Rock My South Africa, Garden Route & Cape Town Adventure

Join us on an incredible, one of a kind adventure in South Africa, the ‘Rainbow Nation’! Starting in Port Elizabeth, we’ll go on safari in the incredible Addo Elephant National Park, explore the beautiful Garden Route, drink wine in the stunning Stellenbosch region and discover exciting Cape Town, the prettiest city in the world! This is a one of a kind adventure that you do not want to miss!

Tour Overview

If you’re looking for a trip that will absolutely blow your mind, then the Rock My South Africa, Garden Route & Cape Town adventure is the one for you! With amazing safaris, stunning scenery, beautiful coastlines and a stay in the coolest (and prettiest) city in the world – this is a trip of epic proportions!

Starting in Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s pretty Eastern Cape, we’ll spend 2 days on safari searching for the ‘Big 7’. We’ll go on a water safari to look for great white sharks and southern right whales before spending time in Addo Elephant National Park looking for elephants, lions, leopards, cape buffalo and black rhino as well as tons of other safari animals.

Next up is Nature’s Valley on South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route. This is a beautiful part of the world, with beaches to die for and so much to do, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice. Nature Lovers can hike through the forest or along the stunning beaches, whilst adrenaline junkies can jump off the highest bungee in the world or out of a plane!

Whilst staying in Nature’s Valley you can explore your adventurous side and go swimming wth seals in Plettenberg Bay, go hiking on the Robberg Peninsular, go abseiling and canyoning in The Crags or go kayaking in Storms River and Tsitsikamma National Park. The choice is yours!

From there we’ll make our way further along the Garden Route to the lagoon town of Knysna where we’ll cycle around the town, go stand up paddle boarding and go on a fantastic sunset dinner cruise on the lagoon.

The next place we’ll visit is South Africa’s wine capital, Stellenbosch where we’ll drink lots of beautiful wines enjoy lots of local foods and soak in the ambiance of this pretty town and even prettier countryside.

Our final stop on this epic adventure is the ‘Mother City’, unbeatable Cape Town! And boy, do we have an epic itinerary for you…

We’ll begin with a trip up to the top of Table Mountain where you’ll be wowed by the amazing views! We’ll drive the Cape Peninsular (think colourful beach huts, cute penguins, the Cape of Good Hope, Camps Bay, the 12 Apostles and lots of amazing scenery).

We’ll take a photography tour to capture the beauty of this cool city, which includes a trip to Blouberg Beach (to get that iconic Cape Town shot), as well as walking tours of hip and trendy Woodstock and colourful Bo-Kaap. There will also be free time so that you can explore the city in your own time.

You do not want to miss this epic, one of a kind, South African adventure!

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Essential Info

Duration: 12 Nights

Dates: 

  • 17 November – 29 November 2019

Start: Port Elizabeth

Finish: Cape Town

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £1,995 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

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“I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing trip. It was a dream come true for me! I felt it was very well organised, taking in all the highlights and I loved the pace. There was always something amazing to look forward to every day. A never-ending stream of breathtaking experiences. Every single accommodation was of really high quality. I thought the balance between nature and culture, action and rest days was really well judged. I enjoyed watching the landscape change from the dry veldt to the tropical palm fringed beaches. The food was fantastic and the included meals more than generous! Everything went very smoothly and all my trepidations about travel in Africa are gone. I am totally hooked on this continent: the landscape, the wildlife, the people, the history. I cant wait to keep exploring Africa with “Rock My Adventure”. It was a trip of a lifetime for me and truly enriched me.”

KATJA | GERMANY | ROCK MY SOUTH AFRICA, ESWATINI & MOZAMBIQUE ADVENTURE

Tour Highlights

WEEK 1

  • Explore the pretty coastal city of Port Elizabeth.
  • Spend 2 days on safari spotting the ‘Big 5’ (elephants, lions, leopards, cape buffaloes and black rhinos) at the incredible Addo Elephant Park, the third largest national park in South Africa and home to one of the most dense elephant populations in the world.
  • Head out to Algoa Bay looking for great white sharks, southern right whales, dolphins, humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, killer whales and Bryde’s whales.
  • Enjoy a traditional African braai under the stars in Addo Elephant National Park.
  • Spend time in beautiful Nature’s Valley and take part in one of the many activities on offer such as hikes through the forest, walks on the beach, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, skydiving or doing the highest bungee jump in the world.
  • Go snorkelling with South African fur seals in pretty Plettenberg Bay.
  • Take a cycle trip around Knysna town and the beautiful Knysna Lagoon.
  • Go stand up paddle boarding on Knysna Lagoon.
  • Go on a fabulous wine and food tasting tour in South Africa’s wonderful Cape Winelands.

