The Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve is situated in a spectacular spot in the Eastern Cape province. Safari-goers venturing to this natural gem can experience the best of both worlds as it is one of only a handful of wildlife reserves on the beach in South Africa. This expansive haven is home to a myriad of fauna and flora species and offers visitors an unrivalled escape from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. The postcard scenery can be explored at will and ease since it is in a malaria-free environment.
Those choosing to stay overnight are in for a treat. The various lodge accommodations provide the ideal wildlife viewing experience, as most resident wildlife and bird species can be seen from the luxurious comfort of private wooden decks. The lapping of the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean along the seven-kilometre stretch of private beach will soothe even the most restless soul.
Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve is situated less than two hours drive from Port Elizabeth where there is a domestic airport. Visitors can either hire a vehicle and make their way to the reserve or a private transfer can be arranged.
Even though the Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve is not a Big Five destination, there are plenty of other species to be observed. These include bigger beasts like the endangered white rhino and buffalo. Safari-goers can also spot giraffe, blue wildebeest, zebra, sable, black impala and a whole host of other antelope species. Bird lovers can glance skywards to spot some of the hundreds of species occurring in this part of the Eastern Cape.
Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve is situated in the Eastern Province, which makes the period between August and May the best time to visit. While the inland tends to get a little cold during winter, the weather on the coast is mild and pleasant.
There is no shortage of activities on offer at the Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve. Animal encounters on game drives, bird watching and whale watching are at the top of the list. Adventurous visitors can participate in catch-and-release fishing, canoeing, cycling, horseback riding and scuba diving. For those seeking a different experience, there are boat cruises, scenic helicopter flights and natural history tours.