The Garden Route, Drakensberg mountains, and Greater Kruger


With perfect hikes, delicious meals, superb safari adventures, and fantastic lodging, our active adventure is the ultimate way to experience South Africa. Exhilarating hikes bring you through phantom fern forests brimming with birdlife, and along the coast of the turquoise Indian Ocean (with a stop for delicious oyster-tasting), then across the dramatic paths of the craggy Drakensberg Mountains of Zulu country. Experience the thrill of Big Five encounters in renowned Greater Kruger National Park and Timbavati, one of the most exclusive private reserves in the world. Wildlife roams freely between these gamelands, and you’ll head out on foot and by open vehicle for incredible sightings of lion resting in savannas, herds of buffalo and elephant grazing through woodlands, and you may even spot endangered rhino.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Cape Town / Phantom Forest Reserve / Tsitsikamma

From Cape Town, head to our base at Phantom Forest, with its treehouse suites overlooking a tranquil lagoon. You’ll hike in Afromontane forests and along towering bluffs, beaches, and bays of the Tsitsikamma Coast, where dramatic formations of lava rock jut out into the aquamarine sea.

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Days 4-6
Drakensberg Mountains

In one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world, hike from our mountain lodge to dramatic rock formations, stunning gorges, and ancient rock art sites depicting elephant, lion, hunters with bows and arrows, and more.

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Days 7-10
Safari at Timbavati Private Game Reserve

This wildlife haven grants us exceptional game viewing by 4WD vehicle and on foot. Our lodge is set near a waterhole attracting members of the Big Five—an unforgettable safari experience. Depart on Day 10.

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Small group—maximum 8!
Hike South Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes, from the mountains to the coast
Up-close game viewing, including the Big Five in Greater Kruger National Park
Superb accommodations include Phantom Forest and Montusi Mountain Lodge


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $4795  
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 9 nights luxurious hotels and deluxe lodges
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate hiking, 4WD game viewing, bush walks