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Optional Add-Ons: ADVENTURE TOURS AND SAFARIS

SOUTH AFRICA

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Experience the awesome beauty of the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa in a fun-filled and unforgettable way! Choose one or more of these exciting adventure tours to add to your itinerary before or after your existing placement, or just on their own.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport with free Wi-Fi on board.

  • Qualified guide & driver

Included on tours of 2 days and longer:

  • Spacious dorm accommodation in SA’s top backpacker lodges

  • All bedding, duvets, pillows etc.

  • Breakfasts and dinners

(US$ prices are based on exchange rate of approx $1.5)
PLEASE CLICK ON HEADINGS BELOW FOR A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY FOR EACH TOUR

1-DAY ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN CAPE TOWN
These tours are an ideal way to explore the beauty of South Africa’s Mother City, while having an amazing experience at the same time. The tours run daily from Cape Town, and you will be collected and dropped at the accommodation you are staying at. Choose between a relaxed Cape Peninsula Tour followed by wine tasting in Constantia or an epic hiking, abseiling, sandboarding and surfing experience!

1-DAY ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN CAPE TOWN

ADVENTURE SAFARIS AND TOURS
Full itineraries for each of these safaris is given below, just click on the link

  • 3-DAY WILDLIFE SAFARI & BUNGEE ADVENTURE
    Price: £$290
    Leaves Cape Town every Friday and returns to Cape Town on the Sunday afternoon. Jump on this 3 day rip-roaring adventure through the Garden Route where we fit as much as we possibly can into 3 awesome days.

  • 4-DAY SURF SAFARI & WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
    Price: $320
    Leaves Cape Town every Thursday mornings (early). Returns to Cape Town on the Sunday afternoon.

  • 3-DAY GARDEN ROUTE SAFARI ADVENTURE (One-way to Port Elizabeth or Knysna)
    Price: $320
    Leaves Cape Town every Monday morning (early). The 4 Day tour is ideal for volunteers wanting to arrive at our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town and get to take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities. The tour bus will drop you off at either project destination mentioned above on Day 3.

  • 4-DAY CAVES, ELEPHANTS & LIONS ADVENTURE SAFARI
    Price: $430
    Leaves Cape Town every Monday morning (early). Packed fun-filled adventure, returning to Cape Town on Thursdays.

  • 5-DAY SHARKS, ADVENTURE & WILDLIFE SAFARI (One-way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or Knysna)
    Price: $460
    Leaves Cape Town every Saturday morning (early)..
    This is the ideal tour for volunteers wanting to arrive at our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town and get to take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities. The tour bus will drop you off at any of the destinations listed above on Day 5
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  • 6-DAY EXTREME ADVENTURE & WILDLIFE SAFARI (Return from Cape Town)
    Price: $515
    Leaves Cape Town on a Saturday morning and returns to Cape Town the following Thursday afternoon.
    The Full Monty! Perfect for everyone at the start or end of your placement in South Africa!
    Each tour is professionally organised, driven and guided by an experienced African tour leader and the itineraries are jam-packed full of unique African experiences and exciting discoveries.

These tours are VERY popular, so book now to secure your spaces!

"After one week back home, I have still all these pictures of our Cape to Garden Route tour in my mind! Whenever I feel stressed now, I just close my eyes and see those graceful dolphins again, coming so close to our boat at Cape Agulhas. For me, the tour was something like the perfect mix of laid-back travelling in stunning landscapes and accommodations at some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I really enjoyed sitting around the fireplace at night with a few beers, just chatting about the next day, the world, or life in general. Thank you!"

TOUR ITINERARIES

UNIQUE CAPE PENINSULA & WINE TOUR
We begin the morning with a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses of the Bokaap while sampling some of the local traditional snacks before heading through the exclusive seaside suburbs of Clifton and Campsbay where we have a short photo stop.

We then carry on along Victoria drive, through Houtbay and along the scenic Chapmans Peak Drive eventually arriving at The Cape of Good hope Nature Reserve where we have the option of doing a 40 minute hike from the most south west tip of Africa, Cape of Good Hope to the Cape Point Light House.

We then start driving north to Boulder Beach Penguin colony, where on a nice day you can actually swim with these sea birds! By this stage you would have built up quite an appetite. We stop for a traditional Cape lunch of fish ‘n chips in the old Kalk Bay harbour where the local fishing community goes back generations.

After everyone has had their fill, we stop briefly at the Shark Spotter, entrusted by the local surfers of Muizenberg to look out for Great White Sharks. From here we travel through the lush Constantia Valley to one of the oldest wine farms outside of Europe for a relaxing end of the day wine tasting experience, where we also learn about the history of farming in the Cape in beautiful surroundings.

