Silversea Luxury Cruises A Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth, or PE, may not have the range of attractions found in Cape Town or on the Garden Route, but it's a pleasant town that's worthy of a few days' exploration. There are some beautiful beaches (although you'll need to visit them early in the day in summer as the wind tends to pick up by midday) and some wonderfully preserved historic buildings in the older part of the city, called Central. View more

A large part of the town's charm lies in its small size and quiet environment, but PE is not a total sleepy hollow. If you feel the need for a bit of nightlife, head to the Boardwalk complex near the beach, for its restaurants, cafés, theater, and casino, or to Parliament Street in Central, which has recently been pedestrianized and has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. PE is a good base for exploring some other fantastic destinations, both wild and cultural, including Addo Elephant National Park. If you are traveling to any of the luxury game reserves east of Port Elizabeth (such as those in Addo, Shamwari or Kwandwe), it may be a good idea to spend the night before in PE, as many places advise you to check in before lunch and it could be a scramble to get there if you're driving or flying in that morning. Port Elizabeth's suburbs can be a little confusing. Humewood and Summerstrand are PE's two main coastal suburbs, with Humewood closer to the city center. The Humewood Golf Course, one of South Africa's best, is in Summerstrand, not Humewood, however (just to keep you on your toes).

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Excursiones en Port Elizabeth

Addo Elephant Park by 4x4

Depart from the quayside and cross the Swartkops River. Turn inland to the flat valley of the Sunday's River and arrive at the Addo Elephant Park, about 45 miles (75 km) from the port.


The Addo Elephant Park, which consists of over 126,000 acres (51,000 hectares) of bush country, is the home to some 450 elephants that have bred from the few that remained in the area after the herd was almost wiped out by the hired game hunter Major P.J. Pretorius in the 1920s. Although it belongs to the same species as the African Elephant, the reddish Addo Elephant is smaller with more rounded ears, while the females generally have no tusks.


On your 2-hour game drive through the park by open vehicle**, you will likely encounter this rare animal, as well as a variety of other game, which was recently introduced to the reserve. This includes lion, hyena, cheetah, zebra, eland, kudu and red hartebeest. Also quite notable is the unique flightless dung beetle, which is found almost exclusively in Addo.


After your game drive, return to the main reception area of the Addo Elephant Park where facilities and a curio shop are available for your perusal.


** Capacity for each safari vehicle varies depending on vehicle availability. Silversea cannot guarantee all guests travelling together will be in the same safari vehicle however we will do our utmost to accomodate. A refund will not be provided to those who choose not to participate in the tour if they are split.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Guest must be able to climb into 4X4 open vehicles. Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended. For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years are allowed on the open vehicles. No food may be taken into the reserve in the open vehicles. Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals. The drive maybe very bumpy with dips in the road; please be sure to hang on to your possessions. Smoking is not permitted during the game-drives. The spotting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Township Tour - South Africa's Past & Present

Gain an insight into the local African culture like none you have ever experienced before, and in doing so your participation will contribute to the economic uplifting so vital for the people of South Africa.


A small donation of pens, paper and other much-needed stationery, will be handed out at the school or day centre.


Port Elizabeth - the historic hot-bed of political and social resistance to Apartheid. This was the first city to elect a non-racial City Council, and this groundbreaking tour will cover both the historical heart of the city and the vibrant black townships. Come face to face with the harsh reality of South Africa's past and the successes and challenges of the present.


Depart from the quayside and enjoy a brief orientation tour of Port Elizabeth, before proceeding to Missionvale, a very poor and undeveloped residential township. From here, continue via the Govan Mbeki Township to the middle class areas of Kwadwesi and Kwa Magxaki.


Proceed to the heart of the township via Veeplaas, passing the main trading area, Njoli Square, en-route. This will be followed by a refreshment and comfort stop at a local school or day centre, during which you are exposed to a variety of cultural activities and entertainment.


