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 2019 / 2020 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.
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Amakhala Game Reserve
Destination: South Africa.
This one-week adventure give you the chance to experience a rich piece of Cape Town history, followed by a Big 5 safari in the malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve, situated at the end of the beautiful Garden Route, 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. 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.
Feel the heartbeat of nature as you watch for whales from the shoreline, and explore a Big 5 game reserve in open 4x4 safari vehicles or on guided walking safaris, where you may have an exciting encounter with a pride of rare white lions - only one of a small number of free-ranging white lion populations in Southern Africa.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Pumba Private Game Reserve.
The Karoo Desert is a part of South Africa that many people pass through, but very few take the time to explore in depth. It's a region of fascinating local tradition, delicious food, endless views and thousands of gawky ostriches! This 2 week trip will bring you both the best of the Cape and an unforgettable behind-the-scenes glimpse of the under-explored Karoo.
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.
With 2 complimentary nights included as part of this package during selected times of the year, it is no wonder this holiday is so attractive! Not to mention you stay in a 5* safari lodge with your own private plunge pool and viewing deck overlooking a waterhole.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and Amakhala 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 nights.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Kariega Game Reserve.
World-class settings, world-class views and world-class game viewing all come together in this 12 night self-drive itinerary. With just 4 stops from start to finish, you will wish you had longer to continue to enjoy the luxuries that this holiday is offering. And between 01 April 2018 and 31 August 2018, 2 of your nights at The Plettenberg will be completely complimentary!
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Shamwari Game Reserve.
This itinerary features 5* properties that offer the height of traditional refinement and luxury. Combining old world charm and gracious living, with some added luxuries such as a private plunge pool on your safari deck, this is a holiday that will leave you wishing you didn't have to go home!
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and Shamwari Game Reserve.
If you are looking for classic romance, this 11 night itinerary packs it all in - exclusive accommodation and personalised yet unobtrusive butler-style service in Cape Town, a stunning hotel situated on a vineyard in the heart of the Cape Winelands, a treetop lodge overlooking an indigenuous forest, and a luxurious, malaria-free safari in a tented camp that offers privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.
This is a 11 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and Shamwari Game Reserve.
Based on 5 Star Accommodation:
3 Nights at The Dock House
2 Nights at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards
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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