Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Republic of South Africa. Port Elizabeth - The City Hall and the Market Square

Introduction to Port Elizabeth

Known for its incredible weather and deep history, Port Elizabeth provides the total South African Experience. Founded in 1820, much of the city's history is evident today in the architecture of Fort Frederick and the Campanile Bell Tower – both part of the Donkin Heritage Trail that allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of Port Elizabeth's original settlers.

Port Elizabeth is steeped in history, evident in the architecture of Fort Frederick and the Campanile Bell Tower – both part of the Donkin Heritage Trail which allows the visitor to follow in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers on their journey of discovery and settlement. 
 
Nearby, the Addo Elephant Park offers the chance to encounter the rare Addo Elephant, among a variety of other game; a safari experience at the Kariega Game Reserve takes guests in search of the ‘Big Five’. 
 
Port Elizabeth offers many historic attractions, one of the most interesting being the 54 hectare Settler's Park in the city centre, a nature lover's paradise, as it boasts beautiful flora and fauna.

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PORT ELIZABETH - INFORMATION

Port Elizabeth is a man-made general cargo port on the western perimeter of Algoa Bay, 384 nautical miles southwest of Durban and 423 nautical miles east of Cape Town. The first recorded reference to the area was by the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias who landed and erected a cross at Kwaaihoek on 12 March 1488.

He was followed by the first European to discover a sea route to India around Africa, Vasco da Gama, who passed Algoa Bay in 1497. For several hundred years afterwards the area was noted in navigation charts as a "landing place with fresh water."

Following the arrival of British settlers in 1820 the harbour was given port status in 1825 with the appointment of a harbour master and collector of customs a year later. In 1836 a surf-boat service was provided for the handling of cargo and passengers, with the first jetty constructed in 1837. Forty years later in 1877 Port Elizabeth had developed into the principal port of South Africa with exports valued at the equivalent of 6 million Rands.

The official currency of Port Elizabeth is the South African Rand.


Port Elizabeth, South Africa

TOUR A - TOWNSHIP TOUR

  • Experience South Africa at its poorest as you visit local townships
  • View the artwork of Rhamaphosa village
  • Enjoy some time at a local school or day centre, meeting the locals
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Port Elizabeth is a historic hotbed of political and social resistance to Apartheid. It was the first city to elect a non-racial City Council, and this ground-breaking tour will cover both the historical heart of the city and the vibrant black townships. Come face-to-face with the harsh reality of South Africa’s past and the successes and challenges of the present.

Depart from the quayside and enjoy a brief orientation tour of Port Elizabeth, before proceeding to Missionvale, a very poor and undeveloped residential township. From here, continue via the Govan Mbeki Township to the middle class areas of Kwadwesi and Kwa Magxaki.

You will then proceed to the heart of the township via Veeplaas, passing the main trading area, Njoli Square, en-route. This will be followed by a refreshment and comfort stop at a local school or day centre, during which you can observe to a variety of cultural activities and entertainment.

Continue past the hairdressers at the Goniwe Hostel, on your way to the gallery of township artists in the squatter camp, Rhamaphosa Village. The different styles of work on display here will be explained and you will have the opportunity to purchase crafts directly from the artists.

From here, proceed to the Emlotheni Memorial Park, recently built to commemorate the death of the first Umkhonto we Sizwe Cadres, who were hung by the previous regime in the early 1960s.

A refreshment stop at a local school or day care centre will follow, during which you can observe a variety of cultural activities and entertainment.

Before leaving the township, you will also visit the historic Red Location, striking because of its unique architecture and its strong connection to ANC (African National Congress) history.

Return to the quayside after gaining an insight into South Africa’s turbulent past.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven terrain; therefore it is not recommended for wheelchair users. Guests with limited mobility will be able to participate as long as they are able to board the coach unaided and walk approximately 400 metres over uneven ground. Comfortable walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Only local currency (South African Rand) is accepted in the crafts building and there are no shipping facilities available. The toilet facilities are clean, however very basic. Please note that most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, which whilst having extreme poverty, is busy being uplifted by the government and the local community, making it a place for hope. Guests need to be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is definitely a “no frills” experience. Through participating in this tour, you will receive an insight into the local African culture like no other you have ever experienced, and in doing so, will contribute to the economic climb so vital for the people in South Africa. A small donation of pens, paper and other much needed stationary, will be handed out at the school or day centre.


