Adventures CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
SaltyCrax Backpackers and Adventures in Cape Town, South Africa, is ideal for the watersports, extreme sports, volunteering and finding your feet in Cape Town. We provide affordable accommodation and tours for tourists who want to visit Cape Town and have the experience of a lifetime. We specialize in group and customized tours.
CAPE TOWN TOURS ..............2 Quickly find your bearings and experience this beautiful city. These tours are ideal for people wanting to learn about the city and the lives of the locals.
4 Day Cape Town Choice Package ..............2 2 Day Cape Town Orientation ......................3 5 Day Cape Town Flexi Tour ........................4 2 Week Cape Town & Garden Route ...........5
SPORTS PACK AGES..............6
THE RIGHT ATTITUDE SaltyCrax is committed to providing our guests with a safe, friendly and entertaining environment, satisfying guests’ needs and ensuring they have an enjoyable stay in Cape Town. “From the moment we meet you until we say goodbye, our place is your place and our time is your time.”
SaltyCrax Backpackers is situated close to the beautiful white beaches of Blouberg and the famous Kite Beach. The Blouberg area has much to offer. Extreme sports enthusiasts can get their kicks from skydiving, water-skiing, wind surfing, kitesurfing and 4X4 tracks. There are also peaceful horse rides on the beach, whale watching and hiking through the West Coast Nature Reserve. Blouberg has a buzzing nightlife and is just 15 minutes from the Cape Town city centre and also close to the wine routes. There is something for everyone in Blouberg.
SHARING THE LOVE We actively assist community upliftment projects. We offer volunteer programs for visitors to help our community. Volunteers can help in a range of projects ranging from feeding and educating street children to looking after AIDS orphans.
Surf, kitesurf and skydive like a pro. Beginners can learn these skills from professional guides in ideal locations around Cape Town. These packages will set you on your way to enjoying the best adventure sports. 3 Day Kitesurfing Lessons ...........................6 Advanced Kitesurfing Safaris .....................7 6 Day Extreme Sports Package ...................8 5 Day Padi Open Water Diving Course .......9 14 Day Skydiving Package ........................9
Explore beaches, mountains and the culture of the people in the Cape West Coast and the Cedarberg. Learn more about Southern Hemisphere constellations, the wildlife and the Bushmen people on trails and hikes. 6 Day Cedarberg Tour ................................10 6 Day West Coast Wonder .........................11
ACTIVITIES......................12 We offer a variety of adventure activities and day tours in and around Cape Town. Activities can be added to any package and include transfers from the hostel.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS.......14 Our non-profit volunteer programs benefit local communities. Volunteers are able to make a difference in peoples lives. Programs run from 2 to 8 weeks and are tailormade to suit the needs of the volunteer.
Travel & Volunteer Packages ....................14 Cape Town Volunteer Programs ................16
ACCOMMODATION.............. 17 CUSTOMISED TOURS WELCOME GROUP RATES AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS OF 10 AND MORE
20 Briza Road, Table View, Cape Town Tel: +27 (0)21 556 9369 E-mail: email@example.com www.saltycrax.com
We offer 4 star accommodation in Table View. The area is safe and easily accessible. We have a variety of different rooms and all the facilities a budget traveller would need.
4 DAY CAPE TOWN CHOICE PACKAGE C A P E T O W N T O U R S
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: CTC
Fill your days with the activities that Cape Town is famous for. We’ve made it easy for you to tailor-make your package with activities that suit you. GROUP 1 • Peninsula Surfing Lessons Full Day
• Hike up Table Mountain with a guide • Sandboarding Half Day
• Surfing lessons • Hike up Table Mountain • Sandboarding • Kloofing • Wine Tour Tour • Cape Point Tour • Township & Robben Island Tour • Quadbiking • Traditional South African BBQ
• Sandboarding Full Day • Kloofing in Suicide Gorge • Wine Route Tour • Cape Point Tour • Township & Robben Island Tour
GROUP 2 • Sandboarding & Kloofing • Sandboarding & Surfing • Sandboarding & Quadbiking • Surfing & Quadbiking • Surfing & Wine Route Tour
Getting dirty in the mud DAY 1
You are welcomed at the airport and taken to the SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from all bars, restaurants, the beach, shops and transport terminals. Early arrivals can spend the day either on a tour through the Cape Town city centre (optional extra) or just relax on the beautiful white beaches with picturesque views of Table Mountain.
Penguins at Boulders on the Cape Point Tour
In the evening, we meet at the hostel for orientation and a traditional South African BBQ called a braai. After a good meal, we roll down to the local bars and pubs where you can spend the rest of the night at leisure.
DAY 2 - 4
We have several activity options for you to choose from. • Option 1: Choose any three activities from Group 1 • Option 2: Choose any two activities from Group 1 and one from Group 2 • Option 3: Choose any two activities from Group 2 and get a FREE city hop-on hop-off bus pass
Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense.
The basics of surfing on the sand
PACKAGE INCLUDES At the summit of Table Mountain aft 2 2
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• Airport transfer • 3 night’s dorm accommodation • Day 1 - Dinner • Activities as per options
2 DAY CAPE TOWN ORIENTATION Arrive in Cape Town and get shown around by people who know the city well. Excellent for first-time visitors to find their feet the local way.
2 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: CTO
You are collected from the airport and taken to the 4 star SaltyCrax Backpackers. You will be shown around and given a map of the area. You have the day at your own leisure so you can explore the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In the evening we have a traditional South African BBQ, called a braai, at the hostel. Accommodation is provided in a dorm room.
