2016 SIDE TRIPS 
Activities for non-hunters at Richard Holmes Safaris ( RHS )
For non-hunters accompanying a hunting party or for eco-tourists there is a variety of activities to keep you active and interested, both on and off our property.  We also find that many hunters like to take the opportunity to see more of South Africa while they are in the country. On the visits to our National parks we may drive through in our own vehicle with an RHS staff / your PH driving the vehicle and you may NOT get out of the vehicle nor wave your arms out of the windows as this will result in you being arrested by the game wardens in the park - these laws are for your own safety.
ON SITE ACTIVITIES 2015 SIDE TRIPS COSTS AND INFO
We ( RHS ) offer to arrange these tours 1) - 10) listed below, ending about 1 pm, our costs are per vehicle ( unless stated otherwise ), for max 4 clients & includes entry fees: ALL PRICES ARE IN U.S. Dollars.
1) GRAAFF-REINET $300. This is the second oldest town in SA, it is small, has old buildings, history museums, curio shops, art & craft shops, the valley of desolation and game area, where Buffalo are sometimes seen. Lunch is included in cost.
2) OWL HOUSE $250. This is an art museum in the nearby village of NIEU BETHESDA which is filled with cement statues and statuettes of strange figures and animals with the whole building covered in different coloured ground glass, also includes a small fossil museum & short fossil tour. Lunch not included in cost.
3) TRIP TO CRADOCK $150. This is our local small town with an English literature museum & SPA for massages etc (you pay the SPA fees directly to them). Lunch not included in cost.
4) BUSHMAN ROCK ETCHINGS $20. Per outing. These Game animal Etchings are on our ranch.
5) PHOTO SAFARI / GAME DRIVES – game viewing on our ranch day time or night time veiwing : $ 50 per outing. Our extensive property is scenic which, together with the abundant animal and bird life, makes for very enjoyable photography or simply sightseeing.
6) MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK $300. This is in our local CRADOCK area and many other plains game species besides Mountain Zebra can be seen here. The park is 65000 acres in size and also has Cape Buffalo & Black Rhino, but are seldom seen. Lunch is included in cost. You may NOT get out of the vehicle nor wave your arms out of the windows as this will result in you being arrested by the game wardens in the park - these laws are for your own safety.
7) WILD CATS $ 10 per person. Guests are NOT allowed near the enclosures without a guide. We keep all the naturally occurring/indigenous small African cat species in captivity for our breeding and education programme. The cats are always available for guests to visit BUT ONLY supervised by us. Our cats may be viewed and they may be photographed. Any donations to this conservation project are also welcome.
Everyone knows Africa has lions, leopards and cheetahs but how many know that there are smaller feline predators as well which are currently threatened?
In order of size there are the Caracal (South African lynx), Serval, African Wild Cat and the Black-footed Cat here on our ranch.  The Cat Conservation Trust, which Marion founded to increase public awareness of the plight in which these smaller cats find themselves as well as conducting a breeding program.
The trust is on our property and makes for an interesting and different experience as you will rarely have the chance to see these felines in the wild.
Read more about the CAT CONSERVATION TRUST on its website.
8) ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK  - AENP
Addo Elephant park cost and our terms : ONLY 2 hours in the Park with our driver in our vehicle on the way to PE at the end of the hunt, provided you have a hotel in PE that night or on the way from PE at start or end of your safari, BUT this is subject to your flight times.
 $ 350 per vehicle. If hunter/s delay the driver in the park then the fee is an extra $ 100 / hour, payable in cash to the driver before he drops you off in PE. We do NOT want this delay in the park as the driver needs to get back to the Ranch before dark for his own safety due to wild game on the roads at night, eg. Kudu. 2 hours in Addo park is enough to see lots of game and elephants.
If you would like to upgrade to up to 4 hours in AENP with us then this must be prebooked a few days before the booked side trip date. The fee will then be $ 550 per vehicle.
  AENP  is near PE. Elephant viewing is excellent with herds up to 100 may be see, but is best from about 10 am – Noon when the Elephant herds come to the waterholes to drink. Occasionally Buffalo, Lion and numerous plains game species can be seen here. The game is wild, not tame , and SA parks are natural settings with no human interventions. This park is 85,000 acres in size. Lunch/Meals are not included in the cost. You may NOT get out of the vehicle nor wave your arms out of the windows as this will result in your being arrested by the game wardens in the park - these laws are for your own safety.
