Cape Town is a world-class travel destination; voted the number one travel destination in 2018 by The Telegraph Travel Awards with South Africa being highly commended in the ‘Best Long-Haul Destination for Families’ category. From cycling paradise to business tourism and everything in-between Cape Town is on the map, and like all major cities, travellers are encouraged to follow universal safety measures.
We are often asked if an organised hiking or cycling tour with a tour guide is actually safer than doing an activity in Cape Town on one’s own; Although we very much support independent travels there are benefits to booking with a responsible tour operator.
1. Your Safety is our priority–AWOL Tours from inception to date has a 100% percent safety record. Over the last 17 years, we have had no serious safety or criminal incident whilst on tour. If AWOL Tours felt your safety was at-risk we would act accordingly and either offer to reschedule or cancellation with a full refund (as per our T&Cs)
2. Local Knowledge – AWOL Tours only works with professional tour guides; who are local and experienced and thus better prepared to avoid potentially dangerous situations. As we are out hiking and cycling every day, AWOL guides are able to monitor Cape Town locations carefully and our team actively engages with all the relevant community forum networks; we are very much involved in all aspects of tourism safety.
3. Safety on Table Mountain Hikes- AWOL Tours has been hiking Table Mountain for 17 years, all AWOL hiking guides receive safety and security training and we hike well-monitored mountain trails. Before every hike, we access the weather and assist our guests in selecting the trails that will suit their personal hiking preference. We walk at our guest’s preferred pace; AWOL hiking tours include water, snacks, and a picnic lunch with the best view in Cape Town. For active families traveling with children, we can assist with child-friendly hiking adventures and for guests who would prefer to hike without a guide, please contact us for maps and trail information.
4. Safety on cycle tours – AWOL Bikes are regularly serviced by our bike mechanic. On the day of your adventure, your guide will provide a safety briefing with suitable cycling route options, they will also assist with any required bike adjustments, ensure your helmet is fitted correctly and provide water for each cyclist. During your tour, you will always have access to your guide and support vehicle. Most of your cycling will take place inside National Parks and patrolled roads.
SATSA and Cape Town Tourism have been exceedingly pro-active regarding safety; constantly working on security measures within the city. Their Cape Town Safety and Support plan, alongside a devoted Visitor Support Programme, strives to simultaneously prevent crimes and assist any affected tourists.
AWOL Tours has a strict protocol for in place should any kind of incident take place. As a member of Cape Town Tourism and SATSA, we have been recognised as a responsible tour operator and with our constant behind the scene vigilance, we are confident that our guests will be able to make the most of their time and enjoy peace of mind on a professional experience.
We look very much forward to welcoming visitors to Cape Town
Contact the AWOL team for professional hiking and cycling adventures.