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recommended game reserves in only 4 days

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recommended game reserves in only 4 days

My husband and I have 4 days to explore game reserve and/or parks near Port Elizabeth. Would you recommend a private reserve or a national park, staying in one place for 4 days or splitting the time up between 2 parks? We will be there mid December and would like rustic but comfortable accommodations and good food. Also, any recommendations for guides would be appreciated.

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1. Re: recommended game reserves in only 4 days

If you want the best game viewing experience, I would definitely recommend a private game reserve. They will be quite a bit more expensive than visiting Addo but if you do have the budget, I think it is well worth the extra expense.

If you visit one of the bigger private reserves like Shamwari or Kwandwe then you could easily spend your 4 days in one place and although both these properties are in the upper price range, Kwandwe offers a stay 4 pay three special and during our low season, Shamwari also offers some special deals.

Some of the smaller reserves are also great and are quite a bit cheaper. I really like Kariega. You may find yourself driving the same areas if you spend your full 4 days at one of these and if this does not apeal to you, you could then either split your time between two smaller private reserves or one private reserve and Addo.

Mark September

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2. Re: recommended game reserves in only 4 days

Mark's advice says it all. Maybe Amakhala private reserve would work as another private reserve option too. I'm adding only that the private reserves have their own staff on site - no Guide needed. In Addo, you would drive yourself some of the time, perhaps join one of the game drives conducted by Rangers on staff at Addo. An extra charge, of course - but it is quite reasonable.

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Scotia was amazing for me...to sit so close watching lions, lots of other animals, great food, lovely accomodation, great guide, night drive was also great...I will be going back!

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4. Re: recommended game reserves in only 4 days

Depends on your budget. If it is unlimited, I would probably suggest 4 nights at Kwandwe, but that can be quite pricey, especially if they haven't got a stay 4 pay 3 special on. Other top notch game reserves are Shamwari and Gorah.

Addo Elephant National Park is great and reasonably priced. Accommodations are nice, but not brilliant. Food probably leans more towards okay than good. But you might want to spend 2 nights here and 2 nights somewhere else to cut costs.

Mid-range game reserves include Amakhala (inc Bukela), Lalibela (inc Kichaka), Pumba and Kariega.

Cheaper private game reserves are Schotia and some of the camps on Amakhala.

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