Garden Route tour in South Africa

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11 Jan 2019
£ 2165
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25 Jan 2019
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15 Feb 2019
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22 Feb 2019
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01 Mar 2019
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05 Apr 2019
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12 Apr 2019
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27 Sep 2019
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04 Oct 2019
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11 Oct 2019
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18 Oct 2019
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25 Oct 2019
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01 Nov 2019
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08 Nov 2019
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15 Nov 2019
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22 Nov 2019
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06 Dec 2019
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20 Dec 2019
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Garden Route tour in South Africa

Environment

Water
The Western Cape is suffering from a long term drought and after 4 years it is now more important than ever to ensure everyone, locals and tourists, works together to conserve precious water. All of our local team members and trained leaders are working together to ensure that we use water responsibly. All groups will be briefed on water saving tips by their leader on arrival with regards to drinking water, having short 2 minute showers, use of laundry and saving 'grey' water where possible. Together with the local team, we are closely monitoring this and ensuring that we continue to run our Cape Escape trip as sustainably as possible whilst still contributing to the all-important tourism industry in the Western Cape. To help towards this, we have partnered with Water-to-Go offering customers a 15% discount on filter bottles and other Water-to-Go products to ensure they have a safe source of drinking water without the necessity to buy plastic bottles.

Wildlife
This trip offers fantastic opportunities to see the African Penguin Colony in Stony Point, part of a South Africa National Park. By choosing this area as our penguin viewing destination we are able to be sure that the money is going towards the conservation of this endangered species. At Stony Point, boardwalk trails have been laid out above the rocks so you can explore the penguins' habitat whilst knowing the area remains unspoilt and protected, and the penguins can carry on naturally without human interaction. Approximately 3,600 call this small peninsular home and due to its location further from Cape Town, there are generally less tourists so a more unspoilt penguin viewing session. Our Tour Leaders will also brief our groups on the importance of not feeding or touching the penguins.

Community

A fair deal
During our time in Swellendam we stay in a small riverside camp. Perched in the u-bend of the Breede River this excellent camp is a real wild experience during the trip, bringing our groups closer to nature as well as the local community. The team here are predominantly from the nearby town of Swellendam and have come to train in hospitality and tourism through a government run scheme to bring accommodations owners and managers closer together with the local community to offer young people more opportunity. They may be in training but they offer a huge welcome and have taken care of everything before you even realise you need it!

Travelling with respect
Like many of our trips, the Cape Escape trip runs the same itinerary over and over again, therefore its very important for us to get to know the staff and teams at our chosen accommodations. For example, in Knysna we stay in a lovely family run property where our groups will meet the husband and wife owners who will happily enjoy a chat over a sundowner on their terrace. Our Tour Leaders know the staff and the owners personally, and vice versa. The leader will also ensure the staff at the guesthouse are fairly tipped for their services every time on behalf of our groups.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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