If you know a little about South African game reserves you’ve definitely heard about â€“ or you’ve likely been to â€“ the beautiful Addo Elephant National Park. The park is home to all of the Big 5; this, of course, includes the more than 350 elephants you can find playing at the waterholes each day. But the park’s surrounds offer you many more game reserves to visit and other activities to partake in. When holidaying at one of the Addo lodges don’t forget to visit the wonderful Schotia Private Game Reserve, Amakhala Private Game Reserve and Pumba Private Game Reserve.
Schotia Private Game Reserve is owned by the Bean family; they are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800’s. Peter Bean and his team have 25 years of experience in the safari business and have created a beautifully unique and relaxed environment for your holiday. The huge open air lapa, with reed and sneezewood walls, is open to the African skies except for the thatched roof that covers the luxurious dining tables and bar area. The lapa showcases several large Schotia trees and a splendid log fire; this spot is made for making unforgettable African memories. At Schotia dinner is a mix of safari cuisine and traditional South African cooking, depending on what is available on the reserve on the day. The private game reserve offers amazing packages and tours; here you can view the rhino, hippo, giraffe and the king of the African wild, the lion.
The Amakhala Private Game Reserve began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture between the owners of six lodges. As of 2011 the reserve consists of eleven properties within the area known now as the Amakhala Game Reserve: A Pride Member of Lion Roars. The reserve now consists of 7, 500 hectares and is the premier game reserve in the Eastern Cape. Amakhala Private Game Reserve prides itself on being a conservation which reintroduces the African animals to this area where they once roamed freely; this initiative is an on-going process which is not possible without donations and volunteers. Slowly but surely this environment is being restored with the original flora and fauna species it once had. Visits to this magical game reserve are highly recommended â€“ Amakhala offers a holiday and education, all in one.
The 5-star Pumba Private Game Reserve offers you a variety of holiday experiences; you can choose between a water lodge, bush lodge and AddoÂ safaris. Accommodation is absolutely exquisite and visitors experience a holiday experience like no other. The reserve offers plenty of game viewing; the entire Big 5 can be seen at the reserve, more than 250 bird species and 60 different species of mammals. Experience the African wild in pure luxury at the Pumba Game Reserve; here everything is perfectly prepared for your 5-star African adventure.
These reserves and the Addo Elephant National Park are malaria free zones and offer the holidaymaker a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience. Next time you visit the Eastern Cape opt for visiting one of these reserves or stay over at one of theÂ Elephant Park’s Addo lodges.