You are welcomed at the airport and transported to the 5-star Saltycrax Backpackers in Table View. SaltyCrax Backpackers is a 5-star hostel located in Table View, an adventure paradise & west coast suburb of Cape Town. The hostel is a mere 5 minute walk from the beachfront, boasting fabulous restaurants, bars, shops, public transport, as well as the beautiful white beaches of Blouberg & famous Kite Beach. Saltycrax has a vibrant lapa area which is home to the reception desk and activity center, ready to welcome you and assist you with all your package arrangements. A large communal living space, fully equipped self-catering kitchen and plenty of luscious garden scenes fill the property, creating an unexpected atmosphere for you to get comfortable, relax and make unforgettable memories. At night a traditional South African meal is prepared for you. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with new people from around the world. You will spend the night at Saltycrax.
Start the day with breakfast at Saltycrax Backpackers and then, let us show you the reasons why Cape Town has become such an amazing culinary destination!
Your first stop is in the city for a coffee tasting and tour of the oldest artisan coffee roasters in South Africa. From here we head to the Company’s Garden for a walk about and some local snacks, before heading off to Woodstock - a vibrant hidden gem on the outskirts of town - for a craft beer & food pairing. Now for something sweet, because… Why not! A tour of a chocolate factory, complete with tasting and a hot chocolate to follow.
After your sweet-tooth has been satisfied we head back to the city to start our walking tour up Bree Street, Cape Town’s coolest strip, coveted by locals and tourists alike. Along the way we will sink our teeth into South Africa’s favourite snack, biltong, before heading off to the iconic and colourful district of Bo Kaap. Here you will sample the delights of the Cape’s Eastern traditions, including samoosas, koeksisters and an amazing array of spices. Finish the day off with a wonderful cheese platter accompanied with a sample of SA’s best wines whilst chatting to the cheesemaker.
In the evening, you can join the staff, 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.
With a professional local guide by your side, you’ll have the opportunity to get a true sense of the beauty and diversity of Cape Town as you meander along some of the city’s most precious gems.
Cape Town is famed for her iconic Table Mountain, but this city has far more to offer than just that. Just a short drive from the inner city, diverse fauna and flora, spectacular views and cultural delights will wow you. This tour combines the best experiences the Cape Peninsula has to offer, all in one actioned packed itinerary.
Travel to Hout Bay harbour and enjoy free time to wander independently and revel in an unparalleled cultural experience, with local traders, informal markets, fresh fish and chips and more. Or choose to board a glass-bottomed boat and cruise to Duiker Island to view the lazy Cape Fur seals as they bob about and soak up the sun. Meander along the sheer drops of Chapman’s Peak Drive as you make your way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Upon entry be sure to look out for roaming ostriches or mischievous baboons as you drive up to the breath-takingly scenic Cape Point. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, as the short hike to the top is not to be missed, offering panoramic views of the peninsula and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Having your photo taken at the famed Cape of Good Hope sign, marking the southwestern-most tip of Africa, is a must.
Next up, you can get your fix of cuteness as you walk alongside African penguins at Boulders beach and learn about these endangered creatures and the efforts being made to conserve them.
Grab a bite to eat before getting collected at the hostel for the next part of your exciting journey. Pick ups are usually very early, so be sure to set alarms. Your collection is part of a tight schedule and the driver-guide may not be able to wait for you if you are not ready on time.
You should pack all your belongings as you will be on the road for the next few days, and only return to us for one night before your departure. Feel free to chat to our reception desk about storing any extra luggage that you may not wish to take with you. *Luggage is stored at your own risk.
Cape Town - Wilderness - Sedgefield
After your morning pick-up, it’s easy to daydream and miss the ever-changing scenery on your first day’s drive from Cape Town. You’ll wind your way through mountain passes where lazy baboons line the roadside; through fertile micro-climates with rows and rows of grapevines and rolling farmlands. A morning stop at Riviersonderend allows those with change in their pockets to indulge in the South African penchant for home-baked pastry like the creamy and delicious milk tart (Melktert) that the country claims from its Dutch origins.
The abundance of aloe lining the roadside heralds your arrival in Albertinia and provides plenty of Instagram opportunities with bigger-than-big succulents. By stark contrast the oasis-like towns of Wilderness and George are surrounded by lush national parks and an afternoon canoe paddle provides the perfect setting to bird watch and enjoy the clean wild air.