Included Highlights: Lunch and refreshments in Kalk Bay, Cape of Good Hope Entrance Fee & Boulders Beach Entry Fee to see penguins, Wine Tasting in the Constantia Wine Valley, Walking tour of Bo-Kaap.

HIKING (TABLE MOUNTAIN), ABSEILING, SANDBOARDING & SURFING COMBO
Have you ever wanted to hike up the legendary Table Mountain? Speed down a steep sand dune? Or how about cruise down the open face of a wave? You start the day off with a 2 hour hike up the front of Table Mountain and you then the slightly insane have the option of doing a 112m abseil from the top!

You then take the cable car down the mountain where you will take the scenic route to Houtbay, stopping in Camps Bay along the route for a photo opportunity. Once in Houtbay your guide will teach you the basic sandboarding techniques before letting you experience the speed and thrill of sandboarding yourself!

From here you will cross over Constantia Neck to the False Bay coast where you will climb into you wetsuits, jump on your surf board and hit the waves for a surf lesson. Once back on dry land you will head back to your hotel. I am sure you will be talking about this action packed day for a long time!

Included Highlights: Light snacks and refreshments, fish and chips lunch, hiking sandboarding & surfing.

3 DAY – WILDLIFE SAFARI & BUNGEE ADVENTURE
(Return from/to Cape Town)
On this trip you can experience a Game Drive, a walk with Lions, a local farmers market, an elephant and a monkey sanctuary, the Cango caves AND The World’s highest Bungee!!!

Day 1 ǀ Friday: Overberg, Garden Route, Sedgefield
We leave the Mother City behind and head east along the N2 past Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa to a Private Game Reserve on the edge of the Garden Route. Here we go on a safari where you can see Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah and Giraffe in their natural habitat.
After lunch we stop at another private game reserve where you have the opportunity to take a photographic walk with lions! Here you have a chance to walk side by side and even stroke these majestic creatures. From here we make our way to Sedgefield where we stay at a beautiful private Cape to Addo backpacker’s house where a good time is virtually guaranteed.
Included Highlight: Big 5 Game Drive Safari
Optional Activities: Cat Walk – Walking with Lions

Day 2 ǀ Saturday: Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma, Bungee
We begin our day with a visit to a popular local farmers and craft market in the village. We then make our way to an Elephant Sanctuary for orphaned elephants where you learn about, and interact with them before having lunch at a Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area. Our next stop is always one of the highlights of the tour . . . the Bloukrans River Bridge, home to the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters! From here it’s back to Sedgefield for dinner and to carry on with the festivities.
Included Highlight: Local craft and farmers market
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking.

Day 3 ǀ Sunday: Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn, return to Cape Town via Route 62
We head over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Town of Oudtshoorn, known as the “Ostrich Capital of the world”. Here we visit the Cango Caves to go on either an adventure or standard tour through some very large chambers with spectacular limestone formations that are millions of years old. If you chose the adventure tour be prepared to start squeezing through some very tight spaces.If caves are not for you, then you will be able to visit the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch where you have the opportunity to stroke a cheetah or even go cage diving with crocodiles! We then start heading home along the scenic Route 62 through the Klein Karoo.
Included Highlight: Cango Caves Adventure or Standard tour or Cango Wildlife ranch entrance

We will drop you off back at your original pick up point in the Cape Town city centre unless otherwise requested.
We generally arrive back in Cape Town between 18:00 and 19:00 on the last day, although this cannot be guaranteed.

4 DAY – SURF SAFARI & WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
(Return from/to Cape Town)

Day 1 - Thursday: Cape Town to Myoli Beach - Big 5 Safari and walking with Lions
We leave the mother city behind and head towards the Garden Route. Our first stop is for a Big 5 safari game drive where you can see Lions, Rhinos, Elephant, Giraffe and cheetahs! Our next stop you will get the opportunity to walk with Lions. You have the option here of doing an hour long “walking with lions” tour where you will be able to get up close to these majestic animals. We then head on to our overnight stop in Sedgefield where you will have some time to relax or go down to the beach before dinner.
Included Highlight: Game Drive Safari
Optional Activities: Cat Walk – Walking with Lions

Day 2 - Friday: Myoli Beach to Storms River – Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Bloukrans Bungee!
This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to an Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants. We then visit a Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area. Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters! We then drive to Storms River where we will be spending the night, nestled inside the gorgeous Tsitsikamma Forest.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge tour

Day 3 - Saturday: Storms River – Jeffrey’s Bay day trip – Sedgefield
Black water tubing, Canopy tour, Surfing, shopping time, Knysna Heads


