We are able to arrange local guided tours for non hunting members of your party or at the end of your hunting safari. You may either stay with the hunters in Cavers lodge in the Bedford area or alternatively we would recommend staying in Port Alfred, the central village along the Sunshine Coast. This is about two hours drive from your hunting lodge.
There is so much to do: big five safaris in the private game lodges or in one of the National parks closeby, exploring beautiful coastline and beaches, surfing, golfing, river boat cruises, whale and dolphin safaris, hiking trails through african bush, beach horseriding or just visiting the local shops and restaurants.
Are you interested in visiting some parts of the country? Let us know, we can surely help to organize visits to even more distant places. Your non hunting adventures will be taken care of by our local tour guide.
For non hunters wishing to stay in Port Alfred we will design a package to suite all your needs including a full time guide.
Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country's 19 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
More than 600 elephants, 400 Cape Buffalo over 48 endangered Black Rhino as well as a variety of Antelope species. Lion and Spotted Hyena can also be seen.
Mountain Zebra National Park is a national park in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa proclaimed in July 1937 for the purpose of providing a nature reserve for the endangered Cape mountain zebra.
It offers an incredible lifetime experience - cheetahs tracking on your foot. Drive out with your guide to search for them. When signal from a collared cheetah is found, you will have the opportunity to get closer on foot.
Lions are wondering around the national park as well as other mammals which can be seen here - Caracal, Cape Buffalo , Black Rhino, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest and Gemsbok.
Invigorating crystal clear air, beautiful scenery, tranquil ambience and an abundance of wildlife offer you a special and personal African wilderness experience at Mountain Zebra National Park.
Sibuya is one of South Africa’s most unique Safari destinations. From its Reception near the Ocean, it is unique in that it has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. Consequently, as a birding destination it is hard to beat: there are nearly 400 different species. This breathtakingly beautiful game reserve is sanctuary to an abundance of diverse wildlife from elephants to otters, and almost everything in between, including the Big Five
Thought by some to be one of South Africa's most beautiful private game reserves with its sweeping panoramas encompassing the ocean as a backdrop, Sibuya covers nearly 30 square kilometres of varied terrain and vegetation. From the moderately open river plains, through the pristine Lower Albany Thicket, there are also patches of Cape Fynbos and a windswept, grassy plateau favoured by many of the larger grazing animals. Sibuya supports one of the highest densities of wildlife in South Africa, ensuring an intensive and varied game-viewing experience in spectacular surroundings.
The Royal Port Alfred Golf Course is one of the oldest and best known in South Africa and was established in 1907. The undulating course snakes its way through thickets of pristine coastal forest and over hilly dunes always with the smell and sounds of the Indian Ocean close by whose blue waters offer the most panoramic views from many of the fairways. In true links tradition every slope, mound and dip remains untouched, demanding creative shot making and deft reading of angles. Adding to the allure and charm of the course is its resident wild life. Normally shy bushbuck will continue grazing contently as you walk by while springbok and impala pronk with delight. The blesbok, fallow deer, duiker and giant tortoise peer at the golfers with suspicion and there is bird life in abundance. Visitors are always most welcome.
Algoa Bay, recently deemed a Hope Spot due to its incredible marine biodiversity, is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world and the largest gannetry (Cape gannets) on the planet. As well as these amazing seabirds there is a good chance of seeing dolphins. Our bay is frequently visited by bottlenose, common and humpback dolphins.
Approximately 30,000 Indo-Pacific and common bottlenose dolphins utilise our bay every year and we possibly have the best bottlenose dolphin viewing in the world with pod numbers being anywhere between 40 and 800 individuals. Common dolphins following large shoals of fish can also be seen year round, in groups of up to 2000 dolphins. And humpback dolphins can be seen in much smaller groups very close in shore. The Southern right whale visits our bay in the winter months and can be seen anywhere between July and November. We also have the mighty humpback whale which can be seen between June and December and the Bryde's whale which can be seen in our bay year round.
