WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
This week long tour will start in Port Elizabeth and finish in Cape Town. Travelling along South Africa’s famous Garden Route, you and your fellow travel companions will get to see some of the most scenic coastline and pristine white sand beaches in the whole of South Africa. Travelling through steep gorges and past beautiful lagoons, around the spectacular mountain ranges of Langeberg and Riviersonderend and of course marvelling at the impressive Table Mountain. You will get the opportunity to hike through ancient forests and wetlands and visit some of the best on shore whale and dolphin watching sites in the world.
You will start your journey in the bustling city of Port Elizabeth, a hub of laid back social living with a university campus and plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants and a casino to keep you entertained and a perfect place to get to know your fellow travellers. It is South Africa’s second oldest city and has a beautiful harbour and Blue Flag beaches perfect for relaxing.
You will then move on to one of South Africa’s most famous surf hot spots, the laid back Jefferson’s Bay, where you will get the opportunity to ride the waves with the best of them. If you’re a surf addict, there are plenty of trendy shops, bars and restaurants to keep you entertained.
Next it’s back to nature at the awesome Tsitiskamma National Park which covers a vast area of ancient forest that extends down to the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean. You can trek through the ancient trees to beautiful waterfalls and for those seeking an adrenaline rush, there are a range of extra activities that you can get involved in such as white water rafting!
The quaint town of Knysna is another highlight of the trip, famous for its pictuesque lagoon and quays. Go for a swim or snorkel in these pristine waters or simply soak up the atmosphere in one of the many stylish beachfront cafes.
Onto Oudtshoorn! This inland town offers a unique cultural experience and is the ostrich farming capital of the world. If you’re lucky you may even get the chance to see the famous ostrich races. Your group can then choose between seeing some more of South Africa’s wildlife at a crocodile ranch and exploring the famous limestone staligtites and staligmites at Cango Caves.
Last but not least, immerse yourself in everything that Cape Town has to offer. As the home of the national parliament and one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations the city has a strong multicultural buzz. There is plenty to keep you busy; stroll along beautiful beaches or around the picturesque harbour and learn more about the Rainbow Nation's turbulent history at museums dedicated to the plight of Nelson Mandela and the dark days of apartheid. Experience all of this set against the dramatic back drop of Table Mountain, arguably one of the most famous landmarks in Africa.
This trip can also be upgraded with an option to take part in some truly amazing wildlife conservation volunteering before your Garden Route tour. Based in a private game reserve outside Port Elizabeth this volunteering placement offers close encounters with Africa’s Big Five. Examples of the type of work you could be involved in include: monitoring lions and their cubs, feeding and cleaning the elephants in the on site elephant sanctuary, fence patrols and vegetation rehabilitation and the eradication of invasive plant species. Any volunteers joining in the month of February may even have the opportunity to get involved in assisting in the annual game capture.