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Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

Get picked up from your hotel in Port Elizabeth, Bluewater Bay, or Colchester. Spend a full day exploring the third largest National Park in South Africa with an expert local guide. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area.  Today you can see a variety of predators, antelope, zebra species, endangered black rhino as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.  The park is also the only one in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.  An excursion to the Addo Elephant park is a must when visiting this unique area.

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

Your experienced and enthusiastic guide will do their best to locate as much of the game available in the area and interpret their behavior for you during your drive. The first few hours of the tour are usually good to see antelope, zebra and lion. As this safari covers all time periods of the day, you should have the opportunity to see most game species. Stopping for a tea and coffee break at around 10:30 AM, you will continue on the game drive for sightings of elephants and buffalo near the watering holes. At lunchtime you can enjoy a delicious South African braai with juice, mineral water, beer and white wine. After lunch continue on the safari before being returned to your place of accommodation. Refreshments will be served throughout the drive.

Port Elizabeth: Schotia Game Reserve Safari with Port Pickup

Port Elizabeth: Schotia Game Reserve Safari with Port Pickup

Enjoy a safari tour in Schotia Private Game Reserve, bordering the eastern side of Addo Elephant National Park. Schotia offers the possibility of viewing Africa's ‘Big 5’ animals (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, and leopard) in their natural habitat, as well as giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. Schotia is a must-see destination in the Eastern Cape. Join our qualified guides on a day safari and learn about the large variety of animals and the surrounding areas. Each drive is unique and unpredictable as the animals are constantly on the move. Our guides will, however, do their best to provide the best sightings possible. Tours take place in one of our open safari vehicles and snacks and drinks are provided on every tour.

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Full-Day Safari

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Full-Day Safari

Embark on an unforgettable safari adventure through South Africa's renowned Addo Elephant National Park. Experience the thrill of observing the park's diverse wildlife, including the majestic "Big Five" – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos – as well as a variety of other fascinating species. Your adventure begins with convenient pickup from your Port Elizabeth accommodation, hotel, or the port. Led by experienced guides, journey deep into the heart of Addo's wilderness, where sweeping plains, dense thickets, and lush forests await. Throughout your safari, gain insights into the behavior and ecology of the park's inhabitants, while capturing unforgettable moments up close. As part of your experience, enjoy a light lunch amidst the natural beauty of Addo, providing a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you're a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or embarking on your first safari, Addo Elephant National Park promises an extraordinary journey filled with excitement, wonder, and the timeless magic of Africa's wilderness. Book your Addo Elephant National Park safari today and immerse yourself in the timeless enchantment of Africa's wilderness.

Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

Travel down the picturesque Sundays River to the Alexandria Dune field; the largest and most impressive dune field in South Africa. Suited to beginners and experienced sandboarders, choose from 2 or 3-hour sandboarding tours which give you ample time to learn some new skills and have a great time while doing it. If you are not quite comfortable to stand on the board, try a sit down or belly-board ride down the dune. Otherwise the guides will show you how to master the technique of standing on the board as you surf down the dune.

Port Elizabeth: Shore Excursion to Addo Elephant Park Safari

Port Elizabeth: Shore Excursion to Addo Elephant Park Safari

Embark on an exhilarating adventure in South Africa's Addo Elephant Park, the country's third-largest National Park, where nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike will discover an unforgettable day. Your journey starts with a comfortable pickup from the cruise terminal, offering picturesque views of the South African countryside as you travel in an air-conditioned vehicle. Throughout the ride, your knowledgeable guide will share insights into the area's history and wildlife. Upon arrival at the park, your game drive commences, led by expert guides who reveal the wonders of the "Big Five" in their natural habitats. Traverse stunning landscapes, observing majestic elephants, lions, antelopes, and more from the safety of our closed safari vehicle. Your experienced guide enriches your journey with insights into the park's incredible flora and fauna, providing a deeper understanding of biodiversity and conservation efforts. Enjoy a light meal and refreshments provided during the tour, ensuring you stay energized for the adventure ahead. As your safari concludes, return in time for your cruise ship departure, leaving behind memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss the chance to explore the beauty of Addo Elephant Park and its iconic wildlife. Book your Port Elizabeth to Addo tour today and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of this majestic sanctuary!

Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the majestic Sundays River passing the Alexandria Coastal Dune field and many local birdlife feeding in their natural habitat. The cruise also includes a stop at one of the highest sand dunes. If you climb to the top, you will be treated to spectacular views of the bay. Tours are from 1.5 to 2.5-hours and are perfect for small or larger groups, families, friends, bird watchers or birthday parties, bachelor/ achelorette parties and year-end functions.    

