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Garden Route Safari


Our Garden Route Safari Lodges

Tucked away in prime locations on private reserves, Garden Route safari lodges offer authentic safari accommodation. You’ll have a choice between traditional thatched lodges, tented camps and farmhouse accommodation. Also available are exclusive-use villas and cottages, ideal for families, groups of friends and honeymooners. These are fully-serviced accommodations with the opportunity to use a private chef and guide. Most lodges offer baby-sitting services and a range of guided children’s activities.

Garden Route safari lodges are very well-appointed with many facilities. Most will have a swimming pool – often a private one – as well as a spa and treatment rooms. The living suites are beautifully located and have en suite bathrooms. The standards of guiding are high and you’ll enjoy a wide range of activities: game drives, nature walks, river safaris and cultural tours.

Browse our recommended lodges below or simply contact us for advice about the best accommodation for your needs and budget.

HillsNek Safari Camp
HillsNek Safari Camp
In Short: Elegant tented camp in Amakhala Big 5 Reserve
Location: Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
The Eastern Cape’s beautiful wild landscape is home to this super-intimate lodge; with only 4 tented chalets on offer, Hillsnek is ideal for families, small groups & those seeking a truly romantic retreat. It is also available as an exclusive-use lodge.
USD 255p/p sharing
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Woodbury Tented Camp
Woodbury Tented Camp
In Short: Affordable Amakhala & child-friendly too
Location: Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
This family-run camp delivers a great value malaria-free Big 5 safari. You’ll enjoy 2 game drives a day plus the chance to go on river cruises – perfect for bird watching. Families will love the double tented suites with shared viewing deck.
USD 175p/p sharing
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Great Fish River Lodge
Great Fish River Lodge
In Short: Breathtaking setting in Kwandwe Private Reserve
Location: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
A stunning riverside location gives this deluxe thatched lodge a very romantic ambience; it’s also a favourite for travellers who want to combine malaria-free Big 5 game viewing with butler service, air-conditioned suites & their own plunge pool.
USD 495p/p sharing
Bukela Lodge
Bukela Lodge
In Short: Top choice for luxurious romance in Amakhala
Location: Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
With only 4 suites, Bukela promises a personalised stay. Enjoying panoramic views, the lodge has a long list of activities in the Big 5 reserve as well as the nearby coast. Suites are generously sized & come with air conditioning & spa bath.
USD 321p/p sharing
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Settlers Drift
Settlers Drift
In Short: Multi-activity luxury lodge in Kariega Reserve
Location: Kariega Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
You won’t just be going on game drives here; canoe trips, guided walks, river cruises & fishing trips are also part of the Kariega experience. The camp is stylish & contemporary with only 9 suites, each air conditioned & packed with treats.
USD 435p/p sharing
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What to Do

on a Garden Route Safari?

1. Track the Big 5

The Eastern Cape reserves are home to the Big 5 & you’ll be on the lookout for them on your guided morning & afternoon game drives. Spot-lit night drives add to the thrill.

2. Go on a River Safari

Whether you explore by kayak, small boat or sunset cruiser, a river safari is an excellent way to spot wildlife & enjoy the sunset. Ask us about the best riverside lodges.

3. Bring the Family

Malaria-free game viewing; tailored safari activities; baby sitters, kids menus & private family villas – a Garden Route safari couldn’t be better for families if you designed it yourself!

4. Bring the Binoculars

A mix of different habitats means many of the Eastern Cape reserves have bird counts of over 400 species, including many of South Africa’s endemics. Expect fabulous, year-round birding with expert guides.

5. Hit the Beach

Many reserves are within easy reach of the famously unspoilt Eastern Cape coast. Add marine tours, beach walks & seasonal whale watching onto your Garden Route safari.

6. Walk the Wild Side

The Eastern Cape is great walking country & its private game reserves offer anything from short self-guided walks to fully-guided multi-day trekking – ask us about the best one for your requirements.

7. Explore on Horseback

The open landscape of the Eastern Cape was made for horseback safaris; stunning scenery, easy riding & a great way to see big game. We’ll tell you the best places to saddle up.

8. Get Romantic

Couples are spoilt for choice on a Garden Route safari: idyllic settings, private suites & all the candle-lit details. Ask us about the best honeymoon hideaways & boutique spa resorts.

Tailor-made Holiday

Experience the extraordinary! Let us tailor-make your safari to South Africa.

Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • Consultants Travel in Africa
  • Knowledgeable team
  • Expect great customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • Travel Save Compliant Certificate
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • Travel Support from Start to Finish


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