Moafrika Tours partners with Earthstompers Adventure Travel to offer guests 5 incredible days touring the wonders of the Garden Route in South Africa and an exciting Big 5 safari tour of Addo Elephant National Park. The tour is a fascinating combination of wilderness, wildlife, wine tasting and walking through Nature’s finest gardens.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:

Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas (approx 249km/ 3 hours driving time)

Depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early Monday morning for Hermanus. Guests booked for a shark cage dive in Hermanus leave very early Monday morning and miss the first half of the tour to Betty’s Bay. Follow the scenic coastal route stopping at Betty’s Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. Afternoon spent exploring the seaside resort town of Hermanus which is famous for sightings of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November), stunning beachside restaurants and a delightful street market. Guests can book a whale watching boat trip in season for an additional charge.

Afternoon drive to Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa. Visit a viewpoint known as the ‘actual’ meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.
Overnight in Cape Agulhas or Struisbaai.

Dinner included in the tour price.

Optional activities

Whale watching sea charter R 800 per person
Shark cage diving experience R 2 380 per person

Day 2:

Cape Agulhas – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn (approx 330 kms/ 4 hours driving time)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo which is known as the ostrich capital of the world. Route 62 is South Africa’s longest wine route and an iconic feature on the country’s tourist map. Enjoy a delicious lunch and wine tasting at a premier wine farm along Route 62 before joining a guided adventure tour of the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn.
Overnight in Oudtshoorn

Breakfast and dinner included in the tour price

Day 3:

Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield (approx 144 kms/ 2 hours driving time)

After breakfast, your tour guide takes you over the majestic Outeniqua Mountain pass to Wilderness National Park. Spend the morning paddling on a canoe up Touw River which is flanked by a beautiful indigenous forest. Birdlife is abundant, and scenery is spectacular.

Forty minutes up the Touw River, jump out your canoe and enjoy a 2-kilometre hike along a forest boardwalk which takes you to a wonderful waterfall and rock pools. Tour continues via the stunning Lake District of the Garden Route to the famous seaside town of Knysna.

This bustling tourist destination in South Africa has an excellent selection of restaurants and shops in a stunning waterfront complex. Relax, shop, eat and enjoy premier wines from the Cape Winelands.

Afternoon spent on a drive to a viewpoint on Knysna Heads which has spectacular views of the Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon is spent exploring the sleepy town of Sedgefield which is renowned for its expansive views and beaches. Overnight in Sedgefield

Breakfast and dinner included in the tour price

Day 4:

Sedgefield – Tsitsikamma – Addo Elephant National Park (approx 320 kms/ 4.5 hours driving time)

After a leisurely breakfast, depart for the world-renowned Tsitsikamma National Park. Stop off enroute at Bloukrans Bridge to watch brave tourists leave off the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters) and have a go yourself if you’re courageous enough.

Late morning is spent in Tsitsikamma National Park which is a fascinating combination of dense indigenous forest and lush coastal vegetation. There is a wide choice of activities available ranging from hiking, swimming in natural rock pools or a coastal bay and crossing an impressive suspension bridge.

Leave early evening for a scenic drive along The Garden Route to Addo Elephant National Park where you will overnight at Avoca River Cabins.

Breakfast and dinner is included in the tour price

Optional activities

Bloukrans bungee jump R 1000 per person
Tree canopy tour R 650 per person

Day 5

Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth

Spend the morning on a safari tour of the Addo Elephant National Park; up to 3 hours exploring 28 000 hectares of national reserve with 600 elephants as well as Cape buffalo and black rhino and abundance of antelope and other wildlife.
Optional: 3-hour drive in open safari vehicle in Addo Elephant National Park with a professional game range. Price available on request.
After an exciting safari tour of Addo Elephant National Park, your tour guide drives you to Port Elizabeth. Drop off at approximately 1-2pm.

Breakfast is not included in the tour price for Day 5

Safari extension
You can add on as many days as you would like at a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape, with round-trip transport from Port Elizabeth at the end of your 5-day tour. Please enquire for rates and options.