WEEK 2

  • Wander around the petty town of Stellenbosch, soak in the ambiance and enjoy some of the delicious food and wine on offer in the many cafes and restaurants.
  • Enjoy the fun Stellenbosch nightlife.
  • Spend time in cool, colourful and beautiful Cape Town!
  • Take the Cable Car up to the top of one of the world’s most impressive landmarks, Table Mountain for epic views over the Mother City at sunset.
  • Hike to the top of Lion’s Head at sunrise for more incredible views.
  • Enjoy the exciting Cape Town restaurant and bar scene.
  • Explore the wonderful Cape Peninsular including the colourful beach huts at St James Beach, the penguins of Boulders Beach, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the Chapman’s Peak Drive and stunning Camps Bay.
  • Take a photography tour of Blouberg Beach (with fabulous views of Cape Town), cool and hip Woodstock and colourful Bo-Kaap.
  • Visit the V&A waterfront, shop and taste some delicious foods from the Food Market.
  • Toast to great adventures and new friends over a goodbye meal at a top Cape Town restaurant.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Port Elizabeth

Dinner

Victoria & Alfred Boutique Hotel & Guesthouse (or similar)

None

Arrive in Port Elizabeth and transfer to your accommodation.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two in this pretty seaside town.

Your Rock My South Africa, Garden Route & Cape Town Adventure starts here!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can help to organise any other activities you wish to do in South Africa. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

DAY 2:  Addo Elephant National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Addo Elephant Main Rest Camp (or similar)

Great White Shark & Whale Watching Boat Cruise, Afternoon Safari

Early in the morning, we’ll hop aboard our boat and head out to Algoa Bay, home to the largest breeding colony of African jackass penguins and the largest colony of Cape gannets in the world.

We’ll spend the morning looking for two of the ‘Big 7’ (great white sharks and southern right whales) and we are highly likely to see other species such as dolphins, humpback whales and Bryde’s whales which are seen in the waters here.

After lunch, we’ll head to Addo Elephant National Park for a safari game drive through the park, to spot the remainder of the ‘Big 7’ (aka the ‘Bg 5’ of lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo and black rhino) – meaning we may see the ‘Big 7’ all in one day.

Addo Elephant Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and home to one of the most dense elephant populations in the world.

We’ll finish the day with a wonderful dinner and go to sleep listening to the sounds of the bush.

DAY 3:  Addo Elephant National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Addo Elephant Main Rest Camp (or similar)

Morning Safari, Afternoon Safari

Today we’re up early to go on another game in wonderful Addo!

Early morning is always a beautiful and special time to be on safari, when the sun is rising and the animals are at their most active. Yes, it’s a little bit like the Lion King and you’ll be singing ‘Circle of Life’ all the way around.

There will be some free time to rest and relax in the middle of the day, before we head out on our afternoon game drive with our expert safari guides.

In the evening we’ll enjoy a traditional African braai (bbq) under the stars… magical!

DAY 4:  Nature’s Valley

Breakfast, Dinner

Wild Spirit Backpackers (or similar)

None

Today we’re heading to Nature’s Valley along South Africa’s famous and beautiful Garden Route.

This is a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by pretty forests, beautiful beaches and mountains.

The afternoon will be free to relax or you can take part in one of the many activities on offer including short hikes through the forest to see the Secret Waterfall or the view from Sun Rock or maybe do a bit of exercise with a bit of cycling, canoeing or kayaking.

If you’re feeling less energetic, feel free to explore the nearby beach and lagoon, relax in the treehouse with a beverage (or two), take part in one of the classes on offer or get yourself a massage. This is your holiday!

Those feeling particularly brave can go skydiving or do the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge! Geronimoooooooooooooo!!!!!

 

DAY 5:  Nature’s Valley

Breakfast, Dinner

Wild Spirit Backpackers (or similar)

None

Today is a free day so that you can follow your hearts desire and explore this wonderful part of the world.

One of the most popular things to do in the area, is spending the day in beautiful Plettenberg Bay, where you can hike the Robberg Peninsular or swim and snorkel with South African fur seals in their natural environment.

Or you could spend your day ziplining, abseiling and canyoning down natural waterfalls and swimming in natural pools – whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery as you go

One of the most popular activities is a day trip kayaking on the ocean and through Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River. Whatever you do, it’s going to be great!

DAY 6:  Knysna

Breakfast, Dinner

Big Tree House Lodge (or similar)

Village Cycling Tour, Sunset Dinner Cruise, Knysna Waterfront

Leaving Nature’s Valley, we’ll take the short but scenic trip along the Garden Route to the popular town of Knysna, which lies on a beautiful lagoon.

When we arrive we’ll head out for a leisurely cycle around the town which will take in the main sights with a backdrop of stunning hills, the lagoon and the Indian Ocean.

In the evening, we’ll head out on the water to enjoy cocktails and a fabulous dinner whilst on a sunset cruise which will take us to Knysna Head, where we’ll watch the sunset and see the twinkling lights of the waterfront.

 

DAY 7:  Knysna

Breakfast

Big Tree House Lodge (or similar)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

The morning is completely free so that you can have a lie in, explore the town, go to a spa or maybe go for a surf lesson.

Knysna is known as one of the best surf spots in South Africa for both beginners and more experienced surfers, so whatever your skill level, you are bound to have a great time riding the waves.

In the afternoon, we’re going to head out on the lagoon for a spot of stand up paddle boarding, one of the most relaxing and mindful sporting activities there is, plus, it gives your core a good workout! The perfect antidote to our hectic modern lives.

