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Earthstompers Adventures is a South African tour company, established in 2006, specialising in tours of the Garden Route & Addo Elephant National Park. The offering includes a scheduled group tour departing every Monday from Cape Town, as well as private tours - perfect for school or university groups, family vacations, honeymoons, or small group travel. Earthstompers is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Hendrik & Chrissy Human.

Where it all began…

Hendrik was studying at Stellenbosch College in 2001 and had an assignment to write a business plan for a new tourism company. Being a Mossel Bay boy at heart, he decided to write a business plan for an adventure tour company offering trips along the Garden Route. After university, and a few years of guiding for other tour companies, Hendrik decided to put that business plan to work, and founded Earthstompers Adventures in 2006. In those early days, it was just Hendrik and his trusty blue VW bus!

The second chapter in Earthstompers’ history began in 2012 when Chrissy came from her home in Kansas City, United States as a tourist…fell in love…and decided to stay in South Africa. Chrissy quickly took over the business affairs of Earthstompers, including the financials, website, social media, and scheduling. Gone are the days of Hendrik’s hand-written calendars and boxes full of receipts!

These days, Hendrik & Chrissy operate Earthstompers together, along with the best office support team & group of guides you will find on the Garden Route. 

 

Our guides and office staff

Hendrik & Chrissy

Stephanie is our senior guide and a real expert on the flora & fauna in South Africa. It is a pleasure to go on a game drive in Addo Elephant Park with her – bring a notebook! She is also an expert in manoeuvring a big bus with a trailer, and it is awesome to watch her impress the old guys with her driving skills 🙂

Stephanie

Charlene is a trained winemaker, specialising in wine tours, but also an expert along the Garden Route with many trips under her belt. She has a background in overland tours in Southern and Eastern Africa and enjoys getting to meet like-minded travellers and show off our beautiful country.

Charlene

Rochelle grew up in the small rural town of Musina, near the Zimbabwean border, where she found a love for South Africa’s inherent beauty as well as having a distinct fondness for climbing baobab trees and braving the Limpopo River. After being in the corporate real estate world for 10 years she found her calling as a tour guide.

Rochelle

While Cindy is our marketing manager, she also assists with daily operations & guiding. She has a passion for South Africa and spends her free time exploring the back roads. She has managed hostels across the country & enjoys giving visitors a unique insight into the beauty & diversity that our country has to offer.

Cindy

Nicolene works for us part-time coordinating all the weekly tours. She also conducts some of our student day-tours. She has many years’ knowledge of the industry and enjoys history, culture & being outdoors. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with her friends & doing some gardening or needlework.

Nicolene

Togeda has worked in the youth travel industry for many years & is a born and bred Capetonian. You’ll be surprised at her knowledge of Cape Town & the surrounds! She assists with scheduling and planning our tours, creating tailor-made private tours, & will also be ready to get on the road to guide tours if we need her.

Togeda

Ferne is full of energy & very passionate about our country & culture. You are guaranteed to have fun while learning and seeing amazing things on tour. She enjoys nature, hiking, a good glass of wine & her big dream is to live on a self-sustainable farm. Ferne also does walking tours in the city of Cape Town when she is not on the road with Earthstompers.


Ferne

Pieter is a freelance guide born & raised in Cape Town. He's been involved with many different departments in the industry but decided to shift his focus to guiding in 2011 as he loves the outdoors, meeting new people & learning about traditions & cultures. Being an international traveller himself, Pieter understands the mindset, needs & expectations of his guests.

Pieter

Christine is a farm girl from Robertson & lives on her family farm when she’s not travelling the world! She spent 10 years as a wine representative in the Roberston Wine Valley, & her skills & knowledge of wine & farming come through in her guiding commentary. In 2017 she decided to spread her wings & explore a different occupation, giving her more freedom to travel & explore South Africa, which she is very passionate about!

Christine

The youngest member of the team is William, son of Chrissy & Hendrik – his job is to help dad clean the buses and to charm all of our guests!


William

Our guests

Enough about us - the most important people on tours are our guests. Whilst we do many private, customised tours, our most popular tours are group Garden Route & Addo tours. Our guests come from all corners of the world, including Germany, England, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe, and have at least one thing in common - a love of travel. Our average age is 33, and 70% of our guests are women. We often get solo travellers, groups of friends, or families, such as a young professional and their parents. Beyond the great food, great accommodation, beautiful scenery, and unique activities, the highlight of the week for many people are the other guests on tour.