DEPARTURE TIME/PLACE This is a one-way tour. Pick up in Cape Town/Stellenbosch every Monday morning. Drop-off in Port Elizabeth on Friday
INCLUDED
Transfer in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle Pick up in Cape Town/Stellenbosch
Drop off at Port Elizabeth 4 nights’ in backpacker or guesthouse accommodation
Breakfast and dinners as per itinerary; mid-day meal for own expense Safari tour of Addo Elephant National Park
Wine tasting tour Cango Caves adventure tour
Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park
NOT INCLUDED
International and domestic flights Personal items and purchases; including snacks, drinks and curios
Cash bar for alcoholic beverages and soft drinks with meals Gratuities for staff and tour guide

More About This Region

THE GARDEN ROUTE
The Garden Route is 300-kilometres of scenic splendor on the eastern side of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape and is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. The Garden Route gets its name from the lush and ecologically diverse vegetation the region is renowned for
This spectacular route is sandwiched between the magnificent Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the warm Indian Ocean. Ten nature reserves fall within the unique biosphere of the region as well as unique marine reserves which are home to delicate coral reefs, dolphins and seals. Protected bays along the Garden Route coastline are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which go there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).

Popular towns along The Garden Route include Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Little Brak River and Nature’s Valley. The scenic town of George is the largest city and administrative capital of The Garden Route. Head inland to explore the majestic Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain region or head to one of the many stunning beaches along the route.
You’ll enjoy an oceanic climate which is mild to warm in summer and mild to cool in winter. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world after Hawaii. Rain falls year-round, peaking in the spring months between May and June. Dress in layers of clothing as a cool morning usually turns into a lovely warm day.

GREATER ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
Greater Addo Elephant National Park has been expanded to conserve an expansive range of biodiversity, landscapes and fauna and flora. Located on the eastern boundary of South Africa, it is now the third largest national park in the country. It is a mega-park and made up of the following vital conservation areas:

Addo Elephant National Park
The national park is situated close to Port Elizabeth and rivals Kruger National Park as a top safari destination in South Africa. It was originally set up as an elephant sanctuary but has expanded and is now home to the Big 5. In fact, it is marketed under the slogan “Conserving the Big &”, which includes elephants, lions, buffalos, leopard and rhino as well as whales and white sharks found in the ocean off the Woody Cape Reserve.
Addo Elephant National Park was originally proclaimed to protect the thicket vegetation in the Addo region as it supported the last surviving elephants and cape buffalo in the region. Today, it is a vital conservation park for five of the seven biomes found in South Africa (fynbos, karoo, forest, thicket and grasslands). It spans approximately 190 000 hectares and includes land which stretches from Alexandria Forest and Algoa Bay to Darlington Dam which is 100 kilometres inland in the Karoo. Tourists are restricted to the original 160 000 hectares.
The main rest camp in Addo Elephant National Park has an information centre, restaurant, shop, picnic site, camping facilities and accommodation. Tourists to the Addo Elephant National Park can drive their own vehicles on the tar and dust roads or join one of the organised SANParks safari tours. There is also the option of exploring the national park as part of a hiking group, 4×4 adventure or horseback riding excursions.

Woody Cape Nature Reserve
The Woody Cape Nature Reserve falls within the Greater Addo Elephant National Park and spans some 25 000 hectares. It is a vital conservation belt in the Eastern Cape for the protection of its unique fauna and flora.

Marine Protection Area
The Marine Protection Area is made up of various eco-zones, but the two standout landmarks are Bird Island and St Croix Island.
Bird Island is the largest of the Algoa Bay islands and a protected sanctuary for 14 species of seabirds and 33 species of terrestrial birds. Bird Island is one of a network of islands in Algoa Bay which, as a region, is home to 40% of the global population of the African penguin.
Sea charters take visitors out to sea for close encounters with humpback whales, southern right whales, Bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins. On the island, wildlife and bird enthusiasts enjoy incredible sightings of penguins, black oystercatchers, Cape gannets, Cape fur seals, Cape cormorants, white-breasted cormorants as well as various pelagic birds such as terns, skuas, petrels, shearwaters and albatrosses.

St Croix Island
St Croix Island is an isolated, rocky landmark which supports minimal vegetation. However, it is world-renowned for supporting the largest breeding colony of African penguins on the planet. It is estimated that over 22 000 of this penguin species are found on the island in the breeding season.
Boat trips from Port Elizabeth take visitors to St Croix Island on bird watching excursions. There are not restaurants or accommodation on the island as it’s largely inhabitable.

Additional information

Traveller TypePer Person Sharing, Single Traveller
  • Accommodation for 1 night in a chalet at Tremisana and 2 nights spent in a tree house
  • A 3-hour sunset drive through the Balule Big 5 Reserve
  • A delicious bush braai at the Marula Tree Boma
  • A 4 hour Big Five bush walk with armed rangers
  • A full day in the Kruger National Park in a comfortable open game viewing safari vehicle
  • A 2 hour afternoon game drive through the Balule Big 5 Reserve
  • A Scenic highlights tour of the Blyde River Canyon where you will see the Three Rondawels

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