South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

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Trip code: 
TZB
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–11

Enjoy some of the best coastal trails, forests and gorges in South Africa

From shifting sand dunes to woodlands and fynbos shrublands, South Africa’s Garden Route displays a wild beauty waiting to be explored on foot. Savage oceans crash on shore as whales swim past off the coast (in season) and penguins frolic in the surf. Inland elephants and lions roam Addo National Park, whilst further west endless rows of vines stretch out and Table Mountain towers over the Mother City, Cape Town. We roam coastal trails and forests, wander up gorges and go on safari as we explore some of the best reserves and parks of the Cape region.

Highlights

  • Hike up Table Mountain
  • Challenge yourself on the Alexandria Trail
  • Go on a safari in Addo National Park
  • Explore vibrant Cape Town

Key information

  • 10 nights hotels, chalets and lodge, mostly en suite, 2 nights permanent tented camp, one night hut
  • 7 days walking
  • Varied terrain including sand dunes
  • Altitude max 1195m, average 450m

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Tour leader throughout
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

7

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 2-7 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 311.0km/6.0miles
Day 416.5km/9.3miles
Day 58.0km/4.0miles
Day 79.5km/5.3miles
Day 810.0km/6.0miles
Day 107.0km/4.0miles
Day 1115.0km/9.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Port Elizabeth, transfer to Addo N.P.

    Land only passengers can be picked up at our pre-tour hotel in Port Elizabeth or meet the group at Port Elizabeth Airport in time for the arrival of the group flights (see final joining instructions for detail). Upon arrival of the group flight we will transfer to our accommodation in the Addo Hills. Here we stay in permanent tents with en suite facilities set in a private reserve, on the border of the national park, where various game such as kudu, impala and bushbuck can be seen. The rest of the day is free to relax after the overnight flight.

    Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge or similar
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Game drives in Addo N.P.

    After breakfast we embark on a full day game drive in Addo Elephant National Park (to give it its full name). The park was initially set up to protect the few remaining elephants in the area which it did with great success as the populations grew considerably over the years. Today it is Africa’s third largest national park and, as well as elephants, is home to lions, Black rhino, meerkats and the ubiquitous dung beetle which can be seen throughout the park rolling little balls of dung by the side of the road. We'll find a good spot to stop and have a picnic lunch in the park.


    Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge or similar
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Start the Alexandria Trail.

    We head towards the coast today to start on the two-day Alexandria Trail. There is a strict limit of 12 people allowed on the trail per day meaning that we will probably be the only people on the trail. The trail loops through three distinct environments - sand dunes, sea-shore and indigenous forest – within the Woody Cape Nature Reserve, part of Addo National Park.

    After doing the sign-in procedures at the office, we take a short drive to the start of our trail passing through indigenous forest and dairy farms. Our trek starts at the coast. We wind through indigenous coastal forest until we reach the dunes. From here we follow the coast from where we may spot whales or dolphins off-shore. Eventually, after almost 11 km, we arrive at the Woody Cape Hut with its incredible views.

    Sleeping arrangements tonight are in two 6-bed dorms which may have to be shared by men and women depending on the formation of the group. You will have to carry everything you need for the night, including a sleeping bag, and will be asked to help carry your portion of food for the day.

    Walk: Distance 11 km Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Woody Cape Hut or similar
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Continue on the trail through the Alexandria sand dunes; on to Tsitsikamma N.P.

    This morning we complete the loop of the Alexandria Trail. Leaving the hut behind we head into the Alexandria Dune Field. This vast expanse of sand, often referred to as a sand sea, is one of the largest existing active coastal dune fields in the world covering 142 square kilometres with some dunes measuring up to 140m.

    After conquering the dunes we continue through the forest back to the start point. From here we transfer to Tsitsikamma National Park where we can relax for the rest of day.

    Walk: Distance 16.5 km Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Storms River Restcamp or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hike in Tsitsikamma N.P. before moving on to Plettenberg Bay.

    Stretching along the coast, Tsitsikamma National Park gets its name from a local word meaning ‘place of abundant water.’ The park is made up of rocky coastlines, fairy-tale forests, waterfalls and rivers and is a great place for bird enthusiasts with a variety of sea, forest and fynbos (scrubland) species present. There are a number of short trails which depart from the Storm’s River area where we will be staying and we will do a couple of the most popular trails.  The first of these is the Waterfall Trail, this trail, rocky in parts, takes us to where the Tweeriviere River falls 50m into a pool before cascading into the sea. We return the same way. This trail is 6kms in total (3kms each way) and should take about 3hrs. Next we head in the opposite direction on the short Storms River Mouth trail which takes us, as the name implies, to the mouth of the Storms River where there are suspension bridges. This 2km trail is very easy along boardwalks most of the way but is well worth it for the views. There is some free time and you can choose to follow another trail or head to the trees for some zip-lining (see optional excursions section for prices).  Later we drive to Plettenberg Bay where we spend the next two nights.

