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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.
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.
|Whale watching sea charter||R 800 per person|
|Shark cage diving experience||R 2 380 per person|
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
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
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
|Bloukrans bungee jump||R 1000 per person|
|Tree canopy tour||R 650 per person|
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
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|
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.
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Pick up and drop off
Guests are picked up on Monday at a location of their choice with the following options:
Cape Town CBD
Camps Bay, Sea Point or Green Point
Observatory or Rondebosch
Cape Town International Airport
Stellenbosch central district
Unfortunately, we can’t pick up guests further from the city than the above-mentioned. You can Uber to any of these pick-up points or ask your hotel receptionist to arrange a shuttle or taxi. Ask us for help to arrange a taxi if you needed.
Cape Town pick up time: 6h00 to 8h00 depending on location
Stellenbosch pick up time: 8h30 to 9h00
Pick up times depend on traffic congestion on the main highways. Your tour guide will keep in touch with you if there is a delay.
Flight delays may mean you arrive late for the pick-up time. The tour guide will wait if he can, but he’ll eventually have to depart without you out of fairness to the rest of the group. Contact us immediately to let us know your flight has been delayed; we will arrange for you to meet up with the group for an additional charge.
Drop off in Port Elizabeth: Friday 13h00 to 14h00
Please contact us before booking an outward flight from Port Elizabeth on Friday afternoon so we can advise you on timing.
The following cancellation fees apply should you wish to cancel your tour. Please note, we will charge a cash-handling fee of 15% if you cancel more than 30 days prior to departure. This is to cover bank charges.
15-30 days 25% of the total booking cost
8-14 days 50% of the total booking cost
7 days or less 100% of the total booking cost
No show 100% of the total booking cost
Accommodation in the Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park are selected on cleanliness, unique setting, atmosphere and service. Guests have a choice of budget-friendly backpacker lodges or guesthouses with a private ensuite bathroom. Backpacker lodges offer a mix of dorm rooms, private rooms with shared bathroom facilities and private rooms with an ensuite bathroom.
Backpacker lodges are a great option for young travellers. There’s a great vibe and it’s a chance to meet other young and single travellers. Guesthouses offer travellers a more private experience. All our guests travel in the same vehicle and are dropped at their respective accommodation, so the choice is yours where you stay.
All bedding and towels are provided by the lodge. Air conditioning is not available in all the backpacker lodges or guesthouses; please ask for a fan or extra blankets if needed.
Optional activities such as shark cage diving and bungee jumping are not included in the tour price because these activities are not suited for everyone. There is so much to see and do on a tour of the Garden Route; the optional activities are for the adventure seekers wanting a bit more adrenalin on their tour.
These activities can be paid in cash or by credit card directly to the adventure operator. Shark cage diving and whale watching boat trips need to be booked at least a week in advance of the first day of your tour.
Shark cage diving R2 380
Whale watching boat trip R 800
The shark diving tour operator picks you up in Cape Town early Monday morning; and then you join your tour group after lunch on the first day. This means you miss out on the first half of Day 1.
Bungee jumping (216 metres) R1 000
Tree-top canopy tour R 650
2-hour Addo game drive R 370
Please note: We try our best to provide accurate pricing, but these prices are subject to change
It is strongly recommended that you take out comprehensive travel insurance to safeguard you against an unforeseen medical emergency and/or theft. Earthstompers has comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance but this does not cover the theft of a guest’s personal belongings or a personal injury.
Exclusion of liability
Moafrika Tours and Earthstompers, its employees and agents shall not be held responsible for and shall be exempt from any liability in respect of loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or inconvenience to any person or their luggage or other personal property under any circumstances whatsoever whilst on tour.
Wi-Fi is generally available at most accommodation locations in the main reception area; not always available in the bedrooms. It’s usually free for guests but certain places charge a small premium to use the Wi-Fi.
The company reserves the right to change itinerary, accommodation and transport along the way should circumstances dictate. Many outdoor activities are weather dependent, which could force changes in the itinerary. Your tour guide will try his or her best to arrange events according to prevailing weather conditions.
Please limit your luggage to one suitcase and one carry-on suitcase per person. Suitcases should be no bigger than 67cm by 45cm. There are no porters at the places our guests stay so keep your luggage to a manageable weight as you may have to carry it yourself to your room. If you have large-sized luggage, please inform us in advance as it affects what size trailer we use for the tour.
The tour vehicle is a luxury model with air-conditioning. It comfortably seats 8 adults, including the diver or 14 adults including the driver/guide. All drivers/guides have a valid operating license to convey passengers.
This is an active tour. It is more suited to travellers who are reasonably fit and able. You will be getting in and out of the vehicle, carrying your own luggage and go on daily excursions which require you to walk and keep up with the group.
Your tour guide is English-speaking. Information on sights and attractions will be given in English.
Our tour groups are a mix of youngsters who like the backpacking option and older guests who prefer the guesthouse option. Therefore, ages range from 18 to over 50 years. We don’t set a limit on the age of our guests. The important thing is that our tour group is fit, active and able to enjoy the whole experience.
The tour is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small family or friend’s groups. We usually have a diverse group of travellers on a tour from all over the world.
Pack a positive attitude in your luggage as it’s important for the overall experience of the whole group that people in the tour group are relaxed, easy-going and happy. One ‘rotten apple’ can spoil the tour for everyone else.
The tour group runs to a tight schedule. Please do your best to be on time, all the time.
The owners of Earthstompers are “foodies” and believe good food is an important part of our tour. Breakfasts are included in the tour price except on Day 5. They typically include fruit, muesli, eggs, toast, yogurt and cereals.
Dinners are included every day except on Day 5. They are typically a mix of traditional South African cuisine such as braais (barbeques) and delicious stews or standard restaurant fare. Vegetarians can be catered for but not strict gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, vegan or halaal diets.
Lunch and daily beverages are for each guest’s own account. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks during dinner for each guest’s own account.
All guides recruited for our tours are professional, well-educated and informed and born in South Africa. By law, they are required to be CATHSSETA registered and have a professional driver’s license. Over the years, Earthstompers has built up a network of tour guides it uses on a regular basis because they’re reliable, knowledgeable and fun. Your safety is a priority and only the best guides work for Earthstompers.
The Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park are in a malaria-free region in South Africa, so it is not necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Buy a good insect repellent for the summer months.
What to pack
This is an active tour and it’s important you pack comfortable walking/hiking shoes and clothes for the day. You don’t need heavy-duty hiking boots for the walking trails, just sturdy shoes that support your ankles and don’t give you blisters.
A small backpack is useful as well as a light windproof rain jacket. Other things to pack include:
hat and sunglasses
sunscreen and insect repellent
swimming costume and beach towel
warm sweater or jacket for the evenings and early morning game drive
binoculars (if you have, but not essential)
phone charges with international travel cable