Photographic Safaris & Day Tours

Combine your hunting trip with family friendly and non-hunting activities. We have listed our recommended tours below, although there is lots of other options in this beautiful country. We will be happy to tailor something special for you.

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ADDO ELEPHANT PARK 
A full day of private game driving in South Africas third largest national park. Watch hundreds of elephants thrive in their natural environment, amongst free roaming lions, buffalos, rhinos and all the plains game species of southern Africa. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $125 pp
PRICE (3 persons) = $145 pp
PRICE (2 persons) = $185 pp
PRICE (1 person) = $290

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Addo Elephant Park is about 180.000 hectare and houses the worlds largest population of elephants.

The park was established in 1931 for the purpose of saving the last 16 elephants in the area. Today this fine-tuned ecosystem is home to more than 600 elephants and pretty much all the different animal species in Southern Africa.

We will take you on an exiting game drive through the massive park and you will get to see a lot of animals up-close. Apart from the elephants, you have good chances of seeing lions, hyenas, black and white rhinos, buffalo´s  and all the plains game species such as zebra, kudu, eland and hartebeest. The national park is also home to more than 880 different bird species and famous Dung Beetle which plays an important role in the ecosystem.

We usually finishes the day off with a nice lunch or dinner at the well known restaurant by the main entrance. When suitable, we return to our camp and weather permitting, we spend the remaining part of the evening around the fire or similar.

Addo Elephant Park is definitely a “must see” if you visit South Africa!

Price includes personal guide, snacks/cool drinks, all transport and entrance fee to Addo Park (dinner at the park restaurant is at own cost).

 

 

VALLEY OF DESOLATION & KAROO TAXIDERMY
A great sightseeing tour around one of South Africas oldest cities “Graaf Reinet”, where besides from exploring the city, we stop by Karoo Taxidermy (the worlds largest and our preferred taxidermist). We finish off the day on the outskirts of the city, in the center of the Camdeboo National Park. Here you will enjoy the most spectacular sunsets from the beautiful Valley of Desolation. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $125 pp
PRICE (3 persons) = $145 pp
PRICE (2 persons) = $185 pp
PRICE (1 person) = $290

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We start off the day by visiting Graaf Reinet. The city is placed at the foot of the Snowberg mountains, surrounded by the 19.400 hectars of the Camdeboo National Park. The charming and historic city offers a great number of attractions, for example the historical Reinet House, Uquhart House, Old Residence or the military museum.

You will have the opportunity to visit our taxidermist (Karoo Taxidermy), which is the largest taxidermist in the world. The staff will offer you a guided tour around their massive facility, and you will experience all the different work stations and processes related to mounting hunting trophies and tanning of skins. This might just inspire you how to mount your own trophies..?

Later we usually enjoy a nice dinner at one of the local restaurants, where you will be able to taste the famous lamb-meat from the great karoo.

Finally we will leave town and head for the famous and beautiful Valley of Desolation, located a few kilometers outside the city. This place is absolutely magnificent and a “must see”. The vertical rock formations reaches 120 meters above ground level and has been formed from volcanic activities for more than 100 million years ago.
Little walk paths will allow you to easily climb the terrain and meanwhile enjoy the landscape. On top, time always seems to stop, while we soak up the stunning views over Graaf Reinet and Camdeboo National Park. From here, you will also be able to see game species such as springbuck, monkey, giraff, mountain-zebra, red hartebeest, gemsbuck, steinbuck, blesbuck, black wildebeest, kudu etc.

Camdeboo Park is also home to more than 330 variations of plants and 220 bird species, one of which is the big Black Eagle – very often seen in the area.

Price includes personal guide, snacks/cool drinks, all transport and entrance fees to Valley of Desolation. Other entrance fees (for museums), shopping expenses and restaurant visits are not included.

 

 

HORSE-BACK RIDING SAFARI
There is no better way to savour the nature around our lodge and experience its unparalleled wildlife population than on horseback. We pride ourselves on offering horseback riding safaris – a unique and exciting adventure which assures close encounters with all the plains game species including zebra, giraff, blesbuck, impala, wildebeest, kudu, eland etc. Once comfortable, our horses calmly drop their heads to graze, sending a signal to other animals in the area to relax and go about their normal daily routines, offering you unique opportunities for blending in with the animals. No engine or traffic noises – just pure nature and animal sounds.

