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South Africa: Walks along the Garden Route

Explore the finest coastal trails, forests and gorges on our South Africa Garden Route tour.

  • South Africa

  • 15 nights
  • All breakfasts, one lunch & nine dinners
  • Worldwide Journeys


    Wildlife & Nature

  • Mar




  • Average group size: 12-14


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Walking grade

Grade 4

This is a grade 4 walking holiday where we can expect walks between 6 - 10 miles on half and full days.  On our half day walks we will be walking up to 3 hours whereas on our full days we can expect up to 6 hours of walking.

This holiday entails some energetic days but other days will be spent leisurely walking around areas of special or historical interest.  We shall be walking on fixed trails, some of which are undulating. The terrain in this part of the world can be rough underfoot as many of the paths are formed of loose stones and can be rocky.  Our walks along the coast will involve sections of boulders. 


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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.


Holiday Highlights

  • Take a game drive in the Addo National Park in search of elephants.
  • Explore Cape Town and Table Mountain with outstanding views.
  • Visit the Winelands around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, sampling the local vintages.
  • Experience the best of coastal and inland walking trails.
  • Enjoy the company of a South African guide with local expertise and historical insights.

Home to some of the world’s most emblematic wildlife, we aim to spot some of the Big Five at Addo National Park as well as migrating Southern Right whales off the rugged shoreline of Hermanus.  From shifting sand dunes to emerald woodlands and a sun-kissed coastline, South Africa’s Garden Route and the Karoo offer a wild beauty best explored on foot.

Safari Tours

From our first stop at the Zuurberg Mountain Village you will visit Addo National Park and spend a full day spotting birds and game from open safari vehicles, accompanied by an expert ranger.   You will learn about this very special National Park and the conservation efforts to preserve the African elephant – one of the Big Five.

Woodlands and coast

In Tsitsikamma National Park, you will cross the mighty Storms River Mouth, on suspension bridges, for beautiful views of the crashing Indian Ocean and follow a trail which twists through the emerald forest, with brightly-coloured birds calling from the sub-tropical canopy, to continue over lichen-covered boulders, to bridal veils of spray at a beautiful waterfall - the first day of the famous 5-day Otter Trail.   

In Spring myriad wildflowers bloom amongst the typical ‘fynbos’ vegetation in a tapestry of colour en route to sophisticated Plettenberg Bay.  You will walk on the Robberg Peninsula with its Cape fur seal colony and sugar-soft beaches.  

Rural Inland

From Plettenberg Bay you will travel inland, away from the coastal breeze, to the hot, dry red-earth of Oudtshoorn - the ostrich farming capital of the world - in the Little Karoo, and discover  the crystallised stalactites and stalagmites of the Cango Caves.  Your guest house is situated in the nearby rural and tranquil village of De Rust, with astonishing views of striking copper-red hills and distant mountains.

From here you will traverse the engineering masterpiece of the Swartberg Pass and walk in the dramatic mountain scenery of the Cape Folded Mountain Belt World Heritage Site. 

Wine tasting

In the heart of the Winelands, you will be rewarded with wonderful views of verdant valleys from the Franschhoek Pass and sample exquisite vintages in world-class estates as we stop off at some of the very best wineries in the region.

Cape Town

Finally, in Cape Town, you will explore the city with panoramic views of the City Bowl and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean from Table Mountain.  You will visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the South Westernmost point of the African continent, and Boulders Beach at Simon’s Town to see the African penguins.  

Some free time is built in to explore Cape Town at your own pace, with opportunities to visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the film-set beach at Camps Bay or Robben Island and its prison where Nelson Mandela spent many years as a political prisoner. 

  • Flight from Heathrow or Gatwick to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg with return from Cape Town (British Airways and Comair)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Nine dinners plus one lunch
  • Safari game drives
  • All entrance fees as suggested in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide
  • All local transport costs.
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Depart UK

We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Port Elizabeth with a stop en route.

Day 2

Addo National Park




On arrival in Port Elizabeth, we transfer (1.5hrs) directly to our accommodation at the Zuurberg Mountain village. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after the overnight flight. 

