Come Prepared for Relaxation
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Magic Hills Private Collection game reserve is located 200km from Port Elizabeth International Airport in South Africa’s scenic Eastern Cape Province. It is a leisurely 3-hour drive from the airport or a short 30-minute flight in a private charter plane. Thanks so the reserve having its own landing strip, arriving in comfort and style is easy.
The 25 000 hectare malaria-free reserve is home to elephant, rhino, cheetah, lion and more than 50 other species, including many that are exotic and endangered.
It’s a place where you can exist in harmony with nature and truly disconnect from the stresses of daily life.
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By car: approximately 3 hours.
By chauffeur: should you not wish to drive yourself, we can have a driver meet you at the airport and escort you to the reserve in comfort.
By charter plane or helicopter: approximately 30 minutes.
By charter plane from Cape Town International Airport: approximately 1.5 hours.
A private jet can also be arranged upon request.
Please indicate your preferred mode of transport upon booking – we’d be happy to assist you!
With our gravel airstrip located directly on the private reserve, you can enjoy a seamless transportation experience.
WEATHER, CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
During the summer months, the temperatures can reach as high as 40°C. In the mornings and evenings, the temperatures tend to be cooler. Be sure to pack light, breathable clothes for the hotter parts of the day and something warmer like a sweater or a light jacket for the cooler parts. However, keep in mind that the weather is variable and some days can be windy. We would like to emphasise the importance of bringing enough sunscreen with you.
- Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers – it can be a bit chilly in the evenings and these clothes help keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay.
- A good pair of trainers, hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes – however, unless you are doing a walking safari, there is no need to pack heavy duty hiking boots. A good pair of trainers is all that you need. It is also a good idea to pack a pair of sandals for when you are relaxing around the lodge or by the pool.
- A light weight waterproof jacket – temperatures can vary greatly. You can be cold on a morning game drive but perfectly comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt at noon. The secret is to wear layers that you can take off or add as needed.
- A camera – you will want to take lots of pictures to remember your up-close encounters. Don’t forget to bring your charger and spare memory cards too. Binoculars are also recommended. Drone use is strictly prohibited on our property.
- Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat – the glare from the sun during the middle of the day can hurt your eyes and give you a headache, especially if you are not used to it.
- A swimsuit, sunscreen (don’t underestimate the intensity of the African sun), lip balm/chap stick and mosquito repellent.
- Waterproof ponchos will be provided for guests in the event of rain.
Do I need to get vaccinated before visiting?
No, our area is malaria free. There is no need for any additional medical treatment, however enquire with your travel clinic if you are concerned.
Is there a risk of danger while out on safari?
No, during safaris you are always under the protection of an expert, armed and trained guide.
Do I need any special training to go on a safari?
No, our tailormade safaris are for everyone from children to the elderly.
I only speak a foreign language. Will I be able to understand the staff?
Yes, we have interpreting services available, just let us know of your language preference when booking.
I usually book through my travel agent. Can they organise my trip and safari for me?
Yes; please provide your travel agent with our contact details and ask them to contact us.
ANIMALS & SIGHTINGS
When is the best time for a safari?
One great thing about the Eastern Cape is that it is a destination that can be visited year round. In the Eastern Cape, the difference between the dry and wet seasons is not as drastic as it is in many other provinces. However, just like the rest of Southern Africa, the best time for a safari is typically during the dry winter and early-spring months, from April to October.
Why is this?
Basically, this is the time of year when animals need food and water and are forced out to rivers and waterholes to drink and feed, meaning that animals can generally be seen in predictable places and encounters are more likely.
In addition, there is less foliage and shorter grass. Therefore, your chances of seeing them increase.
From December to March, short afternoon thunder showers are typical but they are usually over within an hour. Around the beginning of the rainy season, many different species give birth, so this is the time of year you would have a chance to see newborn animals.