PRICE (1-3 persons) = $100 pp

 

 

 

CHEETAH CONSERVATION TOUR
This is a 1 hour guided educational tour through a local cheetah conservation facility. You will be able to see and learn more about the cheetahs and the other animals in the enclosures (lions, leopards, hyenas, wild cats, servals, caracals, meerkats etc.). Also on this tour, guests will be given the opportunity to visit a cheetah inside the cheetah’s enclosure. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $80 pr. person
PRICE (3 persons) = $100 pr. person
PRICE (2 persons) = $120 pr. person
PRICE (1 person) = $180

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According to studies, the entire cheetah species neared extinction if drastic conservation effort were not taken. Due to extremely low population numbers, the wild cheetahs had very little mating choices, which lead to the inbreeding of our wild cheetah population. The inbreeding caused a lot of defects to surface in the cheetah genes as well as weakened immune systems. And that is when this conservation project started.

The owner (Richard) started the conservation project in 2001 on his family farm with just three Cheetahs (Bernard, FW and Ida). The project has since increased, not only in cheetah numbers, but also to include other wildlife species. As it is a privately owned conservation project, they do not get any subsidies or grants from the government. Thus, they have opened their doors to the public in order to get funding to reach their goals.

At the facilities, they do not use sedation for interaction purposes, nor do they force the cats to interact with people. The cheetah will have the choice to come to the guests for attention or to walk away.

The place also has its own coffee-shop and curio shop, including Vintage and Antiquities as well as Handmade African crafts and local homemade goodies. The coffee shop has its own little room that looks out onto the ever-busy meerkats.
Guests may enjoy some delectables from the food menu inside or outside. Just around the corner of the shop, there is a play area for kids as well as a touchfarm, where young and old can sit and watch the escapades of our rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and various other birds.

– A wonderful and learningfull day tour, which allows for afternoon relaxation at the lodge or other activities (game drives or horseback riding safaris at the lodge).

 

 

PORT ELIZABETH
Port Elizabeth is commenly also known as “the friendly city” and is one of the biggest harbours in South Africa. Its located 760 km. northeast of Cape Town and offers a fair number of attractions and cultural sites. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $115 pp
PRICE (3 persons) = $145 pp
PRICE (2 persons) = $190 pp
PRICE (1 person) = $295

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Take a stroll along the beautiful and famous bordwalk, try out the famous and award winning Spa & Wellness Center or simply relax at the beach. Surf the legendary waves in the Algoa Bay, visit the Boardwalk Casino, play golf, visit the different cultural sites or go on a shopping spree.

Finish off the day at one of the nice restaurants in town. The possibilities are endless, so have a chat to us and we will create a day tour that fits your wishes.   

Price includes personal guide, snacks/cool drinks and all transport. Entrance fees for selectable attractions, restaurant visits and personal expenses like shopping, spa-treatments and similar are not included.

 

 

SCHOTIA GAME RESERVE 
Schotia Safaris is The Eastern Cape’s oldest private game reserve and offers exiting game drives in an open Land Rover – An amazing experience, where you will view more animals than you thought possible, and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared over an open fire. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $365 pp
PRICE (3 persons) = $295 pp
PRICE (2 persons) = $340 pp
PRICE (1 person) = $380

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Enjoy your Safari in South Africa on this malaria free reserve, which is probably the most densely stocked reserve in Africa, and with over 40 mammal species and approximately 2000 animals, it offers consistently good game viewing throughout the year.

Schotia was the first reserve in the Cape Province to have free roaming lions and we can almost guarantee sightings of these magnificent animals on every tour.

The Eastern Cape Private Game Reserve is owned, managed and run ‘hands on’ by the Bean family, who are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800’s.

At Schotia Safaris, guests are spoilt with closer experiences with the Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile and various other antelope and bird species that have made the reserve their home.

The Schotia Tour begins at 15:30 where the main game drive of 4 hours is performed – a short refreshments and toilet break splits the game drive into two at the halfway point. We try to show our guests as much as possible on a drive, and concentrate on the popular sightings rather than ‘the birds and the bees’.

After the game drive, you can enjoy a delicious dinner which is prepared over an open fire. The usual menu is venison or beef stew/roast, chicken casserole, roast potato, rice, mixed vegetables in cheese sauce, mushroom sauce, home-made bread, dessert, tea/coffee etc.

