The most well known game reserve is South Africa is Kruger National Park. However, we learned from some locals that there are many other game parks in the country that provide you with the opportunity to view the “big 5” animals, in a malaria free area, at a more favorable price.
At the last minute we decided to add a quick overnight stay at the Amakhala Game Reserve during our visit to the Eastern Cape. Although still expensive, we found an option that was a bit lower in price and would still allow us to experience the animals on a game drive in two different private game reserves.
Quatermains Tented Camp
We elected to stay at Quatermain Camp, a luxury tented camp located near Amakhala and Shamwari Game Reserves. The large tent had running water in the outdoor bathroom, but no electricity. We enjoyed the introduction to game drives, good meals, the campfire, and some good company during our one night stay. We were lucky enough to experience a game drive in each game reserve and saw lots of animals including: elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, white rhinos, and kudu. We even had a close encounter with an elephant!
It was a great introduction to safaris and one of our favorite experiences during our stay in South Africa.