Thereafter, continue past the hairdressers at the Goniwe Hostel, on your way to the gallery of township artists in the squatter camp, Rhamaphosa Village. The different styles of work on display will be explained. This is an opportunity to purchase crafts directly from the artists.


From here, continue to the Emlotheni Memorial Park, recently built to commemorate the death of the first Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres, who were hung by the previous regime in the early sixties. Before leaving the township, visit the historic Red Location, striking because of its unique architecture and its strong connection to ANC (African National Congress) history.


Return to the quayside after gaining some insight into South Africa's past.


Please note: This tours involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1706 feet (520 metres) and it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via the bus steps and have the aid of an assistant or spouse. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat & sun block. Only local currency (South African Rand) is accepted in the crafts building and there is no shipping service available. The facilities are cleaned prior to your arrival but are very basic. Please note that most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, which whilst having extreme poverty, is busy being uplifted by the government and the local community, making it a place of hope. One needs to be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is definitely a 'no frills' experience. The tour sequence may vary. The proceeds of this tour will be donated to the local school or day care centre by our local representatives.

Port Elizabeth Walking Tour

Explore the splendid history and landmarks of Port Elizabeth during this scenic and informative walking tour.


Campanile

Depart the pier on-foot for a guided walking tour of Port Elizabeth, the third-largest port and fifth-largest city in South Africa. Upon leaving the harbour, pass by the Campanile, an approximately 176-foot (52-metre high) memorial. Built in 1923, it stands in memory of the first British settlers who arrived here in 1820. The Campanile is situated on the site where the settlers landed, and contains a carillon of 23 bells.


Cathedral, Library, Post Office and City Hall

Your walking tour continues past other notable landmarks, including St. Mary's Cathedral, the Library, Post Office and City Hall, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1977 and subsequently restored; the Old Mayor's Garden was rebuilt as an ornamental area. In front of City Hall stands a replica of the Diaz Cross, which was erected on the coast at Kwaaihoek, where Bartholomew Diaz and his men first landed in 1488.


Opera House, Donkin Memorial and Fort Frederick

Next, pass by the Opera House en-route to the Donkin Memorial, a stone pyramid erected in memory of Sir Rufane Donkin's wife Elizabeth, namesake of Port Elizabeth. From here, head to Fort Frederick, a monument named after Frederick, the Duke of York. Pass the Prince Alfred Guard Drill Hall and N°7 Castle Hill before a stop at Wezandla Craft Gallery (time permitting). Your walking tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 547 yards (500 metres). This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least six years old to participate on this tour.

Port Elizabeth City Tour

Depart from the quayside on a tour of Port Elizabeth. When leaving the harbour, pass a 52 metre (almost 200 feet) high memorial, the Campanile, built in 1923 in memory of the first British settlers who arrived in 1820. It is situated on the site where the settlers landed and contains a carillon of 23 bells.


Continue along the beachfront, stopping off at Shark Rock Pier for a photo-stop (subject to coach accessibility). From here, continue to Fort Frederick, a monument which was named after Frederick, the Duke of York. You will also encounter the Donkin Memorial, a stone pyramid erected in memory of Sir Rufane Donkin's wife Elizabeth.


On your way back to the ship, stop at the Horse Memorial, passing St. George's Cricket Ground en-route. Other notable buildings will also include the Feather Market, the Library, the Post Office, and the City Hall, which was seriously damaged by fire in 1977, resulting in a major restoration program. The Old Mayor's Garden was rebuilt as an ornamental area. In front of the City Hall stands a replica of the Diaz Cross, which was erected on the coast at Kwaaihoek, where Bartholomew Diaz and his men first landed in 1488.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 65 feet (20 metres) and it is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair and those with limited mobility. However, guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via the bus steps and have the aid of an assistant or spouse. Guests may remain on the coach at the photo stops. The order of sites visited may vary.

Programas en tierra en Port Elizabeth

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Pumba Private Game Reserve - Water Lodge

Embark on a safari to Pumba Game Reserve - a malaria free game reserve situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape and home to the Big Five, as well as giraffe and the elusive leopard. The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and dense bushveld environment is favoured by elephants. The five-star game lodge offers the ultimate essence of Africa's luxury and style.

