Cape Town and the Garden Route

Wildlife, walks and wine at Africa`s southern tip





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Holiday Overview


  • Elephants, ostriches and penguins
  • Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Cape grapes vinyards visit including cellar tour and wine tasting
  • Relax on the beach at Hermanus and on Cape Town`s Waterfront

East of Cape Town, the beautiful 200 kilometre stretch of coastline known as the Garden Route is justifiably famous. Here, mountains crowd close to a shoreline that features golden beaches, pretty towns and several national parks. This excellent discovery tour holiday starts with a couple of game drives at the Addo Elephant Reserve. We walk on forest and coastal trails at Tsitsikamma and Knysna, before crossing the Outiniqua Pass into the Little Karoo, where we see the amazing Cango Caves. Then, after visiting an ostrich farm, we head west to Hermanus, a great place to spend a free day with optional activities such as whale watching. An afternoon of wine tasting in the Stellenbosch winelands is next up, as we make our way towards Cape Town. We bring this inspirational discovery holiday to a close with the hike to the top of Table Mountain and a day's exploration of the Cape Peninsula, with the chance to see the penguin colony at Boulders Beach and to stand at the Cape of Good Hope.

Is this holiday for you?

This discovery holiday does not involve any elements of sustained hiking. It is principally a touring holiday with some easy to moderate walks. In order to see the best of the highlights of this region there are necessarily a couple of long driving days, but the roads are good and we travel in a comfortable private bus. The emphasis of the trip is "getting out and doing things".

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at Port Elizabeth Airport. Transfer to accommodation at Addo Elephant National Park.
  • Day of game drives in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest park.
  • Drive to Tsitsikamma National Park. Guided forest walk and optional activities.
  • Morning walk on the Otter Trail. Drive to Knysa for afternoon walk.
  • Morning drive to Little Karoo. Afternoon visit and exploration of Cango Caves.
  • Ostrich farm visit then drive to the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus.
  • Free day in Hermanus. Optional activities include coastal walks or whale watching.
  • Drive the whale coastline to Stellenbosch. Afternoon wine farm tour.
  • Drive to Cape Town. Day walk to the summit of Table Mountain.
  • Day tour of Cape Peninsula, including Cape of Good Hope and penguins of Boulder Beach.
  • Free morning for further sightseeing. Afternoon Cape Town Airport transfers provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Port Elizabeth. The tour ends in Cape Town. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at Port Elizabeth Airport. Transfer to accommodation at Addo Elephant National Park.

    Arriving at Port Elizabeth airport, KE Land Only package services begin with a group transfer (2 hours) to our accommodation near the Addo Elephant National Park. We check into cabins located on the Sunday's River and after settling in we have a tour briefing from our guide. The rest of the afternoon is free for optional activities including a game drive. The optional game drive is in the Schotia private game reserve, you have dinner in the bush and a night drive as well (4hrs). Dinner at cabins (or game drive if you choose this option). Overnight cabins near Addo Elephant Park.

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  • Day of game drives in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest park.

    At the beginning of the 20th century a man called Major Pretorious was commissioned to get rid of the ‘menace’ elephants which were destroying the crops in the area. Addo Elephant National Park was created in 1931 when there were only 16 elephants left in the region and these were only alive because two landowners allowed them to roam on their land. Now it is the 3rd largest national park in South Africa covering a huge 1800 sq km, with plans for expansion to the sea, and it supports over 550 elephants as well as lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard and a variety of antelope and zebra. We set out from our cabins for an early morning 3hrs game drive in the park. From the vehicle you will see the famous Elephants now thriving in this biodiverse landscape of lush shrub lands, mountains and rivers. We may also be able to spot on the ground the Addo flightless dung beetle rolling and recycling the waste matter! We relax and have some lunch watching the waterhole a great place for congregating wildlife coming for a drink, and can walk to the swimming pool at the park entrance for a dip if we like. In the afternoon we have a second 3 hrs game drive to ensure that we have time to find all the species we want to! There is an option (payable locally) to go horse-riding in the afternoon instead of the game drive. Horse-riders for the afternoon session need to have some experience, there is also an option to horse-ride in the morning for the less experienced and again you will miss the game drive. We return to our cabins on the banks of Sunday’s River.

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  • Drive to Tsitsikamma National Park. Guided forest walk and optional activities.

