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Eastern Cape safari holidays let you track and spot the Big Five

The private game reserves of the Eastern Cape are one of the greatest success stories in African ecology. Together, they have managed to reintroduce and restore several rare and endangered species to levels last seen decades ago. Best of all, they are now open for bespoke safaris, so you can enjoy tracking and spotting the Big Five game animals, and many more.

Addo National Elephant Park had just 11 elephants remaining in its reserve in 1931 but now there are over 450.

Shamwari Game Reserve is another triumphant conservation project where approximately 250km2 have been rehabilitated and wildlife has been successfully reintroduced. It is also home to two Born Free Big Cat sanctuaries where rescued animals are cared for in a spacious natural environment.

These spectacular wildlife havens are all perfect for inclusion on the agenda of your Eastern Cape holiday. This area offers a great extension to any Garden Route itinerary, and it is malaria free, making it ideal for a family safari, and boasts excellent accommodation options in luxurious lodges and camps.

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