Learn English & garden route combo
This is the best way to experience a bit of everything that the Western Cape has to offer. Go on a 10 day 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!
- Airport pick up
- 24 nights accommodation ( 10 nights in dormitory & 14 nights in twin room)
- All transfers by road
- Welcome BBQ
- Walking Tour or Hop On Hop Off bus tour
- Cape Point Tour
- Guided township culture tour
- Wine & cheese tasting
- Port & Chocolate pairing
- Hermanus visit (whale watching/shark cage diving as optional extra)
- Cango Wildlife Ranch Tour
- Ostrich Farm Tour
- Cango Caves adventure tour
- Visit Knysna Heads
- Entrance to Addo National Park + 3 hour game drive
- Wilderness National Park
- Canoeing in Wilderness National Park
- Tsitsikamma National Park
Day 10 – 24:
- English Course
- Placement level test
- All rquired materials
- End of course certificate
- Qualified CELTA teachers
- Small classes (max. 12 per class)
- Free Net Languages online English courses while studying
Pricing on availability.
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.
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:
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.
Today you will embark on a tour of the Western Cape. You will travel to Hout Bay where you can absorb true “rainbow nation” energy in this coastal town with colourful fishing boats anchored in a lively harbour. Here you have the choice to take a trip to Duiker Island, home to thousands of Cape Fur seals (optional extra) before taking a drive down Chapman’s Peak. This spectacular winding coastal road cuts into the mountain and wraps around the Peninsula giving you the most amazing views on your way to Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Here you can wander along stone paths towards the historic lighthouse where wild waves crash into the tip of Africa’s most southwestern point or roam among the Cape’s fynbos landscape. Then it is back on the road to the university town of Stellenbosch in the winelands where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, a community leader will guide you on a walk through the vibrant Kayamandi Township where you will mingle with the locals and learn about the “The Struggle” and Xhosa culture. This is followed by a wine & cheese and port & chocolate tastings at various wine estates in the area. Lunch will be taken in the gorgeous French-style village of Franschhoek where top-class restaurants and quaint shops abound. From here you take the road less travelled to the official meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and the southernmost tip of Africa, at Cape Agulhas. You will spend the night in Cape Agulhas.
This morning, the brave at heart will rise early to go cage diving with the Great White Sharks. This is an optional extra but is an adrenaline rush that will never be forgotten. If you don’t feel like taking your chances with sharks, you could have a “whale” of a time instead in the laid-back town of Hermanus, known as the most exciting land-based whale watching spot in the world – especially from June to November. Next on the menu is Betty’s Bay, a seaside village which is home to a colony of more than 5000 African penguins. Then it is back to Cape Town via the picturesque coastal route, Clarence Drive. The road winds between the ocean and rugged mountains along the wild beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere. You will spend the night on the famous Long Street in Cape Town centre or you can return to SaltyCrax in Table View.
Along South Africa’s famous country road, the Route 62, you’ll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. We will also stop for a drink at a famous country pub. We tour an ostrich farm, where the more daring among us can ride the ostriches (within weight limits). The rest of us get to stand on their eggs. Make sure your friends take a picture of you hugging and kissing the world’s most friendly female ostrich, Betsie. 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, Bengal tiger, Nile crocodile, hippo’s meerkat, birds and other wild animals. Here you’ll get the opportunity of a personal ‘Natural Encounter’ to touch cheetahs, hug Bengal tiger cubs, wrap yourself in a python and even dive with Nile crocodiles! (all optional activities – with extra costs). You will spend the night in the town of Oudtshoorn.
On our trip from Oudtshoorn to Jeffrey’s Bay, an experienced guide will teach you about the orphaned elephants at the Elephant Feed and Ride, where you interact with the huge and lovable creatures. Feel the texture of their rough skin, scratch behind their ears, and even get a gentle trunk hug too. Experience the exhilarating adventure of an elephant back ride. Be at one with nature, high upon the shoulders of the largest living land mammal, and fall in love on a trunk-in-hand stroll (optional extra). 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. From here you will venture to the 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. We will spend the night in Jeffrey’s Bay – the surfer’s paradise.
Today you will be able to visit the Addo Elephant National Park (3-hour bus ride) which was proclaimed in 1931 to provide a safe haven for the few wild elephants who 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. There is also an optional two-hour safari in a 4×4 vehicle with a ranger at your own expense. After this you can go for a surf or just chill out in Jeffrey’s Bay. The backpackers hire out surf boards and wetsuits for a fee. We will stop at the Billabong, Rib Curl and Quicksilver factory shops for excellent deals before stopping in Storms River for the night.
One of your highlights today as we travel from Storms River to Myoli Beach is the Waterfall Zipline. The eight cable slides, of which the longest is 211m, zigzag across the river gorge, as high as 50m above the water in some places. (optional extra at R350). If you don’t want to zipline experience, then you can go for a walk in the forest. For the very daring, we visit the Bloukrans Bungee Jump – the world’s highest – for anyone who wishes to do this optional extra. Calm your nerves in the holiday town of Knysna which is the next stop. We will make a lunch stop at the Heads, where the sea crashes into two massive sandstone cliffs. After lunch we head off for Wilderness where you will find 18km of beaches cooled by sea spray, 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. We will spend the night at Myoli beach.
Myoli Beach is an undiscovered paradise and your accommodation is situated right on the beach, perfect for a morning swim before we head back to Cape Town. On our way back you can go on a Lion Walk where you can interact with young lions in a natural setting. We will then head back to SaltyCrax to watch the sun go down over the ocean and share your stories with the guests.
The rest of your stay is spent on your Standard English Course. Lessons are held from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 12:40pm. You will move to a hostel in Cape Town center close to the Language school where you will stay in a twin room.