City Hall, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

TOUR B - PORT ELIZABETH CITY TOUR

  • Relax on this tour which will show you the highlights of this charming city
  • Capture those all-important photographs to take home as memories
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 2½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s second oldest city and also the commercial capital of the Eastern Cape. It forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro which also includes the towns of Uitenhage and Despatch. On this tour you can gain an insight into this fascinating city.

Depart from the quayside on a tour of Port Elizabeth, the third largest port and fifth largest city in South Africa. When leaving the harbour, you will pass a 52 metre high memorial, the Campanile, which was built in 1923 in memory of the first British settlers who arrived in 1820. It is situated on the site where the settlers landed and contains a carillon of 23 bells.

Continue along the beachfront, stopping off at Shark Rock Pier for a photo stop (subject to coach accessibility). From here, continue to Fort Frederick, a monument which was named after Frederick, the Duke of York.

You will also encounter the Donkin Memorial, a stone pyramid erected in memory of Sir Rufane Donkin’s wife Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth was named after her.

On your way back to the ship, you will also stop at the Horse Memorial, passing St. George’s Cricket Ground enroute. Other notable buildings you will see include the Feather Market, the Library, the Port Office – and the City Hall, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1977, resulting in a major restoration program. The Old Mayor’s Garden was rebuilt as an ornamental area. In front of the City Hall stands a replica of the Diaz Cross, which was erected on the coast at Kwaaihoek, where Bartholomew Diaz and his men first landed in 1488.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour involves a small amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven terrain and two steps to encounter at Shark Rock Pier Fort; therefore this tour is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users as long as they are able to board the coach unaided. Guests can remain on the coach at photo stops if they wish.


Addo Elephant Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

TOUR C - ADDO ELEPHANT PARK BY 4X4

  • Witness the beauty of the African Elephant up close
  • Hunt for the Big 5 which are native to this national park
  • Experience an unrivalled natural diversity, boasting five of South Africa’s seven major vegetation biomes
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Currently ranked the third largest national park in South Africa and home to the Big 5, this is a day not to be missed. Climb aboard your vehicle and experience these amazing animals in their natural habitat.

Depart from the quayside and cross the Swartkops River. Turn inland to the flat valley of the Sunday’s River and arrive at the Addo Elephant Park after travelling approximately 75 kilometres.

The Addo Elephant Park, which consists of more than 51,000 hectares of bush country, is the home to some 550 elephants, which have bred from the few that remained in the area after the herd was almost wiped out by the hired hunter Major P.J. Pretorius in the 1920s. Although it belongs to the same species as the African Elephant, the reddish Addo Elephant is smaller with more rounded ears, while the females generally have no tusks.

Embarking on a game drive through the park, you will hopefully be able to encounter this rare animal, as well as a variety of other game, recently introduced to the reserve, including lions, hyenas, cheetahs, zebras, eland, kudu and red hartebeest. Wild dogs should also be introduced shortly. Also quite notable is the unique flightless dung beetle, which is found almost exclusively in Addo.

After this exciting day, depart the reserve and return to the quayside in Port Elizabeth.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour involves very small amounts of walking; therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users as long as they are able to board a vehicle unaided. The roads in the game reserve are gravel with some inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy; therefore this tour is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems or pregnant ladies. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on or during the game drives as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Animal sightings are not guaranteed. For safety reasons, no children under the age of six years are allowed in the open vehicles. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and sun protection are strongly recommended. Toilets will be available prior to and after the game drive which lasts approximately two hours.


Kariega Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

TOUR D - KARIEGA GAME RESERVE

  • Hunt for the Big 5 at Kariega Game Reserve
  • View the plentiful birdlife that resides in the reserve
  • Enjoy lunch served with stunning views over hills and plains
Price£150.00 - £160.00
DurationApprox. 7.5 hours
LimitationLimited to 80
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Situated approximately one-and-a-half hours drive from Port Elizabeth, Kariega Game Reserve’s 5,000 hectares of malaria-free wilderness offers guests a wonderful wildlife experience. Kariega prides itself on the abundance of general game and birdlife, supplementing the Big 5. This is a perfect way to view these magnificent animals in their natural setting.

