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Magestic Elephants in Addo Elephant park.
Duration: 6 days
Location: South Africa Garden Route and Addo Elephant Park
Price: ZAR 6,490 per person
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Starts: Every Monday from Cape Town

Ends: Cape Town

Group size: Min 1

Tour code: ES01, ES02

Single Supplement : N/A

Vehicle Type: Fully air-conditioned comfortable 8 and 14 seater vans

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Join us for the road trip of a lifetime! . This tour is a safe and affordable way to explore the Western Cape, Little Karoo, Whale Route, Addo Elephant National Park, and Route 62. The tour has a good mix of nature, culture and adventure, so you can experience the best the Garden Route has to offer.

 

    • Qualified guide
    • Pick up and drop off
    • Air-conditioned transport
    • 5 nights accommodation (backpacker or guesthouse options)
    • Dinners and breakfasts (except day 5)
    • Local wine tasting
    • Cango Caves adventure tour
    • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
    • Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
    • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park
  • 6 Day Garden Route & Addo Adventure Tour:

    Day 1: Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas:
    We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. (Shark cage
    diving clients will be picked up very early in the morning by the diving operator, and will miss the
    first half of Day 1). We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of
    endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus,
    famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and
    many shops, restaurants and markets. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most
    southern tip of Africa, where we visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and
    Atlantic Oceans meet. Meal : Dinner

    Day 2: Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn:
    We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the
    scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. We will have a lovely
    lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango
    Caves on a guided adventure tour. Meal : Breakfast and dinner

    Day 3: Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Sedgefield:
    After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore
    Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through
    indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left
    for a 2km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the
    canoeing, we will head to the famous town of Knysna via the spectacular Lake District of the Garden
    Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will
    be able to have lunch and do some shopping. After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads
    viewpoint for some spectacular views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late
    afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches.
    Meal : Breakfast and dinner

    Day 4: Sedgefield- Tsitsikamma – Addo:
    After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view
    the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure
    seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park
    with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has
    a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Late
    afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo. Meal : Breakfast and dinner

    Day 5: Addo – Wilderness:
    We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 2-3 hours
    exploring the 28,000 hectare National reserve with approximately 600 elephant and some Cape
    buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After an
    exciting morning of game viewing we will drive back to the heart of the Garden Route where we will
    overnight and have sundowners overlooking the spectacular Wilderness Beach. Meal : None

    Day 6: Wilderness – Mossel Bay – Cape Town
    After breakfast at the popular George Farmers’ Market, we will stop in Mossel Bay to spend some
    time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian
    Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European
    exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000 foot tandem skydive or
    sandboarding on the longest dune in South Africa. We will arrive back to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in
    the early evening. Meal : Breakfast

    6 Day Garden Route & Addo Adventure:  Accommodation 
    Backpacker drom  —  ZAR 6,490
    Backpacker twin/double  —  ZAR 7,150
    Backpacker twin/double-en-suite  — ZAR 7,590
    Backpacker single   —  ZAR 7,950
    Backpacker single-en-suite   —  ZAR 8,250
    Guesthouse twin/double —  ZAR 8,910
    Guesthouse single  — ZAR 9,460

      • Shark Cage Diving
      • Whale watching boat trip (in season, July – November)
      • 216m Bloukrans bungee jump
      • Treetop canopy tour
      • 2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide
      • 10,000 foot tandem skydive
      • Sandboarding the longest dune in South Africa
      • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
      • Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
      • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park

     

    The optional activities are not included in your tour because these are activities that not everybody
    would like to do! Optional activities are a great way to add more adventure to your experience. Our
    tours are designed so that it is not necessary to do the optional activities to have a good time – there
    are always plenty of things to see & do.

    These activities can be paid in cash or credit card directly to the adventure operator. Shark diving
    and whale watching must be booked the week before the tour departs, as they take place on the
    first day of tour.

     

  • Pick up and drop off:
    We will pick you up on Monday at the location of your choice in Cape Town central (central business
    district, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Observatory, Rondebosch), the airport, or Stellenbosch.
    Unfortunately we cannot pick up in areas further from the city, such as Hout Bay, Muizenberg,
    Constantia, Bloubergstrand, Milnerton. Please contact us if you need to arrange a central meeting
    point outside of our pick up areas – we would be glad to help you arrange a taxi. Pick up time is generally between 6:00 – 8:00 am in Cape Town, and around 8:30 in Stellenbosch. We will get in touch with you the weekend before your tour to arrange a specific pick up time. Please allow 15 minutes before or after your designated pickup time, as Monday morning traffic can be unpredictable!

    Should a flight delay cause you to miss your pick up, contact us and we will arrange for you to meet
    up with the group at an additional charge. Unfortunately, we cannot be held liable for travel delays.
    Your guide will wait for up to 15 minutes after your arranged pick up time, but after that will depart
    out of fairness to the rest of the guests.

    We will drop you off at the end of tour at the same locations (Cape Town central, the airport, or Stellenbosch). Tours typically return between 5:00 – 8:00pm on Saturday evening. Please contact us before booking outward flights on Saturday evening.

    Accommodation:
    We will arrange all accommodation along the way, at locations we have selected over the years for
    their cleanliness, unique setting, and atmosphere. Guests have a choice of backpackers lodges, in
    which mixed dorm rooms (ranging in size from 4-12 beds), private rooms, and private en suite rooms
    are available; or guesthouses, in which all rooms are private en suite. Single, double, and twin rooms
    are available at both the backpackers and guesthouses. All bedding and towels will be provided.
    Please note that heating and air conditioning is not standard in the backpackers or the guesthouses
    (because it is generally not necessary in South Africa). Please ask for a fan or for extra blankets if you need them!

