Mantis Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve
A pristine piece of paradise in the untouched Eastern Cape, Oceana is the only combined ocean and game reserve in South Africa. That it is unique goes without saying. Located about halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London, just outside the seaside town of Port Alfred, it is the perfect way to relax before or after your Garden Route Safari - though you may find it hard to go anywhere else!
Oceana consists of a selection of luxury suites, nestled among indigenous forest and with private decks that overlook the vast expanse of Indian Ocean, often home to whales and dolphins in season. There are a number of individual chalets and the Private Ocean House provides the utmost in exclusivity - the owner's 3-bedroom, double-storey villa that is serviced by a private chef and housekeeper.
Just below your room, the lush reserve abounds with wildlife, home to rhino, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, an array of antelope and birdlife. Enjoy guided game drives, bush walks or watch animals gather around the waterhole from the comfort of your armchair. And did we mention the sensational stargazing in the evening?
For water babies, scuba diving, snorkelling, whale watching and surfing are all on offer - or you could just stroll for miles along the endless white beach! Golf courses abound nearby and there is a gym to cater for your exercise needs. But if it were up to us, we would say enjoy champagne sundowners with your loved one, spoil yourself at the spa and wine and dine on gourmet cuisine at the celebrated restaurant!
Oceana offers supreme luxury and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine your Bush and Beach Safari in a private nature reserve - the best of both worlds!
NB: We stay at Oceana on our Exclusive Cycle Safari, sampling the best this region has to offer!