HIGHLIGHTS • Victoria Alfred Waterfront or Table Mountain • Walking tour of Cape Town Centre • The District Six Museum • The Castle • Company’s Garden • Parliament Buildings • Traditional South African BBQ
C A P E T O W N T O U R S
Day 1 - Afternoon on the beach DAY 2
Start the day with breakfast at SaltyCrax Backpackers. Your friendly local guide will teach you about the bus system before heading out to Cape Town city centre. Do a walking tour, visiting historical sites like the Castle of Good Hope and the Grand Parade. Learn about life under apartheid South Africa at the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum. Shop for African arts and crafts in Greenmarket Square and St. George’s Mall. At 14:00, take a bus or walk to the Victoria Alfred Waterfront. Sit back and sip a cocktail, enjoy some fresh fish and watch the ships in the busy working harbour. Take a walk around, taking in the shops, markets and musicians on the sidewalks. At 16:00, head back on the local buses to Table View where you can start planning your next day. We will help you book and arrange all that you need.
Day 1 - Rela xing at Saltycrax
Day 2 - Crafts at Greenmark et Squ
Day 2 - With the Nobel Lau reates
at the V&A Waterfront
Later, you can join the staff, your guide, 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.
• Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense. • Tours are flexible, eg. you can add Table Mountain or a Robben Island trip.
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer • 2 night’s dorm accommodation • Guide on Day 2 • Meals: · Day 1 - Dinner · Day 2 - Breakfast • Bus fares
5 DAY CAPE TOWN FLEXI TOUR C A P E
5 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: CT5F
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Tick Cape Town’s top 10 activities off your to-do list in less than a week. From city tours to sandboarding, this is the ultimate way to kick start you stay in South Africa! At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve you can cycle through the reserve. You stop for a picnic lunch before climbing to the lighthouse. After taking in the amazing views you slowly head back to Table View past the white beaches of Kommetjie and Scarborough.
• Orientation • Lessons on public transport • Cape Town walking or bus tour • Table Mountain • Cape Point Tour • Wine Route Tour • Skydiving/Shark cage diving/Safari OR Sandboarding & surfing combo • Table View pub crawl • Traditional South African BBQ & potjie meal
The Wine Route tour is mellow and involves no exercise - other than lifting your wine glass. You will visit three regions of the Cape Winelands: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, with a tasting in each region, a cellar tour at one of the farms and a picnic lunch. The wine farms offer a variety of white and red cultivars, as well as their own blends & styles. We allow enough time for each tasting to fully appreciate and enjoy the wine master’s art.
Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense.
Spend the day relaxing on the beach or go on an adventure. You have the choice of one of the following activities (own expense):
Day 3: Cruise to Duiker Island Day 5: Skydiving, Big 5 safari, Shark cage diving, Sandboarding & surfing combo
Day 1 - The easy way up Table Mountain DAY 1
You are welcomed at the airport and taken to the SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from all bars, restaurants, the beach, shops and transport terminals. Table View is famous for kitesurfing, water sports and its amazing views of Table Mountain from Kite Beach. In the evening you will meet the staff and other guests. A traditional South African stew potjie (stew) is cooked on the fire. You will spend the night in 4 star accommodation.
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Skydiving Big 5 Safari Shark cage diving Sandboarding and surfing combo
After the adventurous day you return to the backpackers for a traditional Braai (BBQ) and a chance to share your stories from the past few days. Then venture off to explore Table View nightlife.
After breakfast your friendly local guide will give you a brief lesson on using Cape Town’s public transport and will accompany you by bus to the Cape Town city centre. You have the following options: • Footsteps to Freedom Walking Tour A three hour walking tour that visits historical sites and African craft markets.
Day 3 - Chapman’s Peak Road
• Hop-on hop-off Topless Bus Tour The tour goes around the city centre, the V&A Waterfront and past Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. Later, take the cable car up Table Mountain (own expense).
Day 5 - Look who happens to cross 4 4
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Today you will explore the splendour of the Cape Peninsula on a Cape Point Tour. The tour follows the Atlantic Seaboard, past Clifton & Camps Bay to the fishing hamlet of Hout Bay. A cruise to Duiker Island to see the colony of Cape Fur Seals is optional. Continue along the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Boulders Beach to see a colony of rare Jackass Penguins (own expense).
Day 4 - Relaxing at a wine estate
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer • 5 nights dormitory accommodation • Meals: · Day 1,5 - Dinner · Day 2,3 - Breakfast · Day 4 - Lunch • Transfers in and out of Cape Town • Transfers to and from activities • Day 2: • · Walking tour • · OR Hop-on-hop-off bus tour • · Guide for the day • Day 3: Cape Point Tour • Day 4: Wine Route Tour
2 WEEK CAPE TOWN & GARDEN ROUTE The BEST of the Western Cape in just two weeks. First explore Cape Town and its many attractions and then head up the Garden Route to jump the highest bungy or face the fearsome Great White shark. This is the best way to experience a bit of everything this wonderful province has to offer.
12 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: CTGR
DAY 1 -5
Thereafter, we leave the Karoo and travel along the Outeniqua Pass to the Garden Route and our destination, Knysna. We’ll take a walk to the entrance of the Knysna lagoon to explore the captivating scenery surrounding the famous Knysna Heads.
These days are the same as the Cape Town 5 Day Flexi Tour.
We leave Cape Town and head along the stunning R44 route overlooking False Bay to Hermanus on the whale route. After a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park. After a visit to the lookout point we make our way to the harbour where there is an option to go on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to December). After our cruise we take a walk back to our accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere.
We begin the day with a visit to the Cango Caves for a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system.
In the afternoon we drive to the highest road bridge in Africa at Bloukrans Bridge. With a freefall of over 216m this is also the site of the highest bungi jump in the world! For those wishing to take the leap, this is your chance!!