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Shore Excursion & Safari

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Shore Excursion & Safari

Addo Elephant National Park is a sanctuary for more than 600 African Elephants and a variety of other indigenous wildlife. The ernomous the diversity of animals, the lions, antelopes, warthogs, brown and spotted hyenas, zebras and the endangered black rhino, make up the magnificent sightings of this sprawling park. Explore this spectacular national park which encompasses five separate biomes; from sub-tropical thicket to nama karoo and grasslands. Witness the living proof of the success of South Africa's conservation efforts.Discover and observe the bountiful wildlife that roam freely, in their natural habitat, in this 180 000 hectares national park. Come and experience a leisurely day in this park with Quality Guides unlocking the fauna, flora and wonderous wildlife. Your journey starts at your place of accomodation, whether in Port Elizabeth, harbour, Bluewaterbay, Colchester or Ematyholweni Rest Camp in the southern entry side of the park. You are then transported to the reception on the southern gate of the park, in a small town of Colchester, 40km away from Port Elizabeth. You will then drive through the park to observe animals in a 24 hectares game viewing area. Lunch will be served in an iconic and famous Jack's Picnic Site inside the park. Soon after lunch, you will again drive through the park, increasing your chances to see more animals. After 8 hours inside the park's game viewing area, having had a few comfort stops, you will transfer back to the entrance of the park for another comfort stop before your return journey to the drop-off point. Itenerary

Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

Explore one of South Africa's oldest cities on a 2-hour guided walk. Start at Port Elizabeth’s Campanile Memorial, at the entrance to the railway station. Continue to Route 67 and follow a trail that combines both historical and modern-day elements of the culture of the Eastern Cape. It pays tribute to Madiba’s 67 years of service to South Africans. Visit the Donkin Reserve at Belmont Terrace and the old lighthouse. Admire old Victorian churches, newly renovated terraced cottages, and a lighthouse that once guided ships into Algoa Bay. Other attractions include Fort Frederick, City Hall, Market Square, and St. Georges Park, which is the oldest cricket ground in South Africa.

Port Elizabeth: Cape Recife Safari and City Sightseeing Tour

Port Elizabeth: Cape Recife Safari and City Sightseeing Tour

Experience the vibrant tapestry of history, wildlife, and natural beauty on a captivating day-long Safari and City tour of Port Elizabeth. Start with a convenient pickup from your accommodation. Marvel at the picturesque Cape Recife Nature Reserve, including its unique lighthouse and sweeping views. Then, embark on an exhilarating wildlife safari at a private reserve. Encounter elephants, cheetahs, and more in their natural habitat. Optional wine tastings and culinary delights await you at Port Elizabeth's vineyards. Explore Port Elizabeth's heart with its Victorian architecture and iconic landmarks at the historic Donkin Reserve. Discover vibrant local culture through traditional African crafts and contemporary art. Opt for a beer tasting experience and immerse yourself in the dynamic street art scene. With expert guides and seamless logistics, this adventure guarantees cherished memories.

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4.8
(531 reviews)

Would highly recommend this trip absolutely the most fantastic experience. Honestly cannot recommend enough you will not be disappointed if you book. Our guide Wanele was outstanding and made sure at all time we had amazing time. He did everything to make sure that we could see as many animals as possible!!! We even saw a Lion which was the most amazing experience. Please book this experience with this wonderful guide Wanele can’t thank him enough for a once in a lifetime experience. Honestly book this and you will not be disappointed as we would have never seen the amount of animals if we had done a self drive ourselves. 😊

While another tour company told their passengers "It's raining, you won't see anything today" (they saw an elephant), our guide Gary was a passionate and educated guide, who gave a fantastic commentary and found lots of animals for us to be amazed by. We saw many elephants (one walked right past the minibus!) zebras, a jackal, warthogs, antelope, hartebeest, and all manner of large and smaller birds. Not bad for a day when the animals are supposed to be hiding from the rain! Can't recommend Gary and this tour highly enough.

It was a lot of fun. I was glad that they told me various trivia during the pick-up and drop-off. They often found animals, took pictures for us, and gave us lots of explanations, so it was a really fun tour! They also prepared lunch for us, which was helpful! It was delicious! I'd like to go to Port Elizabeth again, this time with the goal of seeing lions!

Such an amazing experience! Robert was brilliant, so helpful and great communication beforehand. The unexpected sledding into the river was a huge bonus! 100% recommend.

The guides were very friendly and polite, and we had a great time seeing so many animals.