other activities for volunteers
Besides all of the activities that are included in the volunteer programme, there are a lot of things to do around Port Elizabeth in your free time and just to mention a few:
- Kragga Kamma Game Park- This park hosts a lot of various game species including white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, nyala, bontebok, lechwe, and many more. All of these animals roam freely and unrestricted in natural surroundings. This owner-operated, animal friendly park, where no hunting or other disturbance of the game is permitted, means that you always get close-up views and great photo opportunities.For the really adventurous there is also the option of getting up close with the cheetahs.
- Addo Elephant National Park- With more than 550 elephants as the main attraction, buffalo, black rhino, warthog, eland, kudu, and a variety of buck species can also be encountered. It's a huge and beautiful nature reserve which is a must see.
- Bayworld- The oceanarium houses cape fur seals, sub-anarctic fur seals, African penguins, sea turtles and many fish species. The museum and snake park are also a great visit.
- SANCCOB- Visit our local penguin rehabilitation centre which focuses on educating the public about the drastic decline in the African penguin population, whilst helping any injured/sick penguins and other seabirds.
- Scuba Diving- Various courses are available on request, at a price. We do have scuba gear available for those who are already certified.
- Port Alfred- A small town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated on the eastern seaboard of the country, at the mouth of the Kowie River, almost exactly half-way between the larger cities of Port Elizabeth and East London. The city enjoys a mild climate and award winning beaches. Kelly's beach has blue flag status, meaning it is one of the top beaches in South Africa. Port Alfred has many activities for visitors including fishing, diving, canoeing, waterskiing and tubing. Other sporting activities include golf, hiking, horse trails, and surfing.
- The Garden Route- Sandwiched between the Outeniqua & Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian ocean. Cities and towns worth a visit include Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, and George. The Tsitsikamma National Park is also situated along the Garden Route. Walking with elephants is also possible at The Elephant Sanctuary where you can also ride on the back of an elephant. Sky diving and bungee jumping are also activities that can be found along this route.
- The Transkei- Slightly further away but well worth the visit. Here you can see a lot of Xhosa villages, with their unique houses, which gives you a good impression of what South Africa used to be like. The famous Hole-in-the-Wall can also be found here.
To see more take a look at:
- South African Tourism- For more information on what to do and where to go in South Africa
- Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism- Find things to do and places to stay in Nelson Mandela Bay
- Blunden Shuttle Services- For safe transport around Port Elizabeth
- Alan Tours- Personalised guided tours around South Africa
- Pro Dive- Specialised scuba diving tours in Port Elizabeth
- Department of Home Affairs- For information on visa requirements from different countries
- Schotia Safaris- Guided game drives in the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape
- Shamwari Game Reserve and Conservation Experience- Visit or volunteer at Shamwari to be a part of nature conservation and see the big 5!
- African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary- A wildlife rehabilitation centre and endangered cat breeding centre
- Sustainable Seas Trust- An organization dedicated to the conservation of our marine environment promoting sustainable seas.