Eastern Cape

East of the Cape is the Garden Route, notable for its dramatic mountains, strings of large fresh water lakes, beaches, estuaries and the forests, which give the area its name. The region gets summer and winter rainfall and has six biomes covering semi-desert, succulent Karoo, thicket, forest, fynbos and coastal areas. The thicket biome is special here—it’s a place of tangled creepers, spiny euphorbias, aloes as well as many of species that are also found in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Kariega Game Reserve

Kariega has an abundance of relaxed game including the big five. It’s malaria free and offers a unique landscape and plants for photographers. 


Kwandwe is a big five reserve in the malaria-free subtropical thicket. It’s a great place to see aardvark and aardwolf and has excellent guiding.