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The Eastern Cape is perhaps Africa's premier malaria-free safari destination, as well as South Africa's second largest and most diverse province. Not only will you find some of South Africa's most luxurious safari camps and reserves, you'll never be far from the pristine sands of the Wild Coast and the forested delights of the Cape Garden Route. Indulge yourselves at a luxurious safari lodge, or take to horse riding on one of the many sparsely peopled beaches which adorn over a 1000km of coastline. The Karoo, the Transkei, Lesotho and Natal are a short transfer away.
Visit game reserves such as the Addo Elephant National Park, Shamwari, Pumba or Kariega for a luxurious family-friendly big five safari experience. Kariega Game Reserve, just a short drive from Grahamstown, is made up of two parts, the non-predator side and the predator side making it a perfect family destination. Enjoy game safari drives, private plunge pools and trips down the river. Pumba Game reserve about 1.5 hours from Port Elizabeth where you can view game from your private plunge pool, sipping on a glass of bubbly.
Game such as eland, kudu, wildebeest, leopard and lion, just to mention a few. Enjoy a day at the spa while visiting the world renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. Stay in luxury tents for a more romantic feel or for families there are the karoo farmhouse style lodges. Shamwari is also home to the Born Free Foundation and wildlife Hospital and you are welcome to an educational tour.
The Eastern Cape also boasts South Africa's only serious commercial ski resort to date, which is found high in the Drakensburg mountains in the northern part of the province. A rare opportunity to factor in some skiing or snowboarding within the African continent. Tiffindell Ski Resort offers a great family holiday or romantics getaway.
For the culturally inclined, visit the towns of Grahamstown - home to the National Arts Festival every July - and Graaff-Reinet, with their dozens of museums and monuments you"ll be kept busy for days. The National Arts festival showcases a hugely diverse spread of South Africa's visual and performance art, hosted partially within the beautiful campus of this small 1820 settler university town.
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