South Africa Cape & Garden Route

South Africa Guided Walking Holiday

Duration: 12 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 1
from £3,049pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

A wonderful exploration on foot through South Africa’s Western Cape, Winelands and along the Garden Route. Gaze down on Cape Town from the iconic Table Mountain and look out for penguins at the Cape of Good Hope. Step into the past with a visit to historic Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner and discover native flora with walks in the fragrant Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape Winelands. Journey to the awe-inspiring Kariega Game Reserve to spot wild game and walk through the spectacular landscapes of Tsitsikamma National Park.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walks on spectacular Table Mountain; enjoy what is arguably the world’s finest city and harbour views
  • Different sides of Cape Town – Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, Robben Island, the city
  • Mediterranean climate, ideal for walks in beautiful settings
  • Wonderful hotels, guesthouses and lodges with local character and excellent standards
  • Delicious South African food and hospitality, including a traditional country braai, a picnic at the botanical gardens, and wine tasting
  • Walk on the Cape of Good Hope, with its soaring cliffs and unusual wildlife
  • Elephants, giraffes, big cats and other African wildlife at the Kariega Game Lodge

What’s included

  • 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms 
  • Half Board including 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 7 evening meals
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a local tour director and local guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Worldwide holidays, our day-by-day descriptions will help you understand where you’ll be exploring and what you’ll be doing. The itineraries are put together carefully to give you the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons. In the wake of disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak to planning, this is particularly relevant to itineraries in 2022.

Fly to Cape Town

After an overnight flight, arrive in Cape Town for our 4-night stay. There's an afternoon visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with picnic lunch on the lawns.

We'll take a walking tour of the city, including the castle and Company Gardens, followed by afternoon visit to the infamous Robben Island.

We include a full day walk on Table Mountain for extraordinary views of the Cape. We can take a long, harder climb to the summit or take the cable car to the top for a leisurely walk along the plateau.

We'll travel out of the city and stop to see the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Continue for walks at the Cape Point Nature Reserve amid the soaring cliffs of the Cape of Good Hope.

Travel into the beautiful Cape winelands and take a walk among the vineyards, with wine tasting included. After visiting the French influenced town of Franschoek we continue to the lovely country town of Montagu for 2 nights.

Spend time in the majestic Cogmanskloof Mountains surrounding Montagu. There have recently been severe field fires in the area, so we've adjusted our walks until further notice to ensure not only your safety but your enjoyment of the walk. We'll hike along the Aasvöelkrans trail, which leads us to a viewpoint for stunning views over the town and mountains, and there's an abundance of plant and animal life to spot along the way before returning to our hotel for time at leisure in the afternoon.

Journey through the port wine area to Wilderness (2 nts). We'll stop for a port tasting and visit an Ostrich farm. The next day, enjoy a forest walk alongside the Touws River with picnic lunch.

Take a boat trip on the spectacular Knysna Lagoon – a picturesque natural lagoon protected from the sea by two towering cliffs known as the Heads. The relaxing cruise gives you time to absorb the beautiful scenery before reaching the Featherbed Eco Experience, a privately-owned nature reserve.

Continue to Tsitsikamma for 2 nights.

Here we'll enjoy a full day of walking in the heart of the Garden Route including walking across the famous suspension footbridge at the Storms River mouth. The bridge provides stunning views up the river gorge and out to sea.

Journey inland to Kariega for 2 nights, set high above the river in attractive African wilderness. Take an afternoon game drive in comfortable open jeeps searching for lions and other big cats, giraffe, zebra, elephant and many other species of African game and bird life.

A sunrise game drive gives us excellent chances to see the wildlife. Later take a bush walk in the company of a wildlife guide, in order to closely observe the flora and fauna, and an optional trip to the beaches of nearby Kenton-on-Sea.

Transfer to Port Elizabeth for our return flight to London via Johannesburg.

The Cape & Garden Route Itinerary Map

Sun Square Hotel, Cape Town - South Africa Cape & Garden Route

In Cape Town we stay at the Sun Square Hotel with a great central location close to the foot of Table Mountain and a short walk to Company Gardens and the city. 

Montagu Country Hotel, Montagu - South Africa Cape & Garden

The rooms are comfortable, spacious ensuites and there's a swimming pool for use too.

aha The Rex - South Africa

A warm welcome awaits at aha The Rex, a four star hotel ideally situated within Knysna, a haven of beaches, forests, lakes and sea. Featuring well equipped bedrooms and modern comforts.

Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Tsitsikamma - South Africa Cape & Garden Route

On the Garden Route coast the Tsitsikamma Village Inn has individual cottages, styled in the fashion of a colonial Cape village. The cottages are surrounded by beautifully kept gardens in the style of a village green.  

Kariega Lodge - South Africa Cape & Garden Route

This traditional style African safari lodge is located in the Kariega Game Reserve, an area of rolling hills and small settler towns by the Bushmans River. It has an excellent team of game guides offering game drives and walks in possibly the best malaria-free ‘big five’ game viewing area in Africa.

Essential Information

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug

Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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Important Information

  • Single room supplement £40 per night
12 nights
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:

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