Safari Experience

SCHOTIA TOOTH & CLAW SAFARI +- 6 Hours

The Schotia Tooth & Claw Safari is a four hour guided game drive in an open Land Rover or Land Cruiser with a short refreshment and toilet break at the halfway point. After an amazing experience, where you will view more animals than you thought possible, enjoy a delicious dinner which is prepared over an open fire. We try to show our guests as much as possible on a drive and concentrate on the popular sightings like Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Hippo, Giraffe and the King of the Beasts – Lions!!

A short, spotlit night game drive providing the possibility of more nocturnal animals completes your experience as we return to our reception area.

 
 

 Highlights: 

  • Oldest private reserve in the Eastern Cape

  • Lion sightings are guaranteed on 999 out of every 1000 drives.

  • Boarders Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa.

  • Large herds of elephant

  • Safari cuisine and traditional South African cooking.

Full Details:

SCHOTIA TOOTH & CLAW SAFARI +- 6 Hours

The Schotia Tooth & Claw Safari is a four hour guided game drive in an open Land Rover or Land Cruiser with a short refreshment and toilet break at the halfway point. After an amazing experience, where you will view more animals than you thought possible, enjoy a delicious dinner which is prepared over an open fire. We try to show our guests as much as possible on a drive and concentrate on the popular sightings like Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Hippo, Giraffe and the King of the Beasts – Lions!!

A short, spotlit night game drive providing the possibility of more nocturnal animals completes your experience as we return to our reception area.

Tour Itinerary:

Arrival from 14h30. 

Report to reception (sign indemnity, make payments, make sure bookings are correct etc.)  Meet your guide/ranger. Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee

Make sure you have all your cameras, batteries, jackets, binoculars etc. and that your vehicle is locked with the headlights switched off. Please inform the office if you have any special requirements e.g. wheelchairs, frail, children, fears, allergies, dietary requirements etc.

Please make sure that you have absolutely no fruit in any bag, handbag, packet or jacket pocket. The reason for this is that the elephants can smell food, whether open or closed and they will try to get it.

  • From 15:00 to about 18:30 you will view many Antelope, Wildebeest, Zebra, Crocodile, Giraffe, Rhino, Hippo, Elephants, Lions, etc…..

  • At around 16:30 you will have a toilet and refreshment stop.

  • At about 19:00 you will go to our Lapa for a lovely cooked meal around the fires.

  • The usual menu is venison or beef stew/roast, chicken casserole, roast potato, rice, mixed vegetables in cheese sauce, mushroom sauce, home-made bread, dessert, tea/coffee.

  • The game drive usually ends at about 21:00 if everything is normal; However, if your ranger is having difficulty finding the lions, or you witness a kill you may stay out a bit longer than usual.

  • If it starts to rain (which it often does) and nine of the ten people on your vehicle want to go back to the Lapa and only one wants to continue with the drive, the drive will continue till 18h45. If all people on the vehicle want to return early, only then will the ranger shorten the drive.

The return trip is usually quite exciting, as a couple of interesting nocturnal animals can often be spotted.

Lions are nocturnal hunters and are best viewed from sunset. This is the most popular drive at Schotia and we guide up to a max of 138 guests per day during the Summer months.

Addo / Schotia Full Day Safari – +- 12 Hours

Relax and enjoy yourself by combining the morning Addo Trip with the afternoon /evening Schotia Tooth & Claw safari to experience the best game viewing the Eastern Cape can offer.

This includes free transfers to and from both reserves, two meals and two guided game drives in an area holding the densest populations of antelope, elephant and lion in South Africa.

Tour Itinerary:

Your return transfer, Addo Park game drive, lunch & drinks followed by Schotia Tooth & Claw Safaris dinner & drinks are included in this rate.

  • Pick up in Port Elizabeth from 09h00

  • Pick up in Addo area from 09h00

  • If departing from Schotia HQ please be there at 10 am 

First Half

09:00 - 14:00

  • Transfer from pick up point to Addo Elephant National Park.

  • Restroom. ( curio shop at Northern entrance only)

  • Guided tour through Addo Elephant Park looking mainly for elephants, buffalo and other antelope.

  • 13:45 Lunch

  • The game drive through Addo Park is done in a closed vehicle as it is a government

reserve and we are not permitted to do open vehicle game drives in the park.

  • Your Game drive on Schotia is done in an open vehicle.

 Second Half

  • 14:45 Check-in at Schotia HQ Office to sign an indemnity and receive Schotia Itinerary for the

afternoon. Tea/coffee/juice and biscuits are available on arrival.

  • 15:00 Commence with guided game drive. Your ranger will look for Giraffe, Rhino, Buffalo,

Elephant, Zebra, Ostrich and numerous antelope that abound on Schotia. 

  • 17:00 There will be a short refreshment and toilet stop.

  • 17:15 The most exciting part begins. i.e. looking for Lions !! Rangers also look for Hippo

and nocturnal animals as well as those you missed earlier on!

  • 19:00 you will return to our Lapa to warm up around the fire.

  • A scrumptious buffet dinner will be served followed by dessert, tea and coffee

  • Guests usually depart from the Lapa at 8:00 pm and enjoy another 45 minutes night

viewing back to your vehicle at the office.