So I’ve booked an Earthstompers tour…where will I be staying?
Many people are curious or even a bit nervous to see what the accommodation options are when going on an Earthstompers 4, 5, or 6-day Garden Route tour. If you’d like to leave those to surprise, then stop reading here! If you are curious, read on…
Backpackers vs. Guest House – which is right for me?
Guests have an option of booking backpackers or guest house accommodation on our group Garden Route tours. Backpackers have more of a social vibe, and are better for clients looking for a more social atmosphere. Backpackers usually have a bar or bonfire area. Although backpackers offer a budget price, the standard of backpackers in South Africa is generally very high. Guest houses are a more private, quieter, luxurious experience. About 80% of our group Garden Route tour guests choose to stay in the backpackers and 20% in the guest houses. Backpackers and guest house clients travel together in the same tour vehicle.
Lets have a look into the rooms.
Backpacker dorm: This is a bedroom shared with between 4-12 other guests. Beds are typically bunk beds or single beds. The bathroom may be en suite, or may be down the hallway, and is shared with other guests.
Backpacker single/twin/double standard: this is a private bedroom at the backpackers.
A single room is for one person, a twin room is for two people (two separate beds), and a double is for two people, in one bed. The bathroom is down the hall, and shared with other guests.
Backpacker single/twin/double en suite: a private bedroom at the backpackers, with a private bathroom en suite. A single room is for one person, a twin room is for two people (two separate beds), and a double is for two people, in one bed.
Guest house single/twin/double: this is a private bedroom at a guest house, with a private bathroom en suite. A single room is for one person, a twin room is for two people (two separate beds), and a double is for two people, in one bed.
All bedding and towels will be provided for both backpackers and guest houses.
Below is a table of the backpacker and guest house accommodation we typically use on our group Garden Route tours. 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.
We have selected these locations over the years because of their cleanliness, unique setting, and great hospitality. We prefer to support smaller, locally owned places rather than larger hotel chains, when possible.
|Struisbaai / L’Agulhas||Cape Agulhas Backpackers||Mermaid Guest House|
|Oudtshoorn||Backpackers Paradise||Hlangana Guest House or Adley House|
|Sedgefield||Afrovibe Beach House or Pili Pili Beachfront Accommodation||Dover on Sea or Ichtus|
|Addo area||Avoca River Cabins|
|Wilderness||Wilderness Beach House Backpackers||Mes Amis or Dolphin Dunes|
|Mossel Bay||Mossel Bay Backpackers or Park House Lodge||94 On Roger or Bar-t-nique|