Where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet, The South Africa eastern cape is an adventure to put on your bucket list. Between Cape Town and Swaziland, the Garden Route gives you everything you want in a epic adventure. Caves, hiking, safari’s, and amazing villages welcome you to create your own experience.
A good place to start your adventure is in Cape Town where there is plenty to do and see. Some advice, save cost by staying on one of many Cape Town Hostels. They know the area and can hook you up with some very fun things to do. But don’t get comfortable, only stay a few days and take a drive on the Garden Route all the way up the Coast. This is where the rubber meets the road…literally.
First stop: The Klien Roo in Oudtshoorn. This is a great place to hang out and see some amazing caves or visit a huge Ostrich Farm. Stay at the Kleinplass Resort and camp in their campground to save cost. They have some awesome restaurants and Vino to taste. Next: head to Tsitsikamma National Park. This is going to be your place to explore, explore and explore some more. Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Blackwater Tubing. Stay at the Garden Route Adventure Tent Camp and really camp in style. They provide 2 person canvas platform tents along with guided hiking trips and amenities. By the way, make this a 2 day 2 night stay.
Next on your route should be the Addo Elephant National Park. This is one of the gems on the Garden Route. Oh, and want to go on a Safari? Great! Drive yourself…They have self drive safari’s. But why not help the locals out, take the Sunrise Safari for 21.00 bucks (US) a person and really experience wildlife like you have never seen. Where to stay? Stay right inside the park itself at one of the coolest tent sites around. Right next one of the main watering holes by the way. They have some amenities, but bring some “cookout” food and use the grills that are provided.
Early rise and drive a bit off the Garden Route to really experience some “community living”. Hogsback South Africa is a place where the “Ferries” visit. A bit higher in elevation Hogsback gives you another chance to be one with our fellow humans and connect with nature in a big way. Plenty to do and see up in Hogsback. There are 3 major Hostels to stay at, all within a very short drive, or walking distance. All of them have shuttles, and ALL of them have outdoor bathtubs. Yep, we said “outdoor bathtubs”.
Within an hour or so drive back down you have options to really visit some amazing villages. Lubanzi, and Bulungula are just two. However, they are quick to say that “if this is a checklist trip, don’t come”. This is where the real culture of the Wild Coast of South Africa should be highly respected and appreciated. Don’t cheat yourself either, take local transport to these villages and really experience day to day life on the Wild Coast. Trust us, you will NOT be disappointed.
Either way, you can’t go wrong on the Garden Route. If you are looking for a South Africa Adventure, this is a good place to begin. Always make sure you respect the Villages and Culture that has been so giving to others who visit. For more information on this trip please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org