After breakfast and a visit to the exciting Zip-line tour at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures, we continue up the coast to Jeffrey’s Bay, home of some of the best surfing spots. We’ll take time out to view the waves at “supertubes” before exploring the town and visiting the surf wear factory shops i.e.: Billabong, Roxy and more…
• Cape Town walking or bus tour • Table Mountain • Cape Point • Winelands • Sandboarding • Surfing • Quad biking • Big 5 game drive • Hot springs • Cango Caves
• Ostrich Farm • Canoeing • Worlds highest bungy • Whale & dolphin boat ride • Aloe factory • Zip-line tour • Shark cage diving • Elephant Sanctuary
C A P E T O W N T O U R S
This morning we visit an Aloe factory in Albertinia. After lunch on the road and a scenic drive via Swellendam and Sir Lowry’s Pass, we arrive back in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.
Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense.
Day 6 - Southern tip of Africa DAY 7
Our journey takes us inland and north through the Little Karoo. We stop at Warmwaterberg Spa for lunch and a swim in 43°C natural hot springs. In the afternoon we drive along Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. There is an option to view and ride on an ostrich on a working farm or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.
Day 9 - Ziplining over the river
Day 5: As per Cape Town 5 Day Flexi Tour Day 6: Ski-boat cruise off Cape Agulhas Day 7: Cango Ostrich Farm Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch Cage diving with crocodiles Day 8: Bloukrans bungi-jump Bloukrans Zip-line Bridge walking tour Day 9: Tsitsikamma Falls Zipline Day 11: Elephant Sanctuary Wilderness Lakes canoeing
After Jeffrey’s Bay, we make our way inland towards Addo and our accommodation for a night in the Sundays River Valley. We will have time to relax and explore the river by canoe. The evening will be spent around the campfire.
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer • 12 nights dormitory accommodation • Meals: · Day 1,5,6 - Dinner · Day 2,3,12 - Breakfast · Day 4 - Lunch · Day 7,8,9,10,11 - Breakfast & dinner • All transfers by road • Entrances into nature reserves • Days 2-5: as per the Cape Town Flexi Tour • Day 6: Beer tasting at brewery • Day 7: Entrance to hot springs • Day 8: Tour of the Cango Caves • Day 10: Game drive in Addo
After an early morning safari and lunch, we will take a leisurely drive down to the coast and Port Elizabeth. In the early evening we take a walk along the Waterfront before enjoying a meal at the Boardwalk.
We begin our relaxing journey back to Cape Town. We stop at the Crags Elephant Sanctuary for an opportunity to walk, feed and ride an elephant. You will be instructed by a guide. We then continue towards Wilderness and arrive in the late afternoon. You have the option of canoeing along the estuary and other exciting outdoor activities on offer. We drink a toast to our shared adventures around a roaring fire.
Day 10 - Elephant tussle in Addo 5 5
3 DAY KITESURFING LESSONS S P O R T S P A C K A G E S
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: KSL
Learn the art of kitesurfing - the ultimate power kite activity. Feel the buzz of speeding across the open water. Be free to ride where you want to - FAST.
HIGHLIGHTS • Kite surfing lessons for IKO certificate • Traditional South African BBQ and potjie
You are met at the airport and taken to the 4 star SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from Kite Beach, transport terminals, restaurants, bars and shops. Early arrivals can spend the day either on a tour through the Cape Town city centre (optional extra) or simply relaxing on beautiful white beaches with picturesque views of Table Mountain. At 5pm everyone meets at SaltyCrax for Orientation and a traditional South African BBQ around the fire. After the good meal, roll down to the local bars and pubs to spend the night at leisure.
Kite Beach - your training ground
After a farmhouse breakfast, a qualified kitesurfing instructor from Wind Sports will meet you. He will take you to the world famous Kite Beach that has an amazing backdrop of Table Mountain and a steady supply of wind and waves.
• Lesson 5: Supervised Riding and Tips Riding with power, change of direction and holding an edge. You will now be an IKO accredited kitesurfer and will receive a certificate and card allowing you to kite anywhere in the world.
Your first day of lessons will begin with: • Lesson 1: Introduction to Kiteboarding Safety, equipment setup, understanding the wind and land based flying.
• Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense. • This tour is weather dependent and may need to be lengthened for completion. If the full course is not completed the balance of the course will be refunded.
• Lesson 2: Water Introduction Large kite handling, self-launch and hopefully body dragging through the water.
Later, you hit th e water • Lesson 3: Water Skills Advanced body dragging, water re-launch and basic board skills. You are taken back to the hostel after an exciting day of kiting. Relax around the fire while a potjie; a traditional South African stew, is cooked. The night is then yours to discover the local night life.
After a full breakfast you are taken back to the beach. Your final day of lessons include:
Start of with a lesson on terra firma 6 6
• Lesson 4: Board Basics First water starts on a board & first ride.
Later still - success!!
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer • 2 nights dormitory accommodation • Meals: · Day 1 - Dinner · Day 2 - Breakfast, dinner · Day 3 - Breakfast • Kitesurfing lessons with certified instructor • Equipment rental
ADVANCED KITESURFING SAFARIS Discover unknown kite spots on daily kitesurfing safaris for intermediate and advanced kitesurfers in and around Cape Town. Trips are accompanied by a qualified guide. Packages vary from 4 days to 11 days.
4 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS 7 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS 11 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS NOVEMBER TO MARCH TOUR CODE: AKS
HIGHLIGHTS • Kitesurfing at spots around Cape Town • Traditional South African BBQ and potjie
S P O R T S P A C K A G E S
DAY 2 ONWARDS
We chase the wind at any of 20 kitesurfing spots along the coast from Pringle Bay to Muizenberg and from Kite Beach to Melkboss and Langebaan. We may get lucky at several mountain lakes. The action is not limited to one kitesurfing beach in Cape Town. All the work, other than the actual kitesurfing, is done for you - the day’s plans, preparations and driving. All you have to do is show up and kite.
