African Dive Adventures. This tour company offers Sardine Run Packages along the Wild Coast from a base at Coffee Bay. The best time to see the run is usually between late June and late July. 039/317–1483; 082/456–7885; www.afridive.com. Five nights and four days diving and food costs R25,500..
Calabash Tours. The tour company offers some of the best cultural, township, and shebeen tours in Port Elizabeth. In recognition of its commitment to community development, this operator is the only one of its kind that has been accredited by Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa. A tour of the local townships costs R450. An evening shebeen tour (R550) includes visits to a couple of township taverns, dinner, and, almost certainly, some good music. For a more intimate and personal experience, a new storytelling route has recently been added to the list, incorporating a traditional lunch with one of the local storytellers (R695). Calabash also has multiday tours to Addo Elephant National Park, as well as three- to five-day African heritage tours. 31 Cuyler St., Central, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. 041/585–6162; www.calabashtours.co.za.
Mosaic Tourism. From a short and informative city or township tour to an all-day game-viewing excursion or an elephant ride, Mosaic Travel offers a variety of tours in and around Port Elizabeth and across the Eastern Cape. Almost all of the tours are conducted by the irreverent and unbelievably knowledgeable company founder, Craig Duffield, who is also a certified game ranger and has free Wi-Fi services in all his vehicles. 083/656–8329; www.mosaictourism.co.za.