Great white sharks can be spotted in the bay, as well as hammerhead sharks in the Summer months which are scattered throughout the water sitting very close to the surface. Our bay also has a breeding population of Cape fur seals at Black Rocks near Bird Island. Other marine species to be spotted include killer whales, ragged-tooth sharks, bronze whalers, cormorants, terns, albatrosses, shearwaters, and petrels!
CANNON ROCKS HIKING TRAIL:
7km from Cannon Rocks through indigenous forest and back through the spectacular shifting dunes and along the beach
Walk along the beach from Bushmans River Mouth to Dias Cross. Approximately one and half hour walk
EAST BEACH PORT ALFRED:
Walk east towards Riet River and discover spectacular dunes for dune boarding, rocky outcrops for fishing. Approximately 1 hour walk
GREAT FISH RIVER:
Walk east from the mouth of the Great Fish River to Kleinemonde. Discover cover beautiful rocky outcrops, excellent fishing spots and the famous 3 Sisters.
KARIEGA BEACH - SHELLY BAY:
Walk west from Kareiga Blue Flag Beach to the Bushmans River mouth. Discover spectacular rock formations, picturesque coves, natural rock pools. Approximately half an hour.
From Kleinemonde East Beach, walk east to the Great Fish Point Lighthouse, spectacular shells at low tide. Approximately one and half hours.
PORT ALFRED WEST BEACH - KELLYS BEACH:
Walk east from West beach Port Alfred to Kellys Blue Flag beach, excellent fishing at Sharks Bay. Approximately one hour.
Horse riding trails on the beach, along the river and through the dune forest. Three Sisters horse trails have horses suitable for all levels of experience from complete beginners to experienced riders. For families with children we offer a safe and scenic dune forest trail with river and sea views. Experienced riders may canter in the surf, while novices enjoy the stunning scenery at a safe walking pace!
Shaka Surf School and surf camp is a family owned business based in Port Alfred and run by multiple South African longboard champion surfers David Macgregor and his sons Cuan and Kye. They are acredited by International Surf Association (ISA). No matter what age your are of if beginner or advanced surfer. The Shaka Surf School guys will get you stoked from the first minute.
You can also hang around and enjoy the surfers vibe at Shaka Shack surf camp which is located on the edge of an ancient dune forest and boasts its own hiking trail and half pipe skateboard ramp.
Spend a fabulous afternoon cruising up the Kowie River whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery that the countryside has to offer. Kick back and enjoy the special relaxation that comes from gliding over the water while the pristine bush slips by as you move up the river. Enjoy a frosty beer or glass of chilled champagne. There are some animals to admire along the way and if you are lucky you may spot Buffalo, Rhino or Giraffe.
As the sun passes lazily over head you make progress to waters meeting way up the river. Approximately 15 miles up river. You can then gently float down the river back to home base.
Their are a number Spa’s in and around Port Alfred. The perfect place to rest, relax and rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Treat yourself to the luxury and pampering you deserve in beautiful, tranquil surroundings and indulge in a range of treatments and therapies, including various relaxing or energizing massages, facials and the like.
Port Alfred offers some great fishing. Our experienced local skippers will take you through the Kowie River Mouth to our fishing reefs in front of Port Alfred. Not only can you keep what you catch (within bag limits), you may be strike it lucky with sightings of dolphins, migrating whales and the Mola Mola (sunfish). Rods, reels and bait are supplied for you.
From Port Alfred, you will experience a river mouth launch, an exhilarating run through the breakers and a day of fishing sensation. We offer both bottom fishing and deep sea trolling giving the angler the option of fishing along our rugged coast or traveling out to the warm Mozambican current. While bottom fishing, anglers will mostly target; Cape Salmon, Scotchman, Cape Stump nose, Sand Fish, Cob and Black Mussel Cracker. On weather permitting days, trips to the Islands in search of Yellow Tail Tuna is a must. Anglers can expect bottom fishing to be good throughout the year.
