Catalog 2014

South Africa

Hiking tour South Africa: Cape Town, Wine lands and the Otter Trail

During 2-8 hour guided hikes explore the magic of the Western Cape by hiking on Table Mountain and the magnificent Otter trail. – Individual and group travel

On single and multi-day hikes, nature lovers will get to know the Western Cape region and the Garden Route. We explore Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula before heading into the solitude of the Hottentot-Holland Mountains. In Montagu we enjoy the rugged sandstone formations of the Langeberg Mountains, before we continue to the most beautiful hiking route in South Africa, the Otter Trail. This guided tour takes us along the rocky, evergreen coast of the warm Indian Ocean for 5 days where we stay in simple log cabins in Tsitsikamma National Park. At the end of the tour we do a safari in an open Land Rover in the second largest National Park – Addo Elephant National Park.

Itinerary

Driving and walking time in hrs; Hg: Height gain in feet

Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town and sightseeing tour

Your tour guide will welcome you at Cape Town Airport. Transfer to the guesthouse in a quiet location at the foot of Table Mountain. Depending on arrival time a sightseeing tour of the city center follows: The castle, Parliament Gardens, Greenmarket Square, Bo-Kaap. Dinner is at the Africa Cafe Specialty Restaurant. (Driving time: 0.5 hrs) (D)

Day 2 Hike on Devil‘s Peak

This hike is a secret and is off the tourist paths. We start at the guesthouse and walk through the district Vredehoek (Green Corner) into Table Mountain National Park. Many endemic plants can be found here. Pelargonium, Outeniqua pincushion, bugle lily and many more. We have wonderful views as we hike up and along the 3000 ft. high ridge of Devil‘s Peak. From here we have an unusual view of Table Mountain. Descent ensued via Newlands Saddle and back to town. (Driving time: 0.5 hrs; Walking time: 6 hrs.; Hg: 2900 ft.) (B, L)

Day 3 Hike on the Cape of Good Hope

Drive to Simons Town on the Cape Peninsula. Visit a penguin colony. Afterwards we enter Table Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which stretches from the waterfront of Cape Town all the way to the Cape of Good Hope. Hike to Thomas T. Tucker Ship Wreck on the wild Atlantic Coast, as well as through the varying coast of fynbos to Sirkelsvlei (3 hrs). We picnic at the coast. Visit the Cape of Good Hope. Along the way we might spot eland, bontebok, baboons and ostrich followed by a 1-hour hike to Cape Point above the rocky coastline. Return drive to Cape Town over the spectacular Chapman‘s Peak Drive. (Driving time: 2 hrs; Walking time: 4 hrs.; Hg: 600 ft.) (B, L)

Day 4 Hike in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Transfer to Stellenbosch. We start in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve onto the 3300 ft. plateau of the Hottentot-Holland Mountains. Along the horse-shoe shaped route we hike through the wonderful fynbos, protea and erica. The view to the Cape of Good Hope, 60 miles away, is impressive. We stay in a guesthouse in town. (Driving time: 1 hr; Walking time: 6-8 hrs.; Hg: 3900 ft.) (B, L)

Day 5 Hike on the Bloupunt

After driven to Montagu, we start hiking from our next overnight stay through a shady gorge towards the 3650 ft. high Bloupunt Peak. This is the home of baboons, mountain leopards, rock hyrax and puff adders. The view of Ashton, Robertson and Montagu, as well as the vineyard hills of the Breede Valley, are a reward after the steady climb. After returning to the guest house we can spend the rest of the day in the thermal springs of Montagu. (Driving time: 1.5 hrs; Walking time: 5 hrs.; Hg: 3100 ft.) (B, L)

Day 6 Transfer and Swimming

During the 4-hour transfer to the charming village of Nature‘s Valley, located in an indigenous forest, we stop to swim in Victoria Bay and the inviting Knysna Waterfront in the Knysna Waterfront Lagoon. We stay in a lodge in Nature‘s Valley. (Driving time: 4 hrs.) (B, D)