Day 3

Addo National Park


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


After breakfast we shall embark on a full day game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park in open game drive vehicles.  The park was initially set up to protect the few remaining elephants in the area.  This conservation programme has been hugely successful and the elephant population has grown considerably over the years.  Addo National Park is home to the Big Five, as well as smaller mammals including suricates (meerkats), and to the iconic flightless dung beetle.  The National Park is also excellent for birdwatching.  Part way through the game drive we shall enter a secure ‘boma’ (enclosure) for a barbeque lunch.

Day 4

Tsitsikamma National Park


Breakfast and Dinner


After breakfast and check out, we shall head to Tsitsikamma National Park. 

Stretching along the Southern coast, Tsitsikamma National Park gets its name from a KhoiSan word meaning ‘place of abundant water.’  The park is made up of a rocky coastline, fairy-tale forests, waterfalls, and rivers and is a great place for bird enthusiasts with a variety of sea, forest and fynbos (scrubland) species present.  On arrival we shall take a short walk on the Storms River Mouth Trail, which takes us, as the name implies, to the mouth of the Storms River and over the mouth on suspension bridges. This 1.2 mile trail is leisurely, on boardwalks for most of the route and offering beautiful views of the forest and the ocean.

Day 5

Plettenberg Bay


Breakfast and Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We shall make an early start on this day to walk the Waterfall Trail.  This out-and-back trail, over boulders in parts, takes us to where the Tweeriviere river falls 50m into a pool before cascading into the ocean.  This trail requires stamina in places but the local guide and leader will offer exit options.  After, we drive (62 miles, 1 hour) to Plettenberg Bay, where we spend the next two nights.

Day 6

Plettenberg Bay




  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


When Portuguese explorers first sailed past Plettenberg Bay they named it ‘Bahia Formosa’ (Beautiful Bay) for a good reason. With three beaches, estuaries and lagoons, the town has become a popular holiday destination for South Africans and overseas visitors alike. After breakfast there is a short transfer to the Robberg Peninsula.  This walk is above the advertised grade for this holiday.  The full trail is about 5.5 miles long, but we might shorten this walk at the group’s request, or split the group and offer both the full and a shortened version.  This walk takes us around the peninsula with fantastic views and a chance to see the large Cape fur seals, gannets and cormorants. 

Dinner will be at your own expense this evening and there are many dining options available to suit all tastes and budgets.

Day 7

De Rust


Breakfast & Dinner


The day begins with a visit to the Knysna Heads, the channel between two sandstone cliffs through which the turbulent Indian Ocean enters the calmer Knysna Estuary.  As we head inland and over the Outeniqua Pass the landscape changes drastically and we enter the Little Karoo, a much dryer and hotter region.  Oudtshoorn became famous thanks to ostrich farming and is still, today, the ostrich capital of the world.  If you ever fancied an ostrich feather duster this is the place to get one.  Our guest house is situated out of town in the tranquil rural Klein Karoo village of De Rust.

Day 8

De Rust


Breakfast and Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We head today to the Swartberg Pass.  We start our walk at Die Top and then walk part of the Ou Tol circular walk and then continue Platberg to make our way to the pass again. This will take us approximately 4 hours. We then take a quick visit to Prince Albert and make our way back to De Rust via Meiringspoort a pass through the Swartberg and its waterfall to see some of the best examples of the Cape Folded Mountain Belt back to de Rust. This will be a long but unforgettable day.

Day 9



Breakfast and Dinner


You start by visiting the Cango Caves, an extensive complex of caverns with stalactites and stalagmites. Next we drive through the Little Karoo, over the Houserivier and Tradouw scenic mountain passes.  Our journey continues to Hermanus (250 miles, 7 hours), and we stop en-route for lunch in picturesque Barrydale.  We shall drive through Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa.  We arrive in Hermanus in the late afternoon.  

Day 10





On this day, your leader will offer a coastal walk (part of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve) with the possibility, in season, of seeing whales out to sea.  You will also have free time in the afternoon and might take a boat based whale-watching activity.

