16 day community & garden route combo

Overview

This is the best way to experience a bit of everything that the Western Cape has to offer. Spend the fist few days helping in the settlements with disadvantaged children who come from extreme poverty. Then go on a journey from Cape Town along the Garden Route. Hang out with ostriches in Oudtshoorn, jump the highest bungee jump in the world, visit the elephants in Addo National Park, explore the waters of Wilderness in a canoe and much more!

Included:
  • Airport pick up
  • Welcome BBQ
  • Breakfast on morning 1 – 10
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • All transfers by road
  • Walking Tour or Hop On Hop Off bus tour
  • Canoeing in Wilderness National Park
  • Tsitsikama National Park
  • Entrance to Addo National Park + 2 hour game drive
  • Ostrich Farm Tour
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch Tour
Prices

Depending on which type of accommodation you choose the prices for this tour are as follows:

Dorm room: ZAR 11720
You will share a dormitory room which sleeps 4-10 people.

Private Room: ZAR 14770
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

Sharing Private Room: ZAR 13130 p.p.
This option is ideal if you are travelling with your family or a small group of friends and prefer a bit more privacy.

DAY 1:

You are welcomed at the airport and taken to the SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from all bars, restaurants, the beach, shops and transport terminals. Early arrivals can spend the day either on a tour through the Cape Town city centre (Own expense) or just relax on the beautiful white beaches with picturesque views of Table Mountain. In the evening, we meet at the hostel for a traditional South African BBQ called a braai. After a good meal, you can roll down to the local bars and pubs where you can spend the rest of the night at leisure.

DAY 2:

Start the day with breakfast at SaltyCrax Backpackers.Your friendly SaltyCrax staff member will teach you about the bus system before you head out to Cape Town city centre. Once you get to the city centre, you have two options to choose from:

Walking Tour:
Do a walking tour visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid in South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall.

The Hop On Hop Off bus tour:
Board this topless bus that takes you to all the sites you need to see, such as Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain… all from the comfort of your seat!

After one of the above activities you can take a bus or walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour or walk around taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the sidewalks. Alternatively you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, or visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held in prison during the apartheid era (at own expense).

In the evening head back on the local bus to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need. Later, you can join the staff, other guests and the locals at one of the restaurants or bars along the beachfront in Table View – all within rolling distance from the hostel where you will be staying the night.

DAY 3:

Today you have the day off to take part in one of many optional activities we have to offer. Go surfing, sandboarding, skydiving or simply relax on the beach.

You will get your orientation with one of SAVE’s volunteer project leaders who will go through all you need to know for the next week.

DAY 4 – 8:

Start volunteering with SAVE.

You will spend the next 5 days helping in the settlements with disadvantaged children who come from extreme poverty.

DAY 9 – 10:

These days are free days for you to tick those last few things in Cape Town off the bucket list before heading on your trip of the Garden Route. Go to reception to get assistance on booking some fun activities or finding out what’s hot.

DAY 11:

It’s an early start as we depart towards the Garden Route and an area known as Wilderness. Here you’ll find 18km of beaches cooled by sea spray with five lakes, five rivers and two estuaries. Wilderness is one of nature’s jewels and is a protected National Park. Canoe on the Wilderness lagoon and watch the bird life while we glide over the water in our pure nature encounter. After this, we head to the sleepy hollow town of Sedgefield and spend the night at Myoli beach, an undiscovered paradise perfect for swim or surf where your accommodation is situated right on the beach. Take your first swim in the Indian Ocean, enjoy some sundowners and reminisce around the fire.

DAY 12:

Our first stop of the day is the holiday town of Knysna. We take a quick drive to the Knysna Heads, where below, the sea crashes into two massive sandstone cliffs – a great photo opportunity. Next is the ultimate adventure activity on this tour – the world’s highest bungee bridge jump at 216m’s high. This optional extra is must do for anyone who wants that rush of adrenalin.

Next, we calm things down a bit and travel to the tranquil Tsitsikamma National Park where you can explore the marine reserve with its unique combination of dramatic coastal and forest landscapes. Walk along forest trails to a suspension bridge and find a quiet spot from where to absorb this beauty. Next up is another highlight of the day, the optional Waterfall Zipline. Made up of eight cable slides, of which the longest is 211m, zigzag across the river gorge, as high as 50m above the water in some places. If you don’t want the zipline experience, then you can go for a walk in the forest. Lastly, we make our way to the seaside town of Jeffreys Bay – the surfer’s paradise – where we spend the first of two nights.

DAY 13:

Today you will be able to visit the Big 5 Addo Elephant National Park, which was proclaimed in 1931 to provide a safe haven for the few wild elephants that survived government-sponsored culling in the early 20th century. Today the elephants number

in their hundreds, thanks to the efforts of the National Parks Board and a unique vegetation type – subtropical thicket, or valley bushveld. It is this thick, impenetrable vegetation that has not only provided protection for the elephants and buffalo in the area, but also provided a rich food source, supporting what is now the densest population of wild elephants on the planet. Our tour concentrates on finding and viewing elephants.

You’ll enjoy a two-hour game drive in the tour vehicle and there is also an additional optional two-hour safari in a 4×4 vehicle with a ranger at your own expense where you can search for the big 5 in their natural habitat.

After this you can go for a surf or just chill out in Jeffrey’s Bay. The backpackers hire out surfboards and wetsuits for a fee. We will stop at the Billabong, Rip Curl and Quicksilver factory shops for excellent deals before staying a second night in Jeffery’s Bay.

DAY 14:

Today we head inland towards the Klein Karoo. Once we arrive in the country town of Oudtshoorn we take a quick tour of an ostrich farm and learn more about the world’s largest bird. Make sure your friends take a picture of you hugging and kissing the world’s most friendly female ostrich, Betsie. From here, we visit the Cango Caves – an illuminated wonderland of subterranean magic and mystery, with passageways and chambers meandering far below. The tour will explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with colourful ancient stalactites and stalagmites. We spend the night in Oudtshoorn.

DAY 15:

We start the morning with an unforgettable experience. An expert guide will teach you about the orphaned elephants, where you interact with these huge and lovable creatures. Feel the texture of their rough skin; scratch behind their ears, and even get a gentle trunk hug too. From here you will be taken to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, a sanctuary to some of the world’s most endangered animals and contribute to conservation of over 60 species, including: white lion, cheetah, Nile crocodile, hippo’s, meerkat, birds and other wild animals. To end off this memorable trip, we make our way back to Cape Town along South Africa’s famous country road, the Route 62. Capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards and we’ll make an unusual stop at a famous country pub in the middle of nowhere. You return safely back at Saltycrax in the evening.

DAY 16:

After breakfast you head off onto your next adventure.

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