Africa remains the best place on earth to have that true wilderness experience, and basing yourself in Cape Town gives you the best of both worlds. You have the opportunity to get into some beautiful wilderness areas after having enjoyed the delights of Cape Town - Africa's premier tourist destination.
With numerous outdoor / adventure activities on offer, these itineraries are examples of what you can do.
For a full list of recommended activities which you can include in your ideal trip, click here.
Leave Cape Town and head up the West coast towards the Orange River where you will enjoy 4 days of fun on Mohawk Canoes. The Orange River runs through the Richtersveld which is a desert environment on the border of South Africa and Namibia. Here you will experience beautiful scenery, incredible sunsets, and fun filled nights under the stars.
Experienced guides will accompany you for the entire trip, giving general assistance, as well as looking after all aspects of catering and safety.
Equipment provided includes : Tents, sleeping bags, lilo mattresses, ground sheets, cutlery and crockery.
Equipment you need to bring :
Wet gear :- Costume, shorts, hat/peak, track shoes / strops, long sleeved shirt, t-shirts, windbreaker.
Dry gear :- Track suit, underwear, track shoes, t-shirt, towel. Drinks :- Only juice is provided on the river – all other drinks must be taken. It is also forbidden to take glass bottles on the river so all drinks must be decanted into plastic containers prior to leaving the camp.
Days 2 - 5
On the Orange River.
Arrive back at base camp in time for lunch, after which we pack up and start our return trip to Cape Town.
Overnight : Springbok or Vanrhynsdorp on way back to Cape Town.
Arrive back in Cape Town and book into B&B. In the afternoon we take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain
( for the
energetic it’s a great walk ! ) for some spectacular views over the city and surrounding coastal areas. Later on enjoy the
sights and sounds of the V&A Waterfront.
Overnight : Sundown Manor or Hout Bay Lodge
Options for this day include :
An early start to the day sees us heading out to some nearby mountains for a session of abseiling. The day requires you to walk in and out of the canyon where you will abseil down some waterfalls and do some "cliff jumping". While this might not appeal to the average adventure traveller, the option of quad-biking is a great alternative, and slightly more 'normal'.
Travel out of Cape Town to the Elgin area. Here you will be allocated your own quad bike, and, accompanied by a registered field guide, you can have a great outdoors day while enjoying areas of the unique Cape fynbos floral kingdom.
Working with Cape Nature, these guys have put together a fantastic day for anybody who enjoys spectacular views, rare plants, and has a sense of adventure.
Great local wines to sample if time allows at the end of the day !
After breakfast we leave Cape Town and head out to Gansbaai for an incredible day of shark viewing. This is Great White territory, and you do have the option of watching from the safety of the boat if you aren’t in the mood for donning scuba gear and getting up close to these awesome creatures. Overnight : Agulhas ( southern most point of Africa ) Gansbaai
( Optional day) ( +/- 400km from Agulhas to Plett )
Today we travel further up the Garden Route to our next stop at Plettenberg Bay where you can enjoy an afternoon exploring the area, or catching some waves at one of the great local beaches. Overnight : Plett
An early start sees us travelling to the Bloukrans Bridge, site of the highest bungy jump in the world ( 216 m ). For those who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground, there is the option of doing the Bridge Walking tour which gives you fantastic views of this spectacular gorge without having to take 'the leap'.
The Bloukrans Bridge is the 3rd highest in the world and is the largest single span arch bridge in the world ! ( min. 2 hrs for group of 10 people – 10 min / person plus wait of +/- 20 mins ). After the bungy jumping we head off the Tsitsikamma forest for a slightly more leisurely aerial activity – the Tree Top Canopy Tour. Here you move through the canopy of the magnificent Tsitsikamma forest, gliding from tree to tree along steel cables. Along the way, your guide will explain the ecology of the forest and point out some of the beautiful birds found in the tree tops. Overnight : Must get closer to P.E. Maybe Jefferys Bay.