    Walk: Distance 8 km Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: The Dunes Resort or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day with optional beach walks or boat rides through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

    When Portuguese explorers first sailed past Plettenberg Bay they named it ‘Bahia Fromosa’ (beautiful bay). With three beaches, estuaries and lagoons, the town has become a popular holiday destination for South Africans. We have a free day to relax or explore the region further. For those who want we can drive to Knysna and explore the featherbed nature reserve by boat taking in the Knysna Lagoon and Heads. There are also some walks that can be done nearby.

    Accommodation: The Dunes Resort or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Drive to Swellendam; hike in the Marolth Nature Reserve.

    An early start as we leave the coast behind and travel to Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, with its attractive Cape Dutch architecture. We spend most of today in nearby Marloth Nature Reserve with its interesting vegetation of mountain fynbos, protea and erica. We follow the Tienuurkop Peak (10 O’clock Peak) trail, a challenging hike climbing up to the summit of Tienuurkop at 1,195m with spanning views of the Langeberg Mountains, Ruensveld and Swellendam. Along the way we pass fynbos veld and patches of indigenous forest and may see various birds and small mammals, including antelopes.

    Walk: Distance 9.5 km Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Rooseje Van de Kaap Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Drive to De Hoop; hike along the whale trail.

    This morning we head back for the coast and the De Hoop Nature Reserve. This afternoon we have an interpretive marine walk along part of the Whale Trail. This easy trail, covered during high-tide, explores coastal rock pools and sandy beaches with a guide pointing out various marine life-forms and, between June and December, can provide great sightings of Southern Right whales off shore. The time of the walk is dependent on the tides and there should be some free time to relax, look out for the whales (in season) or go explore the reserve.

    This evening the leader will prepare a traditional South African braai (barbeque) for dinner.

    Walk: Distance 10 km Time: 2 hours

    Accommodation: De Hoop Nature Reserve or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    To Cape Town, stopping in the famous winelands of Stellenbosch on the way.

    Any trip to South Africa’s Cape region would be amiss if it didn’t visit some of the country’s famous wineries and today we do just that as we explore the wine region surrounding Stellenbosch and Franschoek. We visit a couple wineries and get to taste some of the different varieties produced here.

    We later continue on to the Mother City, Cape Town, Africa’s most exciting city.

    Accommodation: Cape Manor Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Hike up Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain.

    Nothing symbolises Cape Town like Table Mountain. We head up the mountain the back way along Skeleton Gorge. The trail meanders its way up through a steep ravine and along a path reaching the top before crossing the entire plateau to the cable car. The route involves some light, non-exposed scrambling, so you don’t need a head for heights but one section requires you to negotiate a series of wooden ladders lightly exposed to heights – not difficult, but fairly challenging and requiring some upper body strength. Along the way there are sweeping views in different directions and we pass every ecosystem found on the mountain (Table Mountain National Park has more species of plants than the whole of the UK) and get to appreciate the mountain in its totality. After a well-deserved rest and enjoying the views from the top we catch the cable car back down the mountain (ZAR145), the rest of the day is free.

    Walk: Distance 7 km Time: 4.5 hours

    Accommodation: Cape Manor Hotel
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Hike from Smitswinkelbay to Cape Point.

    Going along the Cape Peninsula we reach Smitswinkel by bus. From here we hike through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, along False Bay. We pass fragrant fynbos and may spot antelope, baboon and Rock hyrax along the way. Our final destination is the Cape Point Lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope beyond that. This is the south-westerly most point in Africa and is the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans dramatically come crashing into one another.

    After visiting the area around Cape Point we drive to Simonstown where our hotel has fantastic views over False Bay and the majestic Simon's Kloof Mountains.

    Walk: Distance 15 km Time: 5.5 hours

    Accommodation: Quayside Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Days 12-13

    Exploring Cape Town.

    Those still feeling energetic have the option of taking a kayak trip this morning to a local penguin colony. Alternatively it’s also possible to just go to Boulder’s Beach and visit the colony of African penguins which have been residing here since 1982.

