Fancy staying at a hostel where zebra roam freely and wilderbeest run through the forest? Santa Paloma Guest Farm is one of South Africa‘s best-kept secrets.

Located about 15km outside East London, this family-run game reserve offers guests the chance to experience a real slice of Africa – and it’s well worth the bumpy drive.

Santa Paloma Guest Farm, East London - South Africa hostels - Fabulous Travel Guide

Spend the afternoon hiking through the outback, go fishing in the river or enjoy a guided game drive with owner Jacques and spot zebra, wilderbeest, impala, waterbuck and even monkeys.

Impala run free at Santa Paloma game reserve, East London - South Africa hostels

Spot impala during a game drive at Santa Paloma game reserve

Still hungry for more? Take a dip in the gorgeous swimming pool, brave the 17m tree climb or simply cosy up by the fire and get to know the family – you’ll feel at home in no time!

Accommodation & directions

Santa Paloma Guest Farm offers guests simple dorms with ensuite, beautiful private rooms, camping or self-catering accommodation. Food can be arranged or you can make use of the well-stocked kitchen.

Travelling with the Baz Bus? Phone ahead and they’ll collect you from a Baz Bus Stop for 20ZAR each way. Email: or visit www.santa for more details.

Looking for more things to do in South Africa? Go on cage diving with Great White sharks or hike up Table Mountain in Cape Town. Follow us on Instagram for more inspirational photos!