02MIDPLZ-B Pumba Private Game Reserve & Water Lodge

Departure: Port Elizabeth

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Re-join ship: Cape Town

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the start of your Cruise

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the start of your cruise. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.

Indulge in a two-night stay at Pumba Private Game Reserve Bush Lodge as you escape to this privately owned property in the Eastern Cape. Nestled in the midst of a malaria-free reserve of 6,500 hectares, Pumba, with its five star game lodge luxury, offers guests every opportunity to enjoy the essence of an African safari experience. Explore bush and grasslands, looking for the formidable Big Five, plus the endangered and elusive white lion. The reserve covers four of the seven South African vegetation biomes, resulting in an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. Luxury accommodation and fine dining add to the magic of your safari experience.

DAY ONE - Port Elizabeth/Pumba Private Game Reserve

After the ship has arrived in Port Elizabeth and clearance is given to go ashore, sit back and relax for a two hour transfer to Pumba Private Game Reserve Bush Lodge. Upon arrival check-in and freshen up, then enjoy lunch before your experienced ranger joins you as you climb into the open Land Rover and begin your late afternoon/evening game drive.

Be on the lookout for the 'Big Five', as well as white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, antelopes and various bird species. The unique vegetation of the Eastern Cape and the dense bushveld environment is also favoured by elephants. Cap your game drive experience with drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner. Five-star chefs will tempt your palate with an array of gourmet safari cuisine served in the restaurant overlooking the water hole.

After dinner, enjoy a night cap around the central fire, recalling the excitement of the earlier game drive.

Overnight accommodation at Pumba Bush Lodge.

DAY TWO - Full Day Pumba Game Experience

Just before sunrise you are roused to take part in an early morning game drive. Nothing quite compares awaking to the sounds of the African bush as the sun rises from the morning mist. It is an ideal time to venture out on a game drive and observe a large variety of wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge.

In the late afternoon gather for tea time before departing on another game drive. Dinner this evening is served at the lodge, once again offering the ideal setting to share in your day's highlights.

Overnight accommodation at Pumba Bush Lodge.

DAY THREE - Pumba Private Game Reserve/Cape Town

Don't miss the opportunity for another early morning game drive. Meet for hot beverages before heading out with the rising sun. End your last game drive with a sumptuous breakfast back at the lodge followed by check out. Depart Pumba together with your local English-speaking guide who will accompany you on your two hour drive to the Port Elizabeth airport. Arrive in Cape Town after a one and a half hour flight.

Re-join the ship with fond memories of an intimate and thrilling African safari experience.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Getting in and out of safari vehicles requires a certain amount of agility and may be a problem for guests with limited mobility. The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bring a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Pumba is in a malaria-free area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Changes to flight schedule can alter programmes content and/or itinerary. Domestic luggage restrictions apply; guest may take one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg) only. The programme at Pumba Private Game reserve is solely handled by the camp management and arrangements are at their discretion. Pumba Private Game Reserve's Curio Shop does not accept foreign currency, therefore guests should to bring local S. African Rand.

Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at Pumba Bush Lodge (or similar) - Pumba Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

· Two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners (lunch and dinner include coffee, tea, water and local alcoholic drinks, except champagne, cognac, cellar wines)

· Scheduled flight (economy-class): Port Elizabeth / Cape Town

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, excess luggage fees assessed by the airline, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Gorah Elephant Camp

The incomparable thrill of observing a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the veranda of a stately colonial manor house is the stuff of dreams - and an everyday occurrence at exclusive Gorah, a member of Relais & Chateaux. Capture the romantic mystique of an authentic safari at the only private concession and camp in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park.


02MIDPLZ-A Gorah Elephant Camp

Voyage 1701

Departure: January 10, 2017 from Port Elizabeth

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Re-join ship: January 12, 2017 in Durban

Reserve by: October 6, 2016


Voyage 1706

Departure: March 1, 2017 from Port Elizabeth

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Re-join ship: March 3, 2017 in Durban

Reserve by: November 29, 2016



This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by September 22, 2013. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.


