Discover the gorgeous landscapes and incredible wildlife of South Africa on this active journey! We've combined the very best hikes in South Africa and a world-class safari on phenomenal private game lands for the perfect adventure. Our hikes bring you through phantom fern forests along the turquoise Indian Ocean, with a stop for delicious oyster-tasting at Knysna, then across the dramatic paths of the craggy Drakensberg Mountains of Zulu country. On our thrilling safari, we explore one of the most exclusive private reserves in the world, Timbavati, part of renowned Greater Kruger National Park. We’ll head out on foot and off road by open vehicle in search of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo—the legendary Big Five—as well as cheetah, zebra, and the elusive wild dog. Our Trip Leader's extraordinary cultural knowledge and passion for the bush makes this trip unforgettable.
I enjoyed this trip thoroughly—one of the best trips I have ever taken. Food, wine, and lodging were all first rate. Many of the accommodations reflected the local ambiance.
— Becky M., The Woodlands, TX
Cape Town / Phantom Forest Eco Reserve / Tsitsikamma
After meeting in Cape Town, we head to our base at Phantom Forest, with its treehouse suites overlooking the tranquil Kynsna Lagoon. Here, you’ll hike in Afromontane forests, along towering bluffs, beaches, and bays of the Tsitsikamma Coast, and savor fresh local oysters, a succulent specialty of the region.
In the mighty Drakensberg, one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world, hikes from our mountain lodge lead into a dramatic landscape of fantastic rock formations, stunning gorges, and ancient rock art sites depicting galloping elands, elephants, lions, hunters with bows and arrows, and more.
Safari at Timbavati Private Game Reserve
No fences lie between Timbavati and renowned Kruger, combining to create an ecosystem that offers one of the highest and most diverse wildlife populations in Africa. You’ll experience exceptional game viewing by 4WD vehicle and on foot, including the famous Timbavati white lions, with overnights at comfortable Kambaku Safari Lodge, with its waterhole attracting members of the “Big Five” and an Out of Africa-style atmosphere—an unforgettable safari experience. Depart on Day 10 via Johannesburg.