Holiday suggestions including a safari in the Malaria-Free Eastern Cape
The safari lodges of the Eastern Cape (including Shamwari, Kwandwe, Amakhala, Lalibela, Pumba and Kariega), offer what for many people is the perfect safari add-on to their holiday in Cape Town and the Garden Route.
Below are a few of our favourite holidays for 2024/25 that include a safari in the Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth. If you would like to see what we might be able to do to meet your exact requirements, then please do give us a call or enquire now via the web site.
Cape Town and Tented Safari Adventure
The Grand Daddy Hotel
Amakhala Game Reserve
Destination: South Africa.
This one-week adventure gives you the chance to experience Cape Town and stay in truly quirky and unique accommodation, followed by a Big 5 safari in the malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve where you will sleep in a 1920s style safari tent under starry skies.
This is a 7 night itinerary including Cape Town and Amakhala Game Reserve.
This itinerary takes in many of our favourite properties. Staying at friendly guest houses along the way and ending with an authentic tented safari experience, this is a great holiday for visitors to South Africa who want to get the best out of their budget.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Klein Karoo, The Garden Route and Amakhala Game Reserve.
A winning holiday which, if you travel during July through to October/early November, will give you the opportunity to spot whales from the shore or from a boat-based trip out into the ocean - or even from the comfort of your bed! Add onto this wine-tasting and Big 5 wildlife game drives and you will wonder why you haven't done this years ago!
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Kariega Game Reserve.
A host of world-class destinations are yours to enjoy during this classic family holiday, with endless attractions to keep anyone of any age entertained and amused for days. Beaches, whales, wildlife - it's all jam packed into just 12 malaria-free nights.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Kariega Game Reserve.
Stay in 5* accommodation throughout your holiday, ending in a small, intimate safari lodge with your own private plunge pool and viewing deck overlooking a waterhole. Depending on when you travel, there are some Stay/Pay deals that you can also take advantage of at a couple of the properties, which will really make your budget stretch further!
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and Amakhala Game Reserve.
If you are looking for something different, certainly if this is your second or even third time to South Africa, this trip will showcase some hidden gems plus an opportunity to return to the 'tried and trusted' areas of Cape Town and the Winelands.
This is a 14 night itinerary including Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park, Samara Private Game Reserve, The Klein Karoo, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.
This is a classic Cape experience, starting at a 5* hotel situated in the heart of the vibrant and buzzy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and ending at a secluded and luxurious tented safari lodge in the award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape.
This is a 7 night itinerary including Cape Town and Shamwari Game Reserve.
Feel the heartbeat of nature as you watch for whales from the shoreline and explore an award-winning Big 5 game reserve in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. Take in all the sights along the Garden Route and spend time in the Mother City. It is a lot to pack in - hence why the trip is 15 nights!
This is a 15 night itinerary including Port Elizabeth, Shamwari Game Reserve, The Garden Route, The Klein Karoo, Hermanus and Cape Town.
It's 5* all the way with this indulgent self-drive itinerary, offering outstanding luxury and style from start to end. World-class dining and Big 5 game viewing will be just some of the many highlights.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and Kwandwe Game Reserve.
It's great to have choice, however sometimes it can all be a litte confusing when you are planning your first trip to an unfamiliar area.
If you'd like to talk to one of our friendly experts, then please give us a call on +44(0) 1932 428380 or alternativley you can enquire via the website.
When to Visit
The weather in this part of South Africa is at its best from October to April, when the region enjoys long warm summer days.
Having said this the weather is frequently warm and dry throughout the winter months of May to September with average highs still above 20c, and this is also the best time of year to find a special offer or lower price as a safari lodge.
Getting There and Away
There are regular flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, and from there it will take 45 mins to 90 mins to get to your safari lodge by road.
Many visitors choose to start their holiday in Cape Town, and then drive along the garden route before ending with a safari in the Eastern Cape.
If you are driving along the Garden Route, it will take about 2h 45 from Knysna to Port Elizabeth, and then a further 45 mins to 90 mins derpending on where you are going to.
Top Tip: If you book with Travel Butlers, we will ensure you have the most appropriate transport arrangements for your safari.
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