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4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour from Cape Town

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    Day 1: Cape Town - Barrydale - Cango Caves - Oudtshoorn

    Stop At: The Cango Caves, 328 Approximately 30km (19 miles) from town on the R, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
    Included activity. Guests can opt for the Adventure or Heritage tour.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ronnie's Sex Shop, R62, Barrydale South Africa
    The famous bar on Route 62, Ronnie's Sex Shop
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: C.P Nel Museum, 3 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
    Visible when driving past

    Stop At: Karusa Vineyards, Shoemanshoek Valley, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
    Wine o'clock! Sample a range of local Klein Karoo wines
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Tonight we will have a traditional South African braai! You can sample ostrich if you wish. Vegetarian option available
    Accommodation included: Backpacker or Guest House Accommodation

    Day 2: Oudtshoorn - Robinson Pass - Safari - Mossel Bay

    Stop At: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503, South Africa
    Safari time! Spend 3-4 hours out on Game Drive, searching for wildlife like giraffe, hippo, lion, buffalo, elephant, zebra and many more.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Santos Beach, Mossel Street, Mossel Bay 6506 South Africa
    Guests can opt to spend some time on the spectacular beaches of Mossel Bay
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: St. Blaize Trail, Mossel Bay South Africa
    Guests can opt to hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Market Street, Mossel Bay 6506 South Africa
    Optional activity: Guests can opt to visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Cape St Blaize Lighthouse, Montagu Street, Mossel Bay South Africa
    You will see the lighthouse overlooking Mossel Bay

    Stop At: Skydive Mossel Bay, Skydive Hangar, Mossel Bay Airfield, Rooikat Str, Aalwyndal, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa
    Optional activity: Jump out of a plane at 10 000 feet with your tandem master. Impressive coastal, mountain, rivers and forest views
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Robinson Pass, Oudtshoorn South Africa
    A beautiful mountain pass, acting as a gateway to the Garden Route

    Stop At: Point of Human Origins, Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay, 6511, South Africa
    Optional activity: Join a historical cave tour on the coastline, showcasing early evidence for modern human behaviour.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Backpacker or Guest House accommodation

    Day 3: Mossel Bay - Tsitsikamma - Sedgefield

    Stop At: Cola Beach, Sedgefield, Knysna South Africa
    Go for a stroll on the beach or sit down with a drink to watch the sunset
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Knysna Lagoon, The coast of the city, Knysna 6571 South Africa
    View the Lagoon when driving alongside it on the way to Tsitsikamma

    Stop At: Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Knysna South Africa
    Free time in Tsitsikamma National Park to hike, swim or just relax
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Face Adrenalin, Bloukrans River Bridge, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
    Optional activity: En route to Tsitsikamma National Park, we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world's highest bungee jump bridge (216m).

    Adventure seekers can opt for the bungee jump or a zipline adventure instead of spending time in the Park.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Untouched Adventures, Storms River Mouth, 6309, South Africa
    Optional activity: Guests have the option to join a kayak & lilo tour in Tsitsikamma National Park
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Backpacker or Guest House accommodation

    Day 4: Sedgefield - Wilderness - Cape Town

    Stop At: Eden Adventures, Fairy Knowe Hotel, Dumbleton Road, Wilderness, 6560, South Africa
    A beautiful canoeing and hiking experience in the stunning Wilderness National Park. Explore the Park by canoe, going up the river for about 45 minutes before leaving the canoes and hiking further into the forest. Following the same route back.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Wilderness National Park, Wilderness South Africa
    Incredible birdlife, indigenous forest, river and waterfall
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up on Friday 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, Strand and Somerset West. 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 7:30 in Stellenbosch. We will get in touch with you the Thursday before your tour to arrange a specific pick up time.

