern Cape are a great choice for a family safari or the perfect end to a holiday driving the Garden Route in South Africa.

Playing host to the Big Five but crucially malaria-free, reserves like Kwandwe, Shamwari and Samara are tailor-made for children or for anybody not wanting to take anti-malarial medication.

Don’t think for a moment that this means the wildlife is any less impressive. Far from it, with Shamwari having a reputation for exceptional lion and rhino sightings, Ado being famous for its vast elephant herds and Samara being renowned for offering cheetah tracking on foot. Throw in the fact that the lodges are some of South Africa’s finest and activities include game drives, walking safaris, horse-riding and river cruises, you can see why the Eastern Cape is becoming a firm favourite with travellers in the know, to South Africa.

Giraffe, South Africa
Eastern Cape Game Reserves, South Africa

Why visit the Eastern Cape

  • Experience big five malaria-free safari not far from the Garden Route
  • Exceptional lodges with options for family groups travelling together
  • View the Large herds of Elephant in Addo National Park
  • Private game activities on private reserves
  • Incorporate fishing, cycling, walking, rhino conservation and children’s programs.


Aardvark Safari

Head out on an on-foot aardvark safari at Samara Game Reserve, searching for these fascinating and unusual creatures.

Family Activities

Experience fishing, cycling, walking, rhino conservation and children’s programs.

Addo Elephants

View the large herds of elephants in Addo National Park.

Born Free Sanctuary

Visit the Born Free Sanctuary on Shamwari Game Reserve, where rescued big cats are rehabilitated after having been freed from captivity.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Samara Karoo Lodge £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Samara Private Game Reserve covers 70,000 acres of malaria-free wilderness in South Africa’s Great Karoo. Encompassing rugged mountains, deep valleys and the vast plains of Camdeboo, it’s a stunning location. Samara was founded on clear conservation principles and with one firm ambition: to rehabilitate the Eastern Cape’s Great Karoo. The once absent cape mountain zebra now roams the plateau pastures, beautiful blue cranes soar overhead and cheetahs stalk the Camdeboo plains.  

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Kariega Game Reserve £££££

  • South Africa

Kariega Private Game Reserve is situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, just a few hours drive from the garden route and the beaches of Plettenberg Bay. Kariega offers the ideal big 5 safari culmination of a Cape Town and Garden Route holiday. Five individual lodges offer something of every visitor. The newly opened adult-only Settlers Drift Lodge is situated in an untouched part of the reserve and offers contemporary Safari tented style and world-class service. Just 9 tents with stunning views and opulent furnishings.

Kichaka Private Game Lodge £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape Province, Kichaka Private Game Lodge is set between two streams in a lush bushveld valley, overlooking a large water hole which attracts the big 5. Constructed entirely of stone and thatch thus blending in seamlessly with the natural surroundings, Kichaka offers only 10 comfortable suites. Named after the indigenous vegetation each suite lies in a secluded setting ensuring privacy and space. Suites are connected to the main lodge by walkways winding through the natural bush to a magnificent viewing deck, a wine cellar, rim-flow pool and massage and beauty treatments in the Wellness Suite. Activities offered at Kichaka include morning and afternoon game drives as well as bush walks on request.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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