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About Port Elizabeth

Embark on a Port Elizabeth cruise and you will discover one of the largest cities in South Africa. With the warmth of your welcome, you'll immediately understand why it's called 'the friendly city'.

Cruises to Port Elizabeth will take you close to one of the city's game reserves, Addo Elephant Park. Here you will find more than 300 Cape Elephants - so relaxed you can really get up close and personal. There are ostriches, antelope, 200 species of birds, and a few shy rhino too. Port Elizabeth also boasts a wonderful city museum, a must-see oceanarium with a very scary snake park, and some of the countries finest beaches.

 

Shore excursions in Port Elizabeth

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Addo Elephant Park

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

This adventure takes you in search of elephants along a network of game-viewing roads.

After a brief orientation of Port Elizabeth, cross the Swartkops River and follow the route inland to the flat valley of the Sundays River. Journey time to the Addo National Park is approximately 1 hour.

IIn the 1920's, the hired game hunter, Major P J Pretorius, almost wiped out the entire herd of elephants which roamed the Eastern Cape. Fortunately a few remained and bred to produce around 300 elephants, which are today protected in the Addo Elephant Park. Belonging to the same species as the African Elephant, the reddish-coloured Addo Elephant is smaller with more rounded ears, while the females generally have no tusks.

On a game drive through the park by coach, your driver/guide will take you through this extensive parkland, scanning the bush for these gentle giants.

A variety of other game animals is present and has recently been introduced to the Reserve. This includes lion, hyena, cheetah, zebra, eland, kudu and red hartebeest. Also quite notable is the unique flightless dung beetle, which is found almost exclusively in Addo..

Essential information

This tour is conducted entirely by coach. Sightings of animals cannot be guaranteed. Due to the bumpy nature of this tour, it is not recommended for passengers suffering with back problems. Smoking and talking loudly are not permitted during the drive and mobile phones must be switched off. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are recommended.

Addo Elephant Park by 4x4

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

Encounter elephants and other wild animals on this wonderful 4x4 game drive.

A scenic drive of just over an hour takes you to Addo Elephant National Park.

Established in 1931 to save 11 elephants on the brink of extinction, Addo Elephant Park is now the third largest in South Africa and home to more than 350 elephants and a large number of other mammals.

Upon arrival, board your open top, 4x4 vehicle for your exciting game drive through the park. During your drive, you will hopefully be able to encounter the rare Addo Elephant. Belonging to the same species as the African Elephant, this reddish-coloured Addo Elephant is smaller with more rounded ears, while the females generally have no tusks.

Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of other game, which were recently introduced to the reserve, including lion, hyena, leopard, zebra, eland, kudu and red hartebeest. The rare flightless dung beetle has also set up home here.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and 4x4. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Passengers must be mobile enough to board the open 4x4 vehicles. The roads in the Game Reserve are gravel with inclines, and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This tour is not recommended for passengers with back problems. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended. Smoking, talking loudly and standing up is not permitted during the game drive. Mobile phones must be switched off and no food is permitted to be taken on the game vehicles. For safety reasons, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour.

Amakhala Game Reserve

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 7½ hours

Amakhala Game Reserve offers a product aimed at providing visitors with an experience of the diverse wildlife and landscapes of the Eastern Cape.

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 our natural heritage. The land was used to ranch sheep and cattle up to the turn of the century. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature.

Explore the Game Reserve's 18,000 acres in 4x4 vehicles to discover lions, elephants, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and monkeys. This is your opportunity to be privileged enough to see the world famous African animals close up in their own habitat.

The focus of the game drives is not only the large majestic beasts but also the humble smaller mammals, birds and insects. The reserve hosts 5 of the world’s 6 vegetation biomes. Lunch will be served in the lodge after the game drive.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, open vehicle and on foot. Passengers must be mobile enough to board the open game vehicles. The roads in the Game Reserve are gravel with inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This tour is not recommended for people with back problems. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended. Smoking, talking loudly and standing up is not permitted during the game drive. Mobile phones must be switched off and no food is permitted to be taken on the game vehicles.

For safety reasons, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted in the open vehicles. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

EARLY BOOKING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL GAME RESERVE TOURS.

Kariega Game Reserve

Activity lowMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’ in their natural habitat. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is not to be missed.

Situated approximately 1½ hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth is the Kariega Game Reserve, set in 5,000 hectares of malaria-free wilderness, offering a wonderful wildlife experience. Kariega prides itself on the abundance of general game and bird life, supplementing the ‘Big Five’. The Reserve hosts over 25 game and 250 bird species, including lions, leopard, elephant, rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, numerous other antelope species and resident Martial, Crowned and Fish Eagles.

Located in pristine surroundings, the tranquillity and splendour of Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is, beyond doubt, astounding. Set high above the spectacular Kariega River Valley, you cannot get any closer to nature than this wondrous African wilderness, in the heart of the 1820 Settler Country, with its rich historical heritage.

Tea and coffee or juice will be served upon arrival at the lodge, after which you’ll proceed on a 3¼ hour game drive, in open vehicles, with experienced rangers. Returning to the lodge, a buffet lunch will be served in the restaurant, situated on the top of a high ridge overlooking the hills and plains.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and open vehicles. This excursion will operate by coach and open vehicles. Passengers must be mobile enough to board the open game vehicles. The roads in the Game Reserve are gravel with inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This tour is not recommended for people with back problems. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended. Smoking, talking loudly and standing up is not permitted during the game drive.

Mobile phones must be switched off and no food is permitted to be taken on the game vehicles. For safety reasons, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted in the open vehicles. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

EARLY BOOKING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL GAME RESERVE TOURS.

Kwantu Game Reserve

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7¾ hours

Encounter the Big Five at Kwantu Game Reserve.

Journey for approximately 1½ hours to Kwantu Game Reserve, Predator Education and Rehabilitation Centre. This untouched wilderness boasts a past as rich as its abundant wildlife population, which includes free roaming African Big 5.

Upon arrival at the village of Sidbury, located within the Reserve, game rangers will welcome you with refreshments, before its time to commence your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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 & a variety of antelope. Lions are free roaming on the greater reserve, as well as accommodated in an enclosed area.

You’ll also pay a visit to the Predator Education & Rehabilitation Centre, which is home to various cats including cheetah, Bengal tigers & lions. Here they are undergoing the process of rehabilitation and re-wilding, in preparation for ultimate release.

Afterwards, indulge in a delicious buffet-style lunch, during which you’ll be entertained by a troop of Xhosa dancers and singers.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and open 4x4 vehicle. Please refer to the game reserve important information details in this brochure before booking this tour. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The roads in the Game Reserve are gravel with inclines, and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This tour is not recommended for passengers with back problems. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are recommended. Smoking, talking loudly and standing up is not permitted during the game drive. Mobile phones must be switched off and no food is permitted to be taken on the game vehicles. The game drive will last approximately 3 hours. Please be advised that the Kwantu Resort has a strict no alcohol policy; they do not serve any alcohol on the premises. For safety reasons, children under the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

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