Experience an authentic safari adventure during your stay at the exclusive Gorah Elephant Camp, a private concession within the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park. The park is a sanctuary for a wide range of South Africa's wildlife, but notably for over 450 elephants which today roam the bush freely thanks to a finely tuned ecosystem. When the original elephant section was proclaimed in 1931, only eleven elephants were left. With an additional 280 Cape buffalo, black rhino, a range of antelope species and the flightless dung beetle, Addo Elephant Park is a perfect destination for adventurous outdoor and nature lovers.


Gorah's exclusive safari lodge provides comfort and luxury in solar-powered tents, and the opportunity to join game drives, or quietly observe a passing herd of elephants whilst having tea on the veranda. Dinner served by candle light in the dining room of the elegant Manor House adds further to create the ultimate safari experience.


DAY ONE - Port Elizabeth/Gorah Elephant Camp

Departing the ship in Port Elizabeth, begin the 2-hour drive into the countryside with a local guide, headed to Gorah Elephant Camp. The first concession in a National Park, Gorah is a premier lodge set in the heart of Addo National Park. It is home to the densest elephant population on earth, providing arguably the best elephant viewing in South Africa whilst also being the domain of a wealth of other wildlife and bird species.


Arriving at the Gorah Manor House, you are greeted by an attentive staff. Check-in and proceed to your luxurious tented suite. Its romantic ambiance recalls the golden era of safari in the early 1900s, yet with the comfort and meticulous service associated with Africa's finest game lodges.


While your ranger readies the 4X4 safari vehicle you have a brief period of time to quickly freshen up, prior to afternoon tea. Afterwards, depart on a game drive, ending with sundowner drinks in the bush.


Following your return, enjoy dining by candle light in the elegant dining room, or on the veranda overlooking the waterhole. The sounds of the bush create a magical air of peace and tranquility, broken only by the splashing of water as the animals arrive to drink under the cover of darkness.


Overnight at Gorah Elephant Camp - Addo National Park.


DAY TWO - Gorah Elephant Camp (Full Day)

Depart on your early morning game drive of 2-2.5 hours in open vehicles, tracking elephants and wildlife in the cool of the morning. Return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch is served in the Manor House.


In the late afternoon, gather for tea time before departing on yet another game drive, followed by sundowners and dinner back at the lodge.


Overnight at Gorah Elephant Camp - Addo National Park.


DAY THREE - Gorah Elephant Camp/Durban

This morning, enjoy an early morning game drive, before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast and check out, a two-hour drive takes you from the game park to the Port Elizabeth Airport. Board the commuter aircraft for the scheduled flight that is just over an hour in duration, landing in Durban.


Your driver awaits to take you back to the ship, docked an hour and a half away in Durban Harbor.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The game drive vehicles traverse uneven terrain and can be bumpy, making it unsuitable for guests with back problems. The contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions and movement of wildlife on the reserve. This Land Adventure involves touring in the outdoors and guests should expect to be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing, but bringing a windbreaker for the evening and early morning game drives. Since the safari vehicles are open, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit. Guests are restricted to one piece of luggage (44 pounds or 20 kg). Gorah is in a malaria-free area and medical precautions are not a requirement for participation; however, guests should check with their physician for their recommendation regarding malaria medication. Gorah offers additional programs for you to enjoy your time at leisure. Details on their golf, outdoor pool, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, diving, and canoeing/kayaking tours, pricing and other options are available at the Game Park. These programs are contracted and delivered directly with Gorah Elephant Camp and are not included as part of the Silversea program.


Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at Gorah Elephant Camp luxury tents (or similar) - Addo National Park

· Scheduled commuter flight: Port Elizabeth/Durban - Economy Class (only class of service available)

· Two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac, cellar wines)

· Local English-speaking guide to accompany guests on all road transfers

· All game drives and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, trackers and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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