Eastern Cape
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Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

1. 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.     Guests are welcome to bring along their own snacks and drinks.  

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Addo National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

2. 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.

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Addo Elephant National Park Full-Day Safari

3. Addo Elephant National Park Full-Day Safari

Get picked up from your hotel in Port Elizabeth. 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.  Nowadays, you can see a variety of antelope and zebra species, 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.

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

4. 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.

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Plettenberg Bay: Guided Forest Walk and Wild Cat Experience

5. Plettenberg Bay: Guided Forest Walk and Wild Cat Experience

Discover some of South Africa's most beautiful fauna and flora at the Tenikwa Wildlife Center. Your guide will welcome you and provide a breakdown of the planned activities for the day as you arrive at the center. Your outdoor adventure begins with a walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest. Follow your guide along ancient paths and learn about the historical logging activities that took place here. See giant hardwood trees, interesting fungi, and beautiful orchids as you make your way along the meandering paths towards mossy, pebbled streams. If you're lucky, you may spot a Knysna Loerie, or the rare and shy Narina Trogon, both native to the mature evergreen forests of South Africa. Discover the secret forest glade where giant tree ferns throw dappled light onto the forest floor, before returning to your allocated picnic area where you can enjoy a delicious freshly prepared picnic. After lunch, return to the wildlife center and go on a guided wildlife tour. Walk through the animals' habitats along elevated walkways where you can see and photograph the cats and other wildlife. Learn interesting information about each of the species and their role in promoting biodiversity from your guide.

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Addo National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour

6. 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.

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Jeffreys Bay: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

7. Jeffreys Bay: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Experience an incredible standup paddleboard (SUP) tour on the Jeffreys Bay lagoon. Discover one of the world's fastest-growing water sport which has exploded in popularity in recent years.  Arrive at the meeting point at Jeffreys Bay and meet your experienced instructor. Get kitted out with a board, paddle, and lifejacket, then, head out onto the water for a basic lesson. Standup paddleboarding is easier than you think and the gentle currents of the lagoon are suitable for all experience levels to navigate. When you're ready, set off to explore the area. Admire beautiful views of the nature reserve and keep your eyes for local wildlife and flamingos. After the tour, head back to shore and make use of the showers and facilities.

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Colchester: Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park Tour

8. 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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What people are saying about Eastern Cape

I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, the breath taking beauty of the river that expose you to the ocean was marvelous. The view of the sand dunes......I can do this repeatedly

We had a Wonderful Guide who told us all about the Park and the Animals.He took us to the Watering holes where We saw lots of Elephants.A Wonderful time was had By All.

A wonderful boat tour on the river to an approx. 25m high dune. Above a distant view of Addo Elephant Park. Then sled down the dune on a board. Trip highly recommended.

I most definitely enjoyed it, the guide was awsome and would definitely do it again, rather than going with your own car, rather use a tour guide like this one.

It was really amazing. Tour guide was very informative. A good afternoon spent on the river.