Eastern Cape South Africa: 
Have a Safari in Big 7 Country

Zuurberg Pass Eastern CapeZuurberg Pass Eastern Cape South Africa

A safari in the Eastern of Cape South Africa  gives you so many opportunities to enjoy and explore diverse wilderness and nature destinations ranging from coast to mountains and from misty forests to semi desert landscapes.

To me, this part of the country is synonymous to fishing as I have spent many idyllic holidays during my youth fishing along the Wild Coast.

However, this beautiful province offers a lot more than just rugged coastlines and endless yellow beaches.

It is also well known as safari country with stunning parks such as Shamwari and Addo, to name but two.

It is home to the Big 7 which consists of the normal Big 5 that everyone on safari wants to see and photograph...

  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Buffalo

... plus the following two making up the Big 7 now that the park has been extended to the coastline.

  • Great White Sharks
  • Southern Right Whales

And then of course , the well known Garden Route starts in the Eastern Cape province and extends down into the Western Cape.

Over and above the scenic routes some of the best destinations for nature photographers (and anyone else who loves nature and would just like to get away from the concrete jungle)  to visit are...

South African National Parks:

African  ElephantAfrican Elephant

Addo Elephant National Park:


Thinking of Addo National Park brings back many fond memories. The first time we visited Addo was during our honeymoon. We arrived full of hope and expectation to see elephants.  We drove along every road in the park but did not find one elephant.

 Out of pure boredom we started watching and photographing the antics of the dung beetles! Guess what we found back at the camp site that evening much to our disgust? A family herd of elephants splashing and cavorting in the waterhole right by the rest camp!

 

Valley of Desolation Camdeboo National ParkValley of Desolation, Camdeboo National Park - Photo by courtesy of SafariNow

Camdeboo National Park:


The Camdeboo National Park is off the radar of most tourists travelling through the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The general tourist usually passes by to visit Graaff Reinett without realising they have missed one of the gems of the Karoo. But their loss should not be yours. 

 Camdeboo means "Green Place" in the Khoi San language and really is the place to go if you want take photos of some of the most stunning views in the whole of the Karoo.

 

Mountain Zebra National ParkMountain Zebra National Park

Mountain Zebra National Park:


This park which is home to the once endangered Cape Mountain Zebra now has a growing  population of over 700 of these beautiful striped animals. It is also a great stopover with stunning mountain landscapes for travellers on their way to the sunshine coast.


For more information on these and other National Parks in South Africa please visit the SANParks official website.

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Game Reserves and other Scenic Eastern Cape South Africa Safari Destinations:

Baviaanskloof, a little known and largely forgotton valley in the Eastern Cape of South Africa  is simply one of the best places to get away from it all.

 

Wild CoastPoenskop Beach, Wild Coast - Photo courtesy of Safarinow

The Wild Coast:
Eastern Cape South Africa


  • Dwesa Nature Reserve
  • Hluleka Nature Reserve
  • Mkhambathi Nature Reserve
  • Silaka Nature Reserve

 

Great Fish RiverGreat Fish River - Photo courtesy of Safarinow

Amatola and Stormberg Mountains Region


  • Great Fish River Nature Reserve


For more information on these Game Reserves please visit the Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism website.

Eastern Cape South Africa Holiday and Safari Accommodation:

If you would like check availability, read customer reviews or book a place to stay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and beyond, Safarinow is my accommodation search provider of choice.   They have a very comprehensive list of safari lodges and other accommodation on their books and their online booking service is of the best that I have encountered.

In my opinion they are the first people to go to to find a place to stay anywhere in Southern Africa.


 

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