For those that savour a great night’s sleep, tonight’s end destination - the coastal towns of Sedgefield or Knysna - promises just that. In keeping with the pace in these parts, it’d be an outrage not to sip sundowners as you watch the sun sink below the watery horizon.
Have breakfast before hitting the road for the next part of your onwards journey to J-bay. Pristine wild and adventure go hand in hand on this adrenaline-packed day. From a morning spent admiring the views from the imposing Knysna Heads to ocean and green river views atop Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump, or as you ziplining over gushing river gorges in the Tsitsikamma forest.
The bungy bridge itself is fairly unassuming as you drive over it, but it’s pretty apparent from the squeals and screams that this isn’t your average photo stop. Here, seemingly normal people hurtle face first down the 216m drop only to spring back up on their elastic cord like a yo-yo. So if you're feeling daring, why not face your fears and have a go? This region is a playground for the outdoors and for those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground, a visit to the lush forests of the Tsitsikamma area provides the requisite photo opportunity.
As you head to the coastal belt, paradise-like towns such as Plettenberg Bay show why it and the Tsitsikamma National Park are favourites with holidaying locals. The short but steep walk to Tsitsikamma’s suspension bridge is worth it for the views alone and you’ll likely get a thrill as fellow explorers test its swing factor.
The large white caps (or seahorses as the locals call the wave crests) of Jeffreys Bay mark your departure from the official Garden Route and your arrival into South Africa’s quintessential ‘Surf City’. Hang ten with the locals, hire a board and hit the beach, sandboard on the dunes, shop and slip into a relaxed frame of mind.
Knysna Heads Walk
Tsitsikamma National Park Explore
A pre-dawn wake-up call might seem hard to take at first, but trust me, it’s worth getting an early start for your Addo game drive to see even more wildlife as the bush awakes. Your guide will use their experience to pinpoint the whereabouts of the park’s big game animals while deftly navigating the maze of dusty dirt roads in search of most of the Big Five from the safety of the tour van.
From its humble beginnings with just 11 elephants, Addo is now the third-largest national park in South Africa and a sanctuary to more than 500 wild African elephants. Set within a dense valley bushveld in the Sundays River Region, the park offers natural encounters with the much sort after Big Five - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and the elusive and nocturnal leopard (or Big Seven if you count the great whites and seasonal southern right whales in Addo’s marine section).
Expect to see warthogs, zebras, a variety of antelope, Cape buffalo, meerkats and the elusive black rhinoceros if you’re extra lucky. And when it comes to Africa’s ‘Small Five’, road signs warn drivers to give way to the flightless dung beetles, which are listed as vulnerable and are found almost exclusively in the mega-park.
Addo Elephant NP game drive in tour van
South Africa delivers on its contrasts with landscape and lifestyle as you leave the Indian Ocean shoreline behind and wind your way through the Langkloof Mountains to the arid lands of the Klein Karoo. Here, the ostrich reigns supreme. Bird-filled paddocks line the highway with colourful feather stalls and show farms around every corner as you head into Oudtshoorn. A visit to the Cango Ostrich Show Farm gives you a glimpse into the farming industry, allowing you to observe the world’s biggest bird beak-to-beak. Now it's time to delve deep underground into the magical Cango Caves' limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt either for the easy-going Heritage Tour or, by contrast, the Adventure Tour. Subject to availability, return to the wild for a 4x4 game drive with a knowledgeable game ranger at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve for a possible sighting of resident rhino and giraffe (optional extra). Oudtshoorn hospitality is second-to-none and here's where we spend the night.
As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, join an optional stroll with rescued elephants - you are in Africa after all - along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made this their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you'll never forget.
After your morning adventure, it’s time to head back to Cape Town along the famous Route 62, modelled after America’s Route 66, but with a distinctly local flavour. Route 62 is more than just burgers and beers, farm stalls or small country towns, the highway is also the longest wine route in the Western Cape. Oenophiles will be in their element with a wine pit stop to sample wines en route to Stellenbosch. This is the end of your adventure.
Wine tasting on Route 62
Drop off in Cape Town at your accommodation (accommodation not included)
7 nights accommodation of your choice
Self-service breakfast each morning
Cape Town Foodie walking tour
Cape Peninsula Tour
Garden Route roadtrip with inclusions