Silversea Luxury Cruises A PORT ELIZABETH

PORT ELIZABETH
PORT ELIZABETH
PORT ELIZABETH

Port Elizabeth, or PE is an uncut gem of a destination. Loved by wealthy South African families as a holiday destination, it is a city has of faces. One: a natural haven with unspoiled beaches, rolling sand dunes and the warm Indian Ocean lapping at your feet and two: a post-industrial migrant city with a rich heritage. View more

PE is also called Nelson Mandela Bay, and there is much here that celebrates him – starting with Route 67, a collection of 67 artworks honouring the 67 years that Mandela dedicated to achieving South Africa’s freedom. Known as “the friendly city”, Port Elizabeth is enjoying an urban regeneration, spurred on by the youth of the region that want to put it (back) on the map. Think vibrant creative projects spilling out wherever you go; a pedestrianised central zone, galleries selling local artworks, restaurants serving South African fusion food, award-winning buildings that house museums, restored Victorian terraces. Unsurprisingly, the boardwalk is buzzing. PE’s proximity to the excellent nature parks at Addo and Lalibela make it an ideal destination for game lovers. Both of these parks are a little way from PE (70 and 90 kilometres east respectively) but both offer a chance to revel in South Africa’s no holds barred natural beauty. This is the real reason why people come to South Africa – for a chance to see the fabled Big Five. Addo even boasts the Big Seven (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, as well as the great white shark and Southern right whale).

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursões em 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.

Hluhluwe & St Lucia Tour

Depart from the quayside in Richard's Bay and head to St Lucia Wetlands.


Upon arrival to St. Lucia, you will have a brief comfort stop before boarding your boat for a 2-hour leisurely nature cruise on Lake St Lucia.


The lake is dotted with marshy, sandbank-islands which are home to thousands of birds with over 526 different bird species that can be found in the St Lucia Wetlands Reserve. The echo of the fish eagle's haunting cry can be heard while you view the basking and nesting sites of the Nile crocodile and the hundreds of hippos that make their homes in the estuary; the greatest occurrence of both crocodile and hippo in southern Africa.


Following your cruise on Lake St. Lucia, re-embark your vehicle and transfer to Memorial Gate, the entrance to the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve.


Enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch on arrival followed by an open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe Reserve.


Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is the oldest game reserve in all of Africa. Set in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal the park offers its visitors an array of activities and opportunities; from open vehicle game drives and self guided walks, to trails and picnic spots with magnificent views. Waterholes are dotted all over the camp for guaranteed wildlife spotting at close range. The park extends itself over 96,000 ha, has an immense variety of flora and fauna and is hugely popular not only for its "Big Five" but for the vast bird life with more than 300 species existing within the reserve.


Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the "Big Five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. In addition to rhino, the reserve has a spectacular variety of bird and animal life, including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, mountain reedbuck, kudu and warthog. During our open-vehicle game drive, we hope to encounter many of these beautiful animals close up.


End your game drive and transfer back to the quayside in Richards Bay.

Lalibela Day Safari

Depart for Lalibela Private Game Reserve, situated 90 km from Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa's major cities and affectionately known as 'The Friendly City'. The Eastern Cape is rich in ethnic culture and diversity and offers the traveller a unique wildlife experience.


Upon arrival at the Day Visitor's Centre, you will transfer over into 4x4 vehicles.


Depart on a 3-hour game drive in open vehicles, traversing the reserve, where the wildlife roams in profusion and diversity.


The game drive brings you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from the mighty "Big 5", to the tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela is also home to hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. Hopefully, you will encounter a variety of wildlife on your game drive.


Return to the Day Visitors' Centre for a buffet lunch.


After this exciting day, depart the reserve and return to the quayside in Port Elizabeth.

Penguin Island Cruise

Cruise the Algoa Bay to see the largest colony of African penguins on the planet. Depart from the quayside and make your way to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club to meet your boat and crew. Set off with a harbor cruise and a full safety briefing, after which you emerge out of the port and set course for St. Croix island.


This island is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins on the planet. Funds raised through the cruise are used to assist Dr. Lorien Pichegru, who is conducting groundbreaking research on the serious decline of these penguins along our coast.


This conservation friendly tour raises funds through the cruise to secure Dr. Lorien Pichegru and her team of researchers to continue the ongoing Penguin research in the area.


