Eastern Cape
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Our most recommended Eastern Cape Cruises & Boat Tours

Tsitsikamma National Park: Blackwater Tubing

1. 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.

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Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

2. 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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Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

3. 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.

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Stormsrivier: Green Route Tubing and Paddle-Boarding Tour

4. Stormsrivier: Green Route Tubing and Paddle-Boarding Tour

The fun and rejuvenating Green Route is a easy option for everyone to explore and soak in the pristine scenes of the Tsitsikamma forests. Be taken on a truly unique adventure where the Storms River is at its widest. Whilst there you can choose to tube, walk, or SUP through the stunning Tsitsikamma landscape. This exquisite excursion on fresh drinkable water takes roughly 3 hours, and presents the perfect opportunity to try your hand at exhilarating activities such as river tubing and paddle-boarding. Engage in the environment as you get to know the demographics, history, and culture of the Tsitsikamma. You may even learn a traditional African song as you explore the remote, unique, and exquisite Tsitsikamma scenery.

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Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

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

The tour departs from Algoa Bay Yacht Club 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.

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

6. 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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Kayaking Jeffreys Bay

7. Kayaking Jeffreys Bay

The lagoons around Jeffreys Bay are some of the most spectacular in South Africa. Relaxing, fun, and easy to learn, kayaking is great even for beginners. The instructors will show you the basics. The kayaks are stable and easy to steer. All equipment is provided and all ages are welcome. The spot is conveniently located at the Kabeljouws Lagoon in J Bay just as you enter Jeffreys Bay from Port Elizabeth, at the lagoon next to the ablution blocks, there you will see the launch site and office. Kayak trips are run daily and transport can be arranged from Jeffreys Bay to the lagoon. Trips are at 10:00AM and 2:00PM. In-Season (December) the office operates from 8:00AM - 6:00PM.

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What people are saying about Eastern Cape

It's a beautiful part of the country.. Unfortunately you can't take pictures during but for the expitence/bucket list.. Defiantly should do and will do again.

Really exciting you need to be abit mobile to get through alot of slippery rocks but it is worth it. going through gorges and feeling so small.

We had the most beautiful experience. The crew took time to explain everything and gave us enough time to watch and enjoy the whales.

super brilliant thing. Caution. sandboarding is not snowboarding :)

It’s a wonderful experience. It worth every penny.