Relax and enjoy the scenic views of our stunning coastline. Early mornings or late afternoons are a perfect time for our sea cruises as we watch the sun rise or set over the Indian Ocean, regular sightings of whales, dolphins and marine birds.
For the young at heart and adrenalin junkies, this is a thrilling ride on our 8m Super duck. Head out the Kowie mouth and into the sea and ride the surf like never before.
This lovely shaded walk in the Woody Cape Section of the Addo Elephant National Park takes its name from the rare tree dassie that lives in the dense Alexandria coastal forest. The well-marked circular trail, indicated by tree dassie signboards, starts at the office and then winds through the indigenous forest to Langevlakte and back to the huts. The trail is 7 km.
The trail is a twitcher's delight as the forest is teeming with birds, including narina trogons, trumpeter and crowned hornbills, olive woodpeckers, black-headed orioles, Stanley’s bustard and crowned eagles. Bushbuck, duiker, Cape grysbok, steenbok, vervet monkeys and mongoose are found in this area of the park and are occasionally seen on the trail, while, if you're still in the park at dusk, you might hear the shrill call of the tree dassie but the shy, nocturnal creature is rarely seen. Another feature of the trail is huge, beautiful coral trees. Along with the yellowwoods, they are the tallest trees in the forest and are particularly impressive in winter and spring when clothed in for their spectacular orange flowers.
Hiking the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail in Addo Elephant National Park is an unforgettable experience that leads the hiker through three distinctly different environments ranging from forest to coastal dunes, to seashore. No other trail in the country can boast this diversity, as you clamber up the desert-like dunes and stand aloft cliffs crumbling into the sea, trek through high forest, and along spectacular beaches.
The first day is about 19,5km and the trail begins in the Woody Cape section of Addo Elephant National Park, where you'll walk through breathtakingly beautiful lush, green, indigenous forest, where ancient yellowwoods and spectacular coral trees can reach skywards, filled with prolific birdlife. You'll pass antelope browsing peacefully laong the way, and the “Waterboom”, a gigantic yellowwood named for the reservoir of water held at the base of its trunk – provides an a perfect resting place.
After crossing the open fields of Perdekloof, the trail moves onto the beach where the stark sandy beach ecosystem and dramatic dune fields provide dramatic scenery and you can trail your toes in the surf. Six kilometers of untouched coastline stretches out in front of the hiker.
The dramatic cliffs of the Woody Cape provide the hiker the two options, either walking along the boulder strewn base of the cliffs (which should be avoided at high tide) or climbing a log ladder to reach the top leading onto the dune fields. Attentive hikers will see Southern Right Whales just off shore in certain months and dolphins are often spotted playing in the waves. You can investigate the wreck of the Nidaros, an old steamer, as well as the fascinating natural debris washed up by the sea onto this protected beach. After a walk through the aromatic coastal fynbos, hikers will find the Woody Cape hut nestled in thick coastal forest on top of the cliffs, with a view of Bird Island in the distance.
The Woody Cape Hut is situated at the end of the first day’s hike, which overlooks the sea and Bird Island. This hut is equipped with 12 beds, with mattresses, in two bedrooms. It has a rainwater tank for drinking and cooking water only. Toilets are provided.
The second day is about 16,5km and the trail traverses sand dunes of the largest coastal dune field in the Southern Hemisphere. It's another world and early morning provides hikers an opportunity to investigate the signs of animals, such as jackals, duikers and the endemic hairy-footed gerbil, left on the dunes from the previous night. Tall posts guide hikers through the shifting dune fields. Fascinating ancient midden sites, evidence of the strandloper people that wandered these shores, can also be seen on the trek through the timeless landscape. The last five kilometers of the trail again winds through the beautiful indigenous forest where knysna turacos paint the canopy.
The two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail, with the option of 2 to 3 nights stay, is for the serious hiker and nature lover.
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NICK BOWKER HUNTING
Eastern Cape, South Africa