    We depart the Addo area early this morning and make our way south-east to the coast and the start of the Garden route section of our trip. We have a 4 hour journey to Storms River mouth. Leaving in the early morning we drive for 4 hours to Storms River in the Tsitsikamma National Park. This area is now part of the Garden Route National Park established in 2009. It covers the coastline and several valleys and forest in land. On arrival we have an easy stroll along the western side of the river mouth, past the Strandloper cave to the suspension bridge crossing the river mouth with the white waters crashing on the rocks below as we cross these bridges and enjoy the spectacle. With views out to the ocean and lush green valleys and ravines inland it is truly a great site. Depending on how we feel we can continue to a look out point on the other side of the river a short but steep ascent from the bridges for more views. We then return to the vehicle and check in to our chalets situated with views of the ocean. After lunch we have the afternoon free to enjoy an activity of your choice (all optional extras). The village of Storms river is known for it’s adventurous and adrenalin activities and we recommend the Tsitsikamma Canopy tour, a zip wire course which takes you speeding from one giant Outeniqua Yellowwood tree to another. An awesome experience with 10 platforms and 10 zip wire slides, one being 100m long. Of course if heights is not your thing then there are plenty of short walks to choose from in the area as well. We return to our chalets for dinner and overnight.

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  • Morning walk on the Otter Trail. Drive to Knysa for afternoon walk.

    An early start to enjoy the best of the day we have breakfast at our chalets and then leave for a morning walk on the Otter Trail. This is one of the most acclaimed hikes in South Africa, taking in some beautiful sections of this coastline and in its entirety you can walk for 5 days along the trail weaving in and out of the bays and valleys. It is named after the African Clawless Otter the trail takes us from our accommodation down along the shoreline. Sections of the trail involve some boulder hopping and fun scrambling over rocks. We arrive at the large Guano cave before continuing onto a majestic waterfall. After having explored the waterfall and had a rest we return to Storms River. Approx 3hrs walking. Now we depart in our vehicle to Knysna. Shortly after leaving Storms River we come to the famous bungee jump at the Bloukrans River Bridge. This is the world’s highest bridge bungee at 216m. If we wish to take part then it is possible, payable locally, please inform your guide the previous day if you wish to jump. We continue onto Knysna (approx 3hrs driving in total) stopping for lunch along the way. Once in Knysna we stretch our legs with a short walk out to Knysna Heads with some breathtaking views of the lagoon and the ocean. We may also be able to enjoy a sundowner whilst watching the ever changing colours of the horizon as the sun sets over the ocean. We overnight at a very pleasant guesthouse with views over Knysna Lagoon. The small town of Knysna is a great stop for us with lots of little shops, cafes, restaurants, and seafood taverns on the waterfront. There are plenty of options for dinner on this evening.

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  • Morning drive to Little Karoo. Afternoon visit and exploration of Cango Caves.

    After breakfast we depart Knysna and the coastline for a couple of days as we make our way to Oudtshoorn. We drive over the Outeniqua pass with spectacular views to the valleys and ocean we have come from. The word Outeniqua is said to have derived from the Khoisan tribe who once lived in these mountains and means ‘they who bear honey’. We then drop steeply down to the Little Karoo valley for some totally different scenery of shrubland and what is locally known as karroid (shrublands typical of the Karoo area), very different from the fynbos on the other side. We arrive in Oudtshoorn after around 3 hrs of driving and in time for some lunch. In Oudtshoorn they are crazy about Ostriches! However we’ll have to wait till tomorrow for a visit as this afternoon we visit the famous Cango Caves. This is African’s largest show cave system. The tunnels and chambers extend to around 4km, however only a small section is open to the public. Our tour lasts approx 1 hr and we will see the splendid dripstone caverns, stalactites, stalagmites, vast halls and towering formations of the limestone as we walk through. Back in daylight we return to Oudtshoorn and check in to our accommodation. There are many restaurants in the town which we can choose from for dinner, obviously with ostrich featuring on most menus!

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  • Ostrich farm visit then drive to the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus.

    After breakfast we depart to one of the nearby Ostrich Farms for a tour. The birds have been bred here since about the 1870’s when the ostrich feathers were in fashion, and those who grew rich on this were aptly called ‘feather barons’. Now the birds are mainly bred for their meat to sell to the local and international market as well as the leather. These amusing birds are well looked after at these organic farms and we tour the farm to see what all the fuss is about! We can touch, feel and hand feed the birds and as well as maybe sit on them or maybe have a quick ride (restrictions apply to sitting and riding the Ostriches). The ostrich eggs are also something to behold so we’ll have a look at them as well before we head off. We drive across Robinson’s pass and back down to the coast stopping at Mossel Bay for lunch. Mossel Bay is half-way between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town and is great 60km stretch of sandy beach with 300 days sunshine a year and a mecca for watersports. We visit the famous Post Office Tree, a milkwood tree over 500 years old. In 1500 a sailor left a letter in a shoe at the tree and the Post Office tree was born. After lunch we continue driving to Hermanus arriving in the early evening. There is a selection of restaurants for dinner in this small town. Approx drive time: 7 hours.

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  • Free day in Hermanus. Optional activities include coastal walks or whale watching.