Acrobatics with Table Mountain in the background DAY 1
You are met at the airport and taken to the 4 star SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from Kite Beach, transport terminals, restaurants, bars and shops.
Kitesurfing with a group is safer and more fun than kitesurfing alone. You also get a 2 hour group lesson daily with helmet radio communications.
Early arrivals can spend the day either on a tour through the Cape Town city centre (optional extra) or simply relaxing on beautiful white beaches with picturesque views of Table Mountain. At 5pm everyone meets at SaltyCrax for Orientation and a traditional South African BBQ around the fire. After the good meal, roll down to the local bars and pubs to spend the night at leisure.
Picking up speed TO QUALIFY FOR THIS PACKAGE: • You need to have taken a full beginner course in the last 3 months • You need to be able to ride upwind • You need to understand and know how to perform a self-rescue • Bring your own gear or rent kite gear
A snooze between sessions
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer • Dormitory accommodation • Welcome BBQ • Transportation • Local knowledge of best kitesurfing spots • Daily 2 hour group lesson with helmet radio communications
Boost - kitesu rfing lingo for being
• Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense. • This tour is weather dependent and may need to be lengthened for completion. If the full course is not completed the balance of the course will be refunded. 7 7
6 DAY EXTREME SPORTS PACKAGE S P O R T S P A C K A G E S
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: ES
HIGHLIGHTS • Kite surfing lessons for IKO certificate • Sandboarding and surfing lessons • Skydiving • Kloofing • Traditional South African BBQ and potjie
Not for the faint hearted. This extreme sport packages makes you comfortable with the best and most exciting sports in the Cape.
You are met at the airport and taken to the 4 star SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from Kite Beach, transport terminals, restaurants, bars and shops. Early arrivals can spend the day either on a tour through the Cape Town city centre (optional extra) or simply relaxing on beautiful white beaches with picturesque views of Table Mountain.
After breakfast and an early start, we go to Atlantis, passing the Melkbos beach along the way. Your sandboarding instructor will show you how to ride down the dunes. We then hit the beach for lunch and to wash the sand off with surf lessons. Dinner will be served at the hostel.
At 5pm everyone meets at SaltyCrax for Orientation and a traditional South African BBQ arounthe fire. After a good meal, roll down to the local bars and pubs where you can spend the rest of the night at your leisure.
After a farmhouse breakfast, a qualified kitesurfing instructor will meet you. He will take you to the world famous Kite Beach that has an amazing backdrop of Table Mountain and a steady supply of wind and waves. Your first day of lessons will begin with:
Day 5 - Sandboarding on the dunes
• Lesson 1: Introduction to Kiteboarding Safety, equipment setup, understanding the wind and land based flying. • Lesson 2: Water Introduction Large kite handling, self-launch and hopefully body dragging through the water. • Lesson 3: Water Skills Advanced body dragging, water re-launch and basic board skills. You are taken back to the hostel after an exciting day of kiting. Relax around the fire while a potjie; a traditional South African stew, is cooked. The rest of the night is yours to discover the local night life.
After a full breakfast, we head back to the beach. Your final day of lessons include: • Lesson 4: Board Basics First water starts on a board & first ride. • Lesson 5: Supervised Riding and Tips Riding with power, change of direction and holding an edge. You will now be an IKO accredited kitesurfer and will receive a certificate and card allowing you to kite anywhere in the world. We return to the hostel to feast on a traditional South African stew called a potjie.
Day 4 - The long drop 8 8
After breakfast we journey to Kamikaze Canyon for a hike. Those brave enough can go kloofing - jumping down 3-22m high cliffs into crystal clear rock pools below. Abseil down a 65m cliff. After the long day in the sun, we return to the backpackers hostel.
Day 5 - Learning to surf DAY 6
We take a 20 minute drive up the West coast to the skydiving drop zone. Your tandem skydiving instructor will give you a briefing before boarding the plane. The view on the flight is breathtaking. Cape Town lies to the south, False Bay is further south, Robben Island is to the west and the Langebaan Lagoon is to the north.
• Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense. • This tour is weather dependent and may need to be lengthened for completion. If the full course is not completed the balance of the course will be refunded. • All of the above activities can be exchanged for any of the following: 4x4 trails, shark cage diving, sandboarding, surfing, quad biking & paragliding.
PACKAGE INCLUDES • 5 nights dormitory accommodation • Airport transfer • Transfers to and from activities • Meals: · Day 1,6: Dinner · Day 2,5: Breakfast, dinner · Day 3: Breakfast · Day 4: Breakfast, lunch • Kitesurfing lessons with certified instructor • Skydiving instructor, flight & equipment • Sandboarding & surfing instructor • Equipment rental
5 DAY PADI OPEN WATER DIVING COURSE If you’ve always wondered about the fantastic world below the surface of the water, you can find out with the PADI Open Water Diver course.
You are welcomed at the airport by one of our staff and taken to Saltycrax Backpackers hostel in Table View. The hostel is close to beautiful white beaches with picturesque views of Table Mountain. When you arrive at the hostel you will meet the other guests and sit around the fire while a traditional South African meal is cooked on the fire.
DAY 2 - 3
After a good night’s sleep its time to learn how to scuba dive. You will be taken to the diving
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer • 4 night’s dorm accommodation • Dinner on Day 1 • PADI open water course including: · Equipment · Qualified instructor · Course material · 2 shore dives · 2 boat dives
school where you will have formal lectures as well as tutorials on video. In the afternoons you will practice what you have learnt in only custom made heated dive pool in Cape Town.
After 2 days of studying its time to test what you have learnt. Before the final exam, you will have your first sea dive on which qualified instructors will assist you.
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: OWD
HIGHLIGHTS • 4 Day PADI Open Water dive course • 2 shore dives • 2 boat dives • Traditional South African meal
It is important to note that the course is built on the concept of performance-based learning and is not time based.
