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Eastern Cape Game Reserves Safaris

South Africa’s Eastern Cape provides some of the country’s most accessible game viewing within its malaria-free private game reserves.

Track the Big 5 through this picturesque landscape with the help of an expert guide before spending the afternoon relaxing at your lodge or luxury camp.

Each game reserve offers a unique experience and they are all within easy reach of Port Elizabeth airport making the perfect start or finish to a Garden Route fly drive.

Trailfinders is the UK and Ireland's No.1 to South Africa. Almost all of our travel consultants have travelled extensively here, often returning time and time again.


Classic Garden Route & Game
Fly Drive Holiday
15 days / 14 nights

From iconic Table Mountain to the coastal Garden Route and on to the plains of the Eastern Cape game reserves, discover South Africa’s most popular fly drive route.
Romantic South Africa & Mauritius
Multi Centre Holiday
17 days / 16 nights

One of our most popular holidays for couples and honeymooners, this scenic route offers the perfect marriage of incredible food with world class wines, romantic hotels with wonderful service and fascinating sights coupled with plenty of relaxing activities – a match made in heaven!
Unique & Boutique Garden Route and Game - Chauffeured Fly Drive
Chauffeured Fly Drive
16 days / 15 nights

Bringing together some of the region’s most charming, intimate and distinctive hotels and lodges, this fabulous itinerary combines the scenic Garden Route with the best of South Africa’s renowned hospitality. Best part about it? You can enjoy the luxuries of this iconic fly drive route without actually having to drive.


Shamwari Bayethe
5 star

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Ideal for couples, with its idyllic secluded location nestled alongside a tree-lined river, savour tantalising meals and drinks around the boma fire. Please note: No children 11 & under.
Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge
4 plus star

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Bukela offers a personalised and tranquil safari experience tucked away between indigenous trees at the top of a valley. Relax in the outdoor lounge and look for elephants and warthogs at the small waterhole below. Please note No children 11 & under.
Pumba Water Lodge
4 plus star

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Striking the perfect balance between a thrilling safari experience and relaxing retreat is the idyllic Pumba Water Lodge. Nestled on the banks of Lake Cariega, the lodge boasts unparalleled views over the African wilderness, making for a truly unforgettable stay.
Lalibela Lentaba Safari Lodge
4 plus star

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Set on a hillside amongst indigenous bush and overlooking an active waterhole, Lentaba Lodge has been designed to maximise wonderful valley views, whilst three atmospheric fireplaces ensure a cosy safari ambience. Please note No children 15 & under.
Kariega Settlers Drift
5 star

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Enjoying an enviable position in the midst of the beautiful Kariega wilderness, the luxurious tented suites at Settlers Drift offer guests an idyllic base to enjoy thrilling safari encounters, stunning valley views and fine cuisine. Please note: No children 9 & under.
Gorah Elephant Camp
5 star

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

Immaculately restored to its 19th Century colonial splendour, luxurious Gorah recalls the golden era of safari from the early 1900s, coupled with an elegance associated with Africa’s finest game lodges. Please note No children 11 & under.
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Eastern Cape Game Reserves Fast Facts

Time Zone


Flight Time to Eastern Cape Game Reserves

11½ hours


South African Rand

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For stays over 90 days only

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Recommended Immunisations

Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
Yellow Fever

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Enjoy comprehensive cover in Eastern Cape Game Reserves from just £65 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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