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Schotia Game Reserve

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Schotia Game Reserve is the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It borders the eastern side of Addo Elephant National Park. The reserve is a malaria free reserve and is probably the most densely stocked reserve in Africa. 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 game drive.

Schotia Safaris

Private Game Reserve

Schotia Safari’s Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most renowned private game reserves, and is located adjacent to Addo National Park. Learn more about this jewel of the Eastern cape at the reserves website

Species diversity

Schotia Safaris Game reserve is home to an incredibly diverse array of wildlife. Click below to expand and analyse a selection of species that can be discovered on Schotia Reserve

Species List

  • African Lion
  • African elephant
  • White Rhino
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Hippopotamus
  • Black backed jackal (rare)
  • Brown Hyena (rare)
  • Caracal (rare)
  • Warthog
  • Bush pig
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Bushbuck
  • Giraffe
  • Black wildebeest
  • Blue wildebeest
  • Eland
  • Red hartebeest
  • Cape zebra
  • Impala
  • Springbok
  • Waterbuck
  • Blesbok
  • Ostrich
  • Rheebuck
  • Sectary Bird (rare)

Schotia Reserve History

The reserve is owned, managed and run ‘hands on’ by the owners, the Bean family, who are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800’s. After nearly 25 years of experience in the safari business, Peter and his team have created a unique, relaxed and truly South African experience at Schotia. Schotia 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.

Program Equipment

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Cameras

On the program, students can utilise our inhouse Panasonic broadcast standard video cameras. The camera models are Panasonic HVX200 and HVX200P. In addition we offer a range pf smaller effects cameras including Gopro Hero 3+ and 4.

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Audio

On the program, students can utilise our a variety of broadcast standard audio equipment. This includes sets of radio mics (sony and sennheiser), shotgun mics (rode), and off camera audio recorders (Tascam).

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Tripods

On the program, students can utilise our in-house manfrotta and vanguard tripods for all shooting. These tripods are fluid-head and professional standard for video shooting. In addition we offer a variety of beanbags and mounted fluid-head’s that can be used when required.

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Accessories

We have invested into a range of accessories for students to utilise during the program. These include two phantom drones, a R.C. Cubcam, various reflectors, extenders, camera traps and a host of other gadgets to aid in the shooting of your production