Port Elizabeth residents and Eastern Cape visitors have a spectacular new activity to add to their bucket list. Launched over the Easter weekend, guided land-based coastal safaris through the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, on the outskirts of the city, will open up a whole new world of wonder.
The Eastern Cape, with its mild climate, renowned beauty and natural biodiversity is an outstanding destination that is rich with potential. Untouched and little-known, the Cape Recife Nature Reserve is an extraordinarily beautiful and elemental stretch of wild coastal space adjacent to Port Elizabeth. The new safari activity promises to expose tourists to a wealth of coastal fauna and flora, including whales, dolphins, penguins and other bird life, as well as myriad residents of intertidal zones and dune systems. Whether an early breakfast excursion or a sundowner bush and beach safari, the discoveries and photographic opportunities in the golden hours are endless. A highly experienced guide will educate visitors on fascinating aspects of the interconnected marine and terrestrial ecosystems that make this destination unique.
COVID TOURISM RECOVERY
While the entire tourism industry is reeling under the effects of the Covid-19 slowdown, the Cape Recife Nature Reserve approved operator, Loodt Buchner and owner of Bellevue Forest Reserve in Addo, says that this challenge has forced product owners to be innovative and seek new avenues to ensure that they survive and minimise job losses.
“These have been very dark times, but we have managed to not only retain every one of our staff but also to increase job opportunities. Tourism is a true lifeline in this part of South Africa, and we are extremely grateful to be able to offer hope and dignity to our community. We have made our launch rates highly affordable to the average South African. We believe that every citizen should be able to experience their heritage and it is our privilege to show them this new world.”
Tours are open to day trippers, last three hours each and include either a delicious beach breakfast (morning), or an evening drive culminating in a sundowner stop with snacks and drinks from a magnificent viewpoint. Trips are by vehicle on tracks behind the dune cordon and include stretches of walking on dunes, beach and rocks. The coastal safari is a perfect way for families to enjoy and appreciate a breath-taking part of South Africa’s coastline. Priced at R385 per adult (half price for those under 12 years old), the top-drawer safari is a most exciting addition to the province’s tourism offerings.