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South Africa

From dramatic mountains to angry oceans via wildlife rich parks and culturally rich and cosmopolitan cities

Adventure Holidays in South Africa 

With a wild coastline, vast landscapes and teeming game parks, and the verdant Garden Route and wine regions, a South Africa holiday really has it all. Although it has a checkered past, these days South Africa is a rainbow nation, with many Bantu tribes of the Zulu, Xhosa, Shangane, Ndebele forming the majority in parliament. Their heritage and culture can be explored from Roe's Drift to Spion Kop, and Isandlwana to Ladysmith.

A trip to South Africa is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, with Addo Elephant Park, Mkuzi Reserve and the huge Kruger National Park all in striking distance. And at Hermanus, wildlife enthusiasts can stand on the cliffs and watch passing whales (in season).

For walkers, the Drakensberg Mountains offer a choice of trails; the Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarland – where it’s impossible not to stop for a glass or two – and the craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route. And then there’s the wonderful city of Cape Town, everlastingly watched over by flat-topped Table Mountain. 

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South Africa Adventure Holidays

Cape Argus Cycle Tour

Cycle through South Africa's stunning Western Cape and take part in the world's largest individually-timed cycling event.

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Cycling Adventures
9 days
From $2,165 USD
Activity Rating - Challenging
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Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

From the jagged peaks of the Drakensberg to the spectacular wildlife in Kruger, explore eastern South Africa by bike.

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Cycling Adventures
12 days
From $2,475 USD
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
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Johannesburg to Cape Town

A classic journey through South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Discovery & Wildlife
20 days
From $3,175 USD
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
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Experience South Africa

Exodus offer a wide range of adventure, activity, cycling, wildlife safari and walking holidays to South Africa. Here are some of our top South African experiences:

1. Safari in South Africa: perhaps the most iconic of all South Africa trips, game parks here are heaving with rare wildlife, including lions, rhinos and elephants. 

2. Wine tours in South Africa: the Garden Route is one of the world’s great drives, and can be explored on foot or bicycle, and the wine region of Stellenbosch enjoys worldwide fame.

3. Walking and Trekking South Africa: from snow-capped pinnacles to verdant valleys, the diversity of terrain is mind-boggling, and make for some fine walking.

4. Cape Town: the world-famous city is a cultural hotspot and up-and-coming foodie destination, flanked by gorgeous beaches, and picturesque coastal paths. 

5. Cycle South Africa: Cape Argus Cycle Tour is a circular route that starts in Cape Town, taking riders along the Cape Peninsula 109kms of coastal roads, through quaint villages and bays, to the entrance of the Cape Point Nature Reserve and back. 

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Responsible Travel

We offer more than 500 holidays across 100 countries on all seven continents. And although we’ve grown in the last 40 years, our philosophy stays the same: to bring like-minded people together on authentic adventures, with minimal impact to the environments and cultures we visit. We only work with reputable partners, with whom we’ve built longstanding relationships, and work on various community and environmental projects around the world. Read more about our Responsible Travel initiatives here.

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