Safaris in a reclaimed Eden

Thanks to our exclusivity, your guided safari is not disturbed by large groups of other game vehicles and viewers. In fact, we have the lowest density of visitors of any private game reserve in the Eastern Cape. Our game reserve is also the closest to the ocean and the hot summers days and cold winter nights are moderated by temperate sea breezes.
Our proximity to the ocean also ensures that we are the only game reserve in the region to have thick grasslands interspersed with tall trees. This allows for unparalleled game viewing.

Hopewell Private Game Reserve exists on reclaimed farm land.  Generations ago this land was the natural environment of the Big Five and a host of other big game but was overtaken by farming.

Our private Eden covers a 6600-acre reserve where the owners have made a principled conservation investment to restore and regenerate the farm land to its natural state.

What to expect on our safari

On a safari today, just as 250 years ago, you are likely to encounter elephant, buffalo, hippo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, leopard, warthog, various antelope and indigenous species that have been carefully re-introduced to maintain a balanced eco-system.

By visiting Hopewell Private Game Reserve you too are helping to preserve Africa’s natural beauty.

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What to wear when visiting Hopewell Private Game Reserve

Summer (October to March): The Eastern Cape has a warm summer climate, but the deep shade of the bush and sometimes breezy weather means layered clothing and a wind-breaker are recommended for game drives. For the heat of the day and balmy summer evenings, bring lightweight summer clothing and beachwear.

Winter (April to September): Mornings and late afternoons and evenings are chilly, but temperatures in the bush often warm up during the day. We suggest layered, light clothing for daytime and a warm insulated jacket for morning and evening game drives.

Remember to bring: Binoculars and camera, comfortable walking shoes, sunhats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

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