6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

Qualified guide, air-conditioned bus, 5 nights accommodation, Dinners (except Day 3), breakfasts(except day 4) and entrance fees to: Wine tasting, ostrich farm, Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch, canoeing, game viewing safari, Tsitsikamma National Park an

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Depart From:
Cape Town   |   Ending at: Cape Town
Departures: Weekly (on Mondays)
Duration: 6 Days
Country: South Africa
Type: Adventure |
Children: Not Allowed

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6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure


Earthstompers Adventures has been operating Garden Route & Addo tours since 2006. Our group Adventure Tour is a safe and affordable way to explore the Western Cape, Little Karoo, Whale Route, Addo Elephant National Park, 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, and departs every Monday.

Pick up and drop off
We will pick you up on Monday at the accommodation location of your choice in Cape Town central, the airport, or Stellenbosch. Pick-ups outside of these areas must be arranged separately. 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 the weekend before your tour to arrange a specific pick up time. Please allow 15 minutes before an after your designated pickup time, as Monday morning traffic 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 5:00 – 8:00pm on Saturday evening. Please contact us before booking outward flights on Saturday evening.

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 dorm rooms, 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 very high. Guesthouses are a more private, quieter, luxurious experience. On Day 4 of tour, both backpackers and guesthouse clients stay in the same location – a working citrus farm near Addo. This is a unique location, which isn’t really a backpacker or guesthouse, but we feel is a special experience worth having.

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.

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.

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 55. 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.

We are “foodies”, and good food is an important part of our tour. Breakfasts are included every day except Day 5, and typically include fruit, muesli, eggs, toast, yogurt, and cereals. Dinners are also included every day except Day 5, and are traditional South African meals, such as potjie (stew) and braai (barbeque). Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance. Lunch and drinks are on guests’ own account. Dinners for all clients, including those staying at the guesthouse, usually take place at the backpackers.

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.

Internet access
Wi-Fi is generally available at most accommodation locations.

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.

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 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! If you plan on participating in the early morning Addo game drive, bring a hat & gloves – the open game-viewing vehicle can be quite chilly in winter.

Health & Clothing
Our tours take place in a malaria free area. No anti-malaria precautions are therefore necessary. You are however advised to bring insect repellent during summer.

Day 1 Cape Town – Hermanus – Cape Agulhas
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).

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 Meals: Dinner
Included Activities: Penguins at Betties Bay
Optional Activities:
- Shark Cage Diving
- Whale watching Boat Trip (Whale season only)
Overnight: Cape Agulhas/Struisbaai

Day 2 Cape Agulhas – Oudtshoorn
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. You will be able to experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour, followed by a sampling of the local wine & craft beer.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities: Local wine tasting, Cango Caves adventure tour
Optional Activities: None
Overnight: Oudtshoorn

Day 3 Mossel Bay – Knysna – Sedgefield
After breakfast we head over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain pass where we will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of birdlife. 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 spectacular 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 have lunch and do some shopping. After Knysna we will head to the Knysna Heads viewpoint for some spectacular views over Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities: Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
Overnight: Sedgefield

Day 4 Sedgefield - Tsitsikamma - Addo
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 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 we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities: Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional Activities:
- 216 M Bloukrans bungee jump
- Treetop canopy tour
Overnight: Avoca River Cabins, Addo area

Day 5 Addo – Wilderness
We will spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. We will spend up to 3-4 hours exploring the 28,000 hectare National reserve with over 450 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 back to the heart of the Garden Route where we will overnight and have sundowners overlooking the spectacular Wilderness Beach.

* Tour will end between 13:00 and 14:00 on Day 5 in Port Elizabeth for One Way Clients.

