We trust that you and your family are safe and healthy in this upside-down world we find ourselves in at the moment. Tourism has been the cornerstone of financial sustainability to protected natural areas in South Africa. We believe tourism, one of many industries that have been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, will eventually recover, but it is uncertain as to how long this recovery will take.

South African National Parks has launched a study to understand how you, the tourist, feel about future travel to South Africa’s national parks. We understand that your opinions, feelings and plans are all dependent on conditions and personal circumstances that might change in the immediate future, but we require your inputs to help us gauge where travel intentions sit at the moment.

Please consider answering the questionnaire even if you have no immediate plans to visit our parks again. You stand a chance to WIN 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people in any of our national parks!

Note the competition closes 1 May 2020.

Click here to answer the survey now: Tourism & COVID-19 Survey

Thank you in advance! We will travel again and we will meet again! Sala Kahle!

Experience the “Realization of your African Dream”

Umzantsi Afrika, which means "South Africa" in the local XHOSA language, operates out of of Port Elizabeth with its abundance of safe, golden sandy beaches and proximity to world class, malaria-free game parks

Established 2001

About Umzantsi Afrika

Umzantsi Afrika Tours has been in operation since 2001

and is run by Lyn and Peter Haller with the assistance of Thuli Catha and Liz Victor


Lyn is Operations Manager as well as a registered and qualified CATHSETA (SATOUR) Tourist Guide for Eastern & Western Cape since 2004. She was born in South Africa, a direct descendant of the German Settlers who arrived in East London in 1876 as well as the British settlers and has a great passion for her country's fauna, flora and historical heritage.


Peter is an Austrian-born citizen who has been a resident in South Africa since 1969. He is a qualified, registered National Tourist Guide registered with CATHSETA (ex SATOUR), since 2001 and is fluent in both English and German. He has extensive experience in cultural, nature and geological/fossil tours.
Thuli Catha is the Travel Consultant for Umzantsi Afrika Tours.   Thuli has been working for Umzantsi Afrika Tours  since 2009 and is born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, being a descendant of the Tembu Tribe.     She loves the rich cultural history of our rainbow nation and enjoys travel and working with people.

Wishing our customers past and new the best during this period of isolation.  Make sure you are booking your next trips and experiences before the big rush!  For our South African guests – Remember Local is Lekker!  Staycations are available.  For our International guests  – we offer new tailor-made and pandemic-safe holidays for 2020 & 2021.

#staysafe #staypositive

Umzantsi Afrika Tours

Umzantsi Afrika Tours offer a variety of tours and options for the local and international tourist


Our services include Multi-day tours, Day tours, Self-drive tours and Shore Excursions especially designed for Cruise passengers docking at Port Elizabeth Harbour. Our speciality lies in tailor-made tours for you, your family and your budget. Browse the links for the current tours on offer or contact us to discuss and design your South African holiday.


Garden Route Self Drive Holidays

Umzantsi Afrika Self Drive Tours offer international tourists an affordable alternative to scheduled tours

Umzantsi Afrika Self Drive Tours have a proud record of helping thousands of visitors enjoy an exciting self-drive in South Africa at their own pace and in their own time.

Self-Drive or FIT (Flexible Individual Travel) tour option is one of the most cost-effective ways to tour Southern Africa and the Garden Route.

Umzantsi Afrika Garden Route or Port Elizabeth Self Drive - Tour South Africa and the Garden Route at your own pace with a large degree of flexibility. Select a tour itinerary inc – history, culture, wildlife, nature, sightseeing, shopping, adventure activities, bathing, sport, or simply just a lovely relaxing holiday.


Booking with Umzantsi Afrika Garden Route Self Drive Tours you will be:  

Paragliding in Wilderness, Garden Route

Met on arrival at any airport in South Africa

Presented with all your documents  

Escorted to the car rental counter

Office on call 24 hours a day if needed

You will be provided with a tour itinerary with recommended activities and places to visit


We can design a special Garden Route Tour itinerary especially for you and your interests. You have a choice of accommodation from 3* to 5* luxury hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Guesthouses or Game Lodges.



Reasons to visit South Africa and the Garden Route:

South Africa is a diverse country – its landscape and its people

Our wildlife is known worldwide to be unique

Vibrant history, culture and variety of activities available

South Africa has some of the best climates in the world

Experience the unique hospitality of South Africa

Great value for money and food and wine culture second-to-none

Garden Route Tours

  • Highly varied types of South African and Garden Route tours - tourist sights, fauna, flora, historical sights, fossils and cuisine

  • All tours can be tailor-made for you - please ask..

  • Family-friendly approach - children welcome

Umzantsi Afrika Tours offers guests the opportunity to create their own packages and create a more personalised adventure.

We are happy to accommodate everyone regardless of age, fitness level and considering factors such as budget, duration, and time.

If there is something you would like to see or special that you would like to organise - a honeymoon with champagne or a surprise for someone - we will go out of our way to make your experience a memorable one. 

In Africa, the mighty elephant represents admirable qualities such as powers of caution and endurance

..gentleness and longevity.... modesty, patience and sagacity..courage and immense wisdom