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Eastern Cape

SOUTH AFRICA

MALARIA FREE SAFARIS IN THE EASTERN CAPE

The Eastern Cape is often thought of as South Africa’s “wild” province, made up by untouched beaches, bush and forest of Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma, Addo Elephant Park and the Transkei. It is the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and the heartland of the Xhosa people, offering views from Africa’s highest bridge and untouched beaches, considered the most beautiful on earth.

BIG 5 GAME VIEWING IN THE EASTERN CAPE

The Eastern Cape has an 800km shoreline with Big 5 viewing in malaria-free reserves and remote, sheltered beaches hidden from view. The coast from East London towards the Kwa-Zulu Natal border - a region previously known as the Transkei - is lush grasslands, punctuated by deep gorges and wet rainforests, while the interior is largely arid Karoo.

Addo Elephant National Park is probably the Eastern Cape’s most famous national park, sanctuary to almost 200 elephants, 400 buffalo and 21 very rare black rhino. We would highly recommend Gorah Elephant Camp in a private concession in the middle of Addo for a breath-taking introduction to the natural world of the Eastern Cape. Shamwari Private Game Reserve is another excellent choice for visitors to the Eastern Cape, with award-winning luxury accommodation in malaria-free, Big 5 country. It’s a great spot to experience eco-friendly tourism without skimping on style and refinery. Families with children will especially enjoy special programmes designed with children in mind.

While in the Eastern Cape, you might also enjoy a trip to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - an excellent Big 5 safari destination with a handful of lodges offering a range of accommodation options and activities. The unspoilt Wild Coast is a stretch of particularly beautiful scenery and ghostly shipwrecks, dotted with seaside villages and sheltered bays. The Wild Coast is a hiker’s paradise with rolling hills and jagged cliffs, but there are also a few 4x4 trails for those looking for an easier ride. As its name suggests, this strip of coastline is untamed and waiting to be explored. Make sure you pay a visit to Coffee Bay and the ‘Hole in the Wall’, a landmark created millions of years ago by the unrelenting action of the ocean.

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE EASTERN CAPE

The climate in the Eastern Cape is varied - the west is dry with sparse rain year-round, frosty winters and warm summers. The Tsitsikamma to Grahamstown region receives a little more rainfall than the Karoo regions and further east towards East London, rainfall becomes more plentiful and humidity increases in the summer months. The coastal climate is less influenced by the dry season and so can make a good summertime destination for travelers looking for a family-friendly beach vacation.

For an authentic experience of the Eastern Cape we would recommend Kwandwe Ecca Lodge for its understated luxury and excellent wildlife. If you aren’t limited with time, you might also be inspired by a stay at Eagles Crag or Long Lee Manor located in the private Shamwari Game Reserve. We recommend the Eastern Cape for families traveling with little ones, as the region is largely malaria free but still offers excellent Big 5 game viewing.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN Eastern Cape?

Gorah Elephant Camp - Robert Mark Safaris - Luxury African Safaris
Gorah Elephant Camp
Guide Price: $560

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Kariega Game Reserve - Robert Mark Safaris - Luxury African Safaris
Kariega Game Reserve
Lodges:

Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega River Lodge
Kariega Settlers Drift
Kariega The Homestead
Kariega Ukhozi Lodge
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Robert Mark Safaris - Luxury African Safaris
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Lodges:

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
Kwandwe Melton Manor
Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
Shamwari Game Reserve - Robert Mark Safaris - Luxury African Safaris
Shamwari Game Reserve
Lodges:

Bayethe Tented Lodge Shamwari
Eagles Crag Lodge Shamwari
Explorer Camp Shamwari
Lobengula Lodge Shamwari
Long Lee Manor Shamwari
Riverdene Family Lodge Shamwari
Sarili Lodge Shamwari


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Jolene, New York


Overall we had a fantastic trip to the Okavango Delta. Everything was perfectly organised. Thanks a lot for making this trip memorable and totally hassle free. Our entire family loved it.

Jay


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Beatta, Germany



We had a great time on Safari - thank you so much for planning a fantastic trip!

Sian, U.K.


