First of all after traveling many parts of the world I have never travelled alone without knowing anyone, stayed in hostel/backpackers or ever done anything like this. My experience by far was one of my best! Everything it's says on the programme you do and is by far better than what u could imagine! From abseiling off Table mountain to Paragliding, diving with sharks, jump of the biggest commercial bungee in the world, sky dive, walking with lions, riding an ostrich and elephant, horse riding, sand boarding, Safari, hiking,c anoeing, seeing some of the most beautiful scenery/sunsets/beaches in the world u have it all right here!
I was nervous about staying in hostels as I have never done it before but when you are traveling alone it is the best way to meet people, I met more people in one week than I did living in Australia for 6 months! The people I met were from all over the world and were so nice and helpful which only enhanced my experience so much more I made so many new friends!
The organisation of the programme was second to none. From my pre departure with Xtreame Gap, very helpful, very organised and always on hand to give advice or answer any queries. After arriving in Cape Town I was picked up taken to my accommodation which was my first ever hostel but was put at ease straight away with the welcoming and friendliness and cleanliness of the place! My first 2 wks here was 2 of my best, great times, great fun with some amazing people and if Me you like a good night out you are in the right place! Highly recommended doing the Wine tour in Stellenbosh one day, it was a fantastic day with a great group of people (although the last few hrs are abit of a memory loss haha) the farms have great wine, cheese, lovely lunch and they are situated in some beautiful surroundings.
My volunteer work at a Township was very heart breaking but so rewarding.. Not only are you working with some of the most passionate people who help and give daily to these children but you will have fun with the children to! It was so nice to give something back and to see the smile on them kids faces every morning as they were so happy to see you, that smile makes it so worth while! Great kids and a great team with big hearts! Their living conditions are so poor so helping and bringing any sort of fun to their lives while helping to educate them was more rewarding than I could of imagined.
The garden Route was excellent! Our group was so mixed from all different countries and I couldn't of been with a better group for a wk lots of fun, great days/nights out everyone got on great and I loved every minute. Our tour guide was second to none! His knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to the week with Us Was fantastic and was great to be around socially to! He is so focused on you having the best time and goes out of his way to make sure u do all wk, which we did!! All back packers was great, clean and every night was a fun experience! This is the wk you can walk with lions (highly recommended) do the bungee( you can't do the Garden Route without doing this) your days will be packed with lots of amazing things to do never a dull moment!
Jeffreys Bay, great seaside resort for chilling out, surfing, shopping! If U like a drink they have a great bar with beer pong, lively music, pool table etc.. I had a few great nights in this bar with again all the staff being amazing! After 3 days there we went to Port Elizabeth where u will be shown around by a very nice funny guy who will then in the evening take you for a great night out in Beer Shack.. Get your drinking head on, great bar/club/people one of my favourite nights!
Last wk on Safari your chance to get up and close to the animals in their natural environment! You will see the big 5 daily some just casually walking past your van! Accommodation was great! In the morning you help the environment doing volunteer work and then game drives all afternoon great experience! NOTE: if you go in winter take plenty of layers for this trip!
Overall my experience was amazing! Had some of the best food out there and wine ever, you can eat like a king or queen for pennies! Whatever u hear about South Africa I would like to share that in the 4 wks that I was there I did not feel ever In danger, see any danger or feel uncomfortable in any circumstance, obviously certain rules u follow as in don't go out on your own at night or walk the streets always stay in groups but still I never felt unsafe. It's just being cautious and using your initiative.
I had a reason for getting away for the month personally.. And on my return I was more confident, motivated and most importantly so happy again my journey was incredible!
Thank you to Xtreme Gap for organising everything for me! Your help and organisation especially Oliver was fantastic very professional. Thank you once again. If anyone thinking off going on this trip and would like to speak to me about it.. Feel free to get in touch with Oliver at Xtreme Gap and I would be happy for him to put you in touch with me as I was the first to do the trip and I would love other people to experience what I did! I wish I could show you more pictures but if anyone would like to see more again let me know and I can send some to you.