Addo Cruises and Sand Sledding is the oldest river cruise company on the Sundays River and we have many years of experience. We have a passion for this magnificent estuary and love showing our guests the spectacular natural beauty of the area. We offer river cruises and sand sledding cruises. The river cruises can be custom made to your requirements or you can jump onto our standard river cruise. Our ferry boat can carry up to 30 guests and we do catering on request.
Apart from our regular cruises our boat can be hired for parties and functions too!
Hop on the river cruise boat “The Sundays River Ferry” and experience a two and half hour leisurely cruise on the magnificent and breath taking waters of the Sundays River estuary – one of the top rated estuaries in South Africa. Search the river banks, bush and reed beds for a wide variety of bird life and smaller animals like the duiker, bushbuck or the stately Kudu.
SAND SLEDDING CRUISE
Sand Sledding (a more glorified version of sand boarding) is the best way to explore and one of the world’s largest coastal dune field systems in the world. These magnificent dunes, known as the Alexandria Coastal Dune System, are situated at the mouth of the Sundays River near the Addo Elephant National Park, a mere 40km from Port Elizabeth. The sand dunes can only be accessed by boat and thus the tour includes a 40 minute river cruise.
The “Sundays River Ferry” was launched in April 2007. She was the first all-aluminium pontoon boat on the Sundays River. She is 12 meters in length and about 4 meters wide with a lower and upper deck and seating for 30 people. She comes with on-board ablution facilities and is equipped with sliding gang plank at the bow to accommodate folks in wheel chairs. She is powered by twin 60 hp four stroke petrol engines and is equipped with hydraulic steering. She is ideal for boat cruises in the calm water of an estuary or lake.
SAFETY ON THE BOAT
Our safety procedures include providing life jackets for all children aged 5 and under (as required by law) to wear while cruising. We also insist that children aged 5 to 12 wear life jackets and that all children be under adult supervision while the boat is underway. Should any children refuse to wear the life jackets we’ll refuse taking them on board. No children are allowed to go upstairs (upper deck) without being accompanied by an adult. All children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult or adult guardian who will also sign our indemnity/trip sheet. We do a safety briefings, on the boat, prior every cruise – highlighting the location of safety equipment and emergency procedures. No smoking on the vessel while its underway. An indemnity form is required to be completed and signed by all passengers. First aid box is standard equipment on board. Every cruise is conducted under the supervision of a qualified skipper and staff.
SAFETY WHILE SAND SLEDDING
Sand sledding (or sand boarding) requires any child to be accompanied and supervised by adults. The “dry” sand sledding experience does not require any children to wear any safety equipment. Our “mineshaft” sand sledding experience – that ends up half way across the river – requires minor children to wear life jackets. Our staff will always make sure that all children – wanting to do the “mine shaft” sledding experience – can swim and obtain permission from parents or guardians.
WHERE TO FIND US
In the village of Cannonville on the Sundays River estuary, a 10 minute drive (5km) from Camp Matyholweni in the Addo Elephant National Park’s southern section
45km from the Port Elizabeth Airport on the N2 Eastwards
50km radius from Shamwari, Amakhala, Kwantu, Pumba and Schotia Safaris game reserves
1 hour drive from Addo Elephant National Park main gate & entrance
Mackay Bridge Angling Club, Cannonville
082 418 0776 / 082 465 4391