The evening is free to enjoy some of the wonderful restaurants in the town and maybe try some of the famous Knysna oysters.

 

DAY 8:  Stellenbosch

Breakfast, Lunch

De Hoek Manor (or similar)

None

Today is a drive day as we make our way along the Garden Route to the wonderfully picturesque town of Stellenbosch – the wine capital of South Africa.

When we arrive in the afternoon, there will be time to have a wander around town, soak in the ambiance and enjoy some of the delicious food and wine on offer in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

For those who want to make a night of it, Stellenbosch also has a lively bar and nightlife scene too!

DAY 9:  Cape Town

Breakfast, Lunch

The Backpack (or similar)

Wine Tasting Tour

Today we’re off wine tasting in Africa’s premiere wine region.

We’ll spend the day visiting a 5 different wineries and you will be in absolute heaven as you soak in the stunning scenery whilst tasting lots of delicious wines and learning how to fully appreciate them.

You’ll take a behind the scenes tour of the first wine estate, where you will learn all about the wine making process from grape to bottle. Throughout the day, you’ll try a number of different locally produced foods that compliment the wine too, including biltong, cheese and chocolate and enjoy a delicious South African braai (bbq) – this is an incredible day and one not to be missed.

Fed and watered (or should I say ‘wined’) we’ll head to our next destination, just a short ride away…. fabulous CAPE TOWN!

The evening is free to get an early night, or you can continue the party out on the town!

DAY 10:  Cape Town

Breakfast, Dinner

The Backpack (or similar)

Table Mountain & Cable Car

The morning is completely free to have a lie in (you may need it after all the wine from yesterday) or you can take a walk down Cape Town’s famous Long Street, visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden or take a once in a lifetime scenic helicopter flight over the city!

Or if you want to stretch your legs, you could climb up to the top of Lion’s Head to catch the sunrise over the ‘Mother City’ – the choice is yours.

In the afternoon, we’ll head up to the top of one of the most iconic places in the world, Table Mountain where you will be in awe of the absolutely incredible views of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean.

In the evening, we’ll head out to a great local restaurant.

DAY 11:  Cape Town

Breakfast, Lunch

The Backpack (or similar)

Cape Peninsular Tour (including St James Beach,Boulders Beach Penguins, Cape of Good Hope & Chapman’s Peak Drive)

Today is another exciting day as we’re heading out to explore the scenic Cape Peninsular.

We’ll start by making our way towards Muizenberg and St James Beach early in the morning to see the photogenic and colourful beach huts that line the shore. Next stop is pretty Kalk Bay to see the seals that lounge around the harbour and perhaps grab a little snack to keep our energy up!

From there we make our way to Boulders Beach to photograph and get up close to the very cute penguins that live in this pretty, sheltered cove. We’ll then head further south to spend time exploring Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. It’s quite common to see animals here too, such as ostrich baboons and dassies, who happen to be the closest relative to the elephant.

We’ll travel back along the beautiful and famous Chapman’s Peak drive which twists and curves along the shore with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean before our last stops at Camp’s Bay and Clifton, which have fabulous views over the stunning beaches and the 12 Apostles.

DAY 12:  Cape Town

Breakfast, Dinner

The Backpack (or similar)

Cape Town Photographic Tour, Goodbye Dinner

This morning we’re off on a photography tour of beautiful Cape Town. First stop is Blouberg Beach where you will get amazing views of Table Mountain and get that iconic Cape Town shot!

From there, we’ll travel to Woodstock to explore this hip and trendy neighbourhood with great street art and cool markets where you can pick up a few cool souvenirs.

Our last stop is colourful the cultural melting pot of Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, where you will have the chance to wander the streets and with the help of our very own photo coach you’ll come away with some amazing photos.

The afternoon is free for you to do a bit of exploring on your own, relax or take part in the activity of your choice.

In the evening, we’ll head out for a goodbye meal at one of cape Town’s best restaurants and toast to our great South African adventure with great new friends!

DAY 13:  Departure Day

Breakfast

None

None

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the transfer to Cape Town International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

This tour can be combined with the Rock My South Africa, Lesotho & Wild Coast Adventure which runs prior to this trip. 

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes – This is Africa! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!! Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

What’s Included?

SUPPORT

Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

MEALS

12 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

12 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. Twin share basis.

TRANSPORT

All transport within South Africa to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – mini busses, taxis, boats & safari vehicles).

ACTIVITIES

Welcome Dinner

Great White Shark & Whale Watching Boat Cruise

1 x Morning Safari in Addo Elephant National Park

2 x Afternoon Safari in Addo Elephant National Park

Knysna Cycling Tour

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Knysna Waterfront

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stellenbosch Wine Tasting Tour

Table Mountain & Cable Car

Cape Peninsular Tour (including St James Beach,Boulders Beach Penguins, Cape of Good Hope & Chapman’s Peak Drive)

Cape Town Photographic Tour (including Bo-Kaap, Woodstock & Blouberg Beach)

Goodbye Dinner

 

What’s Not Included?

      • Flights.
      • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
      • Visas (if needed).
      • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
      • Travel/health insurance.
      • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides.

COME WITH US ON THE ROCK MY ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

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