Garden Route Charity Challenge

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Garden Route Charity Challenge

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Length of trip:

10 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 3000 to $ 5000

Best travel dates to go:

January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December


Detailed Description of this trip:

South Africa is an exhilarating, spectacular and complex country. With its post-apartheid identity still in the process of definition, there is undoubtedly an abundance of energy and sense of progress about the place. Charity challenge takes us to a remarkable land in the Western Cape for an unforgettable journey by bike through the scenic Garden Route. The whole area will offer us incredible landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and the abundance of trees and indigenous flora – which all contribute to the Cape’s Winelands, which include the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo, some of the Western Cape's most diverse regions. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards will offer us a stunning ride to our finish line, in Cape Town - a place where old and new harmoniously converge - in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Cape Town

    Arrival Cape Town. Kilometres to be walked today : 0 km

    Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will met by your local English speaking guide who will escort you to your awaiting transfer vehicle. Onward transfer to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and your overnight hotel.

    Hotel

    We stay at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, conveniently located adjacent to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Just a minute away from restaurants, pubs, theatre and shops of the Victoria & Alfred Development, the Breakwater Lodge is perfectly positioned. Once a 19th century prison, the hotel today provides comfortable, inexpensive accommodation in spectacular setting that looks out over the harbour and up to Table Mountain. Accommodation comprises 300 comfortable, welcoming and attractively furnished rooms.


    Sightseeing

    Depending on flight arrival time and check-in time at the hotel (14h00 earliest time to check-in), we will visit a community project en route from the airport to the hotel.

    Food and Dining

    That evening we will have a welcome dinner and a debrief to the days ahead.

  • Day 2 - South Africa

    Table Mountain excursion – departure to Paarl. Kilometres to be walked today : 16 km.
    Hiking

    Breakfast and check-out from the hotel, followed by a full day’s hiking excursion of Table Mountain. Table Mountain is a sandstone plateau rising up above the Cape Flats. The top is approximately 3km wide, and at its highest point, Maclears Beacon, rises to 1085m. Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals. Allow approximately 7 – 9 hours for this excursion.

    Sightseeing

    Afterwards onwards transfer to the historical village of Paarl/Stellenbosch to our camp where we enjoy a good meal around the fire.

    Camping

    Overnight Camp (standard camping tents) near Paarl. (BLD)

  • Day 3 - South Africa

    Paarl to Garden Route. Kilometres to be walked today : 0 km “short leg stretcher”
    Sightseeing

    Today will be spent traveling through the Cape Winelands towards the Garden Route andOudtshoorn. Travel via the tourist route 62, in an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and the abundance of trees and indigenous flora - all contribute to making the Breede River Valley and the Klein Karoo two of the Western Cape's most diverse regions. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure — whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility.

    Camping

    Late afternoon arrival in Oudtshoorn. Overnight in a camp at Eagle Falls in the Mountains near Oudtshoorn. (BLD)

  • Day 4 - Oudtshoorn

    Kilometres to be walked today: 3 km
    Sightseeing

    Today’s itinerary includes a visit to the world-renowned Cango Caves where you will partake in an adventure caving tour. Tucked away in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, only 28km from Oudtshoorn, lie the Cango Caves - a place of great natural beauty, and a national monument. For more than 20 million years, rainwater has flowed through fissures and seeped through cracks in the earth's face, scouring and dissolving rock and limestone to form the vast halls and tunnels of the Cango Cave system. The cave extends for 5.3km, in a series of large phreatic chambers connected linearly by low passages and crawls.From the Cango Caves, you will travel to the Cango Wildlife Ranch. Cango Wildlife Ranch is just like the name says, a ranch, where most of the animals are free to roam in their large natural enclosures. They love all the attention from the visitors, and the care provided by the staff. Cango Wildlife Ranch is internationally recognised for its far-reaching conservation efforts and is also the leading breeders of cheetah in Africa and one of the largest in the world.Your visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch will also include a fully guided tour of the crocodiles, alligator and Cheetah land, where from a raised wooden walkway you can view the big cats such as cheetah, puma, jaguar, lion and our white Bengal tigers. There is also a variety of other animals to be seen such as pygmy hippos, a snake park, suricats and many more. You can enter the Cheetah Enclosure for a small donation.

