Luxury Hotels in the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape is a great place to spend a few nights at the end of the Garden Route - an absolute gem here is Shamwari Game Reserve where you can tick off the Big Five, leisurely spot iconic bird species and stay in luxurious five-star accommodation, either in private tented suites or stylish lodges, and with two animal sanctuaries and hospitals, Shamwari offers a rare opportunity for you to have a close encounter with its big cats and wild patients.

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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Location: Eastern Cape | South Africa

Once you’ve fallen in love with the bush it’s difficult to resist its lure, so we’ve found a lodge that helps relieve the effects of the persistent ‘safari bug’. Set within the malaria-free and Big Five-packed Kwandwe Game Reserve, the immaculate Ecca Lodge is a million miles away from the typical khaki camp that most are used to.

Best for: Family-friendly, Lodge, Malaria-free, Wildlife & Nature

Amakhala Game Reserve

Location: Eastern Cape | South Africa

An 18,000 acre private reserve near Port Elizabeth, Amakhala Game Reserve is a malaria-free conservancy in the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape. The 11 luxury properties, made up of country houses, safari lodges and tented camps, are owner-managed by fifth generation Frontier Settler families who have lived in the reserve since 1820. With Big Five safaris, river cruises and first-class personal service, Amakhala Game Reserve is a far cry from the average wildlife experience.

Best for: Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Guiding, Malaria-free

HillsNek Safari Camp

Location: Eastern Cape | South Africa

Offering the chance to see Africa’s Big Five from the decadent of one of only four luxurious tents, HillsNek Safari Camp is a far cry from the average wildlife experience. Elevated on expansive wooden decks overlooking 18,000 acres of rolling hills and private wilderness, this lodge sets the stage for an unforgettable African sunset, which is preceded by thrilling safaris and followed by delicious bush-inspired fare.

Best for: Setting & Views, Wildlife & Nature, Malaria-free, Lodge

Shamwari Lodges

Location: Eastern Cape | South Africa

Voted as the World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve and Conservation Company for several consecutive years, Shamwari is truly the crown jewel of private game reserves. Situated amidst 25,000 hectares of untouched African wilderness, track the reserve’s Big Five by day on a game drive or on foot, before returning to your five-star tented suite or stylish lodge for an evening of good food and delicious wine wrapped in a romantic setting.

Best for: Family-friendly, Guiding, Wildlife & Nature, Service & Hospitality

Gorah Elephant Camp

Location: Eastern Cape | South Africa

An exclusive tented safari lodge, Gorah Elephant Camp is located on a 5,000 hectare private concession deep in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. With long sweeping views over the plains, nearby waterholes, indigenous fauna and a Victorian colonial style heart, Gorah epitomises the traditional safari experience. 

Best for: Guiding, Wildlife & Nature, Service & Hospitality, Malaria-free

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