9 ) ADDO ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI  from $ 250 per Person payable to RHS. This is NOT in the ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK ( Addo is the name for the region/ county and small town in the area)  Includes: Ride on elephant ( ~ 1 hr ) , walk with elephants & feeding the elephants (~1/2 hr ), a light meal and tea, coffee and water. I will need to book a specific date for this well in advance as it is a very popular event.
10) KAROO COMFORT ZONE SPA: Cell 082 773 5083, Phone 048 8812697, Fax 048 881 3949
Email: comfortzone@absamail.co.za    Pre booking is required 5 days before you want to go.
Services include: Massage, acupressure (deep pressure), Aromatherapy, manicure, pedicure, facial, waxing. Pay Spa directly, Contact Spa for bookings, price, and payment. Spa excludes transport = $150 from RHS camp to Cradock and return-transport, done by Richard Holmes Safaris.
OTHER ACTIVITIES in the East Cape closer to PE
 If you are interested in any of the activities below it is recommended that you spend at least two nights in PE before your safari or one-two or more nights at the end of your safari.
We can book the following trips for you. Guides are excellent and you will be picked up and returned to the hotel in well maintained and safe vehicles by the Companies listed below:
Pumba Game Reserve
 Big 5 : elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, plains game
Day safari, 5 Star accommodation,PE transfers
Kariega Game Reserve
Big 4 : elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, giraffe, plains game. Day safari, 4 Star accommodation, PE transfers
Schotia Safaris
Excellent lion, rhino, giraffe, hippo , crocodile , plains game
Schotia Tooth & Claw Safari day trip, 4 star accommodation,PE transfers
Elephant Back Safaris
Elephant ride , 4 star accommodation, PE transfers - road or air
Fishing and Boating in or around Port Alfred :  Kowie Fishing  or Raggy Charters in PE
Port Alfred: Kowie river and Deep sea 
PE : Penguin Island Cruise, cruises, Whale Watching and Fishing charters, or boating and fishing with us.
WITH  Mark Heck  - Africa 4 Real Tours
Transfers in and around PE 
Addo elephant Park day safari
Elephant Rides in beautiful Zuurberg mts
Kragga Kama Park (Half day) Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Buck, Cheetah and Birds of all kinds.
Beach TOUR, CityTOUR. P.E.s Early Boom years, diverse people and it's unique place in history.
Settlers history tour
Amakhala day safari
Schotia safaris (Day /Night tour) oldest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape. Your best chance to see lions hunting in the wild. Numerous other animals.
TSITSIKAMMA tour (Place of abundant waters.) 195 k.m. from P.E. Ancient indigenous forest of 80 tree species including the 800 year old, 37m. tall Yellow Wood. Forest tractor tour and lunch included.
GRAAFF REINET DAY TOUR. This historic town is home to 200 national monuments. Visit the Valley of Desolation with it's series of precariously balanced dolerite columns. Lunch included.
CRADOCK DAY TOUR. Visit Olive Schreiner House (author of Story of an African Farm) and two of the world's largest oak trees. Visit Tuis Huis, this consists of twenty refurbished Karoo style cottages of the early Victorian Era and much more. Lunch and entrance fees included
KAROO 2 DAYS ONE NIGHT TOUR. Visit the historical towns of Graaff Reinet and Cradock. Spend one night in the old and beautiful Drosty Hotel. All meals and accommodation included.
AFRICAN DAWN BIRD SANCTUARY AND JEFFREYS BAY. See close up a wide variety of beautiful African birds and other wild life. Visit the home of the perfect wave and enjoy beautiful beaches and shells. Lunch included.
SEAVIEW GAME AND LION PARK. Situated 25k.m. from P.E. View 40 species of wildlife including dozens of lions. You can even cuddle a cub.
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY. Van Stadens Pass, Thornhill, Hankey, Patensie and Dam. Lunch incl.
WHALE AND DOLPHIN VIEWING cruise with Raggy Charters in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth. Min 3 people.
KWANTU GAME RESERVE situated in the historical town of Sidbury. Big 5 viewing, snacks, drinks, lunch, 3hr. game drive.
GARDEN ROUTE 2 Day 1 Night Tour. Bed + Breakfast, Jeffreys Bay, Cape St Francis, Tsitsikama, Big Tree, Knysna, Plett. Accommodation and entrance fees.
GARDEN ROUTE 3 Day 2 Night Tour. Bed + Breakfast, as above + Sedgefield, Wilderness, George and Oudtshoorn.
TRANSFERS to most of the above.
Ritco
Gold & Diamond Jewellery to buy in their Show room and their Factory tour at RITCO (a short taxi ride from the hotel) which includes an excellent tour of the manufacturing of the jewellery.
REF. 
http://www.capeafricanhunting.co.za/page/nonhunters
NON HUNTERS and side trips on RHS WEBSITE

