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Ideal as an add-on to a South African Garden Route holiday, you'll spend a week in two of the Eastern Cape's best game reserves for a comprehensive Big 5 safari in a malaria-free and little-visited region.

Begin your safari adventure in the rich and varied landscapes of Samara Private Game Reserve and its colonial-style safari lodge before moving on to Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge where you'll go in search of the Big 5 and learn about the region's turbulent history.

Then end off your adventure at The Windemere where you'll enjoy a night of well-deserved relaxation at this chic boutique hotel.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Combine 2 malaria-free private game reserves
  • Get great photos of cheetahs at Samara
  • Thrilling game-sightings at Kwandwe Reserve
  • Learn about the Eastern Cape's history & culture Experience
  • Enjoy Kwandwe’s unsurpassed luxury
  • Add on to a Garden Route holiday
  • A perfect holiday for families

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Feel rejuvenated at Samara

On arrival at Port Elizabeth, transfer to the Samara Private Game Reserve in the Great Karoo. This 70 000 hectare conservation area comprises four of South Africa's seven biomes and therefore offers a rich and varied game viewing and botanical experience.

You also have the chance to see fossils that pre-date the dinosaurs as well as ancient San Bushman paintings.

Samara Private Game Reserve plays an important role in cheetah conservation: there is a highly successful cheetah conservation programme in place and since the cheetahs at Samara are free from competition from other predators such as lion and hyena, they thrive in this habitat which makes for wonderful photographic opportunities.

Day 3-5

Visit the Carnivore Research Programme

After your stay at Samara, transfer by road to Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge and continue your safari adventure at the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve where you'll enjoy game drives in search of the Big 5 -  lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo.

Select a day to go on a guided tour of Kwandwe to learn about the fascinating world of carnivores and predators such as the African wild dog and cheetah.

While at Kwandwe, take the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the area: the Frontiers @ Kwandwe tour is led by resident historian Alan Weyer and delves into the Eastern Cape's rich and often turbulent past.

Day 6

Get a good night's rest in Port Elizabeth

Transfer back to Port Elizabeth for one last night at The Windemere Hotel. With all the early morning wake-ups you've been getting on safari, you may well welcome an early night on your last night before heading home.

Day 7

Ending in Port Elizabeth

Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport in the morning to catch your flight home. Your tour ends once you arrive at the airport.


  • 2 nights at Samara Private Game Reserve on a full board basis
  • 3 nights at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 1 night at the Windemere Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Private road transfers


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 05 Oct 2014 - 28 Oct 2014 $3280
  • 29 Oct 2014 - 21 Nov 2014 $3280

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"A combination of two diverse game reserves gives you a true sense of what the tranquil Eastern Cape can offer."



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