Day 7 Tsitsikamma National Park and start of the Otter Trail

The morning is at own disposal. Alongside diverse hiking possibilities, the 3 mile sand beach is very inviting for a swim or walk. After lunch we transfer to Tsitsikamma National Park. A short trip to the suspension bridge at the mouth of Storm‘s River. Afterwards we start the most beautiful multi-day hike in South Africa. For 5 days we hike on secluded paths, sometimes on the water’s edge, sometimes over the rocky coastline, towards Nature‘s Valley. At the varying overnight stops there are 2 simple log cabins, each with 3 bunk beds and a washable mattress. There is also a flush toilet and cold water shower. Each location is carefully selected. There is always the opportunity to swim in the river mouth or the sea. (Driving time: 0.5 hrs; Walking time: 2 hrs.; Hg: 600 ft.) (B, L, D)

Day 8-10 Hiking on the Otter Trail

The trail takes us through the indigenous, coastal forest and along sandy and rocky beaches. In the National Park the baboons and bushbuck feel at home on land, the southern right or bowhead whales, seals and bottlenose dolphins in the sea, and in the air the seagulls and the endangered black oystercatcher. A 3 mile stretch of sea is protected from fishing, which has helped create a special variety of species here. On day 10, depending on the tide, we walk or swim across the Bloukrans River mouth. A unique adventure! (Walking time 4-6 hrs; Hg: 600-1800 ft.) (B, L, D)

Day 11 Back in Nature‘s Valley

A last climb up from the coast takes us to a panoramic route back to Nature‘s Valley (3 hrs.). After 5 days in nature away from other people we can replace some sweat shed with a cold beer or wine. We stay in nearby Plettenberg Bay in a beautiful guesthouse just a 5 minute walk from the endless beach, here we stay for two nights. (Driving time: 30 mins.; Walking time: 3 hrs.; Hg: 600 ft.) (B, L)

Day 12 Rest day

The day is for own leisure. If you don‘t just want to lie on the beach there is plenty to do. The tour guide will help with the organisation:
• Visit the Monkey Primate Protection Area and/or the World of Birds – the impressive bird protection area with the world’s largest netted aviary. The feeding stations are an excellent place to watch the birds, especially the Knysna Loerie a native parrot species.
• Whale and dolphin tour in a boat or canoe in the bay. Good sightings in July to November.
• Hike on Robberg Island. Amazing views of the Tsitskamma Mountains. For those who want to hike to the peak they can watch Cape fur seals hunting and visit a breeding colony of seagulls. The endangered black oystercatcher is also here.

Day 13 Safari in Addo Elephant National Park

We head for Addo Elephant National Park, the second largest national park in the country with seven different vegetation zones, providing a wealth of flora and fauna. With our tour vehicle we enter in the south and make our way across the whole park, thereby spotting besides elephants, kudu, buffalo, lion, zebra, hartebeest, wart hog and tortoise. We stay in nice chalets on a farm. (Driving time: 2.5 hrs.) (B)

Day 14 Safari and return journey

After packing and a morning safari in an open land rover we transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport. (Driving time: 1 hr.) (B)

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:
Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation for 2014
Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation for 2015
Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls for 2014
Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls for 2015
Extension Kruger National Park for 2014
Extension Kruger National Park for 2015

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • 13 nights, of which 9 x guesthouses with private bathroom and 4 x log cabins on the Otter Trail
  • 13 x breakfast, 9 x lunch, 6 x dinner
  • All travel and transfer in air conditioned minibus
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program
  • South African travel guide

Not included:

  • Flights to and from South Africa
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned above and drinks

Hints

Travel Information
For the days when we will be carrying a 12kg rucksack on the Otter Trail, a good level of fitness and a steady footing is necessary, as all provisions will be dealt out between the participants. During the given dates of travel the climate in the hiking areas is comfortably warm during the day with temperatures of up to 82°F, nights can be cooler near the coast with temperatures dropping to around 59°F.

This tour is also available as a private tour, with minimum two participants.

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Categorization
Level of fitness  
Grading of accommodation  

Group size

8 - 11 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: WKOT
18.10.14 - 31.10.14 USD 2490 book
01.11.14 - 14.11.14 USD 2490 book
10.04.15 - 23.04.15 USD 2650 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for former guests
Extra services
Single room surcharge USD 300

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