The reserve hosts over 250 bird species and 25 game, including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, zebras, eland, wildebeest, numerous other antelope species and resident martial, crowned and fish eagles.

On arrival at the lodge, proceed on a game drive in open vehicles, with experienced rangers, viewing Kariega’s abundant game and birdlife, as well as experiencing the beauty of the reserve.

Return to the lodge for a buffet lunch, served in the restaurant, which is situated on the top of a high ridge overlooking the hills and plains of the reserve.

The return journey to your ship will be in the late afternoon.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour involves very small amounts of walking; therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users as long as they are able to climb onto the 4x4 game vehicles unaided. The roads in the game reserve are gravel led with inclines and parts can be bumpy; therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with back or neck problems, or pregnant ladies. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and sun protection are strongly recommended. For safety reasons, no children under the age of six years are allowed on the open vehicles. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.


Penguins on Penguin Island, Port Elizabeth

TOUR E- PENGUIN ISLAND

Although all penguin species are native to the southern hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin live so far south. Several species are found in the temperate zone and these are the ones we shall visit today.

PriceFrom £125.00
DurationApprox. 3.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Departing from the quayside we make our way to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club where we will meet the transport for our cruise.

Starting with a harbour cruise, we exit the port and set course for Penguin Island. This island is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins on the planet and funds raised through the cruise are used to assist Dr Lorien Pichegru who is conducting ground breaking research on the serious decline of these penguins along the coast.

Besides the penguins, we can also encounter schools of Bottlenose dolphins. The Common dolphin as well as Humpback dolphins may be spotted, but they tend to be either further out to sea or closer inshore than our boat will take us. Migratory whales are seen from June until December while the resident Bryde’s whale can be seen throughout the year although it is very elusive, being seen only fleetingly.

A refreshment stop just off St Croix Island Group will be made. Gannets and other sea birds may also be seen on this 25 kilometre trip to Penguin Island.

Once we reach Algoa Bay Yacht Club, we shall complete our return journey by coach.

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TOUR NOTES: Sun protection and a lightweight waterproof jacket are strongly recommended. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users as the boat can only be boarded by steps. This tour is weather dependent and can be cancelled at short notice. Due to swells and rough seas, guests may get wet and/or suffer from motion sickness. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee what wildlife may be seen.


White Rhinos, Phinda Private Game Reserve

TOUR F - PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda comprises 17,500 hectares of prime conservation land. Seven districts shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino and buffalo – and over 380 bird species.

PriceFrom £1,400.00
Duration2 nights
LimitationLimited to 18
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

All suites at the game reserve have a sitting area, personal bar and private veranda complete with plunge pool and romantic al fresco shower. Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building, with a central courtyard and incorporating ample sitting and dining areas. These areas lead out onto a shaded terrace and three-tired spacious veranda with spectacular views of the Lebombo Moutains and bushveld. Additional facilities include a Safari shop, interpretive centre, dramatic open-air boma, shaded swimming pool and observation deck.

Tuesday 5th February – Port Elizabeth – Durban – Phinda Private Game Reserve

Departing the harbour by coach we head to Port Elizabeth Airport to board our flight to Durban.

Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport we shall have an approximate three and a half hour transfer to Phinda Private Game Reserve.

On arrival at the lodge, a welcome drink will be served, whilst registration cards and indemnity forms are handed out to be signed. Thereafter we will be shown to our rooms before departing on a sunset game drive.

“Sundowners” and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, following which we will continue our game drive with the possibility of viewing several nocturnal wildlife species out hunting before returning to the lodge for dinner.

After dinner, the rest of the evening will be spent at leisure.

Wednesday 6th February – Phinda Private Game Reserve

Our day will begin with an early morning wake-up call followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge area. We then depart on our game drive in open 4x4 vehicles, accompanied by our rangers and trackers.

Breakfast will be served on our return, followed by free time for the remainder of the morning.

After a delicious lunch and further free time we once more embark on an afternoon game drive.

“Sundowners” and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush followed by an evening game drive to capture the nocturnal animals in the area before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Thursday 7th February – Phinda Private Game Reserve – Durban

An early wake up call again this morning will be followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge area. We depart on our final game drive before having breakfast served at the lodge.

