Private Game Reserves

There are numerous Private Game Reserves in close proximity to Hopefield Country House. Many  of these Reserves offer daytrips giving a fascinating glimpse into the habits and behaviour of various species of game. Availability is limited and booking in advance is essential.

Schotia Safaris (+/- 45 minutes from Hopefield)

Schotia Safaris is a privately owned and managed reserve, which has been owned by the Bean family since 1833.

Schotia is the oldest, private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, and also the first reserve to have Lions that can hunt for themselves.  There are approximately 2000 animals and over 40 species in the reserve.   The wildlife introduction process started in 1982 and will continue until the reserve is fully stocked with a variety of animals which are suited to the habitat.  The main objective at Schotia is to present a product to their guests which give them an idea of what Africa used to look like before man arrived.  They believe that “man must fit in with nature and that animals should be self-sustaining.” It is believed that “canned hunting” is equally as bad as “canned photography or viewing.” There are numerous antelope as well as Lion, Hippo, Rhino, Giraffe, Ostrich, Monkeys, Aardwolf, Aardvark, and Wildebeest.

Schotia Tooth and Claw Safari

The Tooth & Claw is a guided drive in open topped vehicles. This afternoon / evening experience can be one of the highlights of your visit to Addo. Late afternoon and early evening is often the most rewarding time of day for game viewing as this is when animals are at their most active. This is especially the case with lion, which are generally nocturnal hunters. Schotia is also home to white rhino, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, jackal and crocodile. The drive is followed by a traditional meal served under the stars in a thatched open air lapa. Time: 15:00 – 21:00

Addo Elephant National Park / Schotia Safaris Full day Safari

Complimentary pickup from Hopefield Country House is followed by a guided tour through the Addo Elephant National Park. After lunch guests are transferred to Schotia Safaris where they join the Tooth and Claw Safari. At the conclusion of the evening guests are transported back to Hopefield Country House. Time: 09:00

Amakhala Game Reserve (+/- 1 hour drive from Hopefield)

Amakhala means “Aloe’, the prolific indigenous plant found in this diverse area of the Eastern Cape. Feel the heartbeat and rhythm of Africa as you become part of a Big 5 Safari Adventure on Amakhala Game Reserve. Guided by experienced rangers on open Land Rovers Amakhala offers a product aimed at providing visitors with an experience of the diverse wildlife and landscape including Black Wildebeest, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and numerous other antelope. The excursion commences from Leeuwenbosch Lodge.

Times: 09:30 – 13:30