Why are Garden Route Tours in South Africa so popular?

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Millions of guests – including visitors from all over the world, as well as South Africans – enjoy Garden Route tours and adventures every year. Have you ever visited this popular destination and exactly how familiar are you with the Garden Route? Why is the Garden Route one of the most popular and beautiful destinations – not only in South Africa – but also in the world? So – we have provided you with this informative blog and valuable  information to answer these questions.

garden route tours map
A map that shows one of many Garden Route tours provided by Earthstompers Adventures.


What is the Garden Route?

The Garden Route in South Africa is a breathtaking 300 kilometer stretch on the south-eastern coast of Southern Africa. It extends from Witsand in the Western Cape to the border of Tsitsikamma Storms River in the Eastern Cape.

The name ‘Garden Route’ comes from the abundance of vegetation that is found in the area and it also includes numerous estuaries and lakes all along the coast.

The Garden Route includes some of the most beautiful and popular towns and holiday destinations in South Africa. It includes popular towns like Knysna, Mossel Bay, Sedgefield, Plettenberg Bay and many more.

Besides the beautiful scenery, there are also a wide variety of exciting activities available all along the Garden Route. Our tours include many of these activities for the adventurers and adrenaline junkies wishing to explore the Garden Route.

Why are Earthstompers’ Garden Route Tours so popular?

There are many fantastic tour operators in South Africa who offer Garden Route experiences, but Earthstompers stand out from the crowd – and don’t just take our word for it! Earthstompers Adventures is a South African tour company, established in 2006. We specialise in the Garden Route & Addo Elephant National Park.

Our tours include a scheduled group tour departing every Monday from Cape Town. We also offer 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.

Earthstompers is an award-winning tour operator. Our awards include ‘Best Tour Operator in the Western Cape 2018 and 2019’ and ‘TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence‘ for the past 5 years. We pride ourselves in our excellent service, our beautiful country and our incredible international reputation.

Be sure to have a look at our variety of Garden Route experiences – ranging from 4 to 10 day tours, group or private tours. Contact us to book your unforgettable Garden Route holiday with us.

We also invite you to visit our website if you would like to meet our amazing Earthstompers team. Find more information about our different tour options and why Earthstompers stand out from the rest.


Garden Route Tours & Activities:

Earthstompers offer a friendly variety of Garden Route experiences – including group or private tours – ranging from 4 to 10 days or more.

We include many exciting activities on our tours and there are also many optional activities available for guests who are looking for a serious adrenaline rush.

All our Garden Route adventures include the following:

A friendly, qualified and professional tour guide/driver who will take extra special care of each and every single one of our guests – including you!

We arrange a pick up and drop off at your place of accommodation to make sure you travel comfortably and get home safely.

All our tours are conducted in clean, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles to make your journey as enjoyable as possible.

There are different accommodation options available for all our Garden Route tours, including backpacker accommodation or guest houses. We have dedicated a lot of time and effort over the years to make sure that we offer the best accommodation options for our guests.

We make sure that you are provided with quality breakfasts and dinners at most of the accommodation options on all our tours. The food provided by our accommodation partners are of a very high standard and it also adds to the authentic South African experience on your tour.

South Africa is one of the wine capitals of the world. Of course we will make sure that our guests have an opportunity to visit popular wine farms and enjoy some of the best local wine tastings.

Our Garden Route tours include the following popular activities and attractions:

Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn:

The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn  is one of the Natural Wonders of the World and people flock from allover the world to visit this incredible, historic sight. Our guests have an opportunity to visit and explore the caves during a relaxing walking tour. For the adrenaline junkies, there is an option to do the optional adventure tour. The adventure tour is most definitely only for the bravest guests – if you are fit and strong enough!

Wilderness National Park:

Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wilderness National Park during a relaxing canoe tour. Enjoy a relaxing paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forests, surrounded by an abundance of birdlife. After a 40 minute paddle on the canoes, we set off on a 2km hike along a boardwalk. This hike will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools situated in the heart of Wilderness National Park.

Tsitsikamma National Park:

Tsitsikamma National Park has a very unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park also has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. All of these activities can be enjoyed on all our Garden Route packages.

