Drakensberg to Fort Elizabeth Self Drive – 9 Days, South Africa

Duration

9 days

Max People

20

Min Age

16+

Pickup

Motobike

Overview

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    ITINERARY

    Upon your arrival at King Shaka International Airport, proceed to Avis Car Hire depot to collect your vehicle. From there, experience some of the many pursuits and visit enchanting locations, or simply relax on the beaches to soak up the African sun.

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Tour Plan

Day 01 Riverside Hotel or similar

Upon your arrival at King Shaka International Airport, proceed to Avis Car Hire depot to collect your vehicle. From there, experience some of the many pursuits and visit enchanting locations, or simply relax on the beaches to soak up the African sun.

Day 02-03 Drakensberg Gardens or similar

Moving further inland, spend the next two nights in Northern Drakensberg – an area known for its magnificent scenery of towering mountains, indigenous forests and cool berg streams. At over 3400 metres in height, the Drakensberg is South Africa’s highest mountain range and stretches roughly 1000 kilometres south-west to north-east. Spend some time exploring this picturesque World Heritage Site.

Day 04 Crawfords Beach Lodge or similar

Today, travel to the quaint seaside village of Chintsa which lies on the north shore of the river – just 45 kilometres away from the city of East London. This beautiful corner of the world has been described as a little piece of paradise with its wonderfully long stretch of beach and white sand dunes.

Day 05 Crawfords Beach Lodge or similar

Spend the day at your leisure either by partaking in optional activities or simply enjoying the pristine beaches and peaceful town.

On the banks of the Chintsa River and Estuary just 45km north of East London, you will find the quaint seaside villages of Chintsa (Cintsa) East and Chintsa (Cintsa) West.  Split in half by the river, Chintsa East (which is actually located to the North) and Chintsa West (actually located to the South) offer locals the laid back coastal village lifestyle so appealing to many, and visitors the perfect beach getaway just minutes away from the city. It is also the gateway to the world renowned rugged and scenic Wild Coast.
The villagers tend to take their weekends on Mondays and Tuesdays, so apart from a few places, most of the restaurants, shops and attractions are closed.  From Wednesday everything starts waking up and by the weekend the villages are bustling with visitors exiting the city for some fun in the sun.

So what is there to do in Chintsa you may ask?  Well, quite a bit in fact.  It is however important that you double check their opening times, so you can plan in advance to avoid disappointment.  This can be done by visiting their Facebook Pages or calling them directly.

Day 06-07 Zuurberg Mountain Inn or similar

A benchmark for conservation success, Addo Elephant National Park offers a unique wildlife habitat and is well-known for its healthy elephant population. Spend the afternoon on a game drive in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. The next day, continue with your search for African wildlife on an optional open-vehicle game drive.

Day 08 The Beach Hotel or similar

Make your way to the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival, the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure. Perhaps participate in optional activities or spend some time at the beach.

Fort Elizabeth optional activities

Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

Embark on an unforgettable tour around Port Elizabeth Harbor and marvel at the wonders of nature as you spot whales, dolphins and penguins. On a catamaran, sail around the waters of St. Croix Island and Brenton Island on your search for marine wildlife.River Cruise on the Sundays River

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the majestic Sundays River. Pass the Alexandria Coastal Dune field, see local birdlife in their natural habitat, and stop at the highest sand dunes for amazing views.

Addo Elephant Park Safari Shore Excursion

Explore the Addo Elephant Park with a guide for a fun and educational safari shore excursion. Enjoy a guided game drive and try to spot the “Big 5” along the rugged trails of the park.

Hlosi Game Lodge: Half-Day Safari with Optional Boat Cruise

Go on a half-day safari adventure and opt to take a river cruise at the Amakhala Game Reserve, situated less than an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth.

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

See plenty of elephants, lions, rhino, and more. This small-group tour takes you to Addo Elephant National Park where you will embark on two game drives (morning and afternoon) to maximize your chances of spotting the Big 5.

Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

Experience the 3rd largest National Park in South Africa with an expert local guide. The Addo Elephant National Park is home to the ‘Big 5’ and has one of the densest elephant populations in Africa.

Addo Elephant National Park 2-Day Safari

Look for the legendary Big 5 of Africa in a malaria-free environment on a 2-day safari in the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, famous for having one of the densest elephant populations in Africa

Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of Port Elizabeth. Explore one of South Africa’s oldest cities with a local guide and learn about local history.

Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

Take a short boat ride to the famous Alexandria Dune field; the largest dune field in South Africa.

Day 09 Tour ends

After breakfast, drive to Port Elizabeth Airport to drop off your car in time for your departure flight.

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