Aerial view of Knysna in South Africa

Hidden Cape Tour for Active Travelers: Hiking, Kayaking & More

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Cape Town, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Cederberg Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

Winding along the southwestern tip of Africa the Cape will delight you with its enigmatic beauty and natural sense of adventure. This region of Africa is a land of breathtaking hiking trails, peaceful valleys of vineyards, staggering mountains, and the charm of two oceans. With days packed full of activities both on land and water, this 13-day South Africa tour will showcase the very best of a landscape unlike any other on the planet. Starting and ending in Cape Town, the itinerary will connect...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the best of Cape Town with four days in the Mother City, including a sunset hike up Lion's Head and with a chance to surf or kitesurf
  • Discover indigenous San culture at the !Khwa ttu San Cultural Center, where a mountain bike trail will take you past zebra and springbok as you explore
  • Kayak along the shore of Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, and then amongst the whales of Walker Bay in Hermanus
  • Set off on some of Africa's most incredible hiking trails in the Cederberg Mountains, to journey through a landscape as surreal as it is serene
  • Spend a day in Stellenbosch, the heart of South Africa’s wine industry to mountain biking through the valley of different vineyards
  • Get up close with the ocean's apex predator on a great white shark diving experience
  • Pass wild penguins on your journey to Africa's southwestern tip, and then bike to Cape Town on one of the world's most beautiful coastal roads
  • Visit the hidden side of the Cape and visit destinations that are mostly untouched by tourism 

Detailed Description

Africa is a continent of rich natural wonder; from deserts to the seemingly endless savannah and rainforest, thousands of miles of white coastline all the way to a peninsula that juts out on its southwestern tip, every landscape seems to redefine notions of nature's power. Mountains rise vertically, towering more than a kilometer above the beach or dotting valleys of vineyards. Two oceans collide, bringing with them a feverish clash of marine life. Twisted rock formations, hundreds of empty coastal bays, rugged mountain chains scorched green by fynbos shrubs all come together to create scenery unlike any other place on the planet. 

This adventure tour will uncover the hidden charms and evocative beauty of the Cape. Your destinations will foster a connection with nature as you move actively through the land and water. You will go kayaking in a bay dotted with whales, mountain bike between beautiful vineyards, wander along some of Africa's finest hiking trails, and then cycle the sublime coastal road into Cape Town. Along the way, there are penguins, zebra, indigenous San people, quiet evenings spent beneath the stars and plenty of time to feel how the wild wraps itself around everything in the Cape. This vacation is not your typical sightseeing South Africa tour, and nor is it a journey around the famous sights. Your time spent in South Africa will bring a connection with nature and a chance to discover a unique land from some very unique vantage points.

Your 13-day tour will begin and end with two nights in Cape Town, a city that is defined by nature. Table Mountain is just the start, and you will be doing as the locals do in climbing Lion's Head for sunset. Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is full of hidden bays and ocean adventure, while the Cederberg Mountains provide some excellent hiking trails, not to mention a dose of rural Cape life. You will spend a couple of nights in Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands and then get close to whales and great white sharks with a few nights spent in Hermanus. You will find the penguins on the beach and then cycle back into Cape Town from the tip of Africa.

Every activity will run at your pace, and there is no limitation on fitness levels or age for this tour. If you have an adventurous spirit, then this is the perfect way to discover the Cape. Your activities will be tailored to your interests and abilities, as your itinerary will be handcrafted for you.

Starting Price

$5,195 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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