Waking up to the beautiful sounds of the Tsitsikamma forest we have quite a few options to choose from this morning.
You can choose to either take part in one/some of the many optional activities in and around Storms River, or go for a day trip down to the world famous Jeffrey’s Bay. If you decide to stick around in Storms River there are loads of optional activities to choose, from Black water tubing to educational Canopy tours through the forest.
For those who decide not to spend the day in Storms River, we have a day trip up to Jeffrey’s Bay. Jbay is one of the most famous surfing towns in the world, and not going for a surf or a surf lesson is highly frowned upon, so this morning you have time for either before going to the surf shops to score a bargain or 2.
We then leave the coast behind and take a relaxed drive back down towards Sedgefield for the night. If there is time we make a stop in Knysna on the way back where we stop to visit the famous Knysna Heads for some absolutely amazing pictures.
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay & Knysna Heads
Optional Activities: Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Beach time

Day 4 - Sunday: Sedgefield to Cape Town – Cango Caves OR Cango Wildlife Ranch
This morning we make our way straight over to the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo. Here we do a standard/adventure tour of the famous Cango Caves where you will be squeezing through some tight spaces and learning more about this unground wonder.
If caves aren’t your thing, don’t stress, you can go and check out the fun filled Cango Endangered Widlife Ranch where you have an opportunity to pet either a cheetah or tiger cubs…or both if you are lucky! We finish our 4 day tour with a scenic drive along the alternative route 62.
Included Highlight: Cango Wildlife Ranch entrance OR Cango Caves standard/adventure tour & R62 tour
Optional Activities: Cango Wildlife ranch activities (see below optional activities)

3-DAY GARDEN ROUTE SAFARI ADVENTURE
(One-Way Tour)

Day 1 – Monday ǀ Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch.
We leave the Mother City behind and head into the semi-arid Little Karoo along the scenic Route 62 driving to the town of Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world, it is situated in a beautiful, fertile valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. Here you can choose between:

  1.  The Cango Caves where we will embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. Or if you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

  2.  Go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

We then head over the Outeniqua Mountains to the lush coastal region known as the Garden Route where we will head to the beach town of Sedgefield where we spend our first night. If time allows we will also head to the beach for a swim in the Indian Ocean.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves OR Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 2 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park.
This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from:

1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.

Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest.
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 3 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s bay).
There are 2 options to choose from this morning.

  1. Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.

  2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

Included Highlight: Storms River/Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo & Knysna Heads.
Optional Activities: Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Addo Elephant NP tour (morning)

Please note:
• Volunteers destined for our Wildlife Sanctuary placement, can get dropped off at the project or choose to be fetched in Jeffrey’s Bay after the activities.
• Volunteers destined for the Knysna projects will be dropped off at our accommodation.

Day 4 – Thursday ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass.
After breakfast overlooking the ocean in Sedgefield, we start our journey back to Cape Town. Our first stop is a once in a lifetime experience, walking with lions! This informative walk allows you to get some amazing photos while getting up close and personal with these amazing creatures We then visit an Aloe factory in Albertinia and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry’s Pass. We arrive in Cape Town late Thursday afternoon.

Included Highlight: Lion Walk.

4-DAY CAVES, ELEPHANTS & LIONS ADVENTURE SAFARI
(Return from Cape Town)

Day 1 – Monday ǀ Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch.
We leave the Mother City behind and head into the semi-arid Little Karoo along the scenic Route 62 driving to the town of Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world, it is situated in a beautiful, fertile valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. Here you can choose between:

  1.  The Cango Caves where we will embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. Or if you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

  2.  Go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

We then head over the Outeniqua Mountains to the lush coastal region known as the Garden Route where we will head to the beach town of Sedgefield where we spend our first night. If time allows we will also head to the beach for a swim in the Indian Ocean.

Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves OR Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 2 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park.
This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from:

1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity.
Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.

Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest.
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour

Day 3 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s Bay).
There are 2 options to choose from this morning.

1. Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

Included Highlight: Storms River/Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo & Knysna Heads.
Optional Activities: Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Addo Elephant NP tour (morning)

Day 4 – Thursday ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass.
After breakfast overlooking the ocean in Sedgefield, we start our journey back to Cape Town. Our first stop is a once in a lifetime experience, walking with lions! This informative walk allows you to get some amazing photos while getting up close and personal with these amazing creatures We then visit an Aloe factory in Albertinia and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry’s Pass. We arrive in Cape Town late Thursday afternoon.

Included Highlight: Lion Walk.

A brilliant trip and definitely a better alternative to organising the trip by myself, although the days were structured, it was flexible enough so that everyone was happy. I did so much this week that I’d never have done otherwise!"

5-DAY – SHARKS ADVENTURE & WILDLIFE SAFARI
(One Way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or Knysna)

Day 1 – Saturday ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus
Departing Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins today as we join the world famous whale route in Gordons Bay for a stunning drive along the picturesque R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After an opportunity to take some photographs and a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park.

