• South Africa Ultimate Adventure

    Explore the country’s most spectacular landscapes and best hiking areas, from Cape Town to the Drakensberg Mountains, on our most active and exclusive South Africa trip!

    Join us on this active adventure to Cape Town, the famed Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa.  Many options for hiking, sea kayaking, whale watching, cycling and cultural exploration in one of the most modern countries in Africa.  We explore the great outdoors by day, but every night we return to comfortable, sometimes luxurious, hotels where fine dining and great wines await.

    best times to go: September - December

    departures: 1 scheduled dateview departures

    pricing: from $5,895 see detailed pricing

    Southern Africa

Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Explore the country’s most spectacular landscapes and best hiking areas, from Cape Town to the Drakensberg Mountains, on our most active and exclusive South Africa trip!

The southern coast of South Africa is strikingly diverse, from the rich history and cultural heritage of Cape Town, to the lush temperate rainforest and breathtaking seascapes of the Tsitsikamma National Park, to the jagged spires of the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa’s highest range. On this active adventure, you’ll cover the best hiking areas of South Africa and discover the landscapes in all their infinite variety. You’ll summit Table Mountain, go sea kayaking with penguins or take a whale-watching cruise, journey along Chapman’s Peak Drive (one of the most spectacular coastal passes in the world), cycle through the Winelands, drive along the celebrated “Garden Route,” hike the coastal trails of Tsitsikamma, and explore the towering cliffs and waterfalls of the Drakensbergs, home to the largest series of rock art paintings in Africa. Your active days are rewarded by comfortable nights in some of South Africa's most exclusive hotels, where you can also taste the outstanding Cape cuisine and award-winning local wine. For those who wish to add on a safari element, our Kruger National Park/Sabi Sands extension is the perfect complement.


Hikiing, sea kayaking, cycling, whale watching, cultural touring


  • Visit the beaches, cultural sites and historical landmarks of Cape Town—from Robben Island to the Cape of Good Hope
  • Climb to the top of Table Mountain, bike through the celebrated Cape Winelands, go whale watching, and sea kayak with penguins on this active MTS adventure
  • Drive along the famous Garden Route, and hike through Tsitsikamma National Park, where a mosaic of fynbos, proteas and giant ferns grow down steep cliffs to meet the crashing sea
  • Explore the highest mountain range south of Kilimanjaro, and see the largest series of rock art paintings in Africa—South Africa is more than just safaris
  • Enjoy deluxe accommodations and the excellent cuisine and wine of South Africa!

Duration: 11 days Start Location: Cape Town End Location: Durban

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  • Capetown
    Day 1 : Arrive Cape Town

    Arrive into Cape Town at anytime today.

  • Day_3
    Day 2 : Cape Town

    Today we visit Robben Island by ferry, then tour a local township in the afternoon.

  • Day4
    Day 3 : Cape Town

    Full day hike up Table Mountain (5-6 hour moderate to strenuous hike).

  • Day5
    Day 4 : Cape Peninsula

    Today we explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and can choose between a sea kayaking excursion to a colony of African penguins OR a whalewatching cruise (Sept, Oct, Nov) OR a cruise to Seal Island (December).

  • Day6
    Day 5 : Winelands

    Full day winelands tour with the option of cycling.

  • Day 6 : Garden Route

    Drive along the famed Garden Route to Plettenburg Bay with a lunch stop in Mossel Bay.

  • Day7
    Days 7 - 8 : Tsitsikamma National Park

    Full days of hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park.

  • Day 9 : Drakensberg Mountains

    Transfer to Port Elizabeth airport for a scheduled flight to Durban.  Transfer from Durban to the Montusi Mountain Lodge.

  • Day9
    Day 10 : Drakensberg Mountains

    Hike to an incredible natural Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg Mountains or enjoy easier day hikes in this area.

  • Day 11 : Depart Durban

    Trip ends at King Shaka International Airport today in Durban, South Africa.

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DATES: Best time to go: September - December Departures: Nov 6 - 16, 2014


2013 Prices
$5,895 (6-14 members)
$6,195 (4-5 members)
$350 internal airfare*
$1,200 single supplement

2014 Prices
$5,595 (6-14 members)
$5,895 (4-5 members)
$350 internal airfare*
$1,200 single supplement

*internal airfare is subject to change based on published fares

  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Hotel
    Cape Town, South Africa

    The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is located in the historic North Quay warehouse with excellent views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and the working harbor.  The hotel has 94 large, comfortably furnished, air-conditioned, en suite rooms each with a mini-bar, television, radio and hair dryer.  The Waterfront area offers many interesting shops and boutiques, plus a cinema, a theatre, numerous restaurants and cafes, bistros and bars, historic buildings and a maritime museum.

  • Franschhoek Country House

    Franschhoek Country House and Villas is a privately owned boutique hotel , situated just a few minutes walk from the town of Franschhoek. This country retreat used to be a perfumery dating back to 1890 and retains its historical charm in the original Manor House, which now offers 14 luxury rooms and suites, leading out onto private patios with uninterrupted views of the vineyards and mountains.

    In 2003, the 12 opulent Villa Suites were added. Each suite is 100sqm in size, with a spacious lounge, a large balcony, a separate bedroom, dining area, fireplace, entertainment centre and under floor heating, in an extravagant French Provencal style.

    Franschhoek Country House and Villas is known for its very own award winning Monneaux Restaurant, receiving consistent praise for innovative presentations of modern French/South African cuisine.

  • Hog Hollow Country Lodge
    South Africa

    Hog Hollow is a delightful private nature reserve set on the edge of indigenous forest, with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and the Tsitsikamma Mountains.  Hog Hollow is known for its outstanding cuisine, African decor, creative style and personal attention.  The 15 unique en suite bedrooms have private wooden decks, large beds and cozy fireplaces.  Superb breakfasts and dinners are served on the pool deck or around the communal candlelit dining table.

  • Montusi Mountain Lodge
    South Africa

    Montusi Mountain Lodge offers genuine hospitality in the tranquility of one of the most beautiful settings in South Africa.  Montusi consists of a large thatched main building with reception, restaurant, terrace, bar and lounge.  A swimming pool looks over the escarpment.  14 spacious garden suites with comfortable bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, lounge areas with sofas and fireplaces, plus private patios for your own views of the Drakensbergs.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

We use two separate private guides on this trip: one for Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and one for Durban and the Drakensbergs.  Both guides will be local South African guides with years of experience sharing the wonders of their country with guests.  Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.


Hiking and trekking over steeper or more rugged terrain or where elevations may exceed 10,000 feet - often several days in a row. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips (4-5 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

Ultimate Challenge!

Our most demanding trips: trekking over steep, rugged terrain at high elevations (no vehicle support) or with substantial altitude gains and losses; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips. Includes our most demanding sea kayaking (5-7 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.


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Nov 6 - 16, 2014

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