Check out from our lodge will be followed by a transfer by coach back to Durban Harbour and our awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

Tour Notes: The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. These may be changed due to prevailing weather conditions and/or movement of dangerous wildlife on the Game Reserve. During early morning game drives in open vehicles it can be a little cool; therefore we recommend that guests take along a warm jumper. During the day it can get extremely hot; guests are therefore advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, as well as their cameras and binoculars. Please note that the game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems or pregnant ladies. One soft bag weighing no more than 20kg is permitted per guest to be taken on this tour. All premium brand alcoholic beverages, personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry are not included in the cost of this tour and will need to be settled by each guest before check-out. PLEASE BE AWARE PHINDA PRIVATE RESERVE IS A LOW RISK MALARIA AREA, HOWEVER PLEASE CONSULT YOUR GP FOR FURTHER ADVICE.

The booking deadline for this tour is 2nd January 2013. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis.PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE OUTSIDE OF 30 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE OF THIS TOUR WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.


Lions in Port Elizabeth

TOUR H - LALIBELA GAME RESERVE

  • Take to your 4x4 and explore the amazing Lalibela Game Reserve
  • Witness the Big 5 wander in complete freedom

 

Price£130.00 - £140.00
DurationApprox. 8 hours
LimitationLimited to 80 participants
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Lalibela Private Game Reserve is situated 90 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s major cities affectionately known as ‘The Friendly City’. The Eastern Cape is rich in ethnic culture and diversity, and offers visitors a unique wildlife experience. A game drive to Lalibela is going to be one that will leave you with memories that last for a lifetime.

Upon arrival at the Day Visitor’s Centre, you will transfer over into 4x4 vehicles. Depart on a game drive in open vehicles, traversing the reserve, where the wildlife roams in profusion and diversity.

The game drive will bring you face-to-face with a multitude of game species, ranging from the mighty Big 5, to the tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela is also home to hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs and numerous species of antelope such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. Hopefully, you will encounter a variety of wildlife on your game drive.

Return to the day visitors’ centre where you can enjoy a buffet lunch. After this exciting day, depart the reserve and return to the quayside in Port Elizabeth.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour involves very small amounts of walking; therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users as long as they are able to climb onto the 4x4 game vehicles unaided. The roads in the game reserve are gravel led with inclines and parts can be bumpy; therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with back or neck problems, or pregnant ladies. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and sun protection are strongly recommended. For safety reasons, no children under the age of six years are allowed on the open vehicles. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.


Car in Port Elizabeth

TOUR I - PLANES & AUTOMOBILES

  • Spend time exploring the South African Air Force Museum
  • Marvel at the displays of memorabilia, models and pictures
  • Learn about the evolution of the VW
  • Explore the many interactive displays found here
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited to 80 participants
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour is perfect for those power enthusiasts amongst you who want to see a different side of Port Elizabeth. Stroll around the South African Air Force Museum and admire old and new at the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion.

Leaving the pier, drive to the South African Air Force Museum. Located on the southern side of the Port Elizabeth airport in a restored WW2 hanger, the museum boasts a total of nine aircraft, including helicopters, a supersonic jet fighter, two of the world-famous Harvard trainers, and the oldest surviving jet fighter in South Africa. There is also a display of aircraft memorabilia, together with a fine collection of models and pictures in the main exhibition hall.

From here continue to the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion in Uitenhage. The Auto Pavilion, Place of Cars and Legends, first opened doors in 2004, and was the result of a need for a modern, state-of-the-art heritage centre to replace the existing museum that housed the company’s old vehicles. The multi-million rand attraction is unique as it is the only automobile discovery centre on the continent and only the fifth worldwide.

Volkswagen of South Africa’s high-tech, Interactive Expo and Heritage Centre takes you on a full-throttle journey from concept to classic, laser to legend, with the cars that defined the past and inspire the future.

Featuring state-of-the-art technology and unprecedented interactivity, the Auto Pavilion in Uitenhage proudly showcases the evolution of the VW brand from the very first Beetle to the contemporary passenger and sports cars of today. Travel the world in an interactive “movie studio” Beetle complete with green screen technology, rub shoulders with icons of yesteryear such as Herbie or South Africa’s oldest kombi, or simply watch in amazement as a car (sliced by a laser) folds in half. With amazing special effects and stunning interactive displays, the Auto Pavilion provides the ultimate in edutainment.

