Eastern Cape game reserves

Spread the love

The Eastern Cape game reserves are well-known as the home to where the Big Five roam freely on the plains. Going to one of the Eastern Cape game reserves is a fantastic adventure for nature lovers and people who want to see the African outdoors.

This is also the perfect place for many plant and animal species to live and grow in their natural environments. Many of these fascinating species can be found in the many Eastern Cape game reserves. This is also a malaria-free zone, which makes it an excellent place for the whole family to go on safari and stay at one of the many game lodges. The Addo Elephant National Park is one of the must-visit Eastern Cape game reserves.

Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is in the Sundays River area, a valley with many trees. This game park in the Eastern Cape is a great place to see wildlife and is home to the “Big 5,” the elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, and leopard.

Highlights:

The number of elephants and seeing other animals on guided game drives.

Addo Elephant National Park is deep in the thick valley bushveld of the Sundays River area of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. In 1931, when the Elephant section of the park was first made official, there were only 11 elephants in the area.

Today, this park has more than 550 elephants, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, several kinds of antelope, and the unique flightless dung beetle, almost only found in Addo. Addo National Park is a unique and diverse place for animals, and there are plans to grow and change it.

This game park in the Eastern Cape has 5 of South Africa’s seven major vegetation biomes, giving it a natural variety that can’t be found anywhere else. Addo is also a place for the “Big 7,” the Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Whale, and Great White Shark.

On the coast and in Zuurberg, where bushman rock art can be seen, there are several archaeological sites in the park. With its new status as a mega-park, Addo will protect 120 000 hectares of the marine reserve. This includes islands home to the world’s largest Cape gannet breeding population and the second-largest African penguin breeding population.

Activities:

Safaris with elephants, hiking and 4×4 trails, guided game drives, horse trails, birding, swimming, and a program for kids.

Addo Elephant Park Accommodation

Eastern Cape game reserves

Addo Rest Camp

Addo Elephant National Park’s popular main rest camp is called Addo Rest Camp. It has many self-catering units, such as cabins, chalets, rondavels, cottages, and guest houses. There is a waterhole lookout point inside Addo Rest Camp that is lit up at night and an underground hide that lets you get close to animals.

Domkrag Guest House

It has 2 bedrooms, each with its bathroom, air conditioning, a living room, and a fully equipped kitchen, so it can sleep 6 people. Looks out over a water hole that is sometimes lit up.

Guest House Hapoor

It has 2 bedrooms, each with its bathroom, air conditioning, a living room, and a fully equipped kitchen, so it can sleep 6 people. Looks out over a water hole that is sometimes lit up.

Chalets

Two people can sleep in the room with a shower, toilet, and hand basin. The kitchenette has a bar fridge, a two-burner stove, a microwave oven, cutlery, dishes, cooking tools, and air conditioning.

Cottages

Two people can sleep in the room with a shower, toilet, and hand basin. The kitchenette has a bar fridge, a two-burner stove, a microwave oven, and utensils for cooking and eating. It doesn’t have an air conditioner, but it does have a fan.

Rondavel

It has a shower, toilet, sink, fridge, and two single beds that can be put together. The units have air conditioning and share a kitchen with a four-burner electric stove but no oven, dishes, or silverware. The other huts share their cooking tools. Looks out over a water hole that is sometimes lit up.

Forest House

Four people can sleep in an open area with four single beds, a table, and four chairs. All the guests share the kitchen. Each unit has a shower, a toilet, and a hand basin. Each team also has a fridge, a braai, cutlery, dishes, and cooking tools.

The Family Cabin

It has one sleeping room with a double bed and a bedsitter area with two single beds, and a sleeper couch, so it can sleep six people. From the place where you sit, you can go to the bathroom. Each unit has a kitchen with all the necessary tools and air conditioning.

Chalet

Two people can sleep in a room with an open floor plan and a mini kitchen, shower, toilet, and sink. It has air conditioning.

Safari Tents

It has two single beds, bedding, towels, a fan, a fridge, a braai, and separate, shared bathrooms. (Shower, commode, and sink) In the camping area, guests also use the big ablution block, which takes a bath. Each tent has a shared kitchen with two-plate stoves, cutlery, dishes, and cooking tools.

Matyholweni Rest Camp

The Sundays River Mouth Rest Camp in the Addo Elephant National Park is close to the seaside town of Colchester and is readily accessible. Addo Main Camp is 39 km from Matyholweni Rest Camp. You can find shops, restaurants, ATMs, and a gas station in the nearby city. Cottages and Family Cottages have a kitchen, toilet, shower, and DSTV with limited channels.

Rest Camp Nyathi

This rest camp in Addo Elephant National Park lies at the base of the magnificent Zuurberg Mountain range. The main center is 12 kilometers from the Nyathi Rest Camp. The 11 units are all built on stilts and have beautiful views. You can choose from 2-sleeper, 4-sleeper, or 6-sleeper units, all of which have private splash pools.

River Bend Lodge

River Bend is in Addo Elephant National Park on a 14000ha private concession. It has 5-star luxury stand-alone suites connected by a path that winds through the lush gardens. The Plumbago Spa offers relaxing treatments at this country lodge, a quiet and private place to stay. There are mobile playrooms, mini-ranger programs, baking with the chef, and kiddie manicures and pedicures at the Spa to keep kids busy.

Gorah Elephant Camp

The manor house at this 5-star lodge in Addo Elephant National Park looks out over a waterhole. The luxury tent suites are beautifully decorated to look like they came from the early 1900s, but they have all the comforts and conveniences of today. Each luxurious tent has its deck with a comprehensive view of the plains. The bathroom with the room has a shower. The Manor House and the outdoor Boma are both romantic places to eat.

Kuzuko Lodge

Eastern Cape game reserves
Picture: Kuzuko Lodge

The Kuzuko Lodge is in a private part of Addo Elephant National Park on a hill with an amazing approach to the whole park. Each luxury chalet has a balcony and a bathroom with a tub and a shower right next to it. This luxury lodge also has an infinity pool, a wellness center, a restaurant, and bar, a family lounge, a playground for kids, and an outdoor boma. Children are welcome at Kuzuko Lodge, a unique program to keep them busy.

Lodging Outside of Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park has many places to stay outside the park but close by. This makes it easy to go on self-drive safaris or guided game drives in Addo Elephant National Park. Talk to your Tourism Guide Africa Destination Specialist about other places to stay in Addo Elephant National Park or close to it.

×

Hello!

Click one of our contacts below to chat on WhatsApp

× WhatsApp us