Project Description

Tour Description

From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, enjoying the sights of the Klein Karoo and Garden Route with a lot of adventure thrown in for those young at heart. Also viewing the “Big Five” in Addo National Park and the tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas.

This tour is aimed at persons with a sense of adventure, youthful spirit and looking to enjoy the Garden Route within in fun group of like minded persons. There are various accommodation options from which to choose to suit your budget and level of comfort.

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Itinerary

We depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Monday morning for Hermanus. (Shark cage diving clients will be picked up very early in the morning by the diving operator, and will miss the first half of Day 1 which includes the visit to the African Penguin Colony and Hermanus). We follow the scenic coastal road, stopping at Betties Bay to view a colony of endangered African penguins. You can spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for hundreds of Southern Right Whales during the whale season (July to November) and many shops, restaurants and markets. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, where we visit a viewpoint known as the “real” place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. 

Included: Penguins at Bettys Bay & Dinner
Optional activities: Shark cage diving at R2550 (valid until 31/12/2019). Whale watching boat trip (in season, July – November) at R900 (valid until 31/12/2019).

We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the 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. 

Included: Breakfast, local wine tasting, Cango Caves adventure tour & dinner

After breakfast we head over the marvelous Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of bird life. 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 head to the famous town of Knysna via the lavish Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will be able to relax and do some shopping. After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some magnificent views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its expansive views and beaches. 

 

Included: Breakfast, canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park & Dinner

After breakfast, off 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 late morning 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. Early afternoon we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo. 

Included: Breakfast, entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park & Dinner
Optional activities: Bloukrans bungee jump at R1350 (valid until 31/12/2019). Zipline Adventure at R660 (valid until 31/12/2019).

We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 2-3 hours exploring the 28,000-hectare National reserve with approximately 600 elephant and some Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, warthog, zebra, eland, kudu, hartebeest and many more animals. After an exciting morning of game viewing, we will drive to Port Elizabeth, where the tour will end at approximately 1-2pm.** 

 

**Safari extension: For an additional safari experience, guests can add a safari at a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape, located approximately an hour away from where the Earthstompers 5 Day Garden Route tour ends. Please inquire for rates & options. 

Included activities: Entrance and 2 – 3 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park
Optional activities: 2-hour open vehicle game drive with Addo field guide at R390 (valid until 31/12/2019) which will take place in the early morning (+-06:00 – 08:00am) after which you will join up with the tour again and proceed back into Addo for the closed vehicle game drive with your guide and tour vehicle.

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 adventure operator. Shark diving and whale watching must be booked the week before the tour departs, as they take place on the first day of tour. 

*Shark cage diving clients will be picked up in Cape Town early Monday morning by the shark company. Shark diving clients will only meet up with the Earthstompers tour group after lunch on the first day and will miss out on the first half of day 1. 

There will be NO departure for 23 December 2019 and departures between 16 December 2019 & 05 January 2020 will be Backpacker only.

Only 14 years and older are accepted on this adventure tour.

5 day Garden Route Addo Adventure

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Tour Details

  • Duration: 5 Days | 4 Nights
  • Start Location: Cape Town on Mondays
  • End Location: Port Elizabeth on Fridays
  • Pax.: 4 – 12
  • Departure: Mondays except no departure on 23 December 2019.
  • Languages: English
  • Accommodation: Backpacker (BRONZE) / Guest House (SILVER)
  • Departure Time: 07h00 to 09h00 in Cape Town / 09h30 Stellenbosch
    Pre-departure letters to be sent to each guest’s pick-up location a day prior collection
  • Vehicle: fully air-conditioned 8 or 12 seater
  • Tour Guide: Services of CATHSSETA registered tour guide
  • Visa / Passports: Not required
  • Attire: Comfortable clothes and shoes

Rates

  • Rates – 2019

    Backpacker dorm R 7 300 pp
    Backpacker twin/double R 7 800 pp
    Backpacker single R 8 900 pp
    Backpacker twin/double en-suite R 8 200 pp
    Backpacker en-suite single R 9 200 pp
    Guesthouse upgrade twin/double R 9 800 pp
    Guesthouse single R 11 500 pp

    Only 14 years and older are accepted on this adventure tour.

  • Rates – 2020

    Backpacker dorm R 8 200 pp
    Backpacker twin/double R 8 800 pp
    Backpacker single R 10 100 pp
    Backpacker twin/double en-suite R 9 000 pp
    Backpacker en-suite single R 10 400 pp
    Guesthouse upgrade twin/double R 11 100 pp
    Guesthouse single R 13 300 pp

    Only 14 years and older are accepted on this adventure tour.

  • Included: 

    ⇒ Meals: 3 Breakfasts; 4 Dinners.
    ⇒ Entrance Fees: Penguins Bettys Bay, wine tasting, Cango Caves; canoeing Wilderness National Park; Tsitsikamma National Park, 2-3 hour drive with tour vehicle through Addo Elephant National Park.

    Excluded: 

     Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Gratuities; Visa fees; other meals

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What Clients’ Say

We really appreciate our clients feedback on their African Blue experience as we are constantly striving to improve our service levels and selection of tour and safari experiences.

Of course there is no way to see the whole garden route in 5 days but the 5 day garden route with Addo gives you a good idea. The organization is flawless and communication with the office easy and quick; our guide Christine loves her country and shares this with the group, spreading positive vibes and made us comfortable and we felt well looked after. Great job!
Jutta Hinterer, Austria
We had a great time on the Garden Route and Addo tour. The tour is very well organized and the places we stayed were all lovely. Our guide Christine was fantastic and she really shared the love she has for her country, South Africa, often going out of her way to please us. Everything we saw was just awesome and the people we met on the tour were great and contributed to make our tour enjoyable.
Great thanks to all of you,
Danielle
Danielle Harel, Mauritius
“Cape Town & Magical †Garden Route‡”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed 30 January 2014
It’s almost a year since we have seen David Smith of Africa Blue, and I still keep telling people about what a great time we had with him.
We had several experiences with him over a period of 6 days – all great!
Firstly, he got us the Robben Island Tour in the ‘nick of time’. We had arrived by cruise ship and were late docking so, with military precision and a casual, yet efficient manner, he made sure we got there in time.
He guided us around Cape Town and Table Mountain. I like his style. He gives you enough information and enough time to yourself. Some guides just keep talking and nothing sinks in. He has a healthy balance.
A few days later, he collected us in Franschhoek and guided us for 5 days to various destinations and attractions on the “Garden Route”.
Throughout this time, David had to deal with varying numbers of Aussies as some joined different parts of the activities. In total, there were 14 people.
All-in-all, a big “thank you”. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
ckayel, Sydney, Australia

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