Cameron and I arrived in PE last week Thursday morning. Lynette collected us from the airport, showed us where the pool was and took us to the costume shop to buy Cameron’s costume and then we picked up our car and headed off to the beach for lunch.
While waiting for our meal I get an email saying “We see you are in PE…..”. I told Cameron and he proceeded to give me a lecture (?!) on online safety and the dangers of stalkers. Turns out though that it wasn’t from a stalker but rather the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism people,who Ella had given my details. After a few emails up and down, Cameron and I had a five-in-one pass to the city! Suddenly he was happy I had a stalker because it meant he got to do some cool stuff!
The 5-in-1 pass allows you to chose any 5 activities and is valid for 3 months. I worked it out and for the activities we did and the price of the 5-in-1 pass there is a definite saving. I really liked the 1,2,3 etc day passes – I think those work out really well if you are there purely for a holiday and you could save quite a bit of money!
We had to work around the gala but we had an afternoon and a morning before the gala started and almost a full day on the last day of the gala. So we planned which 5 places we wanted to visit. Cameron did want to do the sandboarding on the last day but unfortunately we couldn’t get a booking but after seeing some of the dunes at Sardinia bay I am sure if we are back in PE next year he will definitely want to do this.
We started off at the Seaview Predator Park. We started off at the Hilltop Restaurant where there are a few enclosures with meerkats, a black leopard and a few other animals. Then we headed down to the predator enclosures. We were the only people there which was nice so we wandered around the enclosures freely. There were lions, white lions, tigers and white tigers.
While walking around (on our own) one of the male lions started roaring rather loudly, I think I jumped 10 feet in the air. While logic said they were behind fences, it is still such a commanding sound that you can’t help but be scared.
I think Jack and Emma would have really enjoyed a visit here because you can get up close to the animals. I am not a huge fan of animals in cages but these animals do look well looked after and apparently the park is all about rehabilitation. There is a jungle gym next to the predators so you can let the little ones run around.
We did get a little bit lost getting there, apparently the GPS doesn’t actually pick up the location so make sure you have directions before you set out. The roads in this park are all dirt roads so bare this in mind when deciding what car to take (if it’s possible).
The next morning we headed out to Kragga Kamma Game Park. I think this may have been one of my favourites, we spent about 2 hours driving around and saw some so much. The park has rhino which is really great to see and we even spotted the baby rhino. There were also lots of giraffe and buck. We also had a crazy experience in the cheetah enclosure. As we were about to head down a little embankment, up walks all of the cheetah. They walked right past the car and stood next to us for ages. I have never really seen cheetah so it was such a treat to see them right next to the car. After that we carried on around the park and were lead by three ostriches for ages. It was so funny, they just kept walking like we weren’t even there.
There is also a restaurant here that serves the basics (toasted sarmies and quiche) where you can also book a walk with the “tame” cheetahs.
There is a stunning monkey walk from the restaurant, you cross a bridge an then wind through the forest and past the cheetah enclosure. It is a really lovely walk but not ideal for the elderly or little ones, you can’t take a pram and it gets a bit steep at some points. I would take Jack but probably not Emma.
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On the way back from Kragga Kamma we stopped at Homeleigh Farm. This was not really for Cameron but I wanted to check it out. It is a stunning venue to take the kids. Our pass got us entry, some food for the animals and a breakfast. I thought Cameron may enjoy feeding the animals with me but when the peacock started following him a little too closely, he abandoned ship and I was left to feed everyone, which I haven’t done in years. You get a bucket of feed for the birds and one for the furry animals so I fed the goats, sheep, the horses and a donkey as well as the many chickens and peacocks walking around.
Jack, Emma and Kiara would have loved it. You are allowed in the rabbit enclosure which I know they would have all enjoyed. The play area was all kinds of amazing and included a train ride for R10 I think. The breakfast we got was yummy and their prices really aren’t bad. Cameron wanted a hot dog and it was pretty basic – a roll with a vienna and some chips but perfect for a toddler or little one and I think it was R20.
Our last two activities were a little bit outside of PE in Addo but well worth the drive.
Since I am all about facing my fears this year I decided to book the ziplining with Adrenalin Addo! I am so glad we did it!!! It was about an hour from PE in a really beautiful valley! The walk up to the start point was quite something and I was huffing and puffing by the time we got to the top but the view was amazing.
I don’t really do much that pushes me out of my comfort zone so this was a biggish deal for me but since I had a bit of a melt down on the plane due to turbulence, I did have to show my son I wasn’t a complete wuss! So there I went ziplining over the Sundays river. It was so much fun and not as scary as I thought it would be. I actually wanted to do it again. Obviously you can’t take little kids on this but they have a big swing at the base that the younger ones can do. They also do birthday parties here which I think would be loads of fun for teenagers.
Just a note, google maps took us to some random spot in the middle of a farm, so follow the actual directions on either Adrenalin Addos site or the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass site!
On our way back to PE we stopped at Addo Elephant Park which was the one place I have wanted to get to to for years. Elephants are my absolute favourite and game parks are my happy place. We got there at lunch time which isn’t really the best time to drive around a game park but we still had a great time. It took us ages to find the elephant but when we did it was so worth it. Cameron spotted on walking down a small hill towards us so we waited for him and he walked right past the car and joined a herd next to us which was amazing. There was also a large herd playing in a water hole at the reception area.
We did actually also spot two lions but they were lying behind a bush so not so visible and they weren’t really doing much. I enjoy being at the sea but this is really where I am happiest. I could have driven around all day!
I had no idea just how beautiful Port Elizabeth was and just how much fun stuff there was to do in the area. I am very aware that there will come a time when Cameron won’t want to spend time with me like this so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Thank you to the ladies from Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism who made the bookings for us and worked around our timetable, you ladies are all kids of awesome and to Ella for hooking us up!