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Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Safari Shore Excursion

1. Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Safari Shore Excursion

Discover the Addo Elephant Park on a guided shore excursion. Explore the third-largest national park in South Africa, with expansive grounds, lush vegetation, and unsurpassed views of the continent’s most iconic wildlife. Begin your tour with pickup from the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy a 35-minute scenic drive through the South African countryside. Upon arrival at the park, and after check-in, begin your game drive. Spot animals such as the Big 5, zebras, warthogs, and antelopes. Your local guide will stop the vehicle when animals are spotted. During the drive, stop to stretch your legs at a lookout point where you can enjoy spectacular views of the park while sipping a refreshing drink and snack. Travel in a closed vehicle, making your way through the park from south to north, trekking along gravel and sand paths as well as tarred roads in search of the best viewing sites. Get acquainted with the incredible flora and fauna of the reserve and learn more about the area’s biodiversity. After working up an appetite, you can purchase lunch at the park restaurant. Use some free time to spend at the souvenir shop to find the perfect gifts, before continuing your safari and heading back south. Thereafter, you'll exit the park to be back in time at the cruise ship.

Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

2. 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.

Addo National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

3. Addo National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

Experience a half-day guided Addo Elephant National Park safari and have the best chance of seeing all the park has to offer. Not only do the guides have trained eyes for spotting and identifying wildlife but they have expert knowledge regarding vegetation and local history, culture, and stories too. During the tour, you'll be taken to the highlighted areas of the northern section of Addo National Park Main Camp. Your guide will help you capture your Addo memories from up close and at the right angles, and they are always on the lookout for the perfect shot. Tours are conducted in custom-designed Toyota Land Cruiser Safari Vehicles, which are spacious, comfortable touring vehicles featuring high ground clearance and large retractable windows.

Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

4. Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

The tour departs from Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (PEDSAC) at Port Elizabeth Harbor in the early morning. Board the catamaran with your guide, and then set sail onto the waters where the adventure begins. As you sail around the coastline, watch out for the vast array of marine life that lives here, as you learn about their mating and migration patterns. The best time for whale spotting begins in June when humpback whales move along the coast as they head up the east coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Humpback whales can be spotted in Algoa Bay between June and early January, reaching peaks in July/August, and then again in November/December when they make their return journey with newborn calves in tow. Southern right whales are also usually seen very close inshore nearby to the harbor during July to October as they enter the safety of the bay to give birth. These whales are the most frequently observed whales along the South African coast. Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins also call the bay their home and can be spotted all year round in groups from 10 to 400. These playful dolphins are mostly found in shallow waters either near the beaches or around St. Croix Island, and tend to come right up to the boat and ride along in the bow waves. Common dolphins are also a spectacular sight as they are seen in groups of 1000-2000, swimming along at great speeds. There’s also the chance to see humpback dolphins in Algoa Bay, which usually occur in much smaller groups, anywhere between 1 and 20, and are most commonly seen during the summer months. On the tour, the boat will also sail around St. Croix Island, home to over 20,000 breeding pairs of African penguins, the largest breeding colony found in Africa. Enjoy a close-up encounter with these comical birds and learn about their breeding habits on the island. As well as African penguins, both St. Croix and Brenton Island are inhabited by the endangered African black oystercatcher, white-breasted cormorants and Cape cormorants.

Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

5. 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.    

Addo Elephant National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour with Lunch

6. Addo Elephant National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour with Lunch

Experience Addo Elephant National Park on a full-day safari in an Open Safari Vehicle (Chrislin African Lodge clients only). Travel to the northern and southern regions of the park for Malaria Free Game viewing of species such as the elusive Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, disease-free Cape Buffalo, and over 600 Elephants. Meet your guide at Chrislin African Lodge. Board an open vehicle with high ground clearance that is optimal for spotting animals. Search for perfect photo opportunities of our extraordinary wildlife. Listen as your guide identifies animals and tells you about local history, vegetation, and culture. Let the guide show you the best places to spot wildlife. Enjoy a Traditional South African Braai/ BBQ at Lunch time.

Hlosi Game Lodge: Half-Day Safari with Optional Boat Cruise

7. Hlosi Game Lodge: Half-Day Safari with Optional Boat Cruise

See local wildlife in its natural habitat on a half-day safari tour. Make your way to the Amakhala Game Reserve, about an hour's drive away from Port Elizabeth. Your experienced and knowledgeable ranger will show you around the malaria-free reserve. Experience unforgettable wildlife sightings and breathtaking scenery from the back of an open safari vehicle. Choose to take an optional 1-hour boat cruise on the beautiful Bushman's River, the lifeblood of the reserve that teems with rich birdlife. Have the chance of spotting hippos in the water and the Big Five on the riverbanks.

Addo National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour

8. Addo National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour

The expansion of the Addo Elephant National Park to include the Colchester Section (Sundays River Mouth) makes this full-day Addo Park safari tour a popular and exciting safari option. The Addo Elephant Park tour allows guests to enjoy the whole of the Addo Elephant National Park at a leisurely pace. Search for perfect photo opportunities along the way, and round off the experience with a delicious BBQ lunch. Not only do your guides have trained eyes for spotting wildlife, they also have local knowledge regarding animal identification, local history, vegetation, culture, and plenty of stories to ensure it'll be an enriching experience through and through. Tours are conducted in custom-designed Toyota Land Cruiser safari vehicles which are spacious and comfortable, and boast high ground clearance and large retractable windows.

Addo Elephant National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

9. Addo Elephant National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

Discover the wildlife in the Addo Elephant National Park with this half-day tour in an Open Safari Vehice. Guests staying at Chrislin African Lodge get to see the highlights of the northern section of the Addo Park. Listen as your guide explains local history, and gets you up close to spot and identify wildlife in this natural environment.

Colchester: Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park Tour

10. Colchester: Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park Tour

After gathering at the Colchester meeting point with your guide, you'll make your way to the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park. Addo is the only park in the world that is home to Africa’s “Big 7” animals, which includes the elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern-right whale, and great white shark. Admire these creatures in their natural habitat in this must-see destination on the Eastern Cape. Join a qualified guide on a day safari and learn about the large variety of animals as well as the surrounding area. Each drive is unique and unpredictable, as the animals are constantly on the move. With this in mind, your guide will do their best to provide you with the best sightings possible. Tours take place in a closed vehicle with air-conditioning, large windows, and USB charge points at each seat. Lunch, light snacks, and drinks will also be provided on each tour, and at the conclusion of your experience you'll be returned back to Colchester.

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Great experience!!! We were out all day with our guide Stafford. Stafford was a great guide. He discovered an incredible number of animals and made the tour very informative and funny. He saw the animals before you actually recognized them. That was very nice for us. For lunch he made a very nice picnic. The organization of the tour also worked great. Communication was via WhatsApp and we were picked up directly at the accommodation. We wouldn't have to worry about anything. We were able to fully enjoy the ride. Overall a very nice day. We would do this tour again and again and book it the same way again. Many thanks to Stafford.

We booked a safari through the Addo Elephant Park in South Africa. The implementation was carried out by the local organizer Crisscross Adventures. Booking, payment and processing were reliable. We had a friendly and informative guide by our side who made an effort to show us as many animals as possible. Info to getyourgide: Payments in Addo Parc have only been possible by credit card since September 2021.

The experience was excellent the tour guide was extremely friendly and helpful. He is the most pleasant person.

Great day exploring Addo with our guide Stafford. We saw a large number of elephants and zebras

Highly reccommended. The best way to experience the Addo Elephant Park.