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Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

1. 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

2. 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: River Cruise on the Sundays River

3. 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 Safari Full-Day Tour

4. Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Safari Full-Day Tour

Embark on a full-day adventure with a knowledgeable guide as you get picked up from your hotel in Port Elizabeth, Bluewater Bay, or Colchester. Discover the third largest National Park in South Africa, initially established in 1931 to protect the remaining 11 elephants in the area. The park is home to various animals, including the "Big Five" - lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, zebras, antelopes, and magnificent birds. Your expert guide will assist you in finding African wildlife and provide fascinating facts about their behaviour, habitats, and conservation efforts while learning about the park's history and geography. Additionally, visitors can observe the unique Addo flightless dung beetle found almost exclusively in Addo. During your tour, take a break at the main camp and visit the curio shop and information centre. You'll also enjoy a stop at a picnic site and indulge in a South African picnic. Along the way, admire the breathtaking scenery, including stunning ocean views and Alexandria dunes. What sets Addo apart is its conservation of the "Big 7" - the Big 5, the southern right whale, and the great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. Make sure you don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime excursion when visiting the area.

Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

5. 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.

Addo Elephant Park Full Day Safari And Shore Excursion

6. Addo Elephant Park Full Day Safari And Shore Excursion

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: Schotia Game Reserve Safari with Port Pickup

7. 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: Shore Excursion to Addo Elephant Park Safari

8. Port Elizabeth: Shore Excursion to Addo Elephant Park Safari

Embark on a thrilling adventure in South Africa for nature enthusiasts and anyone looking for a fun-filled day. Addo Elephant Park, the country's third-largest National Park, awaits your arrival. Your journey will begin with a comfortable pickup from the cruise terminal, followed by a picturesque ride through the beautiful South African countryside in an air-conditioned vehicle. During your tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide insightful information about the area's history and wildlife. Your game drive will commence once you arrive and check in at the park, allowing you to witness the "Big Five" in their natural habitats. Your guide will lead you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the park, where you'll have the chance to observe majestic elephants, lions, antelope, and other wildlife nearby. Throughout your excursion, you'll be in a closed vehicle, guaranteeing your safety while you have an unforgettable experience with some of Africa's most iconic wildlife. Your experienced guide will offer insights into the reserve's incredible flora and fauna, giving you a deeper understanding of the area's biodiversity and conservation efforts. Your guide will make stops at lookout points along the way for you to enjoy panoramic views and indulge in some delightful local wine. You can also purchase a delicious meal at the park restaurant and browse for the perfect souvenir at the gift shop before continuing your safari. After exiting the park, you'll be back in time for the cruise ship. Come and experience the beauty of Addo Elephant Park, where you'll create memories that will last a lifetime!

Private Full Day Addo Elephant National Park Safari

9. Private Full Day Addo Elephant National Park Safari

Addo Elephant National Park is the third-largest reserve in South Africa and is arguably the most diverse with its variety of wildlife and flora. Home to the Big 7 – Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Elephant, Great White Shark and Humpback Whale – this park is second to none. Embark on a journey of exploration in search of this park’s acclaimed elephants and other wildlife in this vast conservation area. This tour offers you the personal touch of our local guides’ knowledge and experience on a morning and afternoon safari with an incredible array of mammal and bird species and a picnic style lunch.

Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

10. 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.

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based on 531 reviews

The tour was really wonderful. We were able to see so many different animals. We were given binoculars in advance, which enabled us to look at the animals very closely and in great detail. Our guide Alan was fantastic and provided us with so much information about the animals and also showed us animals that we wouldn't have spotted at first glance. In the morning there was a coffee break at a great viewing platform and at lunchtime a lovely traditional barbecue was offered, which was really incredibly tasty. All the other tour guides we met on site were so friendly and accommodating, so we felt comfortable throughout. It's a unique experience every time because you can't influence nature and the animals and our experience was truly unique and a memory for a lifetime! I would book it again at any time if I were able to visit South Africa again.

I was picked up at the cruise port by John (our guide) and Wandile (our driver). When I had signed up for this tour, I had read some reviews that led me to think this would be more like a large zoo that we would be driving through. Not true! Kragga Kamma gives one an outstanding opportunity to watch wildlife in a preserve. I saw animals that I had not seen in other drives. I was even handed a page of photographs of the animals to check off which ones I had seen. Both guide and driver provided outstanding service. Thank you for such a memorable day in Port Elizabeth!

We had a great day! Super recommended. Our guide Wanele was super punctual, totally friendly and made a great effort to show us as many animals as possible and to go on a discovery tour together. He did a great job and all in all it was an incredibly great and unforgettable game drive! We even saw lions. There were only four of us and as soon as we were in the park the windows in the jeep were rolled down so that we could get some fresh air and see the animals up close. Lunch was also included. I would do it again at any time! Thank you and best regards

Fantastic outing. Our guide Wanele did a great job spotting a lot of different animals, and took us to some quieter spots where we saw elephants crossing the road right next to our vehicle. The safari was well paced and Wanele made sure we stayed longer in the park later in the day, to compensate for a slightly late start. The supplied lunch was also very tasty and filling. It was a relaxing day in a small group, and I'd certainly recommend Afroventures if you are heading to Addo.

Our guide told us a lot about the animals, the flora and the park. He was totally committed - even at the end and really wanted to show us a rhino and a lion, unfortunately it didn't work. During the lunch break we had lunch together and talked. A very successful day!