A short, spotlit night game drive providing the possibility of more nocturnal animals completes your experience, as we return to our reception area around 21:00.

The evening game drive trip is usually quite exciting, as a couple of interesting nocturnal animals can often be spotted. Lions are nocturnal hunters and are best viewed from sunset. This is the most popular drive at Schotia.

At the end of the tour, we return to the lodge. From Camp 1 it´s only a 35 minutes drive.

Price includes personal guide, snacks/cool drinks, dinner at Schotia, all transport and entrance fees.

 

 

THE GARDEN ROUTE TOUR – 3 DAYS
Come on an unforgettable and eventful trip along South Africa’s eastern coastline, also known as “The Garden Route”. This route rightly shows why South Africa has so much to offer! Experience magnificent sceneries, wildlife and local attractions along the way. As the trip has so much to offer, the tour will be specifically tailored into your wishes. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $450 pp
PRICE (3 persons) = $555 pp
PRICE (2 persons) = $750 pp
PRICE (1 person) = $1.185

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The name “Garden Route” originates from the thousands of flower species found along the route on the east coast and is considered a “must see” when visiting South Africa.

We guarantee an unforgettable and adventurous trip, with breathtaking scenery and flora en route, right from the beautiful Swartberg mountain pass, to green valleys, local vineyards, ancient forests and unspoilt coastlines.

Visit the local communities and stop for example along the way in the famous Jeffreys Bay, Plettenberg Bay and Knynsa, which together offer incredible sceneries, beautiful sandy beaches, shopping options, friendly people, cozy dining and plenty of good food / wine.

Also discover Monkeyland, Elephant Sanctuary, Birds of Paradise, Gango Caves and one of the big ostrich farms around Oudtshoorn – The ostrich capital of the world!

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, you can also try out the world’s second-highest bungy jump at Bloukrans Bridge or go “cage diving” with white sharks in Mossel Bay.

The Garden Route offers a wealth of experiences and sightings – the tour is therefore tailor-made for every enquiry.

Price includes 3 days touring with 2 overnight stays at selectable hotels enroute, breakfast, personal guide, snacks/cool drinks and all transport. Entrance fees for selectable attractions, dinner/restaurant visits and personal expenses like shopping and similar are not included. Notice that while on this tour, you are not charged for accommodation at our lodge (consider value of $150 pr. night)

 

 

SHARK CAGE DIVING (April to September)
Shark Cage Diving in Port Elizabeth provides you with the exhilaration of viewing one of nature’s most respected predators, the Great White Shark. This tour is more than just a shark cage diving tour. This tour is an all inclusive 8 hour tour that covers every corner of Algoa Bay. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (minimum 2 persons) = $735 pp

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We drop you off at 7am at the Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour, departing shortly after and returning at 3pm. You will first make the 1.5 hour run across the length of Algoa Bay to the Bird Island Group consisting of three islands, namely, Bird, Stag and Seal island which is home to the largest colony of Cape Gannets in the world and between 6000 to 8000 South African Fur Seals on Black Rocks.  Whilst on route to the Bird Island Group the possibilities for sightings are endless with the Sardine Run still taking place during the months of April, May and June and the migratory Humpback & Southern Right Whales arriving in June and July and staying right through to November.  During April, May and June guests on board this cruise have a heightened chance of observing Cape Gannets, Long-beaked Common Dolphins, South African Fur Seals, African Penguins, Brydes and Minke Whales, Shark species and a wide variety of marine birds feeding on large shoals of sardines and other bait fish.

Upon arrival at Bird Island you will engage in an educational Shark Cage Diving experience that will give you an insight and understanding of the anatomy and behavior of the Bay’s apex predator – the Great White Shark. Dr. Matt Dicken will sometime join you on the boat and conduct research. Bird Island is the only place in the world where there is a data set collected before Shark Cage Diving started in the area. The goal for 2019/20 is to continue this research whilst Shark Cage Diving is taking place. Part of this research will entail fitting acoustic tags to ten Great White Sharks which will provide invaluable information on the species. This tagging operation will take place during some of the Shark Cage Diving tours, allowing guests to witness and be a part of the ongoing research projects.

