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hiking1HIKING IN SOUTH AFRICA
There's no better way to experience wild places than to put your boots on and your feet on the ground, one in front of the other. South Africa has a huge variety of awesomely scenic hiking trails. Here are some of the highlights: The Otter Trail along the Tsitsikamma coast, The Dolphin Trail, The Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape offers similar trails but dramatically different scenery: miles of deserted beaches, wave-lashed rocks and occasional tropical forest. Purists can tackle the Wild Coast rough as they like. There are miles and miles of unspoiled hiking trail traversing high mountains, deserts and forests, where the accommodation is the usual hiking hut, and the cuisine whatever you decided to carry. For an even wilder experience, you can hike for days in the Cedarberg, near Cape Town, or the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, without seeing a hut or a route marker. These are designated wilderness areas, and you simply take a map and a permit and set off, sleeping under the stars or in convenient caves.


oyster1THE OYSTERCATCHER TRAIL
Fully catered and guided. All you have to carry is a day pack. Your luggage is shuttled and the meals at night are something never to be forgotten. We cater for many dietary requirements when necessary. Our meals are prepared by our local cooks in the traditional Cape style. During the hikes the main focus is on the surrounding nature, on land, sea and air. Enjoying a sublime ecological encounter with unique and rare plant life as well as a wide variety of birds, mammals and marine species such as dolphins, whales and seals. Learn about strange and interesting life forms in the intertidal zones on the long beaches and rock pools. On these 4 day hikes we focus on total nature but especially on the habits and plight of the endangered AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, You will however enjoy a total ecological encounter with marine species, wonderful beaches, dynamic dunes, rare plants and a wide variety of birds and mammals and marine animals. A truly eye-opening educational experience.


TSITSIKAMMA CANOPY TOUR
The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour along the Garden Route offers a thrilling cable slide between ancient Yellowwoods and tall Cape Hard Pear Trees.


SHARK CAGE DIVING IN HERMANUS / GANSBAAI
Get up close and personal with Great White Sharks, in a floating shark cage!


SCUBA DIVING
South Africa has an enormously long coastline, which isn't quite within the usual range for tropical diving. But the Mozambique Current flows down our east coast, bringing warm tropical water with it, and at Sodwana Bay we have the most southerly coral reefs in the world.


cycletourCYCLING TOURS
There is no better or more intense way to experience a country than to cycle through its varied landscapes. And with our choice of route options, you get to decide whether you want to explore at a leisurely pace, or exert yourself some more. Whether you want to try a longer route during the day’s activities, or head back early for a swim or a spa treatment, the choice is yours. (Choice of day or overland trips).


ABSEIL TABLE MOUNTAIN
Abseiling off extreme overhanging cliffs of Table Mountain, is a totally safe, very exciting, outdoor adventure.


MARATHONS
South Africa hosts some of the world's largest marathons and half-marathons. If you're a runner and you've always wanted to visit South Africa, enter one of these races and have the holiday of a lifetime while you recover afterwards.


bloukraansBUNGEE JUMP OFF BLOUKRANS BRIDGE
Enjoy the Bloukrans Bungee Jump, the world's highest commercial jump in Tsitsikamma, Garden Route in South Africa.


HORSE RIDING TRAILS
Offering tourists a unique adventurous but educational horseback safari experience. There is a great variety of different rides available, a lot of them along the coast, some on the beach, some through wild farm land and gorges and even up the great Gourits River.

FORK & CORK


rwv2WINE TASTING IN ROBERTSON
Situated on the scenic Route 62 and cupped between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges with the Breede River running through the valley. The Robertson Wine Valley was formed in 1983 and represents 48 wineries from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. The wine route is regarded as one of the most pro-active in the SA Wine Industry, and have a great sense of unity among its members. 

Today the Robertson Wine Valley is widely regarded as one of SA’s premium wine destinations and independent studies have shown it to be one of the wine routes of choice. The valley is a dream for those loving scenic drives with flower-fringed roads taking you from wine farm to wine farm. The people are friendly and relaxed, urging you to spend a little extra time to really get to know all the area has to offer.


franschhoeFASCINATING FRANSCHHOEK
Breath-taking scenery, world-class wines and trendy cuisine make Franschhoek a truly special town. Tucked away between majestic mountains, exquisite farms and exceptional vineyards, Franschhoek is considered one of the most beautiful small towns in South Africa. 