Besides the penguins you can also encounter schools of Bottlenose dolphins in groups. The Common dolphin as well as Humpback can also be spotted, but they tend to be either further out to sea or closer inshore. Migratory whales are seen from June until December while the resident Bryde's whale can be seen throughout the year although it is very elusive, being seen only fleetingly.


Make a refreshment stop just off St. Croix Island, which is home to about 20,000 African Penguins, making it the largest breeding colony on the planet. Gannets and other sea birds may also be seen on this 25km trip to the island.


After this, you are "gifted" with a Spekboom plant, which you can plant wherever you wish.


Make your way back to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, and after disembarking the boat make your way back to the pier.

Penguin Island Cruise

Depart from the quayside and make your way to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club where you will meet the boat taking you on your cruise.


The tour will start off with a harbour cruise and a full safety briefing, after which you will exit the port and set course for the island. This island is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins on the planet and funds raised through the cruise are used to assist Dr Lorien Pichegru who is conducting groundbreaking research on the serious decline of these penguins along our coast.


This conservation friendly tour raises funds through the cruise to secure Dr Lorien Pichegru and her team of researchers to continue the ongoing Penguin research in the area.


Besides the penguins you can also encounter schools of Bottlenose dolphins in groups. The Common dolphin as well as Humpback can also be spotted, but they tend to be either further out to sea or closer inshore. Migratory whales are seen from June until December while the resident Bryde's whale can be seen throughout the year although it is very elusive, being seen only fleetingly.


A refreshment stop just off St Croix Island Group will be made - which is home to about 20 000 African Penguins, making it the largest breeding colony on the planet. Gannets and other sea birds may also be seen on this 25km trip to the island.


Make your way back to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, and after disembarking the boat make your way back to the cruise ship.


Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Port Elizabeth City Orientation

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.

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.

Pumba Private Game Reserve Safari

Discover the incredible wildlife at the Pumba Private Game Reserve, including over 300 species of birds as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo, cheetah and many others. The reserve is located approximately 75 minutes' drive from Port Elizabeth and covers over 6,000 hectares of land and offers guests the thrilling experience of spotting the Big Five in their natural environment. Pumba covers 5 of the 7 biomes, and is the first of the Eastern Cape Game reserves to introduce a White Lion breeding program.


Refreshments are served upon arrival at the lodge, after which you board the 4x4 open vehicles for a game drive on the reserve, accompanied by experienced rangers. Experience Pumba's abundant game and birdlife while taking in the beauty of the Reserve.


Besides the amazing animals you are likely to find at Pumba Private Game Reserve, for the bird lovers there are over 300 different species of birds. Other animals on the reserve include giraffe, zebra, hippo, cheetah, warthog, hyena, wild dogs and a host of others. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the reserve before continuing your game drive en-route back to the main gate.


Return to the pier in Port Elizabeth.

Sunday’s River Canoe

This guided Addo River Safari is meant for you to explore a different side of Addo and view game and birds on the riverbank. Drift down some of the most scenic parts of the Sunday's River in a custom designed, comfortable and safe canoes (no paddling experience needed).


The popular Addo River Safari offer guests the best bird watching experience in the Eastern Cape, where one can find countless water birds, seven different species of Kingfisher and the chance of sighting the magnificent Fish Eagle.


Depart the quayside and drive for just over an hour until you reach Addo Village district. Board your custom canoes, which are ultra-stable and provide excellent photographic opportunities to wildlife photographers, especially bird watching enthusiasts.


During your canoe adventure, partake in a short bush walk to explore the fauna and flora where refreshments are served. Followed by your canoe experience, enjoy a barbeque lunch.


After lunch, return to the pier.

Sunset Addo 4x4 Game Drive

Search for the African Elephant and discover the wildlife of Addo Elephant Park on this incredible 4x4 sunset game drive. Depart from the quayside and drive 75 minutes, crossing the Swartkops River and then turn inland to the flat valley of the Sunday's River, arriving at Addo Elephant Park.


The Addo Elephant Park, which consists of 51,000 hectares of bush country, is the home to over 450 elephants, which 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 1920's. 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.


During a sunset game drive through the park in 4x4 open vehicles, with luck you may 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, red hartebeest and wild dogs.


During sunset, game tend to move towards watering holes, increasing the likelihood for you to spot more game during your game drive. Also quite notable is the unique flightless dung beetle, which is found almost exclusively in Addo.


Return to the pier in Port Elizabeth.

Township Exploration - 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.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.