S P O R T S P A C K A G E S
Students are not forced to progress according to the clock. Instead, they are allowed to progress at their own pace until they demonstrate their water skills with comfort and confidence.
Today you will become a qualified PADI Open water diver. A qualified diver will keep an eye on you while you explore the ocean bottom.
• Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en suites at your own expense.
Learning the basics in the pool
14 DAY SKYDIVING PACKAGE Learn to skydive in one of the best drop zones in the world. Plummet earthwards with views of Table Mountain and Robben Island below. Get your Accelerated Freefall certificate on our 2-week course with an accredited guide. There will also be time for other activities just incase the weather scuppers plans of skydiving.
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer • 14 nights dorm accommodation • Traditional BBQ • Static line jump • Applicable aircraft rides for you & instructors for the minimum required jumps. Extra jumps not included • Instructor’s fees for the 10 jumps • Freefall rig hire for 10 jumps • Packing fee for 10 jumps • Jumpsuit, helmet and wrist mount altimeter hire for 10 jumps • Video briefing & debriefing on levels 1 - 7 • Logbook and instruction manual • Flexvision clear goggles • VHS video tape (PAL) or DVD with your levels 1 to 7
You will be collected from the airport by one of our friendly staff and taken to the 4 star SaltyCrax Backpackers where you will stay for the next two weeks. Staff, guests and locals will welcome you with a traditional South African BBQ.
14 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: SD
HIGHLIGHTS • Accelerated Free Fall levels 1 – 10 course • Static line jump • Traditional BBQ
DAY 2 - 14
Each morning you will be transported to the drop zone 15 minutes away. The AFF program consists of ten levels of progression, each consisting of a ground training session and a minimum of one jump. Each level has to be completed successfully, by meeting pre-determined learning and safety objectives, before moving to the next one.
• Repeat jumps, if necessary, are charged separately • The package price may change due to increases in fuel price
Some help in the air 9 9
6 DAY WEST COAST WONDER A D V E N T U R E T O U R S
No visit to South Africa is complete without experiencing the West Coast. It’s off-the-beaten track and an undiscovered destination for the more adventurous.
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: WCW
HIGHLIGHTS • Wine tasting • Cedaberg Conservancy • Ostrich farm • San Cultural Village • Spring flowers • West Coast Fossil Park • Paternoster • Cape Columbine Reserve • San Rock art • Bird Island – Lamberts Bay • Traditional BBQ • Algeria Reserve & Waterfall hike
You will be welcomed to Cape Town by the friendly Saltycrax Backpackers staff with a traditional South African BBQ. You will meet other guests, tour guides and staff for the tour.
After breakfast we head down the R27 West Coast Road and stop at Groote Post for wine tasting. We visit the !Khwa Ttu San Culture and Education Centre for a three hour tour. San guides provide a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern-day life of the San of Southern Africa. After lunch (own expense) at the restaurant at !Khwa Ttu, we head to The Beach Camp in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Stroll in the reserve and along the coast with its hump-shaped rocks and little bays. In spring (Aug to Oct) the area is covered in a bright tapestry of wild flowers. Watch an unforgettable sunset over the ocean. We spend the night on the beach in structured tents and have dinner around the campfire.
Day 3 - Seafoo d restau rant on the
Early risers can go sea kayaking (optional) or visit the fishing village of Paternoster. Or stay snuggled in your tent and enjoy the sound of the waves. After breakfast, we visit the West Coast Fossil Park for a tour. Over the past 40 years, bones of 200 different kinds of animals, many of them new to science have been recovered. We have lunch on the beach at the famous openair Strandloper restaurant with six courses including mussels, fish, traditional stews and crayfish. After lunch, we head back to Cape Columbine to see the lighthouse. We then return to The Beach Camp where we freshen up and have some time to contemplate the day.
If you are interested in taking in the Cedarberg’s beauty from the air can enjoy an optional flight. We head back to Table View, first stopping at an ostrich farm for a guided tour. Try out the ostrich burger or steak for lunch (own expense). We end the tour at SaltyCrax where you can relax in the hammocks or the Jacuzzi and share your adventure with fellow travellers.
Day 1: Hiking in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Day 2: Sea kayaking Weather permitting. Minimum 2 pax Day 4: Horse riding. 1.5 hours Day 5: Cedarberg flights
We leave The Beach Camp after breakfast and head off to Elands Bay to see some unusual San Rock Art. Next we head out to Lamberts Bay to explore Bird Island where we can view gannets, cormorants, penguins and seals. We will have lunch in Lamberts Bay (own expense). Our destination for is Gecko Creek, a mountain hideaway bordering the Cedarberg Reserve. Enjoy the solitude and swim and relax in the refreshing saltwater pool. After dinner we gather around the fire-warmed open-air Boma and watch for shooting stars.
Day 3 - Kayaking at Cape Columb 1010
Horse riding is optional for those who want to explore on horseback. Later, we head off to Algeria Reserve to hike and explore. We picnic in the reserve and you will have time to swim in the fresh mountain river. We return to Gecko Creek to watch the sunset and enjoy dinner.
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Transport • 5 nights accommodation • Bed linen • Meals: · Day 1: Dinner · Day 2,4: Breakfast, dinner · Day 3: Breakfast, lunch · Day 5: Breakfast, lunch, dinner · Day 6: Breakfast • Road tolls & taxes • Permits where applicable • Wine tasting at Groote Post • !Khwa Ttu San Reserve tour • West Coast Fossil Park tour • Lighthouse tour • San Rock Art at Elands Bay • Bird Island at Lamberts Bay • Olive tasting • Ostrich farm tour
6 DAY CEDARBERG TOUR The Cedarberg is an undiscovered gem and off-the-beaten track. This tour is filled with history and culture - certainly not mainstream. A “must see” in South Africa. We head to Cederberg Oasis for a steaming shower, comfortable beds, a cooked meal and the possibility of learning of the constellations of stars in the Southern Hemisphere.
