South Africa - Cape Town & Garden Route
South Africa - Cape Town & Garden Route
10 days & 9 nights | Imagine a city that’s engulfed by mountains, lined with white beaches and anchored by a UNESCO world heritage site. Picture seeing penguins in the wild on the same day that you visit some of the world’s best wineries, or going on a safari just a few hours drive away.
This trip runs every 2nd and 4th Friday from Sept and Oct.
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Early Bird Price $1465 (Price goes up $100 a month before the start date of each trip.
Accommodations at boutique hostels and homestays
Overnight stay at a luxury safari lodge
Sundown safari game drive
Admission to Robben Island
Tour of District Six with one of our favorite social entrepreneurs
Cable car from Table Mountain (weather dependent)
Admission and tour of Cape Point National Park
Admission to Stony Point Penguin Reserve
Transportation once you're in the city of Cape Town
Local expert guide
All breakfasts and 3 dinners
Invitation to meet your travel cohort before the trip
Flights from your home country
Visa (US citizens do not require visas. Please check with your country’s specific requirements).
Travel insurance (not required, but highly suggested)
Additional activities like bungee jumping, shark cage diving, etc.
Taxis for going out
Any meals and drinks not listed
Day 1: Land in Cape Town. Hike to Signal Hill for panoramic views of Cape Town at sunset. First group dinner.
Day 2: Morning at Robben’s Island and the scenic V&A waterfront. Lunch and wine tasting at our favorite winery in Cape Town.
Day 3: Hike up and able car ride down Table Mountain, so you get both experiences. Afternoon tour of District Six with one of our favorite local social entrepreneurs and guides.
Day 4: Morning visit to colorful and historic Bo-Kaap, followed by a tour of towering stone cliffs and bays of Cape Point. Lunch at Kalk Bay, named as 2018’s “coolest neighborhood in the world”. Alternative option to go shark cage diving (additional cost).
Day 5: Start drive along the scenic Garden Route. Afternoon/ evening safari game drive to spot wildlife and night at a luxury lodge.
Day 6: Optional morning game drive to spot more wildlife (additional cost). Head to Wilderness for lunch and afternoon hike. Alternate option is to catch waves or get a surf lesson (additional cost) at Wilderness Beach.
Day 7: Drive to Stormsrivier. Option to jump from the world’s highest commercial bungee jump, or to do a canopy tree zip-line adventure (additional costs). Afternoon waterfall hike in the amazing Tsitsikamma National Park.
Day 8: Stop at the stunning Knysna Heads Heads before heading to the quaint town of Hermanus for a unique lunch over the water.
Day 9: Morning visit to 1 of 5 African penguin colonies in the world. Drive back to Cape Town for a free afternoon.
Day 10: Breakfast and goodbyes. Free time before heading to the airport for your flights back home.
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How many people can join a tour?
Our international trips tend to be around 8-12 people. We keep sizes small so you build tight bonds and get more attention from our local guides.
What will my travel cohort be like?
Our community is made of positive people with adventurous spirits who want to connect with others. They come from diverse backgrounds and have different levels of travel experience.
How do you keep trips affordable?
We strongly believe in a to the communities we visit, so we partner local communities to in not only benefits the local economy but also helps to keep costs lower than they otherwise would be. We partner with vetted guides and local operators to pass savings on to you. Your money is spent on providing an authentic, comfortable, and fun experience.
Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?
Yes, you will be responsible for additional costs, but we can help you arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending accommodations. Just let us know at least 2 months before your date of departure.
Should I tip local guides and if so, how much should I budget?
Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion. We will go over this in our pre-trip chat.
I have food allergies / don't eat gluten / am vegetarian, can I be accommodated?
Yes, so long as we have details concerning what allergies you have / any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate.
I see you travel to several destinations that are considered risky – are your trips safe?
Yes, we take safety very seriously and work closely with our guides and networks to monitor travel advisories. Because we work so frequently with our guides we are agile in making quick changes as needed.
What if something happens to me or my personal belongings?
As with all travel and physical activities, there’s an element of risk. Unfortunately, Map&Move cannot be liable for any harm to you or your belongings. But we make every effort to take precautions. So once you’re signed up for a trip, you'll be introduced travel cohort in advance so we can talk about safety how to prep how to take precautions and how to be a smart traveler not just for the trip you signed up for, but in life.
Can I join a tour late or leave it early?
Yes, we always leave some flexibility on the first and last days of the trip so you can meet the group later if your flight arrives after the rest of the group. You may miss some activities, so be sure to let us know so we can coordinate. If you arrive before or decide to stay later than the tour dates, you’re responsible for your own arrangements, as well as any costs associated with it.
Can I come alone?
Yes. Come alone or bring a friend. Our trips are a good fit whether you’re an independent traveler or you want to meet a whole new cohort of traveler. Our groups are designed for the safety, connection, and support. Therefore, there’s zero pressure to stick with the group anytime.
What if I want to do something that’s not on the itinerary?
So if you want to venture off to a museum or try a different restaurant, by all means: Do it! The group will only be expected to stay together for transportation between cities or anytime our guides ask that for safety.
Do I need travel insurance?
It’s not required, but we recommend it. Some credit cards already include some sort of travel insurance, so check the terms to see if you have any coverage. Travel Insurance is a site we like to find and compare affordable travel insurances.
What are accommodations like?
We use a mix of boutique hostels and homestays. Rooms are shared unless you pay for an additional room upgrade. With the upgrade you will get a single room in all the destinations we travel to during the trip with the exception of any homestays where there are limited rooms.
What days and times should I book my flights?
While our trips don’t include flights, we’re more than happy to advise on them! We’ll give suggested flight times and ways to save once you reserve a spot on the trip. Please check with us before booking flights so we can coordinate your arrival time. If you prefer to have us book flights for you, we can do that for an additional $100. Get in touch for this option.
What vaccinations should I get for my trip?
We will give general advice on suggested vaccinations to the destinations we are visiting. But it's important for you to also check the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information and consult your personal physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. This is required if you have any pre-existing conditions.
Do I need a visa?
This depends on your nationality and passport. US citizens don’t need a visa for travels to South Africa, as long as they are within 30 days. If you’re from another country, please check with your own country’s requirements. If you have questions, we can advise.
What should I pack?
You’ll be getting a suggested packing list ahead of time but we always recommend packing light since we will be traveling to different destinations.
What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?
We recommend bringing a backpack or duffel bag, since suitcases can be cumbersome and hard to store in our transport vehicles or under seats, etc. You’ll be carrying your bags in and out of accommodations.
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