    We later return to Cape Town where we can spend the next day and a half exploring the magnificent city. There is plenty to do in and around the city from exploring the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or the Kirstenbosch Gardens to taking a township tour or heading out to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela, and numerous other political prisoners, were held captive during the apartheid era.

    Accommodation: Cape Manor Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Cape Town.

    The trip end after breakfast for land only passengers. Those on the group flights should have some time for last minute shopping or sightseeing before being taken to the airport in time for the flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Vaccinations

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.

A lot of the food you’ll come across is very similar to what you’ll be used to at home. There will be, however, opportunities to try some local dishes, including some unusual meats such as ostrich or kudu. Spending a lot of time along the coast there is also access to some very good, fresh fish and seafood. One of the nights we will enjoy a traditional braai (barbeque), a quintessential South African meal. Whilst South Africa is very much a meat-eating nation, there are options for vegetarians, though perhaps not as many as you’d be used to at home.

Weather

Summer months are from October to April and the average daytime temperature is 25ºC to 30ºC. The average night time temperature is 10ºC to 20ºC. The winter months are from May to September and average temperatures are about 10ºC colder at this time of year. In general, however, the Cape Town climate is quite mild.

The summer months are typically dry and warm, but the South Easterly wind can blow up to 70km/h at least a few times a month. This helps to cool things off, but can be a little unpleasant if one is walking in exposed areas. Most of the rainfall is in the winter but it is frontal rain, which comes off the Atlantic. Therefore it can rain solidly for 2 days, and in between there will be warm sunny days!

Due to the ocean's proximity to the mountains and the winds, it is fairly common to experience tabletop clouds on the higher mountains. Our programme is flexible enough to accommodate any major changes in weather, and yet still make it enjoyable.

Cape Town, South Africa

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 4: Moderate/Challenging.
Over the two weeks we have 7 days with trekking included and another day with optional walks. These vary from short hikes (which can be done in succession) in Tstitsikamma to the two-day, 27.5km Alexandria trail. The terrain also varies from coastal paths, sand dunes, forest trails and mountain trails.
The Alexandria Trail has some more challenging sections and we need to carry everything with us (there are no porters available). Whilst on this trek we spend the night in a refuge with two dorm rooms of six beds each, therefore, depending on the formation of the group, these may have to be used as mixed-dorms.

The climate is temperate but generally quite mild with highs of about 30’C in the summer (October-April) and 20’C in winter (May-September) with the possibility of strong winds on the coast. See the weather section for more details. Drive times are fairly short with no drive being longer than 4hrs and most being considerably shorter.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, Chalets, Lodge, Hut & Camping

For 10 nights we stay in hotels and chalets which are mostly en suite.

For 1 night whilst on the Alexandria Trail we stay in a trekking hut which is comprised of 2 dorm rooms of 6 beds each. For this reason it may be necessary to use the rooms as mixed dorms where men and women may be sleeping in the same room.

Near Addo National Park we stay in permanent safari tents for 2 nights which have their own en suite bathroom.

In De Hoop, one bathroom is shared between two rooms.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed November 2018
    Pam Peers

    Excellent walking tour of the beautiful Garden Route

    We packed a lot of walking in varied terrain into this two week itinerary. As well as the 7 days walking included in the tripnotes, we did substantial walks on several of the 'rest' days. These were optional, but we were all glad to have the chance to see more of this fascinating country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping under the stars at Woody Cape Hut, after the first day of the Alexandria Trail. We had unseasonably high temperatures and it was a real privilege to be able to sleep outside, with the sounds of the ocean lulling you off to a very deep sleep ...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Simon was brilliant! A great guide, with an excellent sense of humour, and an always relevant playlist ... Cathy, our driver and occasional cook, was a joy to travel with. She makes the best breakfast ever

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take full, 3 season boots. My summer walking boots were just about o.k. but I regretted not having stronger leather boots. Some of the walking was more challenging than I'd imagined, though none of it was difficult. Don't take too many clothes... we had laundry done, cheaply and efficiently, in two locations en route
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Andy Bosson

    The best holiday ever!