    Camping

    Overnight in a camp at Eagle Falls in the Mountains near Oudsthoorn.

  • Day 5 - 6 - Oudtshoorn

    Hiking. Kilometres to be walked today : 21 km (day 5) and 12 km (day 6)20.
    Hiking

    After breakfast, we leave camp on foot for a spectacular hike in the mountains near Oudtshoorn. The route will lead to the Kammanassie Mountains, which is approximately 1,300 meter above sea level. There will be a camp site at the foot of the mountain (7- 8 hours each day). The Kammanassie Mountain is an Inselberg in the Little Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains.

    Sightseeing

    We will reach our bush camp in the late afternoon, enjoy the clear skies around the campfire and be fresh and ready to head back to Eagle falls the next day.

    Day 5- Accomodation
    Camping

    Overnight in a bush camp in the mountains not far from Eagle Falls. (BLD)

    Day 6 - Accomodation
    Camping

    Overnight in a camp at Eagle Falls in the Mountains near Oudsthoorn.

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    Transfer Oudtshoorn to De Hoop. Kilometres to be walked today : 8 km.
    Hiking

    Onward transfer to De Hoop Nature Reserve. En route you have the opportunity to embark on an optional Bungi Jump at Gouritz River. In the Overberg region, near the southern tip of Africa, lies De Hoop Nature Reserve. De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature Conservation. It is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and during the winter and early summer months, whale watchers. The adjacent De Hoop Marine Protected Area, which extends three nautical miles (5 km) out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa and provides a sanctuary for a vast and fascinating array of marine life. De Hoop Nature Reserve forms part of the world's smallest and most threatened plant kingdom - the Cape Floral Kingdom. Fynbos is the dominant vegetation group and is largely confined to nutrient-poor soils in the winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape.After arrival, embark on a half-day’s hike in the reserve (allow approximately 3-4 hours for this excursion).

    Camping

    Overnight camping in De Hoop Nature Reserve. (BLD)

  • Day 8 - South Africa

    De Hoop Hiking. Kilometres to be walked today : 12 km
    Hiking

    Today we spend the day within the reserve. Unspoilt coastal trek ( August to November is whale season and guests have a great chance to spot whales). Allow 8 hours for this excursion.

    Camping

    Overnight camping in De Hoop Nature Reserve. (BLD)

  • Day 9 - South Africa

    Transfer to Hermanus and Gordon’s Bay. Kilometres to be walked today : 5 km.
    Adventure

    Morning game walk (allow approximately 3 hours), prior to onward transfer to Gordon’s Bay.

    Sightseeing

    Upon arrival, spend some time at leisure exploring this quaint village. Have a great chance to spot whales). Known as the heart of the whale route, the seaside resort of Hermanus in Walker Bay offers the best land based whale watching in the world. A cliff path stretching from the one side of the town to the other, hugs the coastline for about 12 km giving whale watchers unlimited opportunities to study and get within 20 m of the gentle giants in the coves below or lolling just beyond the breakers. Telescopes situated alongside the Old Harbour Museum makes it possible to survey the entire Walker Bay and the whales and dolphins at close range.

    Hotel

    Spend some time in Hermanus, before transferring to Gordon’s Bay and your overnight hotel. Overnight in Villa Via Gordon’s Bay (standard room) or similar. (BLD)

  • Day 10 - Cape Town

    End of South Africa Services.
    Hotel

    Breakfast and check-out, prior to onward transfer to Cape Town.

    Depending on the time of the departure flight and final itinerary confirmation, the group may travel directly from Gordon’s Bay to Cape Town Airport, or return to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or Cape Town and spend some time on optional excursion before onward transfer to Cape Town Airport. (B)

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