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South Africa Walking and Wine in November!

tza- SAIf South Africa is a ‘world within one country’, the Western Cape is a ‘world within one province’. Cape Town is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city and its surrounding countryside provide just about as much diversity as is possible within such a small area. Experiencing the Cape on foot is one of the best ways to enjoy its natural beauty. In Cape Town we will hike up Table Mountain, the 1,086m high flat-top mountain which is the city’s main emblem. It is worth the effort to climb, as we will be rewarded with spectacular views of Cape Town and its surrounding areas and for the botany-enthusiasts it is worth noting that Table Mountain has more species of flora than the whole of the UK.

We also spend time in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where we hike along beaches and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery and wildlife that the park is famous for. We spend two days trekking in the Cederberg Wilderness area. The 83,000 hectare area is mountainous and we will hike to Wolfberg Arch. This trail takes us through jagged red rock formations and we reach the plateau where we will see the Wolfberg Arch, a huge sandstone arch on top of the mountains. After our time hiking we visit Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and participate in some wine tasting and relaxation. In the evenings there is plenty of time to enjoy the food and wine the Western Cape is renowned for.

Most of our hikes take place on carefully selected contour paths and seldom will we have to do more than a bit of scrambling and the occasional river crossing. We have chosen the most accessible route up Table Mountain, which climbs to a height of 1086m. The views
from the top make the hike up worthwhile! The hardest day is the trek to Wolf Arch on day 5. The trek is 8 hours with some easy scrambling. We have kept driving times to a minimum and this is a relaxed walking trip in comfortable hotels with good food and wine, designed to show you the best the Western Cape has to offer on foot. Please note that
adverse weather conditions may result in your leader amending walks.

Included are the accommodations: 7 nights chalet and lodges. Most properties are small, privately owned establishments that are clean and comfortable. Also included are the meals: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. This trip is priced from $1750 plus flight and taxes.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me. It would be perfect to add some extra time at Krueger NP at either end!

Summarized Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive Cape Town; afternoon walking tour.
Day 2 Hiking in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; afternoon visit the penguins at Boulders Beach.
Day 3 Walk through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and hike to the top of Table Mountain.
Day 4 To the Cederberg Mountains; afternoon Maltese Cross walk.
Day 5 Full day walking in the mountains to Wolfberg Arch.
Day 6 Morning drive to Paarl and walk in the Paarl Rock Reserve; afternoon wine tasting in Franschhoek.
Day 7 After breakfast drive up into the surrounding Du Toit Mountains to spend the morning trekking; afternoon wine tasting in Stellenbosch.
Day 8 Return to Cape Town; afternoon depart.

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Looking for a Challenge?

Cycling Drakensberg and Kruger is a challenging ride with wonderful scenery and wildlife.

mzd- cyclingThis breathtaking panoramic route combines the superb mountainous scenery of the highest mountain range of South Africa with the incredible wildlife of Kruger, one of the largest game parks in the entire African continent. Often referred by the Zulus as ‘barrier of spears’, Drakensberg forms a natural border between Kwazulu Natal and Lesotho, 200km from end to end and reaching as high as 3400m. From the saddle you enjoy breathtaking views, while riding through scenic mountain passes, occasionally stopping for a refreshing swim in the waterfalls. The Golden Gate National Park is named after the golden shades reflected by its spectacular sandstone formations and it is home to an incredible array of mammals and birds. Through curious rock formations, abandoned gold mines and forested regions, you will¬† arrive at Kruger N.P., a world renowned game reserve that offers unsurpassed safari opportunities. We park our bikes for two days to observe the beautiful wildlife before getting back on the saddle to explore Blyde River Canyon, considered the largest green canyon on earth. The colour of the subtropical plants beautifully contrasts with the red rock formations and the famous Panorama Route rewards us with the last views above the escarpment. Priced from $2720+hst and air, this could be the trip of a lifetime…..

Mode of travel: Average daily distance: 55km (34 miles)
No. of days cycling: 8
Vehicle support: 100%
Terrain and route: mostly good tarmac with some sections on good, compact dirt roads and a few challenging climbs. There is very little traffic on the vast majority of the route.
Group size: Normally 6 to 14 plus leader and driver
Accommodation: 6 nights lodge, 5 nights chalets or permanent tented camp. Most properties are small, privately owned establishments that are clean and comfortable and most rooms are en suite, with the exception of the accommodation in Drakensberg and Kruger, which have shared toilets and shower blocks.
Food: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners included.
Optional Single Supplement: from $770.00
Notes: Trek 4500 or Trek 4300 mountain bikes with front suspension GBP145, paid on booking.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Start Johannesburg; transfer to Golden Gate N.P. and opportunity for a short test ride. Day 2 Ride over a spectacular mountain pass with chances to spot wildlife; transfer to Northern Drakensberg and cycle to Sungubala with scenic mountain views.
Day 3 We cycle to the Northern Berg and stop for a walk or a swim at the waterfalls; back to Sungubala through local villages.
Day 4 Transfer to Dundee with time at leisure; afternoon scenic ride through cattle country and visit of the Rorke’s Drift Museum, where we learn more about the Zulu’s history.
Day 5 Transfer to the hot spring town of Badplaas and cycle to our resort, where we enjoy a relaxing hot mineral bath.
Day 6 Ride to the old gold mining town of Barbeton through a highland forested region and stunning mountain passes.
Day 7 To Kruger N.P. through the Kaaprivier Valley.
Day 8 Full day game drive in Kruger N.P.
Day 9 More game viewing in Kruger, transfer to Hazyview.
Day 10 Cycle to the town of Sabie and then on to Grasskop; visit Mac Mac Falls.
Day 11 Ride along the Panorama Route to God’s Window, with breathtaking views and the interesting rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes; afternoon ride to Blyde River Canyon.
Day 12 Leisurely breakfast on the edge of the escarpment and drive through Ohrigstad, Lydenburg and Dullstrom on the way to Johannesburg, where our trip ends.

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