After the Shark Cage Diving experience, a packed lunch is served before we head inshore from Bird Island to the spectacular views of the Alexandria Dune Fields – A favorite place to observe pods of Bottlenose Dolphins, who under the right conditions surf the waves towards the beach, leaping out the back of the waves just before reaching the sand.

This coastal route then brings us to the last stop of the tour, St Croix Island.  St Croix Island is home to the largest breeding colony of African Penguins with approximately 22000 birds on the island. Whilst at St Croix guests will learn its unique history and be informed of the hard times that the African Penguins have faced and how research and conservation efforts are carried out at the island.

For this tour, the operators use a 10.16 meter Butt-Cat. This vessel is locally built and specifically designed for spending a full day on the ocean with comfortable seating and a shade cover. The catamaran type hull increases stability whilst cruising and at anchor and allows us to cruise comfortably at considerable speed. The sides of the boat are free of fittings allowing for easy viewing, and a viewing platform on top of the cabin provides a 360 degree view with added height for those who are eager to help spotting or get a great view and photo opportunity of any action around the boat. A platform at the back of the boat houses the three man cage for the Shark Cage Diving section of the tour.

Price includes boat captain, guide, snacks/cool drinks, all transport and tour fees

 

 

WHALE & DOLPHIN CRUISE (June – January)
Exciting sea cruise, where guests are often spoilt for choice with close encounters with large pods of different whale species, including the Souther Right Whale and Humpback Whale. On this cruise, you will most likely also encounter Dolphins, the African Penguins and Cape Fur Seals. Read more about this tour below the pictures.

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $225 pp
PRICE (3 persons) = $265 pp
PRICE (2 persons) = $295 pp
PRICE (1 person) = $450

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The cruise starts in Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour at 8.00am. Here you will be taken on a catamaran to see the whales, dolphins and African Penguins on St. Croix Island and Brenton Island.

The whale season begins in June when we see humpback whales moving along the coast, as they head up the East coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Humpback whales can be seen in Algoa Bay between June and early January, reaching peaks in July/August and again in November/December, when they make their return journey with calves in tow. Southern right whales can be seen from July to October as they enter the safety of the bay to give birth. Southern right whales are usually seen very close inshore and often nearby to the harbour. They are the most frequently observed whales along the South African coast.

Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins are the most frequently observed dolphins in the bay and can be spotted all year round, in groups from 10-400. 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. These dolphins are often spotted from January to June as they follow large shoals of baitfish which move past the bay. We also get 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.

St. Croix Island is home to 22,000 breeding pairs of African penguins, the largest breeding colony found in Africa (though we have lost 70% in 10 years). It is here where you will get a close-up encounter with these comical birds. The African penguin’s breeding season reaches its peak between March and May, when you may be able to see the chicks from the boat. 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. The St. Croix Island group, along with the Bird Island group, became part of the Addo Elephant National Park, allowing rangers to patrol the islands in aid of conservation efforts to protect the African penguin population. As they are Marine Protected Areas, please note that you are not allowed to actually go on to the islands. Light refreshments and snacks are served during the cruise and we will return by 12.00pm.

Hereafter we will transport you back to the lodge, or should you wish to add activities to the day, we can take a tour around the beachfront, or stop by a souvenir-shop, before we head back to camp.

Price includes boat captain, personal guide, snacks/cool drinks, all transport and tour fees

 

 

FISHING 
Have you previously tried to haul a 180 kg. heavy tuna with a fishing rod? Would you like to fish in South Africa’s diverse waters? -Here is your chance!

 

PRICE (4 persons) = $250 pp
PRICE (3 persons) = $295 pp
PRICE (2 persons) = $445 pp
PRICE (1 person) = $595

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At sea, the minutes will probably feel like seconds. Big-game fishing is exciting and will probably get your adrenaline and arms pumping! With a little luck during the trip, you can also enjoy the sight of whales, dolphins, etc.

Catch a number of fish species, including Red Roman, Cob and Cape Salmon.

Price includes boat captain, personal guide, snacks/cool drinks, dinner (fish that you caught), all transport, fishing rods and gear

 

If you are looking for something else or already have an idea which you need our help for, please contact us and we will be happy to tailor something special for you.

Since many of our excursions are booked with, or arranged in cooperation with external providers, prices are subject to changes. Please study our Terms & Conditions. 

 

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