Kragga Kamma Game Park. Port Elizabeth.

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Eastern Cape. #ShotLeft. – There is a bit of a misconception about affordable travel for South Africans. Its one of the reasons why the SA Tourism Sho’t Left campaign holds such value.

The argument that properties, specifically those offering a safari experience, are out of reach for us, isn’t true. I also know that the price per night never reflects the true cost of game management or the intricacies involved in running a game reserve and giving us that dream safari experience that is synonymous with Africa.

Which is why I have respect for all private game owners, and take great pleasure in confidently recommend Kragga Kamma on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth as a wonderful option to bring you close to nature and some impressive big game. We spent a night here on our recent trip, I have also been lucky enough to stay here on two previous occasions.

An area of lush coastal forest and grassland, its home to herds of African game including White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Nyala, Bontebok, Lechwe and more. All the animals roam freely and unrestricted. This park is owner operated and their no hunting or other disturbance policy means the game is relaxed and game viewing is excellent. Game drives are either self-drive or a two hour game drive can be booked with a professional guide. Also offering cheetah interaction.

Accommodation is in chalets, lodges or a luxury tent which sleep between 2 and 6 people. The accommodations are self-catering, well equipped and offer the best view as the animals literally come to you in the evening light.

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Our cheetah chalet which slept four with a full kitchen and outside braai area. The buffalo and warthogs came right up to the lawns and were rather curious about us. It was very special to see them from so close up, a wooden railing separating us as we had our dinner. And they had theirs.

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This is also a popular spot for day visits and picnic spots with braai facilities are available under shady trees. There is a Bush Cafe that offers home baked cakes and tarts, sandwiches and burgers.

Gates open daily at 8:00 am and close for entry at 5:00 pm. In summer the gates are locked at 7:00 pm and at 6:00 pm in winter.

Contact details. Phone: +27 (0)41 379 4195 and Cell: 083 410 2883. Bookings at kraggakammagamepark@telkomsa.net Open every day during the year, excluding Christmas day.

Here is a place that I can’t quite get enough of. When you say Port Elizabeth, I want to visit Kragga Kamma and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the park and animals. Incredibly good value and place that all South Africans can be proud of.

Note: There is a good shopping centre with supermarkets just 5 minutes up the road from the entrance, a good option for stocking up on groceries for the night. It couldn’t be easier.

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