2017 SIDE TRIPS 


Activities for non-hunters at Richard Holmes Safaris ( RHS )


For non-hunters accompanying a hunting party or for eco-tourists there is a variety of activities to keep you active and interested, both on and off our property.  We also find that many hunters like to take the opportunity to see more of South Africa while they are in the country.

On the visits to our National parks we may drive through in our own vehicle with an RHS staff / your PH driving the vehicle and you may NOT get out of the vehicle nor wave your arms out of the windows as this will result in you being arrested by the game wardens in the park - these laws are for your own safety.


ON SITE ACTIVITIES, SIDE TRIPS COSTS AND INFO

We ( RHS ) offer to arrange these tours 1) - 9) listed below, ending about 1 pm, our costs are per vehicle ( unless stated otherwise ), for max 4 clients & includes entry fees: ALL PRICES ARE IN U.S. Dollars.


1) GRAAFF-REINET $300. This is the second oldest town in SA, it is small, has old buildings, history museums, curio shops, art & craft shops, the valley of desolation and game area, where Buffalo are sometimes seen. Lunch is included in cost.

2) OWL HOUSE $250. This is an art museum in the nearby village of NIEU BETHESDA which is filled with cement statues and statuettes of strange figures and animals with the whole building covered in different coloured ground glass, also includes a small fossil museum & short fossil tour. Lunch not included in cost.

3) TRIP TO CRADOCK $170. This is our local small town with an English literature museum & SPA for massages etc (you pay the SPA fees directly to them). Lunch not included in cost.

4) BUSHMAN ROCK ETCHINGS $20. Per outing. These Game animal Etchings are on our ranch.

5) PHOTO SAFARI / GAME DRIVES – game viewing on our ranch day time or night time veiwing : $ 50 per outing. Our extensive property is scenic which, together with the abundant animal and bird life, makes for very enjoyable photography or simply sightseeing.

6) MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK $300. This is in our local CRADOCK area and many other plains game species besides Mountain Zebra can be seen here. The park is 65000 acres in size and also has Cape Buffalo & Black Rhino, but are seldom seen. Lunch is included in cost. You may NOT get out of the vehicle nor wave your arms out of the windows as this will result in you being arrested by the game wardens in the park - these laws are for your own safety.

7) WILD CATS $ 10 per person. Guests are NOT allowed near the enclosures without a guide.

We keep all the naturally occurring/indigenous small African cat species in captivity for our breeding and education programme. The cats are always available for guests to visit BUT ONLY supervised by us. Our cats may be viewed and they may be photographed. Any donations to this conservation project are also welcome.Everyone knows Africa has lions, leopards and cheetahs but how many know that there are smaller feline predators as well which are currently threatened?In order of size there are the Caracal (South African lynx), Serval, African Wild Cat and the Black-footed Cat here on our ranch.  The Cat Conservation Trust, which Marion founded to increase public awareness of the plight in which these smaller cats find themselves as well as conducting a breeding program.The trust is on our property and makes for an interesting and different experience as you will rarely have the chance to see these felines in the wild.Read more about the CAT CONSERVATION TRUST on its website.

8) ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK  - AENP

Addo Elephant park cost and our terms : ONLY 2 hours in the Park with our driver in our vehicle on the way to PE at the end of the hunt, provided you have a hotel in PE that night or on the way from PE at start or end of your safari, BUT this is subject to your flight times.

  $ 350 - 550 per vehicle. If hunter/s delay the driver in the park then the fee is an extra $ 100 / hour, payable in cash to the driver before he drops you off in PE. We do NOT want this delay in the park as the driver needs to get back to the Ranch before dark for his own safety due to wild game on the roads at night, eg. Kudu. 2 hours in Addo park is enough to see lots of game and elephants.If you would like to upgrade to up to 4 hours in AENP with us then this must be prebooked a few days before the booked side trip date. The fee will then be $ 550 per vehicle.