    The town of Hermanus is most well known for the best place to whale watch from. The Southern Right whale visits these shores from June through to December, and they can be seen from aboard a boat and even if you are lucky the shore. The town even has a man who blows a kelp horn when a whale is spotted – he is the ‘Whale Crier of Hermanus’. We have a free day here in Hermanus, and the town is known for its endless adventure options. The nearby Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers a range of lovely walks among the fynbos, the beaches are beautiful for a walk as well, kayaking in the lagoon is a possibility and if we are feeling very brave (and have some experience) we might opt for cage diving with sharks! On the other end of the scale it is a charming town for wandering around and looking at the little shops and enjoying the café and the restored fishing boats in the old harbour. All options are payable locally.

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  • Drive the whale coastline to Stellenbosch. Afternoon wine farm tour.

    We leave Hermanus this morning and drive along the ‘Whale Coast’ and past Gordon’s Bay for 2-3hrs before turning inland to the verdant Winelands of the Western Cape. The vineyards stretch to the horizon here over the mountains of up to 1500m. It is striking scenery, with picturesque villages and has an interesting history. It can feel rather European with much of its architecture being typically Dutch and dating back to the 17th century when the Boers settled and farmed the lands here. We visit some of the many wine farms in the area, pass by Stellenbosch and eat our picnic lunch at one of the wine farms. We then have a full afternoon enjoying a cellar tour and wine tasting some of these delicious regional wines. We will depart full of knowledge and possibly some rosy cheeks! We overnight in one of South Africa’s oldest town which is stunningly located surrounded by the hills - Franschhoek. This town was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenots who had fled religious persecution and come here in search of a new life. In more recent years it has become food and wine capital of South Africa.

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  • Drive to Cape Town. Day walk to the summit of Table Mountain.

    After breakfast we drive the 1hr 30mins to our final destination – Cape Town. A highlight of the holiday and a must do whilst in this part of South Africa is the walk up Table Mountain. We transfer to the base of the cable car and from here walk up. We take the Platteklip Gorge route. This trail offers spectacular views all the way to the summit with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on either side. We have panoramic views of Table Bay, Robben Island, Signal Hill and of course Cape Town itself. Normally we can also spy some friendly rock hyrax (dassies) here as well. The walk is 3-4hrs of steady but not difficult ascent. If we have the energy and the weather is good we can extend our walk on the summit along to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. We can either walk back down or take the option (not included) to take the revolving cable car back down. Our accommodation is in the city centre and this evening is free to enjoy the ambience and the restaurants on the Waterfront.

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  • Day tour of Cape Peninsula, including Cape of Good Hope and penguins of Boulder Beach.

    After breakfast we set off to the Cape of Good Hope and explore the Cape Peninsula. This is a magnificent area which sticks out into the Atlantic and is covered in endemic fynbos and home to picturesque bays, beaches, rolling green hills and valleys has some awe inspiring views with dizzy heights and magnificent panoramas over the ocean. Our first stop is Chapman’s Peak along the Chapman’s Peak Drive (locally abbreviated to ‘Chappies’) from Noordhoek to Hout Bay which is said to be one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world! The twists and curves in the road seem endless, but it is actually the photo opportunities which are! We continue down to Cape Point Nature Reserve. Here the rugged rocks and sheer cliffs drop from 200m into the sea and is an area of rich and varied flora and fauna including baboon, zebra and 250 species of birds. We walk to the lighthouse, originally built in 1859 to help sailors navigate the treacherous waters. We also walk down to the Cape of Good Hope with nothing but water between here and Antarctica. Returning we drive through the towns of Muizenburg, Fish Hoek and of course Simons town. Here we stop to visit the famous Boulders Beach and spend some time watching the totally fabulous African Penguin colony which thrives here. They are a joy to watch their funny little walk and you can’t help but falling a little in love with them! We then return to Cape Town where we have another evening to enjoy the town and dinner.

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  • Free morning for further sightseeing. Afternoon Cape Town Airport transfers provided.

    The majority of the day is free for shopping and relaxing at the waterfront, or for half-day optional activities such as a visit to Robben Island. In the late afternoon there is a group transfer to Cape Town Airport where KE Land Only package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide / driver
  • Group airport transfers
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • All acccommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All entrance fees required by the itinerary

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Transfers other than group transfers
  • Tips to local staff
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Entrance fees and activities clearly described as optional
  • Miscellaneous personal spending

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will rendezvous at the accommodation on Sunday's River, near Addo Elephant Park. A single, timed group transfer from the airport is provided. This transfer will be timed to the arrival of the South African Airlines flight into Port Elizabeth arriving at around midday. The transfer from Port Elizabeth is around a 2 hr journey.

At the end of the trip a single, group transfer will be provided from the hotel in Cape Town to the airport. This transfer will be timed to the departure of the South African will normally reach the airport by around 1600.

