Game Reserves in Eastern Cape
Margaret Thatcher, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage… a long list of celebrities experienced safari in the Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape province is famous for its game reserves. There is no other region in the country with such favourable conditions for games as savannah of Eastern Cape. This explains a large number of first class “Big Five” game reserves within 100-150 km from Port Elizabeth. One should mention Addo Elephant National Park, Shamwari, Lalibela, Kariega, Pumba, Amakhala, Schotia and Kwantu private game reserves. Two of them, Addo Elephant National Park and private game reserve Shamwari, are famous all over the world. Shamwari achieved an unique success. This game reserve have been receiving numerous international awards for 15(!) consecutive years, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve. It is not surprising that it became popular amongst world celebrities. Hollywood superstars (Brad Pitt, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and others), famous sportsmen, such as Tiger Woods, heads of states, such as Margaret Thatcher, billioners, such as Richard Branson and other celebrities experienced safari in Shamwari (Shamwari guests).
None other region in South Africa can offer such diverse safari programmes as the Eastern Cape province
Other game reserves also have solid international reputation and well known in many countires. Each game reserve has special features and offers diverse programmes. For example, Schotia, the oldest game reserve in Eastern Cape, is well known for the night safari. Schotia was the first game researve in the country which launched the night safari program. Addo Elephant National Park is famous for the biggest elephant population in South Africa. Addo National Park is currently home to more than 550 elephants. Other mammals in the park include 400 Cape buffalo, more than 48 endangered Black Rhinos as well as a variety of antelope species.
Such a concentration and diversity of game reserves make feasible day programmes combining different game reserves. Fore example, one of the most popular safari programmes includes the morning safari at the Addo Elephant National Park and afternoon/night safari at the Schotia game reserve. None other region in South Africa can offer such diverse safari programmes.
Eastern Cape is malaria free region
Another attractive feature of these programmes is their cost. The day safari programmes are much cheapper compared to packages including an accommodation at the private game reserves. The proximity of game reserves to Port Elizabeth enables tourists to visit them without staying for a night. They can comfortably stay at one of Port Elizabeth’s hotels for two – three days and combine beach leisure and numerous attractions in this city with safari at game reserves.
One should also add that Eastern Cape is a malaria free region, an important advantage of local safari compared to some other game reserves in this country.