Port Elizabeth

This Magical province of the Eastern Cape is a place where you can find exciting Bush Marine overall experiences, from day trips, open vehicle game drives, adventure and malaria free accommodation at it’s best!

So much to do, and yet so little time, is a repetitive statement heard by all when mentioning the Eastern Cape - the end or beginning of the Garden Route, this province is sure to warm your heart and you will return over and over again!

Day Trip Experiences

 

Addo Elephant Open Vehicle Game Drive

This is truly an unforgettable full day Wilderness Experience. Get close up and personal with the largest land mammal in the world, the ‘African Elephant’. Addo Elephant Park offers a rich variety of bird life, ranging from Ostriches to Eagles and Sun Birds to Secretary Birds. Lunch is enjoyed in a picnic area over-looking the waterhole where animals come down to drink in the heat of the day. Remarkable photographic opportunities and animal encounters are experienced.

            

Tour Includes:

  • Registered Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • Refreshments & Packed Picnic Lunch
  • Transfers from and to your Lodge \ Hotel and B&B are incl.

Tours depart on a daily basis - 05h00 - 18h00

 

 

Addo Elephant Walking Safari

Half Day Activity

The Addo Elephant Walking Safari will leave you in awe of these intelligent giants. Discover their world as you join them on a walk and learn about these majestic creatures, from the coarse hair on their tails to the curious trunk, which they will use to get to know you. Spend the day with us, and follow in the footsteps of these ancient and ‘Majestic Creatures’.

Elephant Back Safari & Ride Combination:

Highlights of the Addo Elephant Walking Safari Day Tour

  • Walk with the Addo Elephants
  • Follow in the footsteps of the ancients;
  • Interact with the elephants in their daily life,
  • 2-3 hour bush walk

What you need to bring

  • Comfortable clothing (preferably long pants)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

Day Tour Includes

  • Registered and experienced tour guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Mineral Waters
  • Transfers

Day Tour Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Minimum of 4 guests.

 

 

 

The Amakhala Game Reserve

Full Day Activity

This Private Game Reserve was launched in 1999 as a joint conservation venture. The Reserve is a unique conservation initiative allowing animals to be re-introduced into the wild, where they once freely roamed. Guests can experience the delights of the African Savannah while on safari and photograph "The Big 5". Guests will be in awe of the beauty of the Bushman's River.

Tour Includes:

  • Registered Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • Mineral Waters
  • Transfers
  • Open 4 x 4 Safari Vehicle

Guided by an experienced Ranger on an open Land Rover, Amakhala offers a product aimed at providing visitors with an experience of the diverse wildlife and landscape, including: The Big 5, Black Wildebeest, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and numerous other antelope.

Easily accessible from Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and Addo, this product is run daily:

Arrival: 11h30 for 12h00 - October to April
Arrival: 10h30 for 11h00 - May to September
Departure: 18h00 and 17h00 respectively 

ITINERARY

  • Meet at Reed Valley for orientation and welcome drinks.
  • Game drive through the reserve enjoying spectacular views and wildlife.
  • Enjoy a finger buffet served in the true African way before or whilst enjoying a tranquil 45 minute river cruise.
  • After the river cruise, enjoy a further game drive through the Bushman's River Valley before making your way back to Reed Valley.

 

 

 

Bushman Sands Game Reserve

Full Day Activity

Situated on nearly 4000 hectares of former farmland, Bushman Sands Game Reserve offers sightings of a large variety of animal species, in a Malaria free area. Two hours of game viewing takes place on a daily basis, accompanied by qualified rangers who have been employed mostly from the Alicedale Community. Guests will experience the thrill of a "Big 5" open-air land rover adventure. After your game drive, enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch with the beautiful game reserve as your backdrop. The highlight of the tour is not only being fortunate enough to encounter the Big 5, but your Ranger sharing his knowledge of the history of The Battle of Death Valley.

Tour Includes:

  • Registered Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Lunch & Refreshments
  • Transfers
  • 4 x 4 Safari Vehicle

BOAT CRUISE – Optional Add On

The 200ha New Years Dam in the Bushman Sands Reserve provides the ideal platform for watching the mesmerising effect of an African Sunset with the opportunity to view big game at the waters edge. Accompanied by a qualified Game Ranger, visitors aboard “Imvubu” (Xhosa for Hippo) could come upon antelope cautiously drinking, or elephant bathing whilst enjoying a sun-downer from the onboard bar. Drinks for guests own account.