Day 11



Breakfast and Dinner


You leave Hermanus and take a scenic drive towards Stellenbosch, in the heart of the winelands, where we will spend the night. En route we will be rewarded with some wonderful views as we pass the Threewaterskloof dam to the top of the Franschoek Pass.  After, we travel to Franschoek with free time for lunch (not included).  After lunch we shall travel to Stellenbosch, stopping for a further wine tasting at one of the historic wine estates.    

Day 12

Cape Town




  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


The day starts with a guided walk through the historic centre of Stellenbosch.  After lunch we head for Cape Town, the Mother City, for check-in at our centrally-situated hotel, followed by an orientation walk through the Company’s Gardens.

Day 13

Cape Town / Cape Peninsula




  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


You head out to the Cape Peninsula today, we travel by bus via Chapmans Peak Drive and Hout Bay. Our final destination is the Cape Point Lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope, here we will walk two different and contrasting walks, taking us around 5 miles, 4 hours in total. This is the south-westerly most point in Africa and is the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans dramatically come crashing into one another.

After visiting the area around Cape Point, we drive to Simonstown where we visit the Boulders Penguin colony before making our way back to Cape Town.

Day 14

Cape Town / Free Day


Breakfast & Dinner


This morning we take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, we then enjoy a circular walk from the Cable car station to the top of the platteklip gorge, we then follow the very scenic echo ravine trail with views over Camps bay and walk all the way to the eastern side of the mountain were we join the Smuts trail to Maclears beacon and then make our way back to the cable car station. This should take a half day in total, the rest of the day is free. You may wish to stroll around the V&A Waterfront, visit some of the museums; including the District Six Museum, visit the Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a trip out to Camps Bay or visit Robben Island. Our local guide and or leader can give you some suggestions. We will all meet up as a group in the evening to enjoy our final meal in a local restaurant.

Day 15

Departure day



Your morning is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing, before, we travel to the airport in time for our flight back to the UK

Day 16

Arrival UK

Arrive at London.

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th Nov 2024 - 26th Nov 2024 (15 Nights)

24th Mar 2025 - 8th Apr 2025 (15 Nights)

29th Sep 2025 - 14th Oct 2025 (15 Nights)

27th Oct 2025 - 11th Nov 2025 (15 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Flight from London to Port Elizabeth with a stop en route.
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights, this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Zuurberg Mountain Village or similar

Situated high up on the Zuurberg Pass, this exclusive mountain top hotel enjoys prime location. Set in 160 hectares of indigenous vegetation with breath-taking views of the Addo Elephant National Park. Our accommodation is in the individual cottages, enjoying both spectacular mountain and valley views. Each cottage boasts two private patios on the east and west side, under-floor heating in the bathroom, a freestanding bath and both an indoor and outdoor hot and cold showers.  Other facilities include a telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioners, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. The hotel has a large, cosy lounge area with a log fire, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, pool table and there are various hiking paths, bird watching and horse trails.

Tsitsikamma National Park Chalets or similar

Our accommodation is located inside the Garden Route National Park and contains a series of wooden chalets on stilts. The chalets are equipped with twin bed with ensuite facilities, a separate lounge area, TV, and a kitchen.

The Dunes Resort or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Located in the heart of the Garden Route, and within walking distance to unspoilt Keurbooms Beach and Plettenberg Bay. The Dunes Resort facilities include two swimming pools, a beach, a bar and restaurant. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and safe.

Housemartin Guest Lodge or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Within sight of the Swartberg Mountains, located in the village centre of De Rust, The HouseMartin Guest Lodge features an outdoor swimming pool, garden and free Wi-Fi access. The colourful air-conditioned rooms offer a patio, electric blankets, and a private bathroom with a shower.

Windsor Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Perched on the edge of Hermanus’s breath-taking Walker Bay with panoramic ocean view vistas, the Windsor Hotel is only a short walk to the centre of Hermanus town.  The hotel has various lounges and outdoor seating areas to relax and enjoy the views from. Rooms are equipped with either king size or twin beds, TV, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fan and a heater.

