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The Eastern Cape
is a province of South Africa
The vast majority of self-drivers coming east out of Cape Town
run out of time by the time they reach Port Elizabeth
, making this Eastern Cape area feel much quieter and more remote.
The main reason to continue further is that the Eastern Cape contains a number of safari areas, which provide some of the highest quality wildlife experiences within easy striking distance of Cape Town.
It should be pointed out that these safari areas are nowhere near as wild as reserves such as Kruger and further north on the continent. They generally comprise a mix of natural landscapes and reclaimed farmland, encircled by a protecting fence and restocked with wildlife in an attempt to recreate the ecosystems that existed here before colonialisation. In many cases it is the same families who originally settled and tamed the land which are now returning it to the wild.
Apart from their relatively convenient location, the big upsides for these wildlife reserves are that they are malaria free, generally offer high standards of comfort and hospitality, are mostly very child friendly and enjoy a similar Nov/Mar summer as that in Cape Town (in contrast to Kruger, which experiences rains during this period.
In addition to these wildlife reserves, the Eastern Cape also contains some beautiful Karoo scenery further to the north, with some lovely farm-stays, with access to historic towns and superb fossil beds.
The coastline contains a string of glorious wild beaches.AreasTrips