Return back to the quayside in Port Elizabeth via a short city orientation.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with approximately 45 minutes of walking and standing at both museums. There are two steps at the SAAF Museum and a further four steps at the Auto Pavilion that need to be negotiated; therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Flat, comfortable shoes and sun protection is strongly recommended. In order to avoid congestion at the venues, the order of sites visited may be different to that described. Toilets are only available in the Auto Pavilion.


Cruises to Port Elizabeth

TOUR J - CITY WALKING TOUR

  • Tread the streets of Port Elizabeth city, one of the largest in South Africa
  • Admire notable buildings that can tell many a tale throughout history
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApprox. 2 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Discover the captivating city of Port Elizabeth up close and personal. Take to the streets by foot, accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, and find out what the city has to offer.

Depart from the quayside on foot for a walking tour of Port Elizabeth, the third largest port and fifth largest city in South Africa. Upon leaving the harbour, you will pass a 52 metre high memorial, the Campanile, which was built in 1923 in memory of the first British settlers who arrived in 1820. It is situated on the site where the settlers landed and contains a carillon of 23 bells.

Other notable buildings you will see during your walk include St Mary’s Cathedral, the Library, Post Office and the City Hall, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1977, resulting in a major restoration program. The Old Mayor’s Garden was rebuilt as an ornamental area. In front of the City Hall stands a replica of the Diaz Cross, which was erected on the coast at Kwaaihoek, where Bartholomew Diaz and his men first landed in 1488.

Pass the Opera House enroute to the Donkin Memorial, a stone pyramid erected in memory of Sir Rufane Donkin’s wife Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth was named after her. From here, continue to Fort Frederick, a monument which was named after Frederick, the Duke of York. Pass the Prince Alfred Guard Drill Hall and Nº7 Castle Hill before making a possible stop at Wezandla Craft Gallery. At the end of your tour, walk back to the harbour and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a walking tour for the full duration covering approximately two kilometres. There will be some cobblestones and steps to negotiate along the way; therefore it is considered unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Comfortable and non-slip walking shoes and sun protection are strongly recommended. Guests are advised to leave all valuables on board the ship.


Kariega Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

TOUR L - PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

  • Hunt for the Big Five in luxury game-viewing vehicles
  • Admire four of South Africa’s seven biomes which can be found at Pumba
Price£110.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 7½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Pumba Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the Eastern Cape’s malaria-free game-viewing region and covers 6,500 hectares of privately-owned property in the Eastern Cape. Overlooking Lake Kariega, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers stunning views of the wilderness and water from every point.

Upon disembarkation from your ship in Port Elizabeth, you will take the approximate one-and-a-half hour drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve.

On arrival at the lodge, a welcome drink will be served, before you board the 4x4 open vehicles for a game drive on the reserve, accompanied by experienced rangers. This will give you the opportunity to experience Pumba’s abundant game and birdlife, whilst taking in the beauty of the reserve.

Besides the amazing animals you will find at Pumba Private Game Reserve, for the bird lovers there are over 300 different species of birds to hunt for. Other animals on the reserve include giraffe, zebra, hippo, cheetah, warthog, hyena, and wild dogs.

Enjoy a buffet lunch at the reserve before continuing your game drive en-route back to the main gate.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Pumba Private Game Reserve. During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are covered, however guests will be exposed to the elements; sun protection, including hats are recommended. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.  Please be aware that game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems or pregnant ladies. Large amounts of uneven ground and steps will be encountered and guests must be able to negotiate the high step in order to board the game vehicles unaided; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The total duration spent in the 4x4 vehicles is approximately three hours.


TOUR M - KWANTU GAME RESERVE

  • Experience the pure tranquillity that Kwantu Game Reserve has to offer
  • Hunt for the Big Five in this malaria free area
Price£120.00 - £130.00
DurationApproximately 9 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Kwantu Private Game Reserve, where a mystical blend of nature and history waits to waken your body, mind and soul. This untouched wilderness boasts a past as rich as its abundant wildlife population, which includes free roaming African Big Five.

