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National Parks

Our most recommended Eastern Cape National Parks

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

1. 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.

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.

Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

3. Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

This is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. Most of the platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2.5 to 3 hours. The concept of guiding people through the upper canopy of a rainforest originated in Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists devised new methods for accessing the forest canopy in order to conduct research on the undiscovered canopy ecosystem. The idea soon developed into a breathtaking form of eco-tourism which allowed people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment. The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a kitting up session where full body harness, pulleys, and climbing equipment is issued and checked. A short drive into the Tsitsikamma forest and it is time to monkey around. From the start on the launch platform, a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first tree platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms are built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods and provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting new world, any fear of heights is soon lost as you gather in your new surroundings.

Tsitsikamma National Park: 1 or 2-Hour Segway Tour

4. Tsitsikamma National Park: 1 or 2-Hour Segway Tour

Embark on a one- or two-hour fully-guided tour from Stormsriver onboard a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered, personal Segway. Bring the whole family along for a totally easy, safe, and fun adventure. Begin with a training session and then explore the local forest and village. On the one-hour tour, glide through the adventure-filled village and onto a forest road leading deep into the pristine Tsitsikamma indigenous forest. Note that the 6:00 AM, 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM tours remain in the village due to restricted after-hour access in the forest. The two-hour Segway experience also takes you through Stromsriver Village and into the cool pine forests. Enter the ancient indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest on the way to the famous and majestic Tsitsikamma Big Tree. Head then back to the village. Introductory training is provided before embarking on the tour.

Tsitsikamma National Park: Blackwater Tubing

5. Tsitsikamma National Park: Blackwater Tubing

Start your trip with a 20-minute scenic forest drive from Storms River Village to the drop off point in the Goesa Nature Reserve. Receive your tube and get fully kitted out with specialized equipment. Then, be guided by a local expert guide taking a steep 800m walk down the side of the gorge gets you to river's edge. Then, for the next 4-5 hours negotiate your way down this phenomenal river by means of flatwater paddling, bouldering, optional tube, and cliff jumps. Experience lots of laughs and spectacularly unique scenery along the way. At the half-way point, stop for a recharge with a chocolate bar and a tube balancing session. Then, follow the cascade down double dumper which brings you to your last few pools before the canyon majestically opens out at the Storms River Mouth Suspension Bridges in the famous Tsitsikamma National Park. Exit the river at the concrete jetty bringing you to the suspension bridge boardwalk. Enjoy a 20-minute walk back to the parking area where the shuttle bus awaits you. Drive for 20 minutes back through the National Park to Storms River Village for a well-earned hot shower.

Addo Elephant National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

6. 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.

Garden Route 5-Day Tour and Addo Elephant Park Safari

7. Garden Route 5-Day Tour and Addo Elephant Park Safari

Get back to nature on a 5-day tour of the beautiful Garden Route and look for wildlife in nature reserves including Tsitsikamma National Park and Addo Elephant Park. Day 1: (D) Depart Cape Town and head towards Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert of Little Karoo with a stop at Ronnie’s sex shop for a refreshing drink! Explore the magnificent Cango Caves and visit an ostrich farm, where you can try to ride one! Spend the night in Oudtshoorn and enjoy a delicious ostrich braai dinner. Day 2: (D) Cross the mountain range to reach the coast and famous Garden Route. Get panoramic views from the Map of Africa lookout before visiting the charming town of Knysna. Continue through Plettenberg Bay to spend the night at Storms River village. Day 3: (B, D) Get back to nature in Tsitsikamma National Park. Walk the coastal route to the hanging bridge over Storms River Mouth. Continue to Addo Elephant National Park to spot huge elephant herds, antelope species and more. Alternatively, go straight to the surfing capital of South Africa at Jeffrey’s Bay, where you will spend the night. Day 4: (B, D) Head back towards the Garden Route to brave the world's highest bungee at Bloukrans. Enjoy a night in luxury accommodation at the Garden Route Game Lodge (guesthouse option). Go for a late afternoon safari drive to look for rhinos, lions, buffalo, cheetahs, and antelopes. Day 5: (B) Take an early morning safari drive to look for animals when they are most active. Depart for Hermanus, where Southern Right whales have returned after almost 50 years of being near extinct. Arrive in Cape Town in the late afternoon via the stunning False Bay coastline.  

