south africa active adventure

9-Day Safari for the Adventurous Active Traveler

Explore South Africa by foot, kayak, bike, plane and vehicle on our unique South Africa Active Adventure. Designed to maximize South Africa adventures and experiences, these 10-day tours include hiking on Table Mountain, kayaking along the rugged South African coastline, and biking in the scenic Winelands. When it’s time for your big game safari, you’ll seek the Big 5 both by vehicle and on foot. Accommodations include a quality hotel, comfortable game lodge, tented camp and adventurous fly camping (optional).

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Day 1 – Cape Town: Upon arrival at Cape Town International, you will be met and transferred to  Kensington Place. Overnight here.

Kensington Place is a contemporary, private hotel located in the prime location off trendy Kloof Street, below Table Mountain. The hotel has eight rooms with private outdoor terraces, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and personal laptops with complimentary WiFi access. Kensington Place was named as one of our top boutique Cape Town hotels in 2018.

Day 2 – Cape Town/Table Mountain Guided Walk & City Tour: Have breakfast, then transfer to the lower cable car station at Table Mountain. Ascend by aerial cable car (included) for a spectacular guided walk along the top, traversing the entire front table to Maclears Beacon – the highest point at 3,566 ft. Return via a different route for a variety of vistas, the entire walk takes about 2 hours. Note: The cableway is weather dependent and is usually closed for annual maintenance from end July to mid-August. Descend the mountain by cable car and enjoy a city tour, including the colorful Bo-Kaap district, Company Gardens, and more (lunch & dinner are on your own account). Enjoy your evening at leisure. Overnight at Kensington Place. (B)

Day 3 – Cape Town/Sea Kayaking & Cape Point Tour: After breakfast, drive to the naval hamlet of Simon’s Town, located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, and enjoy a sea kayaking experience from the Waterfront. Paddle past the Naval Harbor and out to Boulders Beach, to visit the penguins. Stop on a semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (equipment provided). From July to December, the Southern Right Whale frequents Cape Town’s shores. After lunch at a seaside restaurant (included), travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and onto the most south-western point of Africa – the Cape of Good Hope. In the late afternoon, drive along the coastal route and the Atlantic Seaboard back to your hotel. Overnight at Kensington Place. (B, L)

Day 4 – Cape Town/Winelands Cycling Tour: After breakfast, transfer to the Constantia Valley for your full-day tour. You begin at the country’s oldest estate, often referred to as “the birthplace of South African wine,” with a private cellar tour and tasting by special arrangement. Cycle through the vineyards with panoramic views over the valley and False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, stopping for a gourmet picnic lunch (or sit down lunch during winter). A number of renowned estates are included, with the chance to meet the sommelier and sample some of the best wines this country has produced. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight at Kensington Place. (B, L)

Days 5 & 6 – Kruger National Park/Rhino Post Safari Lodge: After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Skukuza Airport, located in Kruger National Park (flight priced separately). Upon landing, you will be transferred to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, situated on a 30,000-acre private concession in Kruger National Park and home of Rhino Walking Safaris. Your guides will share their wealth of “bush culture’’- the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds, the medicinal uses of plants, local folklore, and basic tracking and survival skills. You will enjoy two full days of South Africa adventures, exploring the private concession and Kruger National Park on game drives. Meals and overnights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)

Rhino Post Safari Lodge has eight luxury suites which are exquisitely decorated and include a spacious bedroom with impressive views of the riverbed from the bathroom, outdoor shower, and decked patio. The suites are set out in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls and glass doors, and windows.

Days 7 & 8 – Kruger National Park/Rhino Plains Camp: After breakfast transfer to Rhino Plains Camp, situated in the heart of the wilderness concession overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain & waterhole. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking safari on your way to your platform camp out. This is the only place inside Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation. These are elevated wooden platforms about 15 feet above the ground. Guests leave Plains Camp in the late afternoon for a 1-1.5 hour walk led by our guides and arrive for sundowners on the platform that also overlooks a waterhole. The sleepout even has hot showers and flush toilets. While dinner is being prepared on an open fire, enjoy the sounds and senses of the wild at night, while being safely guarded by our observant guides. The rumble of the elephant passing by or the roars of the lion at the nearby waterhole may serenade you in this peaceful wilderness. (B, L, D, Dr)

Meals and overnights at Rhino Plains Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)

Rhino Plains Camp offers four comfortably furnished African explorer-style tents, with en suite & hot running water and the African wilderness right on your doorstep. With a maximum of eight people only (no children under 12), guests are ensured a quality, pristine wilderness experience. For a totally unique experience, guests wanting something different will be able to walk to our Sleepouts – elevated wooden platforms twelve feet high where the night will be spent sleeping outdoors under the stars!

Day 9 – Jo’burg/Depart: After an invigorating cup of fresh coffee or tea and muffins in the lounge, set off for an early morning walk. Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy a leisurely brunch and shower before packing up and being transferred to Skukuza Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg (flight priced separately), where you will connect to your onward flight. (B)


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Quick Facts

Perfect for:

  • Perfect for Adventure Seekers
  • Perfect for Walking Safaris
  • Perfect for Active Travelers
  • Duration 9 days
  • Departures Anytime
  • Accommodations Moderate city hotel & permanent tented camps
  • Fitness Rating Moderate
  • Activities Game drives, walking safaris cycling, hiking, kayaking
  • Safari Type Adventure
  • Style Value
  • Land-Only Price* <$4,999
  • Flight Price Call for pricing

*All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see Terms and Conditions for details.

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