Earthstompers Adventures is a South African tour company, specializing in tours of the Garden Route & Addo Elephant National Park since 2006. 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. Earthstompers is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Hendrik & Chrissy Human.
It all began at Stellenbosch College, 2001. Hendrik 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 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 took over the business affairs of Earthstompers, including 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.
|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 expert in maneuvering a big bus with a trailer, and it is awesome to watch her impress the old guys with her driving skills. :) Stephanie’s background is in overland tours in Southern Africa, and she also hails from Mossel Bay on the Garden Route.|
|Charlene is a trained wine maker, specializing in wine tours, but also an expert along the Garden Route with many Garden Route and Addo trips under her belt. She has a background in overland tours in Southern and Eastern Africa, and enjoys getting to meet like-minded travelers and show off our beautiful country.|
|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. She is an excellent guide and eager to share her passion for the uniquely beautiful landscape of South Africa.|
|Cindy is the marketing manager, as well as assisting with daily operations and also guiding our Garden Route & Addo Tours. She has a passion for South Africa and likes spending her free time exploring the back roads. She has managed various hostels across the country and enjoys welcoming visitors and giving them a unique insight into just some of the beauty and diversity that our country has to offer. With her home town also being Mossel Bay, she has great knowledge of the Garden Route and surrounding areas. She is a traveler at heart and wishes to give you a road trip experience you will long cherish.|
|Nicolene joined the team in July 2016 and works part time for Earthstompers. She coordinates all the weekly tours from our office, based in Somerset West. She also conducts some of our student day-tours. Nicolene actually used to be Hendrik's Lecturer in Tourism when he attended at Stellenbosch College! She has many years' knowledge of the industry and enjoys history, culture & being outdoors traveling. When she's not at work she enjoys spending time with her friends and doing some gardening or needlework.|
|Ferne is our newest guide on the (still all girls) team. She is full of energy and very passionate about our country and culture. You are guaranteed to have fun while on tour with her, while also learning and seeing amazing things. She enjoys nature, camping, hiking, a good glass of wine and her big dream is to live on a farm and be completely self sustained. Ferne also does Free Walking Tours in the city of Cape Town when she is not on the road with Earthstompers.|
|Togeda joined the team on 1 December 2016. She has worked in the youth travel industry for many years and is a born and bred Captonian. You'll be surprised at her knowledge of Cape Town and the surrounds! She has jumped straight in at the office; assisting with our scheduled tours' planning, creating tailor made private tours, and will also be ready to get on the road, if we need her to guide some of our tours.|
|The youngest member of the team; William Hendrik Human – his job is to be the cutest baby boy ever and to keep Mom & Dad (Chrissy & Hendrik) awake all night!|
Enough about us - the most important people on tours are our guests. Whilst we do many private, customized 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 - 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.