We had a fantastic time, everything ran very smoothly. The visas were all easy, Rwanda is now a full visa on arrival service for U.K. Citizen, so no need to apply online at all before hand.

Samantha, UK


We are back in Sydney, I'm not back at work until Wednesday, Absolutely amazing - I don't know where to start. I would rattle on email so perhaps we can chat when you are free. Happy to give you feedback, suffice to say we will be booking all future African trips with you.

Millie, Sydney


Thanks Catherine, all went on well. Kapama was really excellent. We had awesome experience there. And the overall arrangement was great.

Kausalya G

In all, we were very pleased with your recommendations and the overall arrangements, and we would happily recommend RMS to friends who consider an African holiday. I must also add that you have been a pleasure to deal with, always prompt in your responses to queries even when you have been away in the bushes !! Well done.

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Mac, Singapore

We had a fantastic time, everything ran very smoothly. The internal flight times changed (I think for every single one!) but the guides knew what was going on and had us there at an appropriate time for each. Thanks for all your hard work organising this magical trip for us.

Sam L


The safari was a success and the wife was deeply satisfied. the game in Masai mara was great, the kindness of the people was amazing.

Frederick - Singapore


We had a fantastic honeymoon, absolutely loved Kenya and Tanzania - both really wonderful countries. Our safari at Eagle View was great - beautiful scenery, great animals and wonderful staff. Thanks for all your help in organising it!

Matt, Hong Kong



We are finally back.. Thanks alot for all your help..We really enjoyed and had a terrific experience in both Namibia and SA..

Jose, Mexico

Thanks to you, your expertise and your attention to my needs, this trip was the best of my life! and i had fabulous trips in my life already, but this one surpassed them all. there was not a single hiccup with accommodation or transportation. nothing. flawless!

The trip was well organised and i am happy i finished it with Namibia. Wow!

Karen, France

We had a simply wonderful trip especially in Botswana. Super accommodation, wonderful guides. Everything was so organised with the food and we were a little worried that we might not have much to eat as vegans, but everyone was very accommodating and we ate so very well! :-).

Sebastien, Vancouver

I'm very impressed by every detail, particularly the seamless guidance from the moment I landed Nairobi. This took away my biggest concern with safety. Thank you very much again Catherine for all efforts made. Africa now becomes a preferred option for our family holiday. I'm sure I'll need your help again not too long.

F. Y. - Hong Kong


Thanks for the follow up. We had a great time and the organisation all went very smoothly, so many thanks.

The private plane charter was a big success – the kids loved it. And very swish service etc. – all very impressive, felt rather special and was a wonderful start.

John, Singapore


Hi Stacey, Thank you for this! And thank you for this amazing trip, we can't quite believe it, it's been so magnificent so far and we are totally in love with South Africa, it's been incredible. And these places!!! We've toasted a few times to you so far, this is amazing!!!

Gen, Hong Kong


Hi Rob, My Fiancee and I had a wonderful time on the trip. All of the camps you chose for the safaris were top notch and we saw pretty much everything (4 of the big 5). Thanks again for you help and setting up a most memorable trip.

Kenneth, Hong Kong

Thank you so much for your email and for organising this trip for us.

Yes everything went smoothly and me and my buddies, we had a great time. Thanks for your help in arranging this trip. It was fantastic and memorable!

Joey, Singapore

Ol Donyo was really magnificent. The managers of the camp - Shaun Mousley and Amy both are very warm and friendly. They made us feel very welcomed and we thoroughly enjoyed staying at Ol Donyo. The camp is on par in terms of standards with Singita group, in terms of quality of their accommodation and service.

Joey, Singapore



We had an absolutely wonderful time in SA! Thank you for all your arrangements!

Peggy



The tour you organised to Cape Point was excellent and our guide for the day, Jerry, was very engaging and knowledgeable.

Jeremy



Our recommendation for first timer safari goers is that 5 days is an absolute minimum to go for.

Karen, Singapore


We were very happy with the whole trip and are planning to visit different lodges in Africa. Next up we are looking at Tanzania for next year and we think it will likely be a yearly trip for us to Africa!

Karen, Singapore


The feeling at Mara Plains was really good. The managers were great, a lovely couple, and the guides were really good as well.