    Airports

    • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa
    Departure Time
    6:00 AM
    Duration
    4 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • 3 nights accommodation (backpacker or guesthouse options)
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Pickup and drop-off
    • Services of a professional local tour guide
    • Cango Caves tour
    • Game drive
    • Local wine tasting
    • Tsitsikamma National Park
    • Wilderness National Park
    • Entry/Admission - The Cango Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Karusa Vineyards
    • Entry/Admission - Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
    • Entry/Admission - Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Eden Adventures
    • Entry/Admission - Wilderness National Park
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Lunches
    • Dinner on Day 2
    • Optional activities: skydive, sandboard, bungee jump, zipline, human origin tour, kayak & lilo
    • Entry/Admission - Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
    • Entry/Admission - Skydive Mossel Bay
    • Entry/Admission - Point of Human Origins
    • Entry/Admission - Face Adrenalin
    • Entry/Admission - Untouched Adventures
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pick up/drop off points: Cape Town central (central business district, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point, Observatory, Rondebosch), the airport, or Stellenbosch. Please contact us if you need to arrange pick up outside of these areas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Very nice trip! We enjoyed it a lot! Accommodation and organized trips were all excellent! Would book again
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    Response from Earthstompers, General Manager at 4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour from Cape Town
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Hello, Thanks very much for the great review and for rating your experience 5 stars! We're very happy to hear that you had a good time and thank you for recommending our tour! Safe Travels Cindy & the Earthstompers Team
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    We decided to see a bit of the real South Africa while we were visiting, so chose the 4 day garden route adventure tour. Our only reservation was what the guest house accommodation would be like. Absolutely fantastic, everywhere we stayed had its own pool, breakfast was
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    Response from Earthstompers, General Manager at 4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour from Cape Town
    Responded 2 Jul 2019
    Good day, Daniel Thank you for the wonderful feedback and for rating your Earthstompers experience 5 stars! We are very pleased to read the comments about your tour. Thank you for mentioning the standard of the Guest Houses, we're very glad you enjoyed them so much :) Over the past 10+ years we have partnered with some really awesome accommodation establishments whom we look forward to visiting every week. We will pass your compliments on to Ferne, thank you. Thanks also for recommending our tour! Safe Travels Cindy
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    The tour was well organized and packed with either activity or travel. The "backpacker" accommodations exceeded expectations and were excellent value for money. Finally, Christine, our guide was engaged and were quite passionate about the area and the tour.
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    Response from Earthstompers, General Manager at 4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour from Cape Town
    Responded 14 May 2019
    Good day, Michael Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience with Earthstompers! Super happy to hear that you had a great time on the Garden Route with Christine. Thank you for the compliments about organization and accommodations, we appreciate it and are happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Safe Travels and we hope you will return to SA for further travels in the future! Cindy & the Earthstompers Team
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    The tour was well organised, fun and never rushed. Our guide Christine was awesome and funny and she taught us a lot about SA.
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    Response from Earthstompers, General Manager at 4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour from Cape Town
    Responded 14 May 2019
    Hello Carina, Thank you so much for the 5 star review! Yay! We appreciate the feedback and are so happy to hear you had a great time on your Earthstompers Adventure with Christine. We will pass along your positive comments to her :) Thanks for taking the time to review your experience! Safe Travels, Cindy & the Earthstompers Team
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    Just came back to the US from an amazing trip in South Africa and so glad that I chose Earthstompers for my garden route part of my trip. In just 4 days we did so much and were so lucky that Ferne was guiding us through it. She's amazing and so grateful that she was part of our
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    Response from Earthstompers, Manager at 4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour from Cape Town
    Responded 2 Apr 2019
    Hello there, Thank you SO much for the awesome review! Yay! We're so happy to hear about the great time you had on our tour! Ferne is a very special lady and excellent guide. We're really lucky to have such a strong and passionate team of guides leading our tours. We're very proud of them. I will be sure to pass along these lovely compliments to her. We're glad you enjoyed the Garden Route, it holds a very special place in our hearts. Thank you for recommending us and our tours! Safe Travels Cindy & the Earthstompers Team #stillstomping
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