In the immediate area, or within a few kilometres of PORT ALFRED. SOUTH AFRICA
We are most fortunate in living in an area, which one day will become so famous, that we will find ourselves listening for the sounds of the animals at night. This opposed to the glorious lullaby of the sea that we are always conscious of here in Port Alfred South Africa.
As it stands now, we have something in the region
of 27 game parks in the immediate area.
Some, will structure tours to suit the visitor, others have set schedules that they will not change.
Some are so special, that you can walk around, if you are lucky, see buck in the distance, and view to your hearts content, the amazing bird life in the area. There are a few that have not opened their gates to visitors yet, some that are state owned reserves, which means they are free, and pretty hard to find the person in charge? For all of that, we have the best Malaria free reserves in SOUTHERN AFRICA. Addo, which is the largest state owned reserve in the Eastern Cape, is in the process of extending its borders for kilometres! The most exciting part of all, is that almost daily, we hear new parks opening up, or land being purchased for proposed new parks.
A few of the newer ones, welcome all guests, allowing them free rein of the parks, trails and overnight stays, provided you book in advance.
Cape, is poised on the brink of becoming the most important "GAME AREA"
equal, if not 'easier' than any other region in Southern Sub Saharan Africa!
Realizing this, our town & our establishments are ready & waiting for the rush that will take place in a very short time frame.
The Eastern Cape, South Africa leading game hunting province by far,
is becoming a well-sought after destination for hunters from all over the world
With 800 game farms 500 genuine game ranches and 300 mixed stock
at game ranches; the hunting industry in the Eastern Cape cashed R77
million in its last financial year and has already captured the largest part of
Africa trophy export market.
Our climate is so unique, as opposed to the rest of South Africa, that one can find that in mid June, you can swim in sea, rest and visit the parks later in the day.
Instead of waxing lyrical about these magnificent places, we have listed them here, with their relevant web pages, or addresses, so that you may visit these in cyber space for your selves.
Do remember, that from our tourism office we are able to book tours for all of these facilities. We are so excited about this concept, as one day, the little town, so sleepy and underrated, will become a hive of activity as the tour busses stop over to shop and rest, and journey on to exciting adventures!
ADDO ELEPHANT PARK
PUTI PARK RESERVE.
ORIBI HAVEN (Jen & Wallo Currie)
Indigenous Oribi Antelope. A heritage site.
KAWNDWE (opening in 2001)
NATURES VALLEY. Glorious walks. Bird life almost unbeatable. Buck, monkeys & flora.
ALBANY GUEST FARM
KAP RIVER NATURE RESERVE. A State owned reserve, consisting of historical graves &forts.
This is actually three reserves in one, with the glorious river meandering dwon to the sea.
RORY GAILEY'S Park, not open yet.
THOMAS BAINES NATURE RESERVE. A State owned reserve, sadly becoming
very neglected. Wonderful flora & rock formations.
RUFANES RIVER GAME DRIVES
THANDWENI LAPA & DAY TRAILS. Spectacular Cycads & Pink rock. Indigenous buck
& a really wonderful LAPA, built next to the ever flowing stream.
HAPPY HAVEN INN
KOWIE NATURE RESERVE
MOUNTAIN ZEBRA PARK. NTONI RESERVE. SCHOTIA RESERVE.
DOUBLE DRIFT GAME RESERVE. SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE.
all of these are within a few hours, or less of PORT ALFRED.
REED VALLEY CROCODILES & GUEST COTTAGES.
ADDO ELEPHANT PARK.THE GREAT FISH RIVER RESERVE COMPLEXThe Addo Elephant Park is situated 72 km north of Port
Elizabeth. The park was instrumental in saving the last of
the Addo Elephants and the Cape Buffalo from extinction
in the areas they once roamed freely. Sweet thorn, wild
olive, karee species, spekboom, sneezewood, guarri,
milky rope, tree fuchsia and many varieties of succulents,
vines and creepers are to be found here in abundance.
Overnight accommodation is available in chalets,
cottages, huts and campsites. Guided night drives are
available and visitors can also enjoy a 3-4 hour Addo
bush trail, known as the Spekboom Nature trail.
The Great Fish river Reserve Complex lies in the Great Fish River Valley, between Grahamstown & For Beaufort & extends from near Fort Brown eastwards, to the Kieskama River. This complex comprises the Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve, the Double Drift Nature Reserve & the Sam Knott Nature Reserve. These three reserves are linked by a circular route & total a combined size of about 45000 hectares. The area in which the reserves are located was, in the past, and area of conflict & war, with he Great Fish River often forming the boundary between Settler & the Xhosa territories. As a result, the area is rich in historical background & a number of forts, signalling towers, fortified farmsteads, barracks & graves are located within the reserves.
AFRICAN EASTERN CAPE SAFARIS. (the largest hunting outfitters on the Sunshine Coast)
JOAN MUIRHEAD NATURE RESERVE. (Kenton-On-Sea)
ECCA NATURE RESERVE.
134ha area, historical, geological and environmental features. Near Grahamstown.
The Eastern Cape, with its typical African landscape, dominated by rugged mountains, is the habitat of a wide variety of trophy quality animals.
Shy Blue Duiker, crafty Bushbuck, graceful Impala, sly Nyala, the mighty Cape Kudu, Springbok, fleet footed Blesbuck & powerful Black Wildebeest.
Only the Eastern Cape can offer such a variety of game. The climate is possibly the best of all Africa, with winter months being from May to August. No inoculations, no Malaria.
homepageDo visit these pages. It's a unique experience.
Eastern Cape Map.
If you look very carefully at this map, you will see that we are almost surrounded!
We have domestic customised tours.
Read these guys they are the best!
Venture-into-Africa. (coming soon)More reserves.
This is a magazine & web site which will blow your mind!
Nyala!! a new game park, which will open next year.