The BEST of the Western Cape in just under two weeks. First explore Cape Town and its many attractions and then head up the Garden Route to jump the highest bungy or face the fearsome Great White sharks.
This is the best way to experience a bit of everything this wonderful province has to offer.
• Cape Town walking or bus tour
• Hiking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head
• Cape Point
• Quad biking
• Big 5 game drive
• Hot springs
• Cango Caves
• Ostrich Farm
• World’s highest bungy jump
• Whale & dolphin boat ride
• Aloe factory
• Zip-line tour
• Shark cage diving
• Elephant Sanctuary
24 DAYS/24 NIGHTS
Price: ZAR 14,060
Tour Code: CTGR
• Airport transfer
• 24 nights dorm accommodation
• All transfers by road
Day 1: Welcome BBQ
Day 2: Walking tour or hop on hop off bus
Day 3: Entrance to Cape of Good Hope, Entrance to Chapman’s Peak, Entrance to Penguin Reserve
Day 4: Guided Township culture tour, Wine & Cheese tasting, Port & Chocolate pairing
Day 5: Hermanus visit (whales or shark diving optional extra)
Day 6: Entrance to Cango Wildlife Ranch, Ostrich farm tour and optional ostrich riding (under 75kg)
Day 7: Cango Caves adventure tour, Visit to Knysna Heads
Day 8: Entrance to Addo National Park, 3 hour game drive in tour bus through Addo National Park, Entrance to Wilderness National Park
Day 9: Wilderness canoeing, Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
• Placement – level test
• All materials
• End of course certificate
• Teachers are all highly qualified CELTA (Cambridge) teachers
• Small classes of max 12 per class
• Free Net Languages online
• English courses whilst studying with International House Cape Town
DAY 1 – CAPE TOWN
- You will be collected from the airport and taken to the 4 star SaltyCrax Backpackers
- You will be shown around and given a map of the area
- You will have free time to explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants
- In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel
- Accommodation is provided in a dorm room
DAY 2 – CAPE TOWN CITY CENTRE
You can start the day with breakfast at SaltyCrax Backpackers. Then you have two options:
1. Walking tour through Cape Town
2. Hop on hop off bus pass for a tour through Cape Town
Your friendly local guide will teach you about the bus system before heading out to Cape Town city centre.
DAY 3 – CAPE TOWN – STELLENBOSCH
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 south-western 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 we will spend the night.
DAY 4 – STELLENBOSCK TO CAPE AGULHAS
After breakfast, a community leader will guide you on a walk through the vibrant Kayamandi Township where you can mingle with the locals and learn about the “The Struggle” and Xhosa culture. This is followed by wine & cheese and port & chocolate tastings at various wine estates in the area.
Lunch will be served in the gorgeous French-style village of Franschhoek where top-class restaurants and quaint shops are located. 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 where you will spend the nigh.
DAY 5 – CAPE AGULHAS TO CAPE TOWN
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 can spend the night on the famous Long Street in Cape Town centre or you can return to SaltyCrax in Table View.
DAY 6 – CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN
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. You’ll be taken on a tour through an ostrich farm, where the more daring among us can ride the ostriches (within weight limits) while 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, meerkat, birds and other wild animals. Here you’ll get the opportunity for 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). We will spend the night in the town of Oudtshoorn.
DAY 7 – OUDTSHOORN – JEFFERYS BAY
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 can 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 to absorb this beauty. We will spend the night in Jeffrey’s Bay – the surfer’s paradise.
DAY 8 – JEFFERYS BAY TO STORMS RIVER
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. This 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. The 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 rent 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.
DAY 9 – STORMS RIVER TO SEDGEFIELD
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 the zipline experience, 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. You can watch the bird life while we canoe on the Wilderness lagoon. We will spend the night at Myoli beach.
DAY 10 – SEDGEFIELD TO CAPE TOWN
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 Backpackers to watch the sun go down over the ocean and share your stories with the other guests.
DAY 11 – DAY 24
The week is spent on your Standard English Course. Lessons are held from Monday to Friday from 09:00 am to 12:40 pm.
Activity/tour days may be taken over weekends in between the language course, before or after.
Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense.
Optional activities: Paid locally
• Hout Bay boat trip to see seals (R60)
• Shark cage diving (R1450)
• All animal encounters at the Cango Wildlife Ranch
• Elephant Experience with walking and riding (R330)
• Bungy jumping (R750)
• Optional 4×4 Game drive in Addo (R240)
• Waterfall Ziplining (R350)
• Lion walk (R380)
• Meals and drinks