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.

Tsitsikamma Guided Hikes

9. Tsitsikamma Guided Hikes

Wander through the ancient Tsitsikamma forest as you travel back in time to when the forest was home to hunter gatherers and learn more about their daily existence beneath the canopy. As you hike beneath the treetops, discover how the forest lives and breathes to the sounds of birds like the Knysna Loerie and Green Hoophoes—you will be amazed. Hike the Tsitsikamma's indigenous forest and discover the secrets of the spectacular forest: choose your own adventure with a variety of routes to choose from. As you enter the forest you will encounter Hard Pear trees, Giant Yellow Woods and other interesting forest flora for an experience you'll never forget. The routes start at the Stormsriver Adventure Centre. The hikes are relatively easy and an average of 3 km/h can indicate the time needed to complete the various routes.

4-Day Garden Route Experience

10. 4-Day Garden Route Experience

DAY 1 Your route takes you through Route 62, traveling inland over the Overberg Region of the Western Cape. You will also visit Ronnie’s Sex Shop! Afterwards, you will continue to Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s Ostrich Capital. This town hosts the well-known Cango Caves National Monument. You will stay overnight in Oudtshoorn. (Dinner) DAY 2 After an early morning breakfast, you will visit the local ostrich farm and you can even try your luck at riding one! You will head to Knysna for lunch and to explore the Knysna heads. Visiting Knysna Elephant Park is also an optional extra, where you have the opportunity to touch, feed and walk with earth’s largest land mammals! An ocean safari is yet another optional extra, where you can spot dolphins and whales from a boat in Plettenberg Bay! We will make a quick stop en route at Bloukrans Bungee, which is the highest bungee in the world at 216 meters! You will stay overnight in Storms River Village. (Breakfast; Dinner) DAY 3 Today, you head through to Tsitsikamma National Park for a hike to the famous Storms River mouth. Walk on the recently finished Hanging Bridge, where you can take a dip in the Indian Ocean! From here, you head to the Garden Route Game Lodge, where you can enjoy a Big 5 sunset game drive, fantastic buffet dinner and a hot spring under the stars. You will also stay overnight in their award-winning chalets. (Breakfast; Dinner) DAY 4 Today, you will go on an early morning game drive to see some animals you perhaps didn’t see in the evening. This will be followed by a scrumptious breakfast! After breakfast, you will make your way to Hermanus, which is famous for being the best land-based whale watching site (in season) in South Africa and is a beautiful little town with wonderful cliff-side walks. Making our way back towards Cape Town, your last stop is at Stony Point, where you will visit the local penguin colony before making your way back with spectacular views over False Bay. (Breakfast)

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What people are saying about Eastern Cape

Very friendly and funny guide (Donald) from CrissCross Adventures. Had the tour as a couple in a large Land Rover as we were there in the off season. The weather was partly rainy, but we still saw a lot of animals! Our guide was able to explain something about all the animals we saw and also answer all other questions. Excellently equipped with drinks/snacks, for lunch there is a delicious and nutritious braai (BBQ) with meat, sandwiches and salad. All in all, an all-round successful day in the Addo NP!

Our guides, Sibu & Charnè were amazing. Both were so confident and just knew how to keep their participants calm & relaxed & to rather concentrate on enjoying the experience! My family & I absolutely loved the experience & professionalism displayed by Sibu.

We felt very comfortable and had an incredibly attentive and kind-hearted guide who was there to help us with any problems or questions. We had an incredible week and felt very well looked after. We would do it again and again.

Lots of impressions, great accommodation, good food, but unfortunately we often ate lunch quite late due to the long journey times

It was great i enjoyed every bit of it, surely will come again, the tour guide lady Sesi so frienfly