BIG 7 Safari - Slow and Easy. 3 Day Safari (Code B7OV2)

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Addo Elephant National Park, Algoa Bay to Woody Cape

The BIG 7 Slow + Easy Safari is a 2 Nights, 3 Days trip - First a marine tour to spot the aquatic wildlife then to Addo Elephant National Park to enjoy all of the fascinating animals and plants thriving in their natural habitats. The Alexandria indigenous forest and the ancient dune fields of Woody Cape are also explored. Overnight in the Park's main camp and the forest cottages.

 

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Day 1, Night 1

Port Elizabeth, Algoa Bay and Addo Elephant National Park 

BIG 7 Safaris meet, greet and early pick-up at 07h30 from Guest's accommodation in Port Elizabeth. We start the morning on the protected waters of Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay searching for Dolphins, Seals, Sharks and the seasonal Southern Right and Humpback Whales. Guided by an expert, we circumnavigate St Croix Island for a close-up view of the largest breeding colony of African Penguins.

The nearby Bird Island group (not included) is the the largest breeding colony of over 160 000 Gannets. These striking birds can be seen performing aerial feats, as they dive deep into the water to collect Sardines in bait balls.  

We return to the harbour for a satisfying light lunch at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club or restuarant nearby, where the food is great and the setting is superb.

 

m_015_copy.jpgAfter lunch, we board the tour vehicle and depart for the Addo Elephant National Park for exciting game drives to scan the thickets for the land-dwelling members of the BIG 5. The Reserve is famous for its population of over 700 African Elephants, herds of Buffalo, Lions, Black Rhino and Leopard amongst the many species of antelope, Zebra and Warthog as well as the rich and diverse bird and reptile species that inhabit this expanded National Park, one of the most popular in South Africa. 

After entering and checking in, we immediately start our game viewing experience, searching for the many and diverse creatures on the open plains and in the dense thickets while learning about the habitat in which they survive.

Arriving at the main camp, we check into our accommodation and relax before boarding the tour vehicle again for another exciting game drive. Dinner at the restaurant before a well-deserved rest accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

 

Day 2, Night 2

Addo Elephant National Park to Woody Cape Section

Early morning wake up for coffee, tea and rusks and depart for a game drive, viewing a wide variety of African big game in these vast thickets and plains. This is an ideal time to catch the predators wandering the thickets before they lay up for the day.

m_134.jpgThe amazing Lion live together with Warthog, Zebra, Kudu, Eland and Red Hartebeest in this 48 thousand hectare section of the National Park. 

Returning to the rest camp we take breakfast at the Park's restaurant before checking out.  

After packing up, we move out of the Park while still spotting game to continue on to the lovely remote Woody Cape dune fields on the north-eastern shore of Algoa Bay. Woody Cape is the Eastern-most point of Algoa Bay and one of the largest inlet bays on the Continent. This was once home to the first nation, the Khoikhoi people when they inhabited this area thousands of years ago.

After checking into our forest cabins, we enjoy a quiet picnic lunch. We set out to explore the remote, spiritual Aeolian (wind driven) dune fields with their rich remnants of an ancient culture and a view of Bird Island. 

On our return, we light the outdoor fire for our traditional South African evening meal prepared on the coals under the canopy of this spectacular forest. Accompanied by the bewitching call of the tree Dassies and other sounds of the African forest before a peaceful nights rest in our log cabins.   

Day 3

Woody Cape Section to Port Elizabeth

Awaken to the chorus of the forest birdlife before a morning coffee and a short walk, in search of the tiny Blue Duiker and shy Bushbuck, while reading the myriad of tracks left in the sand, like private notes on a pad, telling a tale of the nocturnal meandering of the permanent residents of this wooded wonderland. The rough purr of the brilliantly coloured Knysna Turaco or the delightful song of the Chorister Robin accompanies us through the forest as we prepare to return to Port Elizabeth.

 
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Tour includes:

  • 3 day guided tour and game drives
  • 2 night accommodation
  • Entrance/conservation fees
  • Guided boat tour
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Bottled water

Not included:

  • Curios and other shopping
  • Alcoholic beverages

Rate per person sharing: R 16 900.00

Minimum two persons

Rate valid until 31 October 2019

 

 

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