The twin hull, double-decker “Imvubu” accommodates a maximum of 46 guests and is also available for private functions and corporate events. The vessel is fully equipped with a bar and toilet facilities. The duration of the cruise offers a serene hour and a half afternoon experience on the New Years Dam.

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Karoo - Port Elizabeth

Full Day Activity

The Magical Karoo is an enormous semi-arid desert, approximately 250 million years ago, a vast inland sea. Nature sure amazes us all. Take this journey into The Great Karoo and experience the awesome magic of this desert. Our first stop is Graaff Reinet, the oldest town in the Eastern Cape. You will enjoy some leisure time over a tea break, walk through the town and visit the Graaff Reinet Museum. This Museum comprises of four buildings, Reinet House, the Old Library, the Old Residency and Urquhart House. On this journey your guide will share his knowledge of the town, the Valley of Desolation, Wolwefontein and the Karoo Farm House.

Tour Includes:

  • Registered Tour Guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Mineral Waters
  • Transfers – Luxury Microbus

Tour Excludes:

  • Lunch

Minimum of 4 guests

Departure: 08h30 - 18h00

 

 

Port Elizabeth City Tour

Half Day Activity

Join our Port Elizabeth city tour offering culture, history and scenic beauty. This major Sea Port and tourist destination is set along the breathtaking shoreline of Algoa Bay, and is fondly referred to as The Friendly City. Port Elizabeth is a city second largest in terms of area and fourth largest in terms of population in South Africa (1.1 million). Enjoy a half day historical, cultural & scenic orientation tour, showing you P.E., from interesting origin to the present modern day spectacular. Site seeing venues which we share with you, is the main educational institution of The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, The Pier at Hobbie Beach, City Centre and it's historical buildings, Donkin Reserve, Bayworld Centre for research and education of Seals, Penguins and other local fish species, No. 7 Castle Hill - early settlers Museum, Fort Fredrick and Settlers Park where you can shop for fine clothing.

Tour Includes:

  • Registered Tour Guide
  • Transfers
  • Mineral Waters
  • Seal and Penguin show

Tour Excludes:

  • All entry fees
  • Lunch

Departure: 08h30 – 13h30

 

 

Port Elizabeth Township Tour

Half Day Activity

This is a tour that is strong in history & culture and brings you face to face with the harsh realities of how the township people lived, and live today. We visit New Brighton, Kwazakhele, and the Zwide townships. We also visit the local community-run school, talented township artists at work, local trading areas and a small art & craft centre.

Tour Includes:

  • Registered Tour Guide
  • Transfers
  • Highlights as per itinerary

Tour Excludes:

  • Lunch & drinks at the Shebeen

Departure: Daily

 

 

Deep Sea Fishing

Adventure Activities

Join us as we depart from the Port Elizabeth Harbour on our 13M Vessel and visit some exquisite fishing destinations. Enjoy the privilege of fishing for reef fish in the areas of the South sea, predatory fish in and around the rocky islands, edible fish off reef pinnacles, or the elusive Yellow Fin Tuna \ Marlin off the deep banks in close proximity to the continental shelf. Feel the bicep's burning, as you battle the beasts of the deep blue. Anglers are more than welcome to bring their own fishing gear, especially light tackle as we realize fishermen are more comfortable catching fish with their own equipment. Rods, tackle & bait can be provided on request. Our boat skippers and deck hands are all well versed in taking out experienced anglers as well as total novices, and enjoy showing anglers how to ‘get hooked’ into this awesome sport.

   

It is important that you inform the skipper on how much fishing experience you have and how much you want to be involved in the initial setting up of baits and striking of fish. This is a skill that must be learnt so the crew will not mind what you decide, as long as it is communicated to them beforehand. Remember that fish strikes happen very fast so there is no time for casual conversation on this matter when the big fish are crashing around the baits.

Picnic lunch is incl. on a full day.

Transfers from and to your Lodge \ Hotel or B&B are incl.

Bush Marine Tours & Adventures supports the release of fish!

Minimum of 4 guests

Full Day – 07h00 to 17h00
Half Day – 07h00 to 12h30

 

 

Rock and Surf Guided Fishing Excursions

Explore a guided Rock & Surf Fishing Experience with our professionals to destinations across the Southern Indian Ocean. Target edible fish for the pan, or hang on for dear life while big sharks tow you around in anticipation of reeling them in for the final catch. A fight to be remembered, most certainly not for the faint-hearted. This guided tour will encompass the various aspects of shore fishing for the guests to enjoy. It is up to you, our guest, to decide with the help of our guide (Marine Biologist) who will share his valuable fishing knowledge and techniques as well as general information. Shark and edible fish may be targeted in the Eastern Cape throughout the year with target species varying. Anglers are more than welcome to bring their own fishing gear, especially light tackle, as we realize fishermen are more comfortable catching fish with their own equipment. Rods, tackle & bait can be provided on request.