    My wife and I and 2 friends made up part of a group which started the South Africa Garden Route tour on the 21st of October this year with our guide Justin. I have given the tour 5 stars, only because I can’t give it 6 or more! Justin turned out to be not only a fantastic guide, but a marvellous ambassador for his country, taking us to places we never would have found on our own, telling us about the wildlife, geography, history and politics of this beautiful, complex country. We stayed in 5 different locations on the tour, The Avoca River cabins, Tsitikamma National Park lodges, the Housemartins Guest Lodge in De Rust, the Windsor Hotel, Hermanus and finally the Sweet Green Olive Guesthouse, Cape Town. All the accommodations, while not 5 star, were perfectly clean, comfortable and had all the required facilities. The Housemartins Guest lodge in particular, was the best place we stayed. Our hosts, Jan and Teresa, welcomed us into their home like long lost family members and looked after us so well, that most people did not want to leave! Highlights of the tour; Schotia Tooth and Claw safari – 5 stars Tsitikamma Nation Park, including kayaking and zip wiring – 5 stars Housemartins Guest lodge – 10 stars Whale watching in Hermanus – 5 stars Cape town - 5 stars Anyone considering a trip to South Africa should give this tour serious consideration, we were four very happy chappies!!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Schotia Tooth and Claw safari - we were 15 feet away from a an adult male lion in an open sided truck!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The Best!!! Very knowledgable, friendly, helpful and wonderfully organised! Justin is a great guy and helped make this trip throughly memorable!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a range of clothing, from tee-shirts to fleeces, long and short trousers, shower proof coats, because the weather, particularly in Cape Town can change in an instant. Mosquito sprays etc. are essential if you are troubled by bites.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Prices for food and drinks are very reasonable in South Africa (approx 40 Rand for a large beer (£2.00)). Take some currency with you as only breafasts are included in the price, but there are plenty of ATMs on the tour route.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Rebecca Horsley

    Trails of the garden route with Simon and Cathy

    South Africa was amazing. The people, wildlife, scenery, food and wines all excellent. Simon and Cathy o ur guide and driver really looked after us, slightly adapting things dependant on the weather, however, we managed more than the set itinerary due to their kindness and generosity. We stayed in great locations and lovely accommodation, I particularly enjoyed the night in the hut when we all played cards by cand!elight. The group all got on well too. Thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved watching the widlife, particularly the whales and dolphins in the sea whilst we are out sandwiches on the large sand dunes. Also memorable was hiking through skeleton gorge to Table mountain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Safe and responsible. Good company with a great sense of humour. Very kind and generous. Nothing was too much. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share about his country. His wife Cathy and himself make a great team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be cool on a night in spring. Some excellent walking. Interesting and moving country. If poss get on the car to Robben island, it is smoother and quicker than the boat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Eirlys Greenough

    What a trip!

    An incredible trip of walking, whales, wildlife and wine. From the much needed leg stretch when arriving at Kudu Ridge after the long flight to get to SA, to the trek up Table Mountain, each day brought different experiences, amazing scenery and some challenging walks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing whales on 4 different occasions and making it to the top of Table Mountain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Simon Warren (and his wife Cathy, our driver) made the trip extra special. Both of them went above and beyond what was expected to ensure we got the most out of our South African adventure. A few additional walks were added, changes to the itinerary when the weather required it (including a trip to a winery when it rained) and we visited some fantastic restaurants. Both were extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and sociable and always on hand.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go! You'll love it.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Andrea Freeman

    South African adventure

    An amazing and challenging adventure. The countryside was beautiful and we saw so many interesting animals. Accommodation was always comfortable ranging from a permanent tent in the bush to a luxury hotel by a waterfront. The food was wonderful and plentiful. The South African people were charming, friendly and helpful. Walks were always challenging but so worth the effort with a real sense of accomplishment after we had clambered over sand dunes and boulders or climbed Table Mountain.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think the hike in Addo National Park was the most challenging in terms of the hike and accommodation but wonderful views and I felt we were at the heart of what it means to trek in South Africa.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Simon our group leader was wonderful. He went out of his way to make us feel comfortable, and his knowledge of the animals, terrain, geography and political situation of South Africa made our trip a really memorable experience. He went out of his way to make sure every member of the group was enjoying themselves and comfortable in all situations. He was always encouraging when the terrain was difficult. We were very fortunate to have his wife Cathy as our driver and they made an awesome team. They cooked the most wonderful meals and made sure that everything ran smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it. The trek is challenging but so worth while. Pack light!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Francis Curley

    Trails of the Garden Route

    Had a great trip.Many thanks to Simon,our guide,and our driver.Good varied walks.Good accommodations.Mostly great itinerary tho one day we drove 4 hours first thing and,as a result, could not tackle the full mountain height.Should have travelled to Swellendam the previous evening on a free day.Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.Great company, food etc.Would recommend this holiday.My first of its kind but ,hopefully, not the last

