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4 Day Garden Route Tour

  • Roundtrip from Cape Town, departing every Friday, returning Monday
  • See the Garden Route, Little Karoo, and more
  • Prices from R4900, with all accommodation, transport, most meals and activities included

4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour

Join us for the road trip of a lifetime! Earthstompers Adventures has been operating Garden Route tours since 2006. Our group adventure tour is a safe and affordable way to explore the Western Cape, Little Karoo, Whale Route, 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. This tour starts & ends in Cape Town/Stellenbosch, and departs every Friday.

Tour includes:                                                                                              

  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • 3 nights’ accommodation (backpacker or guesthouse options)
  • Dinners (day 1 & 3) and breakfasts (day 2, 3, and 4)
  • Local wine tasting
  • Cango Caves adventure tour
  • Game drive on a private game reserve
  • Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park

Prices, per person:

4 Day Garden Route & Addo Adventure

            Accommodation choices

2018 rate

Backpacker dorm

R 4900

Backpacker twin/double en-suite

R 5800

Backpacker single en-suite

R 6700

Guesthouse twin/double

R 7200

Guesthouse single

R 7700

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cape Town – Barrydale - Oudtshoorn

We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Friday morning. 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. For dinner, we will have an authentic braai (barbeque).

Included meals: Dinner
Included activities:

Cango Caves adventure tour

Local wine tasting

Travel route, distance & time:  Cape Town - Barrydale - Oudtshoorn: +/- 425km, +/- 5 hours
Overnight: Oudtshoorn

 

Day 2:  Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay 

After breakfast we head over the Robertson Mountain pass to enter the Garden Route at Mossel Bay. We can 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-ride in South Africa. In the afternoon we will go on a game drive on a private game reserve, hoping to see wildlife such as zebra, lion, antelope, and African buffalo.

Included meals:

Included activities:

Breakfast

Game Drive on private game reserve

Optional activities:

 

 

 

Travel route, distance & time:

10,000-foot tandem skydive, R2800 (extra R500 for video)

Sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa, R500

Diaz Museum Complex, R60

Point of Human Origins Cave Tour, R550

Oudtshoorn - Mossel Bay – Game Reserve: +/- 110 km +/- 1.5 hours

Overnight:

Mossel Bay


Day 3:  Mossel Bay – Tsitsikamma – Sedgefield

Today we continue along the coastline 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 you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches. For dinner, we will have a traditional potjie (stew) at a beach bar.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Included activities:

Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park

Optional activities:

216 M Bloukrans bungee jump, R990

Treetop canopy tour, R650

Kayak and Lilo Adventure in Storms River, R550

Travel route, distance & time:

Mossel Bay – Tsitsikamma – Sedgefield: +/- 325km +/- 4 hours

Overnight:

Sedgefield


Day 4: Sedgefield - Wilderness – Cape Town

On our final touring day, we will travel to Wilderness National Park, where we will explore the Touw River by canoe. 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 drive back to Cape Town, finishing the tour between 17:00 – 19:00 on Monday evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Included activities:

Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park

Travel route, distance & time:

Sedgefield – Wilderness – Cape Town: +/- 465 km +/- 5 hours

 

Tour notes, terms & conditions:

Pick up and drop off

We will pick you up on Friday morning 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, or 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 two days before your tour to arrange a specific pick up time.  Please allow 15 minutes before or after your designated pickup time, as Friday morning traffic in Cape Town 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 17:00 – 19:00 on Monday evening. Please contact us before booking outward flights on Monday 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 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.

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 in the common areas (not necessarily in the bedrooms).

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, as our trailers are only designed to fit one suitcase per person.

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

Breakfasts are included on days 2-4, and typically include fruit, muesli, eggs, toast, yogurt, and cereals. Two dinners are also included, and are authentic 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 diets, but not strict gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan or halal diets.  Lunch and drinks are on guests’ own account. Dinners for all clients, including those staying at the guesthouse, take place at the backpackers on nights 1 and 3.

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 driver’s 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 small backpack would be useful on the hike. 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! Also bring a hat & gloves in winter – 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 Celsius (C), and summer temperatures range between 17-30 degrees C.  This tour also goes into the Little Karoo, where temperatures can get as high as 40 C in summer, and zero degrees C in winter.

Cancellation policy

The following cancellation fees will apply should you wish to cancel your tour. Please note we will charge a cash-handling fee of 15% if you should cancel more than 30 days before departure to cover our bank charges.

30 days – 15 days: 25% of the total of the booking

14 days – 8 days: 50% of the total of the booking

7 days or less: 100% of the total of the booking

No-show: 100% of the total of the booking

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you hold comprehensive travel insurance to safeguard you against possible unforeseen emergency and theft. Earthstompers has comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance, but this does not cover the theft of guests' personal belongings. 

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.

Optional activities

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 activity operator.

Day

Optional activity

Price

Saturday

Tandem sky diving (10,000 feet) *R500 extra for photos & video

R 2800

Sand boarding

R 500

Point of Human Origins Cave Tour

R 550

Diaz Museum

R 60

Sunday

Bungee jumping (216m)

R 990

Tree-top canopy tour

R 650

Kayak and Lilo adventure in Storms River

R 550

 

Please note that we have done our best to provide accurate pricing, but these prices are subject to change!

 

 

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