Picnic lunch is incl. on a full day fishing excursion.

Transfers from and to your Lodge \ Hotel or B&B are incl.

Bush Marine Tours & Adventures supports the release of fish!

Minimum of 4 guests

Full Day – 07h00 to 17h00
Half Day – 07h00 to 12h30

 

 

Adventure Activities

 

Scuba Diving ~ Excitement, Beauty & Nature

When you discover scuba diving, you will discover the freedom of a totally different world of adventure, excitement and fun. You experience a new feeling of weightlessness and the exhilaration of breathing underwater. Nothing compares to the freedom and peace of scuba diving.

 

 

 

 

Discover...

SERENITY & TOTAL FREEDOM

We offer beginner to instructor courses ~ rates on request. A variety of charters take you to the most popular dive sites, both in and outside of The Nelson Mandela Bay. There are also numerous shore entries that can be done in close proximity to the dive centre. We offer equipment rental, equipment sales and air fills on site. All dives are lead by qualified Dive Masters making use of a surface buoy, instead of anchoring for safety and also preventing damage to the reefs. Our staff load, transport and rinse your diving equipment for increased comfort. After your dive we have hot showers and washing up facilities are available.

Shore Entries

Slipway / Postman's

Depth: 2M - 8M

This is an easy shore entry dive situated off one of P E's Blue Flag beaches and is also great for night dives. You can expect to see a wide variety of fish darting amongst the steel of the old tugboat slipway, and the occasional octopus peeing out at you. Redbait, sponges, soft corals and sea fans decorate the structure that surrounds you.

Devil's Reef

Depth: 3M - 8M

It is a 150m swim to this colourful reef that plays host to a variety of fish such as the Black Tail and Strepies. The reef is made up of tightly cropped soft corals, sponges, seaweeds and sea fans. Numerous rays have been spotted on the sandy gullies in and amongst the rocky outcrops.

Shark Rock Pier

Depth: 3M - 8M

Many small reef fish lie scattered, just a short swim from the pier, which makes for an enjoyable shore entry directly in front of the Beach Dive shop. Yellow Bellied Rock Cod, Rays, Sand Shark and Cat Fish have been spotted amongst the large sea fans and corals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Boat Dives

Inside The Bay: These dives cater for all levels of Scuba Divers
Depths varying from 5M - 24M
Outside the Bay: Algoa Bay - These dives cater for all Advanced Divers
Depths varying from 10M - 30M
Outside The Bay: Wildside - These dives cater for advanced divers, and in certain diving areas, all levels.
Depths varying from 10M - 44M

     

Bell Buoy / Roman Rock

This reef is known as Roman Rock due to the large number of Red Roman fish that are found here. Bell Buoy is an extensive reef and very popular amongst divers due to it's close proximity to Hobbie beach. The large reef is made up of gullies and pinnacles, which are teeming with fish, soft corals, feather stars, starfish, sea fans and anemones. Fish species, from the smallest Nudibranch to the Raggered-Tooth Shark share this popular reef.
Other reefs that one may dive inside The Bay are the following:

  • Philips Reef, known for the Raggered-Tooth Shark as well as the Pajama and Leopard Shark.
  •  Haerlem Wreck, known to the diver in exploring various holes, nooks & crannies. This is where The Haerlem Navy Frigate lie’s 21m below the surface facing north - south with her bow to the south. A variety of fish settle in and around this wreck.
  • White Sands is made up of wide stretches of sand separated by extensive gullies. This reef is covered with soft corals, sponges, sea fans and other invertebrates, with rays being a common sighting.

Outside The Bay are the following dive spots:

Riy Banks, Evans Peak, St. Croix Island, Brenton Wreck, Brenton Island, Thunderbolt Reef, Avalanche Reef, Gasmic Reef, John Dory's Reef, Gunner's Rock, Raggie Sands, Zephyr's Wall, Crossroads, Cracker, Patti Wreck and last but not least Suicide Reef (Large game fish are common on Suicide Reef including Cape Knife Jaw and Mussel Cracker. Colourful corals & seaweed make for an appealing dive.

   

Note: All diving excursions are weather permitting and times are to be advised.

Transfers from and to your Lodge \ Hotel or B&B are incl.

Lunch ~ Guests own account.

 

 


 

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