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to say

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I felt he did very well.Tried to ensure everyone got as much out of holiday as possible.Always willing and able to help out.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a sun buff for your head and neck.Boots recommended rfir ankle support.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just to say had a great first experience of this type of holiday
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Jo and Simon Lord

    Superb holiday

    This was a full and energetic holiday as we travelled across the Cape. We saw a wide variety of wildlife, wonderful scenery and, thanks to our guide and driver, learned so much about S.A. society and the places we travelled through. The walking was at the level of the grade, over the two weeks we climbed nearly 5000m, over terrain that varied from sand dunes to high mountains. We stayed at a variety of accommodation, some of it quite unique and lovely, such as the de Hoop nature reserve.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many, but seeing a great white shark from a cliff top was awesome, as was seeing a group of Southern Right whales and a tiny baby elephant. The Alexandria trail had amazing views and landscapes and the night spent in the (very civilised) hut was fun. We had a wonderful braai (bbq) at de Hoop under southern constellations, met a tortoise at a picnic lunch, ate at a trendy Cape Town steak house, and walked along a rough coastal path (the otter trail) to see a large group of dolphins catching lunch. The day up and down Table Mountain was also great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Simon, ably supported by driver Warren, were both excellent. Simon planned and managed our itinery very well, so that we got the maximum out the walking and sightseeing opportunities. He and Warren were always willing to discuss any aspect of S.A society, which greatly added to what we got from the holiday, as well as enthusiastic about spotting and identifying wildlife.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for long days of activity- a lot packed into every day. Long trousers/gaitors good for the sand dunes on the Alexandria trail to avoid sand in your boots.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Simon Wiese

    South Africa Trails of the Garden Route

    The tour was excellent. The walks were all different and the planning was fantastic. Our guide Eugene was great and had a huge amount of knowledge to share with us. Toulei our driver was also excellent. Apart from being a great driver he brought a positive spirit to the group every day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking into the Cape Point carpark after 6 hours of hiking with the final destination always in sight, but so far away, was incredibly satisfying.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. A great guy, with so much knowledge to share and so much patience for us all. Thank you Eugene

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Carry extra water on the Alexandria Trail, especially if it is hot. You will need it.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Gavin Daffarn

    South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

    An energetic hugely enjoyable trip along the southern coast of South Africa. Lots of walking, some quite strenuous, game drive and viewing, with some wine and beer tasting as well. A real insight into this delightful country with its beautiful landscapes and friendly diverse peoples.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many, but reaching the top of Table Mountain and walking out onto the very tip of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope probably came top of the list!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eugene was an amazing resource for us. Every question we asked, be it about the flora, fauna, countryside, food, traditions politics etc. he always had an informed and informative answer which he was delighted to share. He has a genuine love for his country and wanted us to understand why.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit, there are some long hard walks (interspersed with gentler days on the coach, or tasting wine!) There is one night when the group hikes to a refuge to spend the night, this involves carrying a sleeping bag, just for that day. When we went it was very warm and a liner with maybe a warm top and leggings would have be perfectly adequate and saved lugging a sleeping bag around for the whole holiday. (All be it in the back of the trailer after the night out)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A super holiday, with better than usual accommodation which was a pleasing surprise. Going to the southern hemisphere in our winter is always a good idea and this trip ticked all the boxes for us: active, interesting, comfortable, safe but with a certain degree of challenge thrown in
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Leslie Aird

    Trails of the Garden Route, South Africa

    First trip south of the equator and such a varied and intense experience of South Africa. What a wonderful country with friendly people, beautiful landscapes and magnificent animals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each stage was inspirational but to summarise - the beach trek of the Alexandria trail, seeing the elephants in Addo Park, climbing Twelve O'clock Peak, climbing Table Mountain, seeing whales, reaching the Cape of Good Hope (and probably lots of others).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Very outgoing, friendly, helpful, informative and knowledgeable. Joe did so much to make our trip a wonderful experience seeking out wonderful treks, pointing out animals and plants of interest, making sure we were well fed and generally looked after.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Wonder if the cost could have been reduced slightly and we were amazed at the quality of most of the accommodation - or maybe that's just South Africa standards! Being the first of this particular trip, perhaps a few adjustments to itinerary/timings - as discussed with Joe our guide - but overall everything went very well and we have no complaints at all.

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