Eastern Cape Safari
Malaria-free safaris and wild coastal scenery
Take a walk on the wild side! South Africa’s ‘wild’ Eastern Cape is an untouched province of pristine beaches, scenic bush landscapes, and coastal dune forests. Among the exciting attractions is the Addo Elephant National Park, which boasts the densest elephant population in the world. It’s also the only reserve on earth with the distinction of being home to the Big Seven. Here you can see elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, plus great white sharks and southern right whales!
There is something for everyone in the Eastern Cape. For travellers chasing adrenaline-fueled thrills, there’s tubing down the Storm’s River Gorge and skydiving in Grahamstown. Alternatively, take a leap from the world’s highest commercially operated bridge bungee at Bloukrans. Culture vultures will enjoy uncovering the province’s unique history, from the 1820 Settlers to the birth and life of Nelson Mandela. The Eastern Cape is home to several of South Africa’s most important persons in the fight against Apartheid, including Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko, and Oliver Tambo.
When to Go:
Average temperatures in the Eastern Cape are moderate year-round. There are a few cold weeks in the winter (June through August). The hottest months are from January to March, when the humidity at the coast becomes uncomfortable, though far less so than other more tropical destinations.
The malaria-free reserves in the Eastern Cape are ideal for family safaris.
The Eastern Cape is Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and the scene of many important moments in history.
Escape to the beautiful Sunshine Coast: endless white beaches fringed with nature reserves await.
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Top Experiences in Eastern Cape Safari
A Big Seven safari combines traditional land-based Big Five encounters with marine safaris in search of whales, sharks, penguins and dolphins. Don’t miss this unique Eastern Cape experience.
Standing on top of a towering dolerite column and overlooking the vast Karoo plains, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe. This is the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park, a geological national monument.
For pro’s, Jeffrey’s Bay is a surfing mecca and boasts one of the world’s best right-hand point breaks. For beginners, it’s the ideal learn-to-surf destination. Nothing beats paddling out and chasing the perfect wave with the wind in your hair!
With its temperate climate, the wild Eastern Cape is perfect for a malaria-free safari. Enjoy thrilling wildlife encounters without having to take precautionary malaria measures before, during or after travel.
Tracking cheetah on foot at Samara is a truly unforgettable experience, allowing you to enjoy unrivaled viewing of these spotted cats – currently the largest predators in the reserve.