Spring flowers in the Cedarberg DAY 1
Arrive at Saltycrax Backpackers in the afternoon where you will be welcomed by our friendly staff and your tour guides. You can spend the afternoon as you please in the Jacuzzi or on the beach. In the evening a traditional South African BBQ will be cooked in front of you on wood coals. You will spend the night at Saltycrax 4 star accommodation.
We have an early start with breakfast at the hostel and a visit to Butterfly World; home to exotic butterflies, monkeys, iguanas, spiders and scorpions. Next we head out to the charming historical town of Tulbagh in the winelands of Boland. We will take a short tour of the Oude Drostdy Museum, a national monument in which local artists and potters exhibit their work. We stop at a local restaurant for lunch (own expense). After a morning full of culture, it’s time for the action and excitement with the “Bum Slide Rock”…. wait and see! We sleep over in Ceres where you will enjoy your dinner with a view of the mountains.
We head out to the Stadsaal Caves in the Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve. This rugged nature reserve includes the famous Stadsaal rock formations and some excellent examples of San rock art. We will have lunch surrounded by views of these rock formations. Our destination is Gecko Creek, a mountain hideaway bordering the Cedarberg Reserve. Enjoy the solitude and swim and relax in the refreshing saltwater pool. After dinner we gather round the fire in the Boma and watch for shooting stars.
A D V E N T U R E T O U R S
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS TOUR CODE: TCS
HIGHLIGHTS • Wine tasting • Cedarberg Conservancy • San Rock art • Bushman cultural village • Ostrich farm • Traditional BBQ • Butterfly World • Tulbagh • Oude Drostdy Museum • Bum slide rock • Star gazing • Stadsal Caves • Algeria Waterfall hike
Breakfast is served in the thatched outdoor lapa. Horse riding is optional for those who want to enjoy the scenery on horseback. Those that are interested in taking in the Cedarberg’s beauty from the air can enjoy an optional flight. Later, we head off to Algeria Reserve to hike and explore. We make our way to the !Khwa ttu San Cultural Village, having lunch in a picnic spot along the way. Dinner is served at !Khwa ttu around the fire.
After breakfast you will be given a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern-day life of the San of southern Africa. San guides lead the three-hour tour. We will have lunch (own expense) before visiting ostrich farm. We end the tour at SaltyCrax in Table View. The afternoon is yours to spend relaxing anyway you please.
Day 5: Horse riding (1.5 hours) & Cedarberg flights
Day 2 - Hea dgear at Butterfly Wo
After another early start and a quick breakfast we head out to the Cedarberg Conservancy with its weathered sandstone formations. We will have a packed lunch in one of the picnic spots in the reserve and you will have some time to explore.
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Transport • 5 nights dorm accommodation • Bed linen • Meals: · Day 1: Dinner · Day 2: Breakfast, dinner · Day 3,4,5: Breakfast, lunch, dinner · Day 6: Breakfast • Road tolls & taxes • Permits • Butterfly World • Bum Slide Rock • Permits for Cape Nature sites on tour • Hike guides • Ostrich farm tour
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ACTIVITIES A C T I V I T I E S
DESIGN YOUR OWN
We offer a variety of activities that include transfers to and from the hostel. Activities can be added to any package.
Create your own tour package by pairing up activities with accommodation at Saltycrax.
A full day of surfing lessons at the sandy white beaches of Blouberg or Muizenburg. Daily, weather permitting. Lunch.
After a short introduction, join a guided ride through the many tracks, trails or courses. Daily. R540 for 1½ hours
The ultimate power kite activity. Learn to speed across the water. Lessons are 4 or 6 hours long, from 10am to 2pm or from 10am to 4pm. Includes: boards, kites, harnesses, wetsuits, helmets and all appropriate safety equipment. Daily, weather permitting.
SKYDIVING Take lessons or book paragliding tours and soar high above fantastic landscapes. No experience is required for a 15 to 25 minute tandem flight from Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Sir Lowry’s Pass. Daily, weather permitting.
Head to Rietvlei, a fresh water lagoon, where a qualified instructor will teach you to windsurf. Daily, weather permitting.
SANDBOARDING (FULL DAY)
Do a tandem jump or take lessons and do a solo jump. During the 20 minute aircraft-ride, you will have an awesome view of the West Coast, Cape Town, Robben Island and Table Mountain. Then enjoy an exhilarating free-fall at 200kph followed by a peaceful parachute-ride. Daily, weather permitting.
ABSEILING TABLE MOUNTAIN Learn sandboarding in a safe and fun-filled environment. You are provided with high quality equipment and experienced guides. Daily. Lunch. 1212
Abseil 112m down the world’s highest commercial abseil. Enjoy a wonderful view of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean at 1000m. Daily.
WALKING TOUR OF CAPE TOWN
This 3 hour guided walk through the city centre focuses on the history of Cape Town from the days of Dutch settlement though the Apartheid years and into the time of the new nation. You will pass milestones like the Castle Of Good Hope, the District Six Museum and Company’s Gardens. Mon-Sat at 10h30.
CAPE POINT TOUR
Follow the scenic coastal roads of the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, were you can hike or mountain bike through the nature reserve. Experience Cape Town at its best. Includes: transport and entrance to the nature reserve. Daily. Lunch.
This guided tour includes a 45-minute walk in which you will see a variety of ostrich species and other birds as well as a display room, a leather factory and a cactus garden. Daily.
A C T I V I T I E S
SHARK CAGE DIVING WINE ROUTE TOUR
Meander through stunning landscapes and wine farms. Stop at wine estates for tastings, and to appreciate the natural beauty and historical attractions of the region. Daily. Wine tasting & lunch included.
