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$219.34 Outdoor Activities

Addo Elephant National Park: Private Tour from Port Elizabeth

The Sundays River Valley Route/Addo region is only an hour's scenic drive from the wonderful beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the rich 1820 Settler history of Grahamstown. Addo Elephant National Park is the place to see the famous Addo elephants as well as mile after mile of verdant citrus trees, bearing fruit all winter and filling the air with the wonderful scent of their blossoms in springtime. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 420 elephants, 450 Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. Enjoy a drive through this park. Stop for lunch (not included) at a picnic area inside the park overlooking a waterhole.

$204.50 Shore Excursions

Port Elizabeth Shore Excursion: Addo Elephant National Park Tour

The Addo Elephant National Park is home to the densest population of elephant in the world and is now the third largest national park in South Africa. The park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid Karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River Valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s River mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.The park can also exclusively claim to be the only national park 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. Apart from elephants, other mammals in Addo include lion, the endangered Cape buffalo, black rhino, zebra, jackal, warthog and numerous species of antelope. Enjoy a full day touring the stunning Addo Park in search of the many species big and small that roam the park. The tour will be in an air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced English speaking driver guide.

$151.48 Shore Excursions

Port Elizabeth Shore Excursion: Sundays River Mouth Ferry Cruise

Hop on the river cruise boat “The Sundays River Ferry” and experience a 2-hour slow, leisurely cruise on the magnificent and breathtaking waters of the Sundays River Estuary – one of the top-rated estuaries in South Africa. Search the unique river banks, bush and reed beds for a wide variety of bird life and smaller animals like the duiker, bushbuck or stately Kudu. The river is a bird watcher’s paradise. Catch a glimpse of the rarely seen White fronted Bee-Eater as it soaks up the sun in sheltered areas of the river or perhaps darting from its perch in pursuit of insects on the wing. You may even view the rarely seen African Finfoot swimming in and out of reed beds and man-made structures along the river’s banks. View the elusive Water Monitor or Likewaan that can reach lengths of up to 1.5 metres. Share in the excitement while cruising and witness various species of surface-swimming mullet fish darting in all different directions or even jumping clear of the water’s surface in an effort to escape the boat.Experience this unique river cruise along the Sundays River while taking in the wonderful scenery and the beautiful houses and holiday cottages of Cannonville and Colchester hugging its banks.The cruise will continue to the river mouth towards the coast to view the majestic, wind-driven Alexandria Coastal Dunes. See some of the tallest dunes at 50 metres in height above sea level that dramatically plunge and disappear into the river. These dunes are one of the largest coastal dune systems in the world with the entire dune field covering an area of approximately 238 square kilometres. Once there, the boat will stop at the base of the dunes so passengers can leave the boat and climb the dunes and take wonderful pictures. Climb to the top of the dunes to take in the stunning views of the waters and islands of Algoa Bay, the southern section of the Addo Elephant National Park, as well as the splendour of the dune fields. The distant St Croix Island in the bay boasts the largest African Penguin colony.

$164.36 Shore Excursions

Port Elizabeth Shore Excursion: Sundays River Mouth Sandboarding

Sandboarding just outside Port Elizabeth. Experience the high speed and adrenaline thrill of sandboarding or sand surfing on some of the highest, as well as one of the world’s largest, coastal dunefield systems in the world. The Alexandria Coastal Dunes are situated at the mouth of the Sundays River near the Addo Elephant National Park, a mere 40km from Port Elizabeth.Take a leisurely 40-minute cruise on the Sundays River Ferry to the dunefields where the vessel will stop at the base of one of these dunes. As you disembark the river cruise boat you step directly onto the sand beach at the foot of the dune.A huge advantage of this cruise is the fact that there is no need to walk huge distances carrying equipment and your kit.If you are an outdoor adventure adrenaline junky then this is the tour for you! Enjoy magnificent and breathtaking surroundings and spectacular dunes for an awesome sandboarding experience. In fact this is the cruise for anyone looking for fun in the sun.The sand is fine and fast and best in low wind and offshore NW wind conditions. Dunes are perfectly shaped for the fast, more experienced boarder as well as gentle slopes for beginners.Largely similar to snowboarding, sandboarding is the art of standing with two feet locked onto a thin tensile board and sliding or carving arcs down a dune.The best part about sandboarding is that it is easy to learn while having tons of fun. It is a very accessible, four-season activity that does not require a huge investment in cold-weather gear – all you need are boots, bindings and a board!

$181.78 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park Safari from Port Elizabeth

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park 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.Plans are currently afoot to include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) Marine Protected Area which includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.Itinerary:9am: Pick up at hotel9.45am: Arrive at the southern entrance to the Addo Elephant National Park10am - 1pm: Game drive through the southern section of the park.1.30pm: Lunch at the main camp (restaurant available)2.30pm: Depart main camp. The afternoon will be spent on a game drive in the northern part of the park.5.30pm: Exit the park6.30pm: Drop off at hotel in Port Elizabeth

$1250.10 18-to-Thirtysomethings

South Africa Discoverer

Explore South Africa's fascinating cultural diversity on this exciting journey through the "Rainbow Nation." Chase stunning views through Tsitsikamma National Park and on a safari drive in Addo Elephant National Park. Led by a knowledgeable and dynamic CEO, journey across the southern coast in search of phenomenal wildlife and dramatic scenery. With an itinerary taking in the best of the coast, you'll be talking about this ten-day adventure for a long, long time.

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