Explore the finest coastal trails, forests and gorges in South Africa
See what's planned
- Spot the Big Five in Addo National Park.
- Explore Cape Town and the highlights of the Garden Route.
- The Winelands Trail in Stellenbosch, sampling the local flavours.
- Experience the best of coastal and inland walking trails.
- South African guide for expertise and historical information.
From shifting sand dunes to woodlands and coastline, South Africa’s Garden Route displays a wild beauty best explored on foot. Whales can often be spotted from the rugged shoreline of Hermanus, as can penguins. We begin in Addo National Park, and spot some of the world’s most thrilling animals from the parks open safari vehicles.
We enjoy lush walks in Tsitsikamma National Park, before the rocky coastline of Plettenberg Bay. From the cool sea breeze to the warm, earthy-red trails of De Rust and Oudtshoorn, with a visit to the Cango Caves. We amble amongst rolling hills and vineyards on the Wine Trail in Stellenbosch, and finally in Cape Town, we explore the city both from below and above (Table Mountain), with a visit to Boulders Beach and Cape Peninsula.
- Flight from Heathrow or Gatwick to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg with return from Cape Town (British Airways and Comair)
- Airport transfers
- En suite accommodation with breakfast
- Nine dinners plus one lunch
- Safari game drives
- All entrance fees as suggested in the itinerary
- English speaking local guide
- All local transport costs.
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This is a grade 4 walking holiday where we can expect walks between 6-10 miles on half and full days. On our half day walks we will be walking up to 3 hours whereas on our full days we can expect up to 6 hours of walking.
This holiday entails some energetic days whereas some days will be spent leisurely walking around areas of special or historical interest. On other days we shall be walking on regular trails, some of which may be undulating and uneven in places. The terrain in this part of the world can be difficult under foot as many of the paths can be formed of loose stones and can be rocky. Our walks along the coast may involve a section of walking over large boulders.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg with British Airways.
Addo National Park
Zuurberg Mountain Village
On arrival in Port Elizabeth, we transfer (55 miles 1.5 hours’ drive) directly to our accommodation at the Zuurberg Mountain village. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after the overnight flight. Or, along with your Ramblers Leader we can take a walk, on a well-marked trail, directly from the lodge, this will take around two hours.
Addo National Park
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Zuurberg Mountain Village
After breakfast we embark on a full day game drive in Addo Elephant National Park. We will do so in an open game drive vehicle. 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. Part way through the drive we will find a nice and safe stop for a picnic lunch.
Tsitsikamma National Park
Breakfast and Dinner
Tsitsikamma National Park Chalets
We have an early start to the day and head out before breakfast for a two hour game walk in Addo Elephant National Park, we will be in the best of hands with a local safari guide. After we return to the lodge for breakfast and check out, before travelling (155 miles 4 hours) to Tsitsikamma National Park.
Stretching out 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. On arrival and after we have checked in to our accommodation, we will begin the first of our short walks here at the Storms River Mouth trail, which takes us, as the name implies, to the mouth of the Storms River where there are suspension bridges. This 1.2 mile trail is relatively leisurely, taking us along boardwalks a good part of the way. You can expect some beautiful views along the way.
Breakfast and Dinner
The Dunes Resort
We have another early wake up and after breakfast we walk 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 4 miles in total (2 miles each way) and should take about 3 - 4hrs. After, we drive (62 miles, 1 hour) to Plettenberg Bay, where we spend the next two nights. The rest of the afternoon is free to walk on the beach or have a swim.
The Dunes Resort
When Portuguese explorers first sailed past Plettenberg Bay they named it ‘Bahia Fromosa’ (beautiful bay) and that it is. With three beaches, estuaries and lagoons, the town has become a popular holiday destination for South Africans and overseas visitors alike. After breakfast we take a short transfer to Plettenburg Bay and we enjoy the Robberg Island walk. This walk is above the advertised grade for this holiday, and the full trail is about 5.5 miles long, we may shorten this walk at the group’s request, or split the group and offer both the full and a shortened version. This walk takes us around the Island with fantastic views and a chance to see the large flocks of Cape Gannets and Cormorants. Dinner will be at your own account this evening and there are many dining options available to suit all tastes and budgets.
De Rust / Oudtshoorn
We begin our day with a visit to the Knysna Heads, two tall sandstone cliffs which form a channel through which the turbulent Indian Ocean enters the calmer Knysna Lagoon. After, we have some free time to discover Knysna town before leaving for Oudtshoorn. As we head inland and over a pass the landscape changes drastically and we enter the Little Karoo, a much dryer and hotter region. Oudtshoorn itself became famous thanks to the trade in Ostrich feathers and is still, today, the ostrich capital of the world. Our Guest House is situated out of town in the tranquil rural Karoo village of De Rust. On the way we take a short walk in the Outeniqua Nature Reserve. We will do part of the Pass to Pass day walk with stunning views over the Outeniqua mountains. This is a there and back walk of around 4 miles and will take us around two hours.
De Rust / Oudtshoorn
Breakfast and Dinner
Today we spend all day in and around Oudtshoorn. We begin by visiting the Cango Caves, an extensive complex of caverns with stalactites and stalagmites. Later we visit Oudtshoorn, with an opportunity to stop in town for lunch. In the late afternoon we visit the Meiringspoort waterfall in the Swartberg Mountains, which has some of the best examples of the Cape fold mountains as we travel through to a mountain pass. On route to Meiringspoort we will take a short walk (less than a mile, 1 hour) to a local Bushmen painting site located on a private farm.
