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Excursions

Addo Elephant Back Safaris (+/- 1 ½ hour from Hopefield)

Addo Elephant Back Safaris have a base camp in a remote valley of the Zuurberg Mountains. Apart from riding on these wonderful creatures you also walk through the bush with the elephants and their very knowledgeable and experienced minders. The walk is not strenuous and at an enjoyable pace. You also have the opportunity to feed these gentle giants and have some
spectacular photo moments!

This is a wonderful way in which to learn more about these giant pachyderms as they go about their business of walking and feeding in their natural environment. Departure times 08:00, 11:00 and 15:30.  The drive to the Zuurberg is about an hour and a half on a gravel road; however we highly recommend that you take advantage of the transfers on offer, so that you may enjoy the spectacular scenery en route.

Crisscross River Tour

Guests are collected at Hopefield Country House and taken for a scenic canoe paddle down the Sunday’s River. Explore a different world down  the river, viewing game and birds along the riverbanks – especially the riverain bird-species including various King Fisher, Goliath Herons and African Fish Eagles.

Morning Paddle: 09:00 Afternoon Paddle: 14:00

Hiking in the Zuurberg Mountains

In the beautiful Zuurberg section of the Addo Elephant National Park there is a scenic hiking trail through the valleys and onto the fynbos ridges of the mountains. Normal park entry fees apply.

Bushman Sands Golf Course (+/- 1 ¼ hour from Hopefield)

The Bushman Sands Hotel is an exciting partnership between Shamwari and the Government in which they have revived the dormant old railway town of Alicedale. A magnificent 18-hole, Gary Player designed, golf course is a feature of the hotel. Rates vary – please enquire for specific dates for golf bookings. Bushman Sands Hotel also has a day spa.

Daniell Cheetah Breeding Project (+/- ½ hour from Hopefield)

The Daniell Cheetah Breeding Project offers you the unique possibility to experience cheetahs from several age groups up close while they are playing, relaxing or being fed.

Addo Raptor & Reptile Centre (+/- 15 min from Hopefield)

The Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre offer visitors the opportunity to experience a safe close encounter with these majestic and misunderstood creatures. The Centre is an Animal Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured birds of prey and reptiles, both wild and captive bred.