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.
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.
— Kathe W., Pittsburgh, PA
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.
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.
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.