South Africa is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world with a unique blend of wildlife, vast natural habitats, striking landscapes, a diverse culture of people and a remarkable history. AWOL Tours provides trip planning services for visitors in search of customized, unique hiking and cycling adventures in Cape Town and the Western Cape. If it’s Adventure, Culture, and Nature you’re after, we’ve got you covered.
Adventure: South Africa offers a wide range of exciting activities for the adventurous travelling to South Africa.
Select from hiking on the iconic Table Mountain, trekking the majestic peaks of the Drakensberg mountains, river rafting in the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon, to mountain-biking through the Knysna Forest on the Garden Route or a leisurely cycle through the Cape Winelands. You can choose horseback-riding over rolling hills in Swaziland, tracking wild animals on a Kruger Walking Safaris or scuba diving at wrecks along the Cape Coast. Other alternatives include; sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, surfing the warm waters at Muizenberg beach, rock-climbing in the rugged Cederberg Mountains or canyoning in the secretive gorges of the Hex River Valley.
Culture: Southern Africa’s rich cultural heritage can be incorporated into your travel experience in a myriad of ways.
You can learn to click like a Xhosa, take a slurp of Umqomboti beer, track animals with the Kalahari Bushmen/San, spend the night in a Shangaan village, join a Zulu warrior dance or find out what your future holds when a Sangoma throws the bones for you. You can enjoy a traditional meal in the Cape Malay Quarter, sample the catch of the day in a West Coast fishing village, visit historical buildings influenced by the Dutch, English, Portuguese or South-East Asian legacy, or sample South Africa’s unique wine cultivar in the historic Winelands.
Nature: Viewing African wildlife in its natural habitat is a unique experience that should be undertaken at least once in a lifetime. Most visitors to South Africa spend time in either Addo, Hluhluwe Umfolozi, Kgalagadi, Aquila Game Reserve or a wildlife walking Safari in Kruger National Park.
The phrase ‘Big Five’ was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. Although the term is still used and we are fortunate to encounter these animals on safari, we prefer to focus on all aspects of the natural habitat, especially on the lesser-known and endangered species. Why not combine your safari with the opportunity to gain a more in-depth knowledge of our natural biodiversity? AWOL Tours offers various safaris, from relatively inexpensive camping trips, to exhilarating walking safaris through the African bush, to high-end luxury expeditions.