Addo Elephant National Park:

Our tours include game viewings and safaris in the world famous Addo Elephant National Park. Addo Elephant National Park is a wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth and is one of South Africa’s 20 national parks. Addo National Park has more than 600 elephants, 400 Cape buffaloes, over 48 endangered black rhinos, a wide variety of antelope species, spotted hyenas and lions.

The Highest Bungee Jumping Bridge in the World:

For all the adrenaline junkies on our Garden Route tours, we include a visit to Bloukrans Bridge in Nature’s Valley. This highest bungee jumping bridge in the world at 216 meters. As an optional extra, you can face your fears and take the leap of faith for an unforgettable adrenaline rush. Or – if you are scared of heights – remain safely on the sidelines and enjoy the incredible view.

Zipline Adventures:

Our tours also include the optional extra of a Zipline adventure, where you can enjoy zipping through the trees and over waterfalls . Get your adrenaline rush while experiencing and enjoying the majestic beauty of the Garden Route.

Penguins at Betty’s Bay:

Get up close and personal with one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world! It is situated in the coastal town of Betty’s Bay and included in all our Garden Route packages.

Shark Cage Diving:

Great White Shark Cage Diving on the Garden Route  probably has the most accessible Great White sharks in the world. We provide shark cage diving as an optional extra activity on all our Garden Route packages. Be sure to include this in your tour for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience – if you dare!

Whale Watching in Hermanus:

Hermanus is the Whale Watching Capital of the World. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus. Hermanus is famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants and markets. You can view these magnificent creatures from land as they get close to the shore, or you can go out on a boat to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures as an optional extra.

Cape Agulhas – Southernmost Tip of Africa:

Our tours provide you with the incredible experience of visiting Cape Agulhas where you will visit the southernmost tip of the African continent. This is also the world famous spot where the Indian and the Atlantic oceans meet.


For the extreme adrenaline junkies, we provide skydiving as an optional extra with our Garden Route tours. Take to the skies and enjoy an unbeatable view of the magnificent Garden Route in all its breathtaking glory.

Sandboarding on the longest dune in South Africa:

Head to Mossel Bay to take on the longest sandboarding dune in South Africa! Situated just outside Mossel Bay, Dragon Dune is a 320m ride that will pump pure adrenaline through your veins. This is also provided as an optional extra.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your own Garden Route Tours now!

It’s clear to see why millions of people flock to the Garden Route in South Africa every year. Besides the breathtaking beauty and natural wonders, it has something for everyone. Whether you are interested in the vast fauna and flora of this world famous area, or if you are interested in the wide variety of adrenaline-pumping activities provided all along the route.

The sights and sounds mentioned in this blog post are only some of the unforgettable experiences that you can enjoy on any of our Garden Route adventures. Our different options of tours have something for everyone. We make sure that all our guests enjoy unforgettable moments and make lasting memories that they can take home after their South African holiday.


Garden Route Tours Bookings and Information:

Be sure to visit our website for more information about all our tours and adventures, including bookings, accommodation options, activities and more. Our group tours options include:
(click on any of the options below to visit the website page with all the information, pricing and bookings)

4 Day Garden Route Tours
5 Day Garden Route Tours
6 Day Garden Route Tours (most popular)
10 Day Garden Route Tours

We also offer private tours from 4 days to 10 days or more. Be sure to visit our website for more information on our private tours and options and contact us to book your next South African holiday with Earthstompers! Options for private tours include:
(click on any of the options below to visit our website with all the information, pricing and bookings)

4 Day Private Garden Route Tours
5 Day Private Garden Route Tours
6 Day Private Garden Route Tours
7 Day Private Garden Route Tours
9 Day Private Garden Route Tours
10 Day Private Garden Route Tours

We look forward to sharing our beautiful country with guests from all around the world – including you! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions about any of our tours. We are always more than happy to help!

We also offer private tours in and around Cape Town! Be sure to let us know if you’d like to enjoy any of the following tours!

Cape Winelands Private Day Tour
3 Day Cape Town Essentials Tour
Cape Peninsula Private Day Tour
Cape Town City Private Day Tour

We look forward to meeting you!

The Earthstompers Team.