Walking the Best of the Cape

This walking trip offers active exploration into the most popular regions of the Cape. We have designed it for the walking traveller who wishes to check off the icons while exploring a little deeper. With this in mind, we have included a variety of walking locations, covering mountains, wetlands, beaches, cities and bush walking.

Each day offers an exciting new route, followed by an immersive experience off the trail. We have suggested what we believe are the best routes and experiences for a walking visitor to the Cape. However, this is your holiday and with your help, we’ll fine tune it to make it perfect for you. This means tailoring the pace and grade of the walking in addition to selecting the restaurants, wineries and off-trail experiences that excite you most.

Complete the trip your Cape walking trip with an experiential safari on a private, owner-managed conservation reserve. Here you can pitch in and experience grass-roots conservation and wildlife management or just relax on interactive game drives. Alternately, stay with the walking theme and track big game on foot, enjoying arguably one of the most thrilling safari activities.

You may also want to check out these shorter trips:

The Best of Cape Towns Outdoors

Hiking the Cape

Cape of Good Hope Breakaway

13 nights/14 days


the best corners of the Cape
fine food and wine
Walk or run
our best trails
Bag summit peaks
and swim in two oceans


Please contact us for a detailed itinerary!

    Please contact us for a quote on this trip.

    While we have preferred hotels for this itinerary, as with all of our trips, we will customise this program to your preferences



    Cape Town – Garden route: accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis

    Safari accommodation at Kwandwe on a fully inclusive basis

    All lunches, including wine/beer

    Private vehicle and qualified mountain walking/cultural guide for the duration of the trip

    All walking permits per the itinerary

    Wine tasting, park entry fees, activities per the itinerary

    Selected dinners, including wine/beer

    All walking and vehicle refreshments, water, tea/coffee

    Personal water bottle and walking SWAG



    Selected dinners

    Premium drinks

    Activities not specified in itinerary

    Some conservation activities at Kwandwe will attract an additional fee


    We typically use 5* boutique hotels throughout this program

    However, we have a delightful selection of 4* hotels and 5* guesthouses that can be substituted for some or all of the properties.


    This program requires a moderate to good level of walking fitness

    The fact that we include a hike each day, along with sightseeing and other adventures, means that participants will enjoy it best if they are used to be consistently active.

    However, we can absolutely adapt the routes to offer easier walks and still maintain the flow of the program.


    This trip can be done year-round

    However, Cape Town and the winelands experience their highest rainfall and coldest weather in July and August. Snow is possible on the higher mountains in August and September.

    January through March are the hottest and driest months.

    The Garden Route experiences rain year-round, but the driest months are typically June through September

    December through March are the wettest and warmest months.

    Kwandwe – the warmest and driest months fall between December and February. Most of the rain falls between March and October

    June through August are the coldest months



    Kwandwe is located in the Eastern Cape, which is free of malaria

    Given the length of some of the hikes, we recommend that this program is suitable for children 14 and over. We will adapt the routes for younger children, but will recommend a bespoke program for families with children under 8 years of age.

    Since there is a chance of encountering dangerous game on the walking safaris, children under 12 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

    We cannot control the weather – this is an outdoor, nature based itinerary and indoor alternatives are limited. Come prepared to take on the elements if the weather is not playing fair.


    The reserve is an easy 2 hour drive by road from Port Elizabeth or a private fixed wing air transfer can be arranged from either Plettenberg Bay or Port Elizabeth


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