See the Great White Shark face-to-face in its natural habitat. The experienced and specialised crew in Gansbaai will take you to “Shark Alley”, the prime spot for shark cage diving. Daily, weather permitting. Breakfast, lunch.
CEDARBERG RIVER RAFTING KLOOFING (CLIFF JUMPING) Explore the culture and history of townships. Meet the locals, visit a crèche and drink home brewed beer. This is a must for any one who wants an authentic view of South African life. Daily.
TOWNSHIP & ROBBEN ISLAND
A day of extreme adventures. Hike through Kamikaze Canyon. Those brave enough can jump down 3-22m from cliffs into crystal clear rock pools below. Abseil down a 65m cliff. Wed, Fri, Sat. Min 4pax. Breakfast, lunch.
Tame the raging rapids on a rafting trip through the Cedarberg mountains and spend peaceful nights on the riverside. 4 days / 4 nights. July to September. Friday to Sunday departures. Groups larger than 15 depart daily.
BIG 5 SAFARI After spending the morning in the local townships, take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Ex-inmates guide the tours and recount their experiences and hardships while imprisoned on the island. Daily, weather permitting.
View South Africa’s Big 5 in their natural surroundings. Join us for breakfast before the game drive in a four star private nature reserve. Later, we have a picnic in the park. The park is in a malaria-free area and offers a variety of accommodation and guided tours. Daily. Breakfast, lunch, snacks. 1313
TRAVEL & VOLUNTEER PACKAGES V O L U N T E E R P R O G R A M S
OPTION 1 1 volunteer project 2 weeks volunteering, accommodation & meals
OPTION 2 2 volunteer projects 4 weeks volunteering, accommodation, meals + Baz Bus ticket
Combine independent travel with volunteering in local communities and a conservation project. Get a deeper insight of South Africa while teaching kids computer skills, developing sports and arts talent and using your horse-riding ability in leopard conservation. Travel between projects and tour the country on the ever-popular hop-on hop-off shuttle service, the Baz Bus. There are 3 different projects to choose from that each run for two weeks – the Urban Humanitarian Project, the Rural Humanitarian Project and the Conservation Project. You can choose to do 1, 2 or 3 projects in any combination.
OPTION 3 3 volunteer projects 4 weeks volunteering, accommodation, meals + Baz Bus ticket
Project 3 - Nelspruit Conservation Project
HOW THIS WORKS • Choose the projects you want to do • Fly to either Cape Town or Johannesburg International Airport • Project 1 & 3 – You will be collected from the airport and taken to your project Project 2 – You will be collected from the airport and taken to a backpackers lodge close to the airport on the Baz Bus route • You will receive a Baz Bus ticket on the CPT/JHB or JHB/CPT route • Project 1 & 3 – Spend your first 2 weeks on the volunteer project before travelling on the Baz Bus towards your next project Project 2 – You can begin your travels on the Baz Bus towards Chintsa
Project 1 - Cape Town Urban Humanitarian Project
Project 2 - Chintsa, Wild Coast Rural Humanitarian Project
• Stop and sightsee between projects. You have as much time to hop on and hop off at Baz Bus stops between your projects
PROJECT 1 - CAPE TOWN URBAN HUMANITARIAN PROJECT
Work with a non-profit welfare organization whose aim is to care for and run preventative programs for destitute youth and kids from informal settlements at risk. Educare playrooms and youth cabins have been erected to accommodate on site programs. Day and night outreach programs assist children under the age of 18 living on the streets by moving them to a place of safety or re-uniting them with family. Employment and education opportunities are also provided where possible. Your tasks: • Helping with feeding programs • Assisting Educare class with preschool kids • Planning programs, events and outings for the resettled and destiture children • Teaching basic computers skills, reading and swimming
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Also included: • A choice of a Cape Point, Wine Route or Township Tour • Accommodation within walking distance to the beach and close to the city centre
PROJECT 2 - CHINTSA, WILD COAST RURAL HUMANITARIAN PROJECT Help VA 32°South develop computer literacy skills among rural children. Volunteers work under the guidance of highly qualified project facilitators to deliver daily lessons in the classroom. VA 32°South also run weekly art sessions with foundation phase learners, an afternoon sports development program and various community initiatives such as township clean-ups and adult computer classes. Your tasks: • Teaching computer literacy classes • Sports development • Art sessions with younger learners • Community development initiatives Also included: • Weekly feedback, troubleshooting and planning sessions • Free use of canoes and boogie boards • Surfboard hire and lessons at reduced rate • Accommodation on the beach
Passing on computer skills
Additional info: • This program does not run over school holidays Dates need to be confirmed before booking
PROJECT 3 - NELSPRUIT CONSERVATION PROJECT
V O L U N T E E R P R O G R A M S
Join The Leopard Project in its aim to condition the leopards in the Kwa-Madwala Private Game Reserve so that their fear of man is broken down. This is achieved through the preservation of a safe haven for leopards, establishing regular sightings, compiling statistics and studying their feeding habits. Your tasks: • Patrolling the reserve fence on horseback in order to identify area’s requiring attention. This is an excellent opportunity for a horseback safari and to work with an equestrian professional • Checking the voltage on the electrical fencing • Repairing broken fencing where warthogs have burrowed under the fence or other damage has occurred. • Clearing undergrowth from around the fence so that it doesn’t interfere with the electrification. Also included: • 6 x 3 hour game drives on the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve • 1 x 3 hour bush walk. • 1 x night drive • An hour elephant-back safari • A 7.5 minute microlight safari • Accommodation in a game reserve
Idyllic days on the Wild Coast
Volunteer accommodation at Kwa-M
• The mode of transport can be upgraded. If you wish to fly or drive between projects, please contact us for a revised package rate.
