Touched by the Wilderness Safari (Code CS05)


  • Walk in the expansive dune fields with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and Bird Island
  • Game drive in the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park to search for the Big 5
  • Private wilderness hideaway hardly visible under the canopy of gnarled riverine trees on the banks of the little river
  • Enjoy a swim in one of the lovely pools to be found in the river
  • Relax and listen to the sounds of the local troop of Baboons


With the expertise of qualified FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) and cultural guides who specialize in all aspects of the diversity of our country, discover the beauty and hidden treasures of the famous Garden Route from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean and so much more. We provide a depth of insight into our modern culture and the historical context of South Africa as it is today.

Spend quiet evenings in remote destinations where the only sounds are those of the natural world around you. Sit out under jewel encrusted skies, the crackle of the wood fire throwing shadows, while the scent of the wood smoke and the traditional braai (barbecue) sizzling on the open fire, combine to stimulate a hunger born of an exciting day on the African veld. Listen to fireside tales of adventure and excitement, mirth and myth that will hold you spell bound late into the night when you will be ready for a comfortable nights rest in superb accommodation.

Port Elizabeth to Dune forest, hike in sand dunes, sleep in cabins in the forest, game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park and overnight in chalets. Experience the coastal wilderness, evening braai (barbecue), rugged 4x4 route through mountains into the Karoo

  • Day 1 - Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park Woody Cape section

    Meet and Greet at place of residence in Port Elizabeth at 08.00 and depart for the Woody Cape section of the Addo Elephant National Park on the northern shores of Algoa Bay.

    Traveling east out of Port Elizabeth and the last vestiges of city life for the next few days, we travel for just over an hour before turning off the main road and onto the gravel road. After a short distance we arrive at the reserve reception where we check in.

    We continue to the overnight log cabins in the forest to unpack and settle in before heading out for the nearby dune fields, some of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Leaving our vehicle at the entrance to the footpath we head out on foot through the dense dune forests before breaking out into the open at the top of the dune fields with the expanse of Algoa bay and the Indian ocean before us.

    On a good day one can see the low profile of Bird Island and its Lighthouse some 8 km’s off shore. Bird Island is home to the largest gannetry (breeding colony of Gannets {Cape Gannets in this case}) anywhere in the world.

    We descend the dunes to the high water mark but soon return into the dunes, sifting through the prolific shell middens for the remains of the ancient people that once flourished here. These dunes were once home to the seasonally migrating, early Khoikhoi people. Here evidence of their ancient life style lie spread out across these remote dunes in the form of shell middens where hundreds of thousands of empty sea shells were discarded once the valuable meat was extracted.

    Further evidence in the form of bones of the animals they hunted and pot shards they left behind bear testimony to their use of this remote and spiritual place.

    Returning to the tour vehicle we make our way to the overnight accommodation deep within the tall canopy forest. Here we make preparations for the evening meal (braai) and a peaceful, first nights rest under the thick canopy of natural hardwoods that grow in these coastal forests.

  • Day 2 - Woody Cape section to Addo Elephant National Park main camp

    Early wake up for a refreshing cup of coffee and/or tea with a rusk, (a traditional oven dried bread roll) we head out for a short walk into the forest.

    Here we move quietly listening to the many bird calls and hoping to spot the brilliant flash of red and green of a Knysna Turaco or a shy Narina Trogon. We keep an eye out for some of the smaller animals found here such as the Bushbuck and diminutive Blue Duiker learning to recognise many of the signs left by the animals and birds in these deep forests.

    We return to camp for breakfast before we pack up and depart for the main section of the Addo Elephant National Park. On arrival at the main camp we check in to our accommodation, settle in and unpack before having a delicious light lunch at the park’s restaurant.

    After freshening up we meet back at the tour vehicle for a guided game viewing experience in the Big 5 section of this amazingly diverse national park with over 700 free roaming African Elephants amongst the many species of Antelope, Zebra, and Warthog amongst many others and a wide variety of colourful birds, reptiles and interesting insects. We discuss the unique vegetation, the sub-tropical thicket as we search for the many creatures, most of whom are quite comfortable in our presence, seeming to enjoy our company as much as we do theirs.

    As evening approaches we return to the camp after some exhilarating game viewing, later to meet in the restaurant for a delicious evening meal before returning to our comfortable accommodation for a well-deserved rest, falling asleep with the sounds of the African night and if you’re lucky the roar of a Lion or the eerie call of the Hyena.

  • Day 3 - Addo Elephant National Park to Wilderness Camp

    We wake early for tea and coffee before boarding the tour vehicle for a short morning game drive before breakfast.

    Returning to main camp we take breakfast at the restaurant, pack up and check out and head for our next destination, a private wilderness hideaway in the nearby mountains.

    On arrival we stop to check in before continuing for a short distance, where on reaching the end of the track we unpack our luggage and equipment and with the help of some of the camp staff we set out for a short walk on the path along the river bank as it makes its way through thick riverine vegetation.

