Exciting Eastern Cape

From lush tropical forests to uninhabited plains, and from easy-going sundowners to adrenaline-pumping adventures, the Eastern Cape offers a wide range of scenery and experiences. The Eastern Cape Province along South Africa’s south eastern coast is one of the country’s most undiscovered tourist locations. Boasting breathtaking natural beauty, rugged cliffs, rough seas, dense green bush, and uncrowded beaches – the province has much to offer.

Compared with the more developed Western Cape, it can feel like a different country and provides opportunities to learn about Xhosa culture. Some of South Africa’s finest hiking (and slackpacking) trails wind along the province’s largely undeveloped coastline and through its mountainous, waterfall-filled landscapes.

Private wildlife reserves and national and regional parks abound: see the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) or migrating whales and dolphins. Inzolo Exclusive Game Lodge is an exclusive game lodge nestled in a secluded valley surrounded by African bush and expansive plains where wild game roam. This spectacular setting where five of nature’s biomes converge, offers a unique personal encounter with every aspect of unspoilt nature.

They pride themselves in providing service of the highest level. With carefully curated experiences you are given the opportunity to learn and discover more about this special part of Africa, it’s wildlife, traditions and terrain.

Explore the majesty of the area and witness the iconic animals of Africa on a game drive. The knowledgeable rangers will get you up close and personal views of elephants, lions, rhinos, buffaloes and hippos as well as a wide variety of buck and bird-life.

The culinary journey you will experience at Inzolo incorporates fresh ingredients which are mostly sourced from their organic farm with a vegetarian menu available. From healthy breakfasts to melt in your mouth main courses and delectable desserts, their chefs will ensure that your taste buds are treated to the finest dining.

One of the main priorities at Inzolo is to preserve their beautiful piece of Africa and to ensure that the animal and plant life indigenous to the region thrives. They have stringent policies and programmes in place to protect endangered species and ensure the necessary requirements for a healthy, flourishing ecosystem prevail.

As a guest of Inzolo, you are also invited to plant a Spekboom. The Spekboom, is a succulent tree native to the Karoo region of South Africa. Also known as Portulacaria Afra or Elephant’s Food, Spekboom trees grow to between 2 & 5 meters tall and can live for up to 200 years. The plant is easy to grow and is very resilient. It can survive frost, drought and fire. One hectare of Spekboom plants can remove up to 4.2 tonnes of CO2 per year. This makes it 10 times more effective at reducing carbon than tropical rainforest trees and 100 times more effective than a pine tree of the same size.

Another gem of the Eastern Cape is the Kariega Game Reserve – a family-owned and operated Big 5 private safari reserve. The reserve is situated along the Garden Route, making it the perfect South African safari destination to compliment a Cape Town visit and a trip along the country’s beautiful coast.

This malaria-free game lodge incorporates 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, as well as two abundant rivers – the Kariega and the Bushmans rivers. The reserve offers five safari lodges to suit all needs. Experience close up game viewing of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – as well as multitudes of other South African wildlife from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle.

At Kariega, everything revolves around their twice-daily safari drives – the close-up encounters with African wildlife are the centre of guests’ unforgettable safari holiday. Their experienced game rangers will drive you out on safari every morning and afternoon/evening in open game-drive vehicles, traversing the valleys, grassy plains and African bushveld to bring you close to the Big 5 and other game roaming freely in their natural habitat. If you are fortunate, you may witness the lion hunting or feeding, or even the heartwarming social interactions of an elephant herd.

Kariega Game Reserve is the perfect setting for exciting safari holidays, with abundant game and spectacular viewing. Apart from lion and elephant, the game reserve is home to the other three members of the Big 5 – rhino, buffalo and leopard. Other species abound such as hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, waterbuck and a variety of other antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species including the nesting crowned eagle, martial and fish eagles.

The game reserve is bordered in the east and west by the vast and dramatic Kariega and Bushmans river valleys. On safari drives you will explore many different habitats highlighting five different ecosystems – valley bushveld, savannah grasslands, fynbos, riverine forests and acacia woodland. The awe-inspiring African landscape will captivate your senses and the trees, grasses and plants of the Eastern Cape will divulge their secrets. Sometimes it is the hidden secrets of the bush which guests most treasure as memories of their safari holidays, the amazing intricacy of a spider’s web or the monumental work of a dung beetle. There is never a dull moment on safari drives; you never know what African bush experience awaits around the next corner.

There is much to do and see at Kariega Game Reserve. As a result anything from two to seven nights can be enjoyed, however, a minimum three night stay is highly recommended for your ultimate safari experience.

You’ll find tranquility and culture in the towns of the semi-arid Karoo; the imposing Drakensberg peaks and little-known valleys in the Highlands; good surfing in the Indian Ocean, coupled with amazing cultural experiences on the Wild Coast.

So go on – discover the Eastern Cape. You will discover 5 star Africa.