Take a leisurely stroll through the quaint town and experience friendly hospitality wherever you go. There is always something special on the go in Franschhoek.

 

 

 


perseveranceWONDERFUL OLD SOUTH AFRICAN PUBS
Pubs and bars are firm features of the South African landscape, from hipster joints to trendy cocktail establishments. But look closer and you will find places that hark back to colonial times...South Africans are a convivial nation, so don't be alarmed if one minute you are on your own in a bar sipping your wine and minding your own business, and the next you are surrounded by an eager bunch of us, happy to buy you drinks and tell you more about our awesome country.

This scenario can play itself out at any type of bar or pub, from classy cocktail bars to happening hipster joints. But you are more likely to find South African hospitality at old pubs that may look nondescript from the outside, but which hold a treasure trove of history on the inside: Perseverance Tavern (Cape Town)and De Akker Country Pup and Restaurant (Stellenbosch).

 


grootbos1WINE & DINE AT GROOTBOS
Experience the finest contemporary cuisine in a world-class setting surrounded by exquisite natural beauty. Take in the magnificent panoramic views of Walker Bay and the mountainous planes of pristine fynbos while friendly staff tend to your every culinary desire. Savour delectable dishes prepared with organic ingredients produced by their very own Growing the Future food production and social upliftment project. Delight in the seafood bounty of Walker Bay, enjoy extra-matured beef fillet grilled to perfection and taste award winning wines from local cellars that reflect the essence of the landscape and its people.

FAUNA & FLORA


safariBIG 5 SAFARI!
Big Five safaris are a must-do for anyone visiting South Africa; the term referring to the following animals: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. The sound of “Big Five” still conjures up the romance and excitement of Africa’s exotic destinations and experiences, which today can be experienced in almost any province of the country. 

Prepare to be awed as you see an elusive leopard dozing in the bough of a tree, spot a black rhino with its magnificient horns and bad temper half-hidden in thick shrubs, come across a pride of lions stalk their prey at sunset, or watch a large herd of elephants move soundlessly across the road. Accompany expert rangers and field trackers in search of the African game on custom-built Land Rovers, or take a guided walk into the heart of the bush for a completely different perspective from a ground level that cannot be appreciated from the back of a Land Rover. 

Late winters, May to September, are best for sightings when the grass is still low and the water is concentrated in only a few places. Summer is very hot but the vegetation is at its best with lots of baby animals. The other good season for sightings is early monsoons – the birthing season in the bush, which starts to flush green after the first rains.


indaluELEPHANT INTERACTION AT INDALU GAME RESERVE
Indalu Game Reserve follows a different pace. Surrounded by pristine mountain wilderness and attuned to the gentle rhythm of Africa’s gentle giants, Indalu Game Reserve, breathes fresh air from nature and sea, 20 - 30km off Mossel Bay’s South Coast.

Indalu is open to the wild and uninterrupted flow of the game through 800 hectares of landscape. While guest feel at home at Indalu, the wildlife is eternally present. Indalu has a simple philosophy of living in harmony with a deep respect for all that is tamed, untamed and untouched.  ELEPHANT INTERACTION - Experienced handlers will introduce you to our elephants. Witness their intelligence, while enjoying a personal encounter with them by being able to touch, feed and interact at leisure.

 


BOAT-BASED WHALE WATCHING
The whale watching tour begins with an on-land briefing presented by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our boat. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’ During the tour our friendly, knowledgeable crew adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience, from ensuring you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities to serving complimentary light refreshments. The guides keep you informed via our on board PA system ensuring your whale trip is informative and educational.


pantheraPANTHERA WILD CAT SANCTUARY
Panthera Africa is an environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives.

An educational visit to the sanctuary will educate you on interesting facts about the different species, and enlighten you on our animals' unique personalities.  You will be able to see, hear and enjoy everything these animals have to offer. In addition to our EDUCATIONAL visit, you also have the option to join the enrichment visit and FEEDING visit. Here you have the opportunity to photograph the animals in action – playing, pouncing, sniffing and exploring. We can promise you an exciting and unforgettable experience!

