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Eastern Cape Safari Holidays 2024/25

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

Featured Accommodation

The Grand Daddy Hotel
The Grand Daddy Hotel
Cape Town
Quatermain's Camp
Quatermain's Camp
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.

Based on 3 Star Accommodation:

  • 4 Nights at The Grand Daddy Hotel
  • 3 Nights at Quatermain's Camp
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Classic South Africa

Featured Accommodation

Protea Hotel OR Tambo
Protea OR Tambo
Johannesburg
Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Hippo Hollow
Hazyview
Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Umhlanga Ridge
Fire & Ice
Durban
The Drakensberg
Drakensberg Gardens Resort
Crawfords Beach Lodge
Crawfords Beach Lodge
East London
Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Tsitsikamma Village Inn
The Garden Route
The Garden Route
Premier Hotel Knysna
Diaz Hotel & Resort
Diaz Hotel & Resort
The Garden Route
Cape Town
SunSquare Cape Town

Destination: South Africa.

This extraordinary 15 day/14 night journey will highlight the unbelievable diversity that South Africa has to offer. Highlights included:

This is a 14 night itinerary including Johannesburg, Hazyview, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Durban, The Drakensberg, East London, The Garden Route and Cape Town.

Based on 3 Star Accommodation:

  • 1 Night at Protea Hotel OR Tambo
  • 2 Nights at Hippo Hollow Country Estate
  • 1 Night at Piggs Peak Hotel
  • 1 Night at Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
  • 1 Night at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Umhlanga Ridge
  • 2 Nights at Drakensberg Gardens Resort
  • 1 Night at Crawfords Beach Lodge
  • 1 Night at Tsitsikamma Village Inn
  • 1 Night at Premier Hotel Knysna - The Moorings
  • 1 Night at Diaz Hotel & Resort
  • 2 Nights at SunSquare Cape Town
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Classic Escape to the Cape

Featured Accommodation

Cape Town
Kensington Place
La Fontaine
La Fontaine
The Cape Winelands
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
The Klein Karoo
Periwinkle Lodge
Periwinkle Lodge
The Garden Route
Woodbury Tented Camp
Woodbury Tented Camp
Amakhala Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

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.

Based on 3 Star Accommodation:

  • 3 Nights at Kensington Place
  • 2 Nights at La Fontaine
  • 2 Nights at De Zeekoe Guest Farm
  • 3 Nights at Periwinkle Lodge
  • 2 Nights at Woodbury Tented Camp
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Whales, Wine and Wildlife

Featured Accommodation

Southern Sun The Cullinan
The Cullinan
Cape Town
Oude Werf Hotel
Oude Werf Hotel
The Cape Winelands
Abalone Guest Lodge
Abalone Guest Lodge
Hermanus
The Rex Hotel
The Rex Hotel
The Garden Route
Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

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.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 3 Nights at Southern Sun The Cullinan
  • 2 Nights at Oude Werf Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Abalone Guest Lodge
  • 3 Nights at The Rex Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Kariega Main Lodge
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South Africa Family Adventure

Featured Accommodation

Waterfront Village
Waterfront Village
Cape Town
138 Marine
138 Marine
Hermanus
Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Knysna Hollow
The Garden Route
Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

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.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 4 Nights at Waterfront Village
  • 2 Nights at 138 Marine
  • 3 Nights at Knysna Hollow Country Estate
  • 3 Nights at Kariega Main Lodge
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Cape Town, Garden Route and Big 5 Safari

Featured Accommodation

The Dock House
The Dock House
Cape Town
The Last Word Franschhoek
Last Word Franschhoek
The Cape Winelands
St James of Knysna
St James of Knysna
The Garden Route
Amakhala Bush Lodge
Amakhala Bush Lodge
Amakhala Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

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.

Based on 5 Star Accommodation:

  • 4 Nights at The Dock House
  • 2 Nights at The Last Word Franschhoek
  • 3 Nights at St James of Knysna
  • 3 Nights at Amakhala Bush Lodge
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Cape Town and Shamwari Safari

Featured Accommodation

Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Cape Town
Bayethe Tented Lodge
Bayethe Tented Lodge
Shamwari Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

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.

Based on 5 Star Accommodation:

  • 4 Nights at Victoria & Alfred Hotel
  • 3 Nights at Bayethe Tented Lodge
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Christmas in the Cape

Featured Accommodation

Southern Sun The Cullinan
The Cullinan
Cape Town
La Plume Guest House
La Plume Guest House
The Klein Karoo
Robberg Beach Lodge
Robberg Beach Lodge
The Garden Route
Woodbury Lodge
Woodbury Lodge
Amakhala Game Reserve
The Beach Hotel
The Beach Hotel
Port Elizabeth

Destination: South Africa.

This 12 night itinerary for travel over the Christmas period may give Santa and his reindeer a slightly longer journey to get the presents to you, but we are sure he won't mind!

This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Klein Karoo, The Garden Route, Amakhala Game Reserve and Port Elizabeth.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 4 Nights at Southern Sun The Cullinan
  • 2 Nights at La Plume Guest House
  • 3 Nights at Robberg Beach Lodge
  • 2 Nights at Woodbury Lodge
  • 1 Night at The Beach Hotel
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Shamwari Safari and Garden Route Explorer

Featured Accommodation

The Boardwalk
The Boardwalk
Port Elizabeth
Long Lee Manor
Long Lee Manor
Shamwari Game Reserve
Hunter's Country House
Hunter's Country House
The Garden Route
Rosenhof Country House
Rosenhof Country House
The Klein Karoo
The Marine
The Marine
Hermanus
Queen Victoria Hotel
Queen Victoria Hotel
Cape Town

Destination: South Africa.

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.

Based on 5 Star Accommodation:

  • 1 Night at The Boardwalk
  • 3 Nights at Long Lee Manor
  • 3 Nights at Hunter's Country House
  • 2 Nights at Rosenhof Country House
  • 2 Nights at The Marine
  • 4 Nights at Queen Victoria Hotel
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Luxury Self-Drive Holiday for 12 Nights

Featured Accommodation

One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
Cape Town
Le Quartier Francais
Le Quartier Francais
The Cape Winelands
Tsala Treetop Lodge
Tsala Treetop Lodge
The Garden Route
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
Great Fish River Lodge
Kwandwe Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

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.

Based on 5 Star Accommodation:

  • 4 Nights at One&Only Cape Town
  • 2 Nights at Le Quartier Francais
  • 3 Nights at Tsala Treetop Lodge
  • 3 Nights at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
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Exploring South Africa's Cape

Featured Accommodation

Mantis No 5 Boutique Art Hotel
No 5 Boutique Art Hotel
Port Elizabeth
Gorah Elephant Camp
Gorah Elephant Camp
Addo Elephant National Park
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
The Klein Karoo
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Grootbos
Hermanus
The Dock House
The Dock House
Cape Town

Destination: South Africa.

If you are looking for something different and you are interested in nature and scenery, and certainly if this is your second or even third time to South Africa, this trip will showcase some hidden gems.

This is a 13 night itinerary including Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park, The Klein Karoo, Hermanus and Cape Town.

Based on 5 Star Accommodation:

  • 1 Night at Mantis No 5 Boutique Art Hotel
  • 3 Nights at Gorah Elephant Camp
  • 2 Nights at De Zeekoe Guest Farm
  • 3 Nights at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
  • 4 Nights at The Dock House
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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.



At A Glance

  • Big 5 Safaris
  • Malaria-Free Area
  • Easy Access From Cape Town
  • Drive From The Garden Route
  • Wide Choice of Safari Lodges

Confused?

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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