On arrival at the village of Sidbury, located within the reserve, you will be met and greeted and then escorted to the main reception area for refreshments and a comfort stop. The village of Sidbury was established in 1820 and has the second oldest Anglican Church in South Africa.

Next you will join a game drive in open game vehicles, accompanied by professional game rangers. Game on the property includes zebra, buffalo, giraffe, hippos, rhinos, elephants, lions and a variety of antelope. Lions are free roaming on the greater reserve, as well as accommodated in an enclosed area (the predator educational and rehabilitation centre),

You will also pay a visit to the new Predator Education & Rehabilitation Centre, which is home to various cats including cheetah, Bengal tigers and lions, where they are in the process of being rehabilitated for ultimate release.

Enjoy a buffet lunch after your game drive whilst being entertained by a troop of Xhosa dancers and singers.

Your return drive to Port Elizabeth will be in the late afternoon.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Kwantu Private Game Reserve. During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are covered, however guests will be exposed to the elements; sun protection, including hats are recommended. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.  Please be aware that game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems or pregnant ladies. Large amounts of uneven ground and steps will be encountered and guests must be able to negotiate the high step in order to board the game vehicles unaided; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The total duration spent in the game drive vehicles is approximately three hours.


TOUR N - KRAGGA KAMMA GAME DRIVE & CHEETAH ENCOUNTER

  • Spend time exploring Kragga Kamma, home to abundant game and birdlife
  • Interact with one of the most powerful predators – the cheetah
Price£115.00 - £125.00
Duration Approximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Situated approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Port Elizabeth, Kragga Kamma Game Reserve offers guests a wonderful wildlife experience - a beautiful way to spend a few hours viewing endemic fauna.

Kragga Kammas lush coastal forests and grasslands are home to vast herds of African game including the white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and many more species. All the animals roam freely and unrestricted in natural surroundings.

The resident bird of prey is the jackal buzzard and other species such as fish eagles, yellow billed kites and sparrow hawks also frequent the area. Knysna loeries are plentiful and more than 200 species of wild birds and waterfowl have been documented. There are good birding opportunities on the treetop boardwalk and the many waterholes.

On arrival at the reserve you will proceed on a game drive in open vehicles, with experienced rangers, viewing Kragga Kamma abundant game and birdlife, as well as experiencing the beauty of the reserve. There will also be time for a cheetah encounter, which enables, even encourages, you to interact with these beautiful predators. Have your photograph taken with the tame cheetah who, while a powerful predator, seldom declines having his belly rubbed.

Refreshments can be enjoyed while you await your interaction.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve. During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are covered, however guests will be exposed to the elements; sun protection, including hats are recommended. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.  Please be aware that game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems or pregnant ladies. Uneven ground and steps will be encountered and guests must be able to negotiate the high step in order to board the game vehicles unaided; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Cheetah interaction will be dependent on the animals’ mood on the day.


TOUR O - GARDEN ROUTE OVERLAND

  • Enjoy a scenic journey along the Garden Route
  • Tour a working ostrich farm in the ‘Feather capital of the World’
  • Relax on a Knysna lagoon cruise
  • Visit the splendid Tsitsikamma National Park

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ONLINE - PLEASE EMAIL SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Activity Tour
PriceFROM £625.00 PER PERSON
Duration2 nights
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.

Day 1 – Port Elizabeth - Knysna

Departing from Port Elizabeth you will head for the Tsitsikamma National Park, which stretches for 80 kilometres from the Krom River Forest Station to the Salt River. It lies between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the coast. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan (early inhabitants of the area) word meaning “place of much water”, and is Africa’s oldest and largest marine reserve, playing a vital role in the preservation and conservation of marine fauna and flora.

After approximately 45 minutes at the Tsitsikamma National Park, you will be able to enjoy lunch at a nearby hotel.

Continuing on to Knysna you will embark on a lagoon cruise to view the two sandstone heads that guard the sea’s entrance to the lagoon.

Taking the short walk from the water’s edge, check in to your overnight hotel, which is home to various restaurants and quaint shops all overlooking the Knysna Lagoon. Tonight will be at your leisure once more.

Day 2 – Knysna – Oudstshoorn

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, check out and travel approximately 29 kilometres to the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo – the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns with their vast halls and towering formations.