Included Meals: None
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
Overnight: Wilderness

Day 6 Wilderness –Mossel Bay - Cape Town
After breakfast at the popular George Farmers’ Market, we will stop in Mossel Bay to 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 sand boarding on the longest dune in South Africa. We will arrive back to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities:
- 10,000 foot tandem skydive
- Sand boarding the longest dune in South Africa

Backpacker Double/Twin Room Valid: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 8300.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 9700.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Backpacker Double/Twin Room En Suite Valid: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 8700.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 10200.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Backpacker Dormitory Valid: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 7700.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 7700.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Backpacker Double/Twin Room Valid: 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 9300.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 11000.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Guesthouse Twin/Double Room Valid: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 11200.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 13500.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Backpacker Double/Twin Room En Suite Valid: 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 9600.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 11400.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Backpacker Dormitory Valid: 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 8600.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 8600.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Guesthouse Twin/Double Room Valid: 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 12500.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 15300.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Tour Include
- Qualified guide
- Pick up and drop off
- Air-conditioned transport
- 5 nights accommodation (backpacker or guesthouse options)
- Dinners and breakfasts (except Day 5)
- Local wine and craft beer tasting
- Cango Caves adventure tour
- Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
- Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
- Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park

Tour Exclude
Items of a personal nature and as stipulated in the itinerary.

Terms & Conditions
We reserve the right to cancel any booking on any grounds we feel are necessary and will honor no liability doing so.

A no-refundable deposit of 50% is payable to agent or into bank account on confirmation of booking. Balance is payable 40 days before departure. Unfortunately there will be no refund if booking is cancelled less than 72 hours before departure.

Accommodation Pre- & Post-tour (10km radius)

Glaston House
The expansive brand-new Glaston House Terrace Apartment on suave and trendy Cape Town City Centre’s fringe in revamped historic heritage building looking out to Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital.
Guest Rating: (1 review)

The Blue Train
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.
From: R20280.00 per person sharing

Parliament Hotel
The Parliament Hotel is exclusively located on Barack Street. The central location adjacent to The Company Gardens and the Slave Museum make this city hotel the ideal starting point for business trips or holidays in Cape Town.

The Grand Daddy
The rooms are subtle, stylish and silvery. Air-conditioned, en-suite and entertaining. Luxe out in your en-suite marble bathroom as you daydream about adventures, seeping in the ebb and flow of memories that you want to hold onto forever.

The Townhouse Hotel
We’re set in a surprisingly tranquil corner of the city centre, adjacent to the South African Parliamentary precinct and the historic oak-lined avenues of the famed Dutch East India Company Gardens, established some 350 years ago.
From: R1140.00 per person sharing

Greenmarket Place
The outstanding brand-new Greenmarket Place Apartment in the middle of suave&trendy Cape Town City Centre (2km from the V&A Waterfront), in revamped building situated right on the famous bustling historic Greenmarket Square, with a view of Table Mountain.

Mandela Rhodes Place
This modern hotel offers the definitive city lifestyle with a choice of luxurious apartments, various leisure options and a wealth of retail facilities in the heart of Cape Town.
From: R1270.00 per person sharing

Tudor Hotel
At The Tudor Hotel everyone is special. Each room has been furnished in its own unique style. All our rooms are en-suite, have colour television, tea and coffee making facilities and for your comfort the rooms are fitted with air conditioning units.
Grading: Guest Rating: (3 reviews)

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure Reviews

Reviewed by Cherine Nell on over a year ago
What an amazing adventure! This tour lives up to everything it promises and more! Rochelle is an excellent tour guide and the trip was a wonderful experience. The food and accommodation was all brilliant and I would and will highly recommend this tour to everyone I know. As long as you are prepared for some long driving hours, you will be rewarded with awesome views and experiences!
Rating: 5 Star Rating

Reviewed by Enrico Prosperi on over a year ago
Well organized, adrenaline experiences, beautiful places, wonderful food.
Rating: 5 Star Rating

Reviewed by Sonya Rayne on over a year ago
Well organised, varied - there was something for everyone. Good accomodation. Hendrik was an excellent driver/guide, very knowledgeable and great fun. He imparted just the right amount of information, so that one was able to retain it. He was very patient and thoughtful, accomodating the needs of each participant. Even when we broke down we were very impressed at how quickly he was able to organise things to make sure we arrived home safely. The whole tour was an amazing experience, providing happy memories for a long time to come. Thank you. We can fully recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see this part of South Africa
Rating: 5 Star Rating

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