Schotia Safaris

Schotia Safaris is the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape, bordering the eastern side of Addo.


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Schotia Safaris is the oldest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, bordering the eastern side of Addo Elephant National Park.

Enjoy your Safari in South Africa on this malaria-free reserve, which is probably the most densely stocked reserve in Africa, and with over 40 mammal species and approximately 2000 animals, can offer consistently good game viewing throughout the year.

Schotia was the first reserve in the Cape Province to have free roaming lions and we can almost guarantee sightings of these magnificent animals on every Schotia Tooth & Claw game drive.

The Eastern Cape Private Game Reserve is owned, managed and run ‘hands on’ by the Bean family, who are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800s.

With over 25 years of experience in the safari business, Peter and his team have created a unique, relaxed and truly South African Safari experience at Schotia.

Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve has a huge open-air lapa, reputedly among the largest in South Africa. It has reed and sneezewood walls and is open to the African skies, except for the outer ring where a traditionally thatched roof covers the dining tables and bar area.

Inside the lapa, there are several large ‘Schotia’ trees and a roaring log fire. Dinner is usually a mix of safari cuisine and traditional South African cooking, the exact menu depends on what is available on the day.

Schotia Private Game Reserve is located just a short drive from Port Elizabeth, Addo, Port Alfred or Grahamstown. At Schotia Safaris our guests not only experience the large herds of Elephant in the Addo Elephant National Park but also get closer to a wide variety of animal species within the Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve. At Schotia Safaris, guests are spoilt with closer experiences with the Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile and various other antelope and bird species that have made the private game reserve their home.

Schotia Safaris’ experienced guides have a vast knowledge of the area as well as the animals, which ensures rewarding game viewing and some of the best South African safari experiences!

At Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve we have just the right accommodation to suit your needs. We cater to everyone from families looking for a little adventure to couples longing for a romantic weekend getaway or those wanting to enjoy some tented privacy.

Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve offers a variety of overnight South African Safari Packages. When you stay with us overnight, within the Private Game Reserve, you will not only be lulled to sleep by the gentle night sounds of Africa, but you will also have a second game drive before breakfast. During the morning drive, you may look for anything you missed the night before, or have a brief insight into ‘the birds and the bees’ and other smaller details that make the bush work.

Whether you want a simple overnight stay with us, or an extended stay to soak up the atmosphere of the African bush, we have the perfect South African safari package deal to suit your needs.

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