PACKAGE INCLUDES • Airport transfer on arrival • Baz Bus ticket on the CPT/JHB route or the JHB/CPT route with Options 2 and 3 • Accommodation varying from dorms to 2–4 sleeper rooms • Breakfast, lunch & dinner on the projects • Transfers to and from projects • Guidance from a team leader • 24 hour support Accommodation & meals between projects will be to your own expense
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VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS V O L U N T E E R P R O G R A M S
2 WEEKS 4 WEEKS 6 WEEKS 8 WEEKS LONGER THAN 8 WEEKS
PROGRAMS OFFERED • Caring for, feeding and stimulating orphaned, abused and HIV babies • Offering companionship and socializing with disabled children and adults • Teaching sports and swimming to children • Helping children in orphanages with homework and playing with them • Teaching computer literacy to children • Helping with fundraising • Administration work in schools and NPO’s • Feeding and clothing street children
PROJECTS WITH CHILDREN & BABIES
• Home of Hope A non-profit organization for abused, abandoned, neglected and HIV Babies. Volunteers care, feed and look after the children. A minimum of 8 weeks is required for this program with set shifts of up to 5 days a week.
• Thandanani A non-profit organisation that runs a safe house for abused and neglected children and a partial care centre for children with absent parents or parents that cannot take care of them. Children are looked after in a stable environment during the week and go home over weekends. Volunteers assist in schools and the crèche, safe house and care center. You can drive children to activities or help with homework, organizing events, fundraising and feeding. • TLC A non-profit organization feeds and clothes homeless children in the townships.
Our non-profit volunteer programs benefit the local communities. Volunteers are able to make a difference in peoples lives. Programs are flexible, some more than others. We offer 24-hour support to all volunteers. Volunteers stay in 4 star backpackers accommodation with other like-minded people. Volunteers are allowed to change between projects or do more than one. Volunteers will help with feeding, educating and playing with the children and are welcome to run their own education programs in the township. People with skills are welcome to teach those less privileged. This program is very flexible. Volunteers will have to stipulate how many days a week they would like to work and what their skills are before they arrive so a program can be custom designed.
PROJECTS WITH THE DISABLED
• Cheshire Homes A home and learning centre for unprivileged and disabled adults and children. Volunteers help with feeding, shopping, outings, companionship, stimuling or teaching residents any skills, like dancing or a sport. This program is flexible. Volunteers can work as much as they want.
Kitesurfing is a fast growing sport and Kite Beach in Table View is one of the “Mecca’s” for both beginners and pro kitesurfers. There are several townships close to Table View in which poverty is a reality. Township children, many with great promise, spend their weekends surrounded by bad elements and the negative influences of peer pressure. You can teach an underprivileged child how to swim and kitesurf and to enjoy the sea! Volunteers become a mentor for a child - teaching the child how to swim, the basics of kitesurfing and how to use the equipment. If you have no idea how to kitesurf, you will learn how to at Kite Beach.
Teaching Bradley kitesu rfing After finishing training, the child will receive a card allowing him or her to help other tourists and kitesurfers with setting up their equipment and watching over their belongings. This will create a weekend job for the child and a chance to for them to get involved in kitesurfing. Who knows, the kid you teach may become the next world champ? No experience is necessary. Qualified kitesurfers will receive a discount off their package.
• Accommodation can be upgraded to a private room at an extra cost. • The length of stay can also be altered according to the volunteer’s needs. • Visas and insurances are the responsibility of the volunteer. • A police clearance certificate is essential.
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• Transport • Airport transfers • Accommodation in a dorm • Orientation and BBQ • A choice of a Cape Point, Township or Wine Route tour • BBQ in local township • Welcome pack: · Moola Magic loyalty card · Key ring · Info pack, etc. • Donation to the organization • 24hr support
ACCOMMODATION We offer 4 star accommodation in a safe and easily accessible area. We have a variety of different rooms that cater to the budget traveler. We have all the facilities any traveler would need from an internet café to a Jacuzzi to relax those traveling muscles.
A C C O M M O D A T I O N
WHERE ARE WE
SaltyCrax Backpackers is in Table View and only a five-minute walk from the beach, shopping centres, restaurants, transport terminals and rolling distance from bars and pubs.
You r first friend at Saltycrax in our
garden • Communal Kitchen Complementary tea and coffee is always available in the fully equipped kitchen.
Perfect for a good night’s rest
• Zen Garden Grab a book and relax under the palm trees next to the pond.
• Double en suite Large spacious rooms with wooden floors, built in cupboards with lots of luggage space and a private bath, shower and toilet. Clean linen and towels are provided. The room also includes a safe, heater, fan, fridge and TV. • Private Doubles/Triples & Family Rooms Rooms have either only a double bed or a double bed and a bunk. All rooms are private and include clean linen, towels, cupboards, a heater, a fan and a fridge. • Dormitories All bunks have new ortho-care mattresses and clean linen. The dorm is mixed and has 2 en suite bathrooms and personal lockers.
Always clean and ready to use
Whether you want a lazy day or a busy one, it’s all here. Ask our friendly staff to book a quiet or extreme adventure tour. You can be picked up and dropped off at SaltyCrax at no extra cost.
• Internet Facilities Fast and reliable ADSL internet is permanently available in our Café. Contact home and catch up on your blog. The cost is R8 for half an hour.
Rela xing afternoon with a good book • Bonfire Area Sit around the large bonfire area, swop travel tales and cook your food the traditional South African way: on the braai.
• Jacuzzi This 9 women, 1 man Jacuzzi is ideal to relax those muscles after an adventurous day. It is heated at night on request and reaches temperatures of up to 40°C. • Lounge & TV Room A flat screen TV with satellite access and a video machine - what more do you need for those stay-in days?
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• Laundry A washing machine and tumble drier is available to use for a nominal fee. Or we will do it for you .
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