Breakfast and Dinner
Today is mostly a transfer day as we drive through the Little Karoo, passing through scenic passes, including the Houserivier and Tradouw Pass. The journey will give us a great idea of the Karoo, one of the seven floral kingdoms of the world. Our journey continues to Hermanus (248 miles, 7 hours), and we stop en-route for pictures and a lunch break in Swellendam with some time to walk through the third oldest town in South Africa. We arrive in the late afternoon, and after checking into our hotel, we take a stroll along the coast.
Today we enjoy a free day in Hermanus to enjoy either boat based or land based Whale watching activity, in season. There is an optional trip to Fernkloof Nature Reserve available, the reserve has an extensive network of trails to choose from.
Breakfast and Dinner
Cultivar Guest Lodge
We leave Hermanus and take a scenic drive towards Stellenbosch, where we will spend the night. We are rewarded with some wonderful views as we pass the Threewaterkloof dam to the top of the Franschoek pass. Here we walk a 3-mile section of the winelands trails, with stunning views over the winelands all the way to Cape Town. After, we travel to Franschoek and the Dieudonne wine estate for an opportunity to have a late lunch (at your own account). A wine tasting session is included. Later we continue to Stellenbosch, stopping for further wine tasting at an estate in town.
Cape Town Hollow Hotel
We travel (15 miles, 30 minutes) towards our final destination and the affectionately named “Mother City” of Cape Town. We waste no time and travel straight to Table Mountain and get the cable car straight to the top. Here we can enjoy the circular 3 mile walk along all the viewpoints from the station via Echo Valley via the Aqueduct as we make our way back. The remainder of the day is free to discover the city independently or with our Ramblers Walking leader. You may want to take this opportunity to book a trip to Robben Island: http://www.robben-island.org.za/tours we recommend that you book in advance, this tour is very weather dependent, so if the trip cannot go ahead then you will have another opportunity on day 14.
Cape Town / Cape Peninsula
Cape Town Hollow Hotel
We head out to the Cape Peninsula today, we travel to Smitswinkel by bus via Chapmans Peak Drive and Hout Bay. Our final destination is the Cape Point Lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope, here we will walk two different and contrasting walks, taking us around 5 miles, 4 hours in total. 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 we visit the Boulders Penguin colony before making our way back to Cape Town.
Cape Town / Free Day
Breakfast and Dinner
Cape Town Hollow Hotel
Today you have a full day to further explore the city, you may wish to stroll around the V&A Waterfront, visit some of the museums; including the District Six Museum, visit the Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a trip out to Camps Bay or visit Robben Island. Our local guide and or leader can give you some suggestions. We will all meet up as a group in the evening to enjoy our final meal in a local restaurant.
Your morning is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing, before, we travel to the airport in time for our flight back to the UK
Arrive at London Heathrow.
Walks & Excursions
This holiday entails some energetic days, but with a daily walking time rarely exceeding 5 hours. Some days will be spent leisurely walking around areas of special or historical interest. On other days we shall be walking on regular trails some of which may be undulating and uneven in places. Please note: on some days, in particularly hot weather, it may be necessary to shorten the walks, or start them earlier.
The terrain in this part of the world can be difficult underfoot as many of the paths may be formed of loose stones and can be rocky, therefore walking poles are recommended. One or two of the walks may involve a section of walking over large boulders; this is on coastal walks only.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in South Africa
The currency used in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR).
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
Flights are from London Heathrow, via Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth and a direct return from Cape Town to London Heathrow, with British Airways
Travel within South Africa will be by road. For the transfers between centres, we will have our own private, air conditioned coach.
Airport Transfer times:
Port Elizabeth Airport to Addo National Park - 1 hour 10 minutes
Cape Town to Cape Town Airport - 30 minutes
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport.
Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents
and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to
ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply
with, such requirements.
General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Passport Information for South Africa
For entry into South Africa, a passport is required and must be valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure. Your passport should have at least two blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa. A visa is not required by holders of British passports bearing the inscription 'British Citizen' for holidays less than 90 days. Holders of non-British passports should check with the South African Embassy or their nearest consulate regarding requirements.
Breakfasts, one lunch and nine dinners are included in the holiday charge and will be taken in the hotels or in local restaurants in some centres. Where dinners are not included, there are plenty of local options to suit all tastes and budgets. Where lunches are not included, you should allow approximately £5 for a reasonable packed lunch and £8-7 for a more substantial lunch in a restaurant.
The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.
Footwear & Kit List
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
- Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
- Lightweight quick-drying trousers
- Walking T-shirt/shirts
- Walking socks
- Fleece or jumper
- Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
- Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
- Swimwear (if appropriate)
- Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
- Day sack liner
- Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
- Basic first aid kit
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
- Sit mat
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday money
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in South Africa
In South Africa the electricity is supplied at 220-240V A/C. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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Pretoria; Cape Town;
Zulu; Xhosa; Afrikaans
11.5hrs from UK
Visas and Passports
No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days
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Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for South Africa
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to South Africa.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Diphtheria and Hepatitis A immunisations are recommended.
You might also like to consider immunisation against Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus, Cholera and Typhoid.
There is low to no risk of Malaria in South Africa, apart from the Kruger National Park where the risk is high.
There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not
insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately
insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to
participate in our local walking and other activity programmes
without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you
for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region)
and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue)
and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness
or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities,
included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally
the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your
insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance
once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information
on security and local laws for travellers, together with current
passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible
precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays
of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches.
Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day,
and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able
to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives.
Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose
aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries
we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long
term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less
developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
See our website for more information and details of some of the
projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Grade 4 Sightseeing
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.
Discover more about our walking grades