  AENP  is near PE. Elephant viewing is excellent with herds up to 100 may be see, but is best from about 10 am – Noon when the Elephant herds come to the waterholes to drink. Occasionally Buffalo, Lion and numerous plains game species can be seen here. The game is wild, not tame , and SA parks are natural settings with no human interventions. This park is 85,000 acres in size. Lunch/Meals are not included in the cost. You may NOT get out of the vehicle nor wave your arms out of the windows as this will result in your being arrested by the game wardens in the park - these laws are for your own safety.

9) KAROO COMFORT ZONE SPA: Cell 082 773 5083, Phone 048 881 2697, Fax 048 881 3949

Email: comfortzone@absamail.co.za    Pre booking is required about 5 days before you want to go.

      Services include: Massage, acupressure (deep pressure), Aromatherapy, manicure, pedicure, facial, waxing. Pay Spa directly in ZAR Cash. Must Contact Spa for bookings, price, and payment well in advance. Spa excludes transport = $170 from RHS camp to Cradock and return-transport, done by Richard Holmes Safaris.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES in the East Cape closer to PE 

If you are interested in any of the activities below it is recommended that you spend at least two nights in PE before your safari or one-two or more nights at the end of your safari. We can book all for you. Guides are excellent and you will be picked up and returned to the hotel in well maintained and safe vehicles by the Companies listed below:

Pumba Game Reserve Big 5 : elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, plains game - Day safari, 5 Star accommodation, PE transfers

Kariega Game Reserve Big 4 : elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, giraffe, plains game. Day safari, 4 Star accommodation, PE transfers

Schotia Safaris - Excellent lion, rhino, giraffe, hippo , crocodile , plains game

                              Schotia Tooth & Claw Safari day trip, 4 star accommodation, PE transfers

 

Elephant Back Safaris - Elephant ride day trip , 4 star accommodation, PE transfers - road or air

Elephant Rides are in the beautiful Zuurberg mountains about 1,5 hours drive North of PE

 

Fishing and Boating in or around coastal rivers, sea shore and Deep sea fishing or whale watching

Raggy Charters in PE  - Indian ocean deep sea fishing, Penguin Island Cruise, Dolphins, Cruises, Whale                                                  Watching 

Mark Heck  - Africa 4 Real Tours - Transfers in and around PE, Addo elephant Park and many more.

Kragga Kama Park (Half day) Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Buck species, Cheetah and Birds of all kinds.

 

GARDEN ROUTE - a trip along South Africas renowned Coast line. This begins in PE ( Indian Ocean ) and Ends in Cape Town ( Atlantic Ocean ) an 800 km road trip ( 600 miles ) and it is full up with activities and places to stay over and good restaurants.

              Some of the places along the way are from PE in the order below till the Cape :

A DAY IN THE COUNTRY. Van Stadens Pass, Thornhill, Hankey, Patensie.

AFRICAN DAWN BIRD SANCTUARY,  JEFFREYS BAY , LEGENDARY SURFING SPOTS and CAPE ST. FRANCIS within about 1 hour drive of PE. See close up a wide variety of beautiful African birds and other wild life. Visit the home of the perfect wave and enjoy beautiful beaches and shells, and the quaint harbour at Cape St. Francis.

A DAY IN THE COUNTRY. Van Stadens Pass, and farms in Thornhill, Hankey, Patensie and Gamtoos.

STORMS RIVER - wild suspension walk bridge.

TSITSIKAMMA (Place of abundant waters.) 195 km ( 2  hour drive ) from P.E. Ancient indigenous forest of 80 tree species including the 800 year old, 37m tall Yellow Wood BIG TREE.

GARDEN ROUTE - Knysna, Plettenberg Bay. 

GARDEN ROUTE -  Sedgefield, Wilderness, George and Oudtshoorn.

GARDEN ROUTE ends in CAPE TOWN. this area has White Shark cage diving, Tuna fishing, scuba but the Water is Cold in Cape Town. Winelands. Table Mountain.

 

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The above Aloe is approx 3,8 m or 12,5 feet tall and well over 100 years old on our Clifton ranch.

The Mountains at Clifton below.

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non hunter activities
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Non hunter activities - scenery on ranch
Non hunter activities
scenery on ranch

Non hunter activities - smaller wild cats - serval
Non hunter activities
smaller wild cats - serval

 

activities for non-hunters at richard holmes safaris

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