Embark on a one hour standard tour of the caves before driving to the ostrich farm where a light lunch will be served.

Oudtshoorn, known as the feather capital of the world, will be the location for a visit to the ostrich farm. You begin in the breeding camp with a nest of ostrich eggs, where the first stage of the ostrich life cycle will be explained. You will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them – a great photo opportunity. Every tour ends with an “Ostrich Derby” where local jockeys display their riding skills. A highly entertaining and educational event will be guaranteed.

This evening you will have time at leisure where the opportunity to discuss your day’s adventures over dinner, at a location of your choice will be possible (at own expense).

Day 3 – Oudtshoorn – Cape Town

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, check-out and begin your travel by road to Cape Town.

En-route you will pass towns seuch as Barrydale, Swellendam, Grabouw and travel over the scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass as you enter Cape Town.

A stop in Barrydale, a picturesque town will be the perfect location for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your journey to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town, you will transfer to the harbour where you will rejoin Boudicca.

TOUR DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 AROUND AFRICA CRUISES

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ONLINE - PLEASE EMAIL SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Comfortable clothing, binoculars, a sun hat and sun protection are strongly recommended for all participants. This tour involves large amounts of walking over uneven ground; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchair users. All meals are included on this tour where stated, otherwise these will be at your own expense. Two bottles of water per guest per day will be available. Please be aware that only one bag per guest is permitted to be taken on this tour. Not included in the price are staff gratuities, all premium brand alcoholic beverages, personal expenses e.g – telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry. The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife at the game reserve. During early morning game drives it can be a little cool and during the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are covered, however guests will be exposed to the elements; sun protection, including hats are recommended. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.  Please be aware that game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems or pregnant ladies. Guests are required to carry their passports on this tour.

The booking deadline for this tour is 18 OCTOBER 2017. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.


TOUR P - AMAKHALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE OVERLAND

  • Experience a safari adventure at the malaria free Amakhala Private Game Reserve
  • Hunt for the Big Five in 4x4 game-viewing vehicles

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ONLINE - PLEASE EMAIL SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Activity Tour
PriceFROM £530.00 PER PERSON
Duration1 night
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The Amakhala Game Reserve began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture. Today, 11 independently owned lodges of the Heritage Collection are all TGCSA (Tourism Grading Council Of South Africa) Star Lodge accredited. The lodges are owner managed by the descendants of the original families who arrived here with the British settlers in 1820.

Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of South Africa’s natural heritage.

Day 1 – Port Elizabeth – Amakhala

Depart from the harbour and take the approximate one-and-a-half hour drive to Amakhala Game Reserve.

Woodbury Lodge is spectacularly set against a cliff above the Bushmans River Valley in the Amakhala Game Reserve. It offers an intimate and tranquil experience of the Eastern Cape riverine bushveld at its best.

On arrival at your lodge, check in formalities will be completed before a light lunch is served.

In the late afternoon you will enjoy a game drive before dinner is served at the lodge this evening.

Day 2 – Amakhala – Port Elizabeth

Your day begins with an early morning game drive in open 4x4 vehicles, accompanied by your rangers.

On returning to the lodge breakfast will be served, followed by check out and your transfer to the gate where you will board your vehicle for the return transfer to Port Elizabeth.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 AROUND AFRICA CRUISES

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ONLINE - PLEASE EMAIL SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Comfortable clothing, binoculars, a sun hat and sun protection are strongly recommended for all participants. This tour involves large amounts of walking over uneven ground; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchair users. All meals are included on this tour where stated, otherwise these will be at your own expense. Two bottles of water per guest per day will be available. Please be aware that only one bag per guest is permitted to be taken on this tour. Not included in the price are staff gratuities, all premium brand alcoholic beverages, personal expenses e.g – telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry. The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife at the game reserve. During early morning game drives it can be a little cool and during the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are covered, however guests will be exposed to the elements; sun protection, including hats are recommended. Guests are not permitted to use mobile phones, speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drives. Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed.  Please be aware that game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems or pregnant ladies. Guests are required to carry their passports on this tour.

The booking deadline for this tour is ?. Any bookings made after this time will be on a request only basis. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.


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