After a visit to the lookout point we make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November). After our cruise we take a walk back to our accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere. This day is designed to be a relaxing one for you to get to know your fellow travellers, to get used to travelling in our vehicle and to settle into the comfortable routine of life on tour.

Included Highlight: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus/Shopping Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
Optional Activities: Shark cage diving

Day 2 – Sunday ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike
Starting with a relaxing breakfast we then start driving inland again, this time towards the famed Garden Route! After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers in the area, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall. We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.

Included Highlight: Canoe trip & hike to waterfall

Day 3 – Monday ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Ranch
We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, and offers the wildlife and adventure enthusiast loads to choose from!

The Cango Caves will be the first stop and here we’ll embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Next is an option to view and ride ostriches on a working ostrich farm, or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.

Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves
Optional Activities: Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction applies to riders). Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch

Day 4 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park
This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options
to choose from:

1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.

Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 5 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping.
There are 2 options to choose from this morning.

  1.  Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.

  2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

We then take a relaxed drive back towards Sedgefield for the night. If there is time available we will visit the famous Knysna Heads for some absolutely amazing pictures where the ocean meets the inlet to the Knysna Lagoon.

Included Highlight: Storms River/Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo & Knysna Heads
Optional Activities: Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Addo Elephant NP tour (morning)

Please note:
• Volunteers destined for our Wildlife Sanctuary placement, can get dropped off at the project or choose to be fetched in Jeffrey’s Bay after the activities.
• Volunteers destined for the Knysna projects will be dropped off at our accommodation

6-DAY TOUR – EXTREME ADVENTURE & WILDLIFE SAFARI
(Return from/to Cape Town)

Day 1 – Saturday ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus
Departing Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins today as we join the world famous whale route in Gordons Bay for a stunning drive along the picturesque R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After an opportunity to take some photographs and a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park.

fter a visit to the lookout point we make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November). After our cruise we take a walk back to our accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere. This day is designed to be a relaxing one for you to get to know your fellow travellers, to get used to travelling in our vehicle and to settle into the comfortable routine of life on tour.

ncluded Highlight: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus / Shopping. Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
Optional Activities: Shark cage diving

Day 2 – Sunday ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike
Starting with a relaxing breakfast we then start driving inland again, this time towards the famed Garden Route! After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers in the area, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall. We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.

Included Highlight: Canoe trip & hike to waterfall

Day 3 – Monday ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Ranch
We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, and offers the wildlife and adventure enthusiast loads to choose from!

The Cango Caves will be the first stop and here we’ll embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Next is an option to view and ride ostriches on a working ostrich farm, or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.

Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves
Optional Activities: Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction apply to riders). Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 4 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park
This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from:

1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.

Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour

Day 5 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping.
There are 2 options to choose from this morning.

  1.  Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.

  2.  Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

We then take a relaxed drive back towards Sedgefield for the night. If there is time available we will visit the famous Knysna Heads for some absolutely amazing pictures where the ocean meets the inlet to the Knysna Lagoon.

Included Highlight: Storms River/Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo & Knysna Heads
Optional Activities: Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Addo Elephant NP tour (morning)

Day 6 – Thursday ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass
After breakfast overlooking the ocean in Sedgefield, we start our journey back to Cape Town. Our first stop is a once in a lifetime experience, walking with lions! This informative walk allows you to get some amazing photos while getting up close and personal with these amazing creatures We then visit an Aloe factory in Albertinia and enjoy a wonderful scenic drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry’s Pass. We arrive in Cape Town Thursday afternoon.

Optional Activities: Lion Walk

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY RATES
Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice as per the service providers.

NB: The Shark Cage Dive MUST be booked in advance when making your Add-On booking. The shark operator company will fetch you from your Cape Town accommodation very early in the morning and the tour bus will meet up with you in the afternoon (after your dive) to continue the safari tour.

Activity Price

  • Shark Cage Diving R1750

  • Elephant walking and feeding R360

  • Elephant walking and feeding plus riding R480

  • Monkeyland R150

  • Bloukrans Bungee Jump R790

  • Bloukrans Bridge walking tour R120

  • Black Water Tubing R450

  • Black Water Tubing R450

  • Surfboard & wetsuit rental per hour R50

  • Surfing Lessons (2 hours) R200

  • Lion Walk R380

  • Cango Ostrich Farm R75

  • Cheetah Petting R200

  • Cub encounter R330

  • Crocodile Cage Diving R330

  • Lemur encounter R170

  • Reptile encounter R95

Please see www.xe.com to convert the SA Rand prices to your local currency.

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation is usually in dorm-room accommodation in specially handpicked backpacker’s lodges. Single and double rooms are available on request and the difference in price will be for your own expense. Please submit request with your application
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