Earthstompers Adventures is an established South African tour company, specializing in tours of the Garden Route & Addo Elephant National Park. We offer 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.
It all began at Stellenbosch University, 2001. Young Hendrik Human had an assignment in his tourism course to write a business plan for a tourism company. Hendrik is a Mossel Bay boy at heart, and thinks there’s no more beautiful place than his home on the Garden Route, so he decided to make his business plan an adventure tour company offering trips along the Garden Route. After university, and a few years of guiding for other tour companies, Hendrik decided that he could offer a better tour than anything currently on the market, and founded Earthstompers Adventures in 2006. In those early days, it was just Hendrik and his trusty blue VW bus! It was the days of hand-written calendars and responding to emails from shared desktop computers in the evening, long before WiFi and 3G connections!
Fast-forward to present, we are a company of four employees plus freelancers, giving tours of the Garden Route every week of the year.
The Earthstompers Team
Hendrik Human is the company owner, and a frequent guide. He worked as a field guide and guest lodge manager at Zingela Indlela Game Lodge, and guided tours for other Garden Route companies before starting his own venture in 2006. He has been known to obsessively wash the windows on the buses to make sure tourists have a crystal-clear view, and he will make sure every tourist knows what a braai is. :)
Nicole van Heerden has been guiding tours along the Garden Route and Addo since 2008, and has worked for Earthstompers as freelance guide for many years. Nicole is just about the warmest, most friendly South African you are ever going to meet. We have noticed that our 5-star TripAdvisor reviews are all about Nicole these days - she must be doing something right!
Stephanie Harris has recently joined the Earthstompers mix as another freelancer, a very knowledgeable guide and a specialist in the flora & fauna in South Africa. It is a real pleasure to go on a game drive in Addo Elephant Park with her – bring a notebook! Stephanie’s experience is in overlanding tours in Southern Africa, and she also hails from Mossel Bay on the Garden Route.
Earthstompers is no longer just a South African tour company. Chrissy Wolfersberger came from her home in Kansas City, United States as a tourist…fell in love…and decided to stay. Chrissy manages the business affairs of Earthstompers, including financials, website, social media, scheduling, and bookings. Gone are the days of hand-written calendars and boxes full of receipts. These are the days of color-coded google calendars and excel spreadsheets! She makes a difference behind the scenes and makes sure the whole Earthstompers machine operates smoothly. Chrissy worked for many years at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and has used her experience to help “green” Earthstompers.
Enough about us - the most important people on tours are our guests. Whilst we do plenty of private, customized or family tours, our most popular tours are 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 - the love of travel. Our average age is 33, and 70% of our guests are women. We often get solo travelers, 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 is the other guests on tour.