    Backpackers have more of a social vibe, and are better for younger clients looking for a bit of
    atmosphere. They usually have a bar or bonfire area. Although backpackers offer a budget price, the
    standard of backpackers in South Africa is generally very high. Guesthouses are a more private,
    quieter, luxurious experience. About 80% of our guests choose to stay in the backpackers and 20% in
    the guesthouses. Backpackers and guesthouse clients travel together in the same tour vehicle. On
    Day 4 of tour, both backpackers and guesthouse clients stay in the same location – a working citrus
    farm near Addo. This is a unique location, which isn’t really a backpacker or guesthouse, but we feel
    is a special experience worth having.

    Although we frequently utilize the same accommodation every week, we cannot guarantee that we
    will stay at a specific location each week, due to availability and group size.

    Internet access:
    Wi-Fi is generally available at most accommodation locations.

    Itinerary:
    The company reserves the right to change itinerary, accommodation, and transport along the way
    should circumstances dictate. Many of these outdoor activities are weather dependent, which could
    force changes in the itinerary. The guide will try his or her best to arrange events according to
    prevailing weather conditions.

    Luggage:
    We have space for each passenger to have one suitcase/backpack and one “carry-on”-sized piece of
    luggage – a laptop bag, backpack, or similar. There are generally not porters or staff available to
    assist with luggage – your luggage should be of a size and weight you can comfortably manage. Hard
    or soft suitcases are fine. If you have more luggage than this, please contact us in advance to make
    alternative arrangements.

    Vehicles:
    The vehicles that we will be touring in are fully air-conditioned and can comfortably seat 8 adults
    including driver/guide or 14 adults including driver/guide. The seats in our 14-seater vans are
    comparable in size to an airplane seat – if you are uncomfortable in that set up, please enquire
    about a private tour, so we can arrange a different vehicle. We have a CD and MP3 player, you are
    welcome to bring your own music, and if it is not too terrible we can play it! All vehicles have valid
    operating licences to convey paying customers.

    Tour style:
    This is an active tour. It is best suited towards those who like to be on the move, and can
    comfortably walk, carry luggage, get in and out of the vehicle frequently, etc. The group is almost
    always a mix between backpackers and guesthouse clients, and ages can range from 18 to…we don’t
    set an upper age limit, but generally about 65. Our average age is 33. Our groups range between 4-
    12 people, with most guests hailing from Europe, America, Canada, and Australia. The group tour is
    perfect for the solo traveller, small groups of friends, or couples, as you will have the opportunity to
    travel with a diverse group of people from all over the world.

    Meals:
    We are “foodies”, and good food is an important part of our tour. Breakfasts are included every day
    except Day 5, and typically include fruit, muesli, eggs, toast, yogurt, and cereals. Dinners are also
    included every day except Day 5, and are traditional South African meals, such as potjie (stew) and
    braai (barbeque). Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance. We are able to
    cater for vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets, but not strict vegan or halal diets. Lunch
    and drinks are on guests’ own account. Dinners for all clients, including those staying at the
    guesthouse, usually take place at the backpackers.

    General etiquette:
    All tours are conducted in English. We ask that while you are in the group, you make an effort to
    speak English, so that everyone can be included in the conversation. Attitude is important – “one rotten apple can spoil the bunch”. We ask that you bring a positive, interactive, and easy-going spirit to tour, to make it a good experience for all. Our tours run on a tight schedule. Please do your best to be on time, all the time.

    Guides:
    All guides are well trained, experienced and South African born. By law we are required to use
    CATHSSETA registered and qualified guides with professional drivers licences. Earthstompers makes
    use of only the best guides that will make sure you get a fun, relaxing, informative and safe trip.

    Malaria:
    Our tours take place in a malaria-free area, so no anti-malaria precautions are necessary. You are
    however advised to bring insect repellent during summer.

    Photography:
    Most guests come away with incredible photos of their week, and share those photos among the
    group. We like to use tour photos in social media and promotional materials. If you do not wish for
    your photo or image to be used in this way, please let us know in advance.

    Attire:
    Please wear clothes that you are comfortable in. This tour includes several hikes and walks, so
    comfortable shoes are essential. No special hiking boots are needed. A rain jacket is a good idea, as
    well as a sweater or jacket for the cool evenings by the sea. Bring a hat; the African sun can be
    intense! If you plan on participating in the early morning Addo game drive, bring a hat & gloves – the
    open game-viewing vehicle can be quite chilly in winter.

    Weather:
    The Garden Route has a Mediterranean climate, which is pleasant to visit all year round. It gets
    rainfall throughout the year, mostly at night (you can imagine why it’s called the Garden Route!)
    Temperatures in winter range between 6-21 degrees C, and summer temperatures range between
    17-30 degrees C. This tour also goes into the Eastern Cape and the Little Karoo, where temperatures
    can get as high as 40 C in summer.

    Insurance:
    It is strongly recommended that you hold comprehensive travel insurance to safeguard you against
    possible unforeseen emergency. Earthstompers has passenger and public liability insurance.

    Exclusion of liability:
    Earthstompers, or its employees and agents shall not be 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.

  • DATES:
    We depart every Monday  from Cape Town with a min of 1

    RATES:
    Starting from ZAR 6,490 per person