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Schotia Game Reserve

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.

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