 


VISIT A WORKING OSTRICH FARM
No trip to Oudtshoorn is complete without a visit to a working ostrich farm. Purchase ostrich eggs. Touch, feel, sit on and maybe even ride the magnificent birds.


pengKAYAK WITH PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH, CAPE TOWN
One of the most unique places in the world - a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town! And the best way to see it is from the water.

GOLF, SPA & WELNESS


bushspaBUSH SPAS
In South Africa, bush spas are a unique concept that combine the safari experience with a range of pampering treatments such as massages, facials, pedicures and alternative therapies. Our discerning health-minded visitors are discovering that nothing quite beats a pamper session in the wild African bush. 

Bush spas in South Africa offer a real treat for the discerning traveller and having a spa facility is now seen as an essential element to any decent luxury safari game lodge experience. Certainly, the best lodges in the country all have magnificent spas to brag about as well as some very unique pamper concepts. Roughing it has never been so decadent!

 


golfGOLF
For the golf enthusiast, South Africa is the ultimate destination. The country boasts the perfect climate for spending time out on the fairways. Golfers are spoilt for choice with many award winning golf courses across the country.

EDUCATIONAL


robbenislandHISTORICAL SITES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
You will experience rich culture and historical sites such as Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, The Battle Fields Route - battle sites of the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu wars, The Apartheid Museum which will give you some insight of the violence of South Africa's past; and The Cradle of Humankind which is one of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world.



 

 


poho1POINT OF HUMAN ORIGINS TOUR
The Point of Human Origin (POHO) experience is an archaeologist led tour of world renowned Stone Age caves near Mossel Bay. This experience includes a journey to 160,000 years ago to view evidence of Homo sapiens behaviour. This is the earliest discovery of its kind in the world today. Enjoy an educational visit to the unique Pinnacle Point Caves in the company of Dr Peter Nilssen.

The POHO experience involves a PowerPoint presentation and tour to the caves. It is emphasized that the walk to the caves includes a wooden walkway and nearly 200 steps that requires a moderate level of fitness for the return trip to the Club House. Comfortable walking shoes are a must and don’t forget your camera! The duration of your POHO experience is up to you, but to a maximum of around 4 hours.


bustourTOPLESS BUS TOUR
Embark on a topless hop on, hop off bus tour in Johannesburg or Cape Town – Experience all of Cape Town's or Johannesburg’s tourist attractions and splendid sightseeing highlights aboard a fire engine-red, open-top double-decker bus.

 

 

 

 

 


pantheraPANTHERA WILD CAT SANCTUARY
Panthera Africa is an environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives.

An educational visit to the sanctuary will educate you on interesting facts about the different species, and enlighten you on our animals' unique personalities. You will be able to see, hear and enjoy everything these animals have to offer. In addition to our EDUCATIONAL visit, you also have the option to join the enrichment visit and FEEDING visit. Here you have the opportunity to photograph the animals in action – playing, pouncing, sniffing and exploring. We can promise you an exciting and unforgettable experience!

 


forgottenrouteTHE FORGOTTEN ROUTE
The true story of a forgotten route from early explorers into the wild undiscovered, REAL South Africa. It’s now a journey that you can experience… Depart from Cape Town on a two day adventure into the Karoo with the legendary Trans Karoo train, visiting iconic landmarks, and Anglo-Boer battle regions.

Experience true SA culture and share stories with local winemakers &; musicians of the Karoo plains. Taste the local produce, drive through majestic mountains and sense the weird and wonderful of THE FORGOTTEN ROUTE.

SELF-DRIVE


SELF-DRIVE TOURS
The most important part of travelling is experiencing and exploring what the city or town has to offer. With such a wide variety of exciting tours, sites and excursions, you will never be bored! Want to take things at your own pace? A self-drive tour is a fantastic way to experience South Africa with freedom and flexibility. We've been designing tours of South Africa for many years now - and using our local knowledge we've handpicked the very best small, independent hotels and guesthouses that really make your holiday special. On these touring holidays, you'll take in so many sights, sounds and experiences, and have plenty of opportunity to explore off the beaten track, so gaining a real flavour of South Africa! All holidays include our very personal suggestions for things to see and do at each centre. Of course, we can tailor-make your personalized itinerary based on your specific requirements in not only South Africa, but also Namibia, Victoria Falls, Botswana and Mauritius.


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