Cultivar Guest Lodge or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Located in a tranquil wine estate, surrounded by the majestic Stellenbosch Mountains, the Cultivar Guest Lodge facilities include two swimming pools, barbecue facilities, a lounge, bar and coffee house. Rooms are tastefully decorated and feature coffee machine, kettle, safe, hairdyer, air conditioning and bathroom toiletries.

Cape Town Hollow Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel is situated in the beautiful City of Cape Town nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain. The Hotel offers stylish, serene accommodation with spectacular views over the Dutch East India Company Gardens, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. There are 56 en-suite, air-conditioned rooms with open-air balconies offering mountain or city views. The hotel facilities include an outdoor plunge pool, an à la carte restaurant, where we would usually eat on the first evening, a sidewalk café and a bar, perfect for those evening sundowners. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning / heating, TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and WIFI internet throughout.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 4 walking holiday where we can expect walks between 6 - 10 miles on half and full days.  On our half day walks we will be walking up to 3 hours whereas on our full days we can expect up to 6 hours of walking.

This holiday entails some energetic days but other days will be spent leisurely walking around areas of special or historical interest.  We shall be walking on fixed trails, some of which are undulating. The terrain in this part of the world can be rough underfoot as many of the paths are formed of loose stones and can be rocky.  Our walks along the coast will involve sections of boulders. 

Walks & Excursions

This holiday entails some energetic days, but with a daily walking time rarely exceeding 5 hours. Some days will be spent leisurely walking around areas of special or historical interest. On other days we shall be walking on regular trails some of which may be undulating and uneven in places. Please note: on some days, in particularly hot weather, it may be necessary to shorten the walks, or start them earlier.

The terrain in this part of the world can be difficult underfoot as many of the paths may be formed of loose stones and can be rocky, therefore walking poles are recommended. One or two of the walks may involve a section of walking over large boulders; this is on coastal walks only.


Get closer to nature with holidays that veer on the wild side of life.

From safaris in Africa, to sea lion spotting on the Galápagos Islands and visits through tropical rainforests alive with bird song and frog chorus; we share our planet with some of the world’s most magnificent animals. Who wouldn’t want to see elephants trumpeting, lion’s prowling and buffalo’s bathing around the waterholes of the African plains?

Without being designated as specialist wildlife holidays intended specifically for wildlife enthusiasts, these holidays will appeal to the traveller who likes to see wild birds, mammals and reptiles up close in their natural environment. Some holidays will have naturalist guides, others will simply be escorted by non-specialist tour leaders with an interest in the natural world. 

The 'Big 5' African mammals can all be seen in the Addo National Park on this holiday. As a reminder these are elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Have your binoculars ready and good luck with the spotting!

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in South Africa

The currency used in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR).


In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Travel within South Africa will be by road. For the transfers between centres, we will have our own private, air conditioned coach. 

Airport Transfer times:

Port Elizabeth Airport to Addo National Park  - 1 hour 10 minutes

Cape Town to Cape Town Airport - 30 minutes

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information for South Africa

For entry into South Africa, a passport is required and must be valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure. Your passport should have at least two blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa. A visa is not required by holders of British passports bearing the inscription 'British Citizen' for holidays less than 90 days. Holders of non-British passports should check with the South African Embassy or their nearest consulate regarding requirements.


Breakfasts, one lunch and nine dinners are included in the holiday charge and will be taken in the hotels or in local restaurants in some centres. Where dinners are not included, there are plenty of local options to suit all tastes and budgets. Where lunches are not included, you should allow approximately £5 for a reasonable packed lunch and £8-7 for a more substantial lunch in a restaurant.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. You will be sent an accommodation list with air tickets about three weeks before departure. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List


Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in South Africa

In South Africa the electricity is supplied at 220-240V A/C. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a three-pin plug with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for South Africa

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to South Africa.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Diphtheria and Hepatitis A immunisations are recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisation against Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus, Cholera and Typhoid.

There is low to no risk of Malaria in South Africa, apart from the Kruger National Park where the risk is high.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.


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South Africa

  • Capital

    Pretoria; Cape Town;

  • Currency


  • Language

    Zulu; Xhosa; Afrikaans

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 32mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 25mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 36mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 81mm

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