Nick, Hong Kong



Everything went really, really well with the whole trip. In hindsight the highlights were the Gorillas and Victoria Falls.

Nick, New York



Botswana - The safari was incredible!

Daniel G

The safari turned out to be the absolute highlight of our trip.

Thank you so much for recommending Sabi Sabi. It was perfect for us. We loved every minute of the safari experience and each day saw The Big 5 - and more!! It was a truly remarkable experience.

Linsey

Thanks Stacey, we had a great time, everything went very smoothly. By far the easiest trip we have taken. Kim was there to meet us in Johannesburg and everything went very smooth from there, pickups, flights, reservations, etc. Ate way too much, saw lions on a kudu hunt, leopard finishing off a little duiker, rhino, elephant, impala, bush bark, water buffalo, wildebeest, nyla, etc. Very sad to leave!

Robert, Malaysia


Suffice to say we had a great time! The organisation worked as clockwork, and all thanks to you for organising it perfectly. The two guides we had were excellent and we saw the Big 5 in both Tarangire and the Serengeti.

S. S. - Malaysia


We really had a fantastic time. Thanks for putting together such a great itinerary for us, we really were impressed with the quality of the itinerary that you put together for us.

Ray - Hong Kong


Little Tubu was our favourite of the three camps we stayed at but even the others were also really good. Small camp and far away from everything, really great. Suggestions from Robert Mark were very good and the staff at the camps looked after us well. Very exciting.

Danny Ng - Hong Kong



Spent 10 Days in Kenya Oct 2014, had a great time, everything was superb, thanks a lot RMS for organizing everything. Tarryn & Glen

Tarryn & Glen - Dubai

We utilized Robert Mark Safaris for a recent adventure holiday to Serengeti & Ngorongoro. It had always been on our bucket list. Robert Mark Safaris were fantastic in ensuring that out trip went seamlessly, and we were especially pleased with the detail that they placed on our personal requests. They also provided some great recommendations that added special memories to our trip. Thanks again, we will be back.

Steven Rowe - Australia

Amazing experience that took us to two different safari lodges.

With plenty of opportunities for hiccups along the way the whole trip ran very smoothly and was the trip of a life time. I highly recommend Robert Mark Safaris if you are looking for a hassle free, safari experience.

David S - Hong Kong



Our expectations were high, but the reality topped all preconceptions.

Dave

A group of my friends and I were looking for an African Adventure when we were recommended Robert Mark Safaris, and we were not disappointed. We had the most fabulous tour ever - Initially we spent a week in the beautiful Cape Town. The service we received from the Robert Mark Safaris team were second to none and we could not be more thankful. Thanks again, and we cant wait to return!

Pierre V - Australia


We could hear the elephants walking through the camp at night, hyenas cackling away close by and even hippos as they left the water to graze in the cool of the evening.

Fonty Z


Elephants were a frequent visitor around our tent particularly one which liked to sleep beside our tent, buffalo tended to wander past and numerous small animals delighted us with their antics.

Bev P



Mombo is one of the premier camps in the Okavango Delta. Food, accommodation and service are absolutely top class.

M Witul



E - for excellent, excessive and exceptional.

Eud - Hong Kong


Excellent Trip! King's Pool will be first on our list for our next visit to Botswana.

Spencer L



Our entire experience at Chitabe was first-class. The wildlife we were able to see in a few short days was unbelievable.

Paharlan


"Abu Camp on the Okavango Delta in Botswana is surely at the top end for luxury African safari camps… There is an incredible amount of game to be viewed… Finally, the great attraction of the camp is the Abu elephant herd."

Gordon D

My Boyfriend and I were very happy with the service provided by Robert Mark Safaris on our visit to the South Africa - we went to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Cape Town They made sure we were taken care of the whole way through and even planned ahead of us to make sure our activities were scheduled according to the weather conditions. Two Thumbs up!

E Lim - Singapore

I was fortunate enough to get to spend two nights at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. What a great Experience. Sabi Sabi is a top class reserve and the game viewing was brilliant. Robert Mark Safaris did a great job & the lodge itself is luxurious and modern and a really nice place to return to after sundowners and a night drive!

Gary D - Sydney


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