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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.

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

3. 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

4. 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: City Sightseeing and Guided Safari Tour

5. Port Elizabeth: City Sightseeing and Guided Safari Tour

Start your Port Elizabeth tour with pickup from your accommodation at 9 am. Drive past exquisite Victorian-era buildings dating back to the early 1900’s and listen to your guide's informative commentary as you go. Stop at Fort Fredrick, built during the Napoleonic wars in 1799, and learn about its pivotal role in securing British rule in South Africa. Then head to the Donkin Reserve, one of Port Elizabeth's most important historical attractions. Admire the iconic stone pyramid built in 1820 that is now considered a National Monument. Climb the narrow wooden steps of an 1861 lighthouse and catch views of the city from high above. Continue on to an African craft shop where you can sip on a cup of locally-roasted coffee while browsing the arts and crafts available for purchase. After getting your fill of the city, get transported to a nearby wildlife reserve for a guided safari experience. Get your cameras and binoculars ready as you drive through the park, making stops for animal sightings along the way. Look out for giraffe, white rhino, waterbuck, buffalo, nyala, impala, and many more species that roam freely in this piece of South African paradise. Stop by the cheetah and lion enclosures to see these big cats up close and personal. Get driven back to your Port Elizabeth accommodation after you've seen all that the park has to offer.

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park 2-Day Safari

6. Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park 2-Day Safari

Spend 2 days exploring the 3rd largest national park in South Africa with a local guide and look for elephants and other animals in the wild. Learn how the park was created in 1931 when only 11 elephants remained in the area, and how the finely-tuned ecosystem is now home to one of the densest elephant populations on earth. Enjoy 2 game drives to look for some of the park's 600 resident elephants, along with lions, buffalo, and endangered black rhinos. Marvel at the landscape as you look for spotted hyenas and leopards, along with different species of antelope and zebra. Keep a close look out for the flightless dung beetle found almost exclusively in the area. The park is the only national park in the world to conserve the Big 7 – the Big 5 plus the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This 2-day safari includes 1-night accommodation, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, a cruise on the Sundays River, and 2 game drives in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

7. 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.

Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

8. 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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What people are saying about Port Elizabeth

King Elvis was our driver and it was an extraordinary day. Not only we got to see plenty of animals but Elvis was really professional and knowledgeable. Would recommend this experience to anyone and if you are lucky and get King Elvis as a driver then it is the cherry on the cake.

We had a lovely guide, John, who was very informative and good personality. The only criticism I would make is that there wasn’t an accurate description of where to meet him. We just walked and met him as he was walking along towards us. One couple didn’t make the tour at all!

Great experience and our guide, Lizwe, was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating to answer all our questions.

Our guide, Steven was great. Very informative and found a lot of wildlife for us. The lunch was very good. All in all a great day.

A highly recommended trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to give us a lot of information.