    The walk is a few hundred metres and ensures that the tranquility of this wilderness camp is left undisturbed by the sounds of the modern world.

    Arriving at this secret camp, hardly visible under the canopy of gnarled riverine trees on the banks of the little river we unpack our luggage in comfortable tents set on raised wooden platforms above the rocky riverbed.

    Once settled we unpack the picnic basket for a light lunch. After lunch we head out on the trail along the river, slowly making our way through the deep canopy of river trees, stopping frequently to take in the many sights and sounds of the smaller creatures and myriad of birds that call this remote wilderness their home.

    Returning to camp in time to make the evening fire, Alan Tours will start preparations for the evening braai (South African barbeque) while you relax and listen to the sounds of the local troop of Baboons as they compete for the best sleeping space on the cliffs or nearby trees.

    The looming cliff face is home to hundreds of Rock Hyrax or Dassies as they are locally known, one might be lucky to see them scurrying across the rocks and hear their chattering like alarm calls as they warn each other of impending danger in the form of a pair of magnificent Black Eagles or even a shy Leopard.

    Our evening meal is prepared on the coals of the wood fire on the wide deck listening to the sounds of the Africa as the night envelops the camp site.

    We soon turn to our secure tents where we have a restful night’s sleep under warm duvets on comfortable beds in this lovely retreat.

  • Day 4 - Wilderness Camp to Addo Elephant National Park 4 x 4 section

    We wake early to a steaming cup of tea or coffee and a rusk before putting on your walking shoes. We pack a bottle of water, a camera and binoculars as we head into the mountains. If the weather is warm bring a swimming costume and enjoy a swim in one of the lovely rock pools to be found in the river.

    Returning to our tented camp we prepare our breakfast before loading up the vehicle and heading out to our next destination.

    We make our way north through expansive game and Angora goat (which produces the finest quality mohair) farms set in the sub-tropical thickets, as we head towards the foot of the Zuurberg folded mountains and the northern most section of the Addo Elephant National Park.

    On arrival at the park we check in before making our way into this wilderness area, keeping a keen eye open for some of the wildlife in the area before reaching our overnight accommodation deep in the folds of the Zuurberg Mountains. Here we unpack as Alan Tours prepares the fire over which we cook our evening meal. We are surrounded by the wildlife of the area. Baboons on the nearby cliff faces might be heard sounding the alarm or simply chatting amongst themselves,

    We could catch a glimpse of an elegant kudu as it moves silently through the under growth or watch the many species of birds that surround the camp as we go about preparing for the night.

    Here there is an old reservoir, fed by the clear waters of a mountain stream in which one can cool off, or simply sit quietly watching as the creatures that live here every day, go about their business.

    Frogs may sit on the edge of the pool, a Monitor lizard is known to make this lazy place its home. Sit quietly and you will see amazing things come slowly to life as they become habituated to your presence.

    We enjoy a scrumptious, traditionally cooked meal (braai) enjoy a cold beer or glass of South Africa wine before turning into bed and a peaceful night’s rest in this remote wilderness area.

  • Day 5 - Addo Elephant National Park 4 x 4 section to Port Elizabeth

    We wake to the sounds of the bush, the far off bark of the Baboon or the swishing of the wind as it wraps itself around the cliffs, the morning chorus of birds of these remote mountains. These are the sounds of the African bush and nowhere will we hear the sounds of mankind except ourselves as we have this wilderness all to ourselves.

    After a refreshing cup of tea or coffee we head out to climb slowly up the nearby hills where we enjoy the breath taking views of the little valley, spotting game and bird life as we go. Here we learn some of the signs of the bush and identify plants and some of their uses as well as reading tracks and other signs that might tell us a story of what happened during the night.

    Returning to camp, Alan Tours prepares our breakfast before heading out over the stunning 4 x 4 route as we climb up steep accents and down through deep valleys, over rough, rugged terrain before summiting the top of the Zuurberg Mountains with magnificent views towards the far off Indian Ocean to the south and the endless plains of the Little Karoo to the north. Finally we descend onto the plains of the Little Karoo.

    Throughout the entire journey we keep our eyes searching for antelope and other wildlife that call these rugged slopes their home as well as the prolific bird life, reptiles and insects that live here and of course the stunning vegetation that has evolved on these, often exposed mountain sides and deep valleys providing much needed food and shelter to the more mobile inhabitants that occupy this wilderness area.

    After descending the mountain range we make our way to the large body of water on the plains of the park.

    Here we stretch our legs before continuing on our final leg travelling through Karoo farms dotted with characterful labourers cottages before connecting with the main road on our way back to Port Elizabeth and the end of the tour.

  • 5 day guided tour, vehicle, fuel, guide
  • 4 nights accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance/conservation fee National Park
  • 4 x 4 trail fee
  • Community levy fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Bar bills/alcoholic beverages
  • Activities not mentioned in the above
  • Private shopping
  • Gratuities

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