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Our most recommended Eastern Cape Tours

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

1. 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.

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.

Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

3. Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma Zipline Canopy Tour

This is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. Most of the platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2.5 to 3 hours. The concept of guiding people through the upper canopy of a rainforest originated in Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists devised new methods for accessing the forest canopy in order to conduct research on the undiscovered canopy ecosystem. The idea soon developed into a breathtaking form of eco-tourism which allowed people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment. The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a kitting up session where full body harness, pulleys, and climbing equipment is issued and checked. A short drive into the Tsitsikamma forest and it is time to monkey around. From the start on the launch platform, a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first tree platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms are built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods and provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting new world, any fear of heights is soon lost as you gather in your new surroundings.

Tsitsikamma National Park: 1 or 2-Hour Segway Tour

4. Tsitsikamma National Park: 1 or 2-Hour Segway Tour

Embark on a one- or two-hour fully-guided tour from Stormsriver onboard a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered, personal Segway. Bring the whole family along for a totally easy, safe, and fun adventure. Begin with a training session and then explore the local forest and village. On the one-hour tour, glide through the adventure-filled village and onto a forest road leading deep into the pristine Tsitsikamma indigenous forest. Note that the 6:00 AM, 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM tours remain in the village due to restricted after-hour access in the forest. The two-hour Segway experience also takes you through Stromsriver Village and into the cool pine forests. Enter the ancient indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest on the way to the famous and majestic Tsitsikamma Big Tree. Head then back to the village. Introductory training is provided before embarking on the tour.

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.

Addo Elephant National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

6. Addo Elephant National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

Discover the wildlife in the Addo Elephant National Park with this half-day tour in an Open Safari Vehice. Guests staying at Chrislin African Lodge get to see the highlights of the northern section of the Addo Park. Listen as your guide explains local history, and gets you up close to spot and identify wildlife in this natural environment.

Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

7. 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.

Tsitsikamma National Park: Blackwater Tubing

8. 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.

Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

9. 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 Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Eastern Cape

Very friendly and funny guide (Donald) from CrissCross Adventures. Had the tour as a couple in a large Land Rover as we were there in the off season. The weather was partly rainy, but we still saw a lot of animals! Our guide was able to explain something about all the animals we saw and also answer all other questions. Excellently equipped with drinks/snacks, for lunch there is a delicious and nutritious braai (BBQ) with meat, sandwiches and salad. All in all, an all-round successful day in the Addo NP!

Our guides, Sibu & Charnè were amazing. Both were so confident and just knew how to keep their participants calm & relaxed & to rather concentrate on enjoying the experience! My family & I absolutely loved the experience & professionalism displayed by Sibu.

We felt very comfortable and had an incredibly attentive and kind-hearted guide who was there to help us with any problems or questions. We had an incredible week and felt very well looked after. We would do it again and again.

Lots of impressions, great accommodation, good food, but unfortunately we often ate lunch quite late due to the long journey times

It was great i enjoyed every bit of it, surely will come again, the tour guide lady Sesi so frienfly