If your flight schedules do not permit you to take advantage of these transfers you will need to make your own transfer arrangements or we can provide you with costs for private transfers. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The majority of the accommodation on this holiday is of a comfortable standard many with seaview rooms in small friendly family run inns and guesthouses. Some of the accommodations have swimming pools as well. All the accommodations except for 2nights are on a twin-share basis with en-suite facilities. In Tsitsikamma and Franschoek we stay in 4 person cabins/chalets which have twin rooms but shared facilities for the 4 people. These cabins/chalets also have a kitchen and lounge area, and will we cook and eat in one of the cabins/chalets.

Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Additional hotel nights in Cape Town are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website or call the KE office. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfast is usually cereals and yoghurt, with coffee, tea, toast and the occasional cooked breakfast. Lunch can be picnic style – cold meats, cheese, salads, bread, rolls and fruit, or in a local restaurant. Dinners will be anything from potjies (traditional stews), braais (barbecue), to stir fries and pasta. A few meals are not included in the price and there are many restaurants to choose from in this area. As to be expected next to the coast there will be a high proportion of sea food on certain menus as well. South African’s on the whole are keen on their meat and include ostrich as well as springbok in their food, however vegetarians are also catered for.

All breakfasts are included in the holiday price along with 8 lunches and 4 dinners. Lunches are not included on your free day in Hermanus and the second day in Cape Town. Dinner are not included in Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Hermanus and Cape Town. This is a total of 2 lunches and 6 dinners which are not included. In all of these places there are several options for dining in local restaurants or taverns.

We estimate that a total of around £250-300 per person (or equivalent in euros/dollars) should be allowed for personal spending. This amount should also be sufficient to cover meals which are not included, miscellaneous expenses, including any departure tax, and approximately £30 to £40 per person for tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs or undertake any optional activities or excursions, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this. You can choose to take your money in pounds Sterling, dollars, euros or in South African Rand. There will be the opportunity to change money into local currency on arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport. Additionally, you will be able to get currency from bank ATMs in many of the towns that we will visit. Credit cards are often accepted but if you intend to bring your travel money with you, we recommend that you bring this in the form of cash rather than travellers cheques, since this will be much less time consuming to exchange and generally attracts a better rate. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are readily exchanged. Optional Activities (All prices are per person and correct at time of writing, and are subject to change without notice) Optional game drive day 1, including dinner in the bush and night drive, 4 hrs R700 Horse-riding in Addo Elephant National Park R220 Tree canopy zip wire tour Tsitsikamma R450, including light refreshments Bungee Jump at Bloukrans River Bridge R700 Table Mountain Cable Car Ride R105 one-way Robben Island excursion R250

The group will be accompanied by a local English-speaking professional guide. During the tour the group will travel by minivan driven by a professional driver.

In South Africa it is usual to tip staff including your local guide and driver if you are happy with the services provided. We suggest you co-ordinate these tips as a group and as a rough guide we recommend each group member contributes around £30 to £40 per person. The exact amount should be determined by the group and the guide will give advice on the appropriate levels.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do politely ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag and one daypack per person.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

Southern Africa Visa’s

Countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is strongly recommended that you contact the relevant commission prior to travel in case of recent alterations. Please also contact that the relevant commission if you are citizen of a country not mentioned below.

Entry to all countries requires evidence of return or onwards ticket. It is unlikely that you will be required to show these, but please have your flight tickets and travel itinerary to hand.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most (but not all) EU passport holders are issued with visas on arrival at no charge.

A passport with at least 30 days remaining validity is required. In addition you are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in your passport.

Travelling with children under 18yrs

Parents travelling with children under 18 years will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate and where one parent is accompanying, proof of parental or legal authority. Please note that they are very strict and they are not accepting photocopies of birth certificates. For further details please see the South Africa High Commission in your country. For the UK

NOTE: This is also required if you are transiting through South Africa (e.g. Johannesburg).


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required along with 2 blank pages.

A KAZA UNIVISA for Zimbabwe and Zambia is available which is cheaper than purchasing them separately. The visa will be valid for 30 days as long as you remain within Zimbabwe & Zambia. It is also valid for day trips to Botswana crossing over the Kazangula borders. It will not be valid if you overnight in Botswana.

The visa cost US$50 (best to pay with cash) and can be obtained from these borders:

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls airport, Victoria Falls land border, Kazangula land border (border with Botswana) and Harare airport.

Zambia: Harry Mwaanga Airport (Livingstone), Victoria Falls land Border, Kazangula land Border (border with Botswana), Kenneth Kaunda Airport (Lusaka).

*Important Note: Please check your itinerary at Victoria Falls if your accommodation is the town of Victoria Falls which is in Zimbabwe, or in the town of Livingstone which is in Zambia. If you visit the falls (on the border) and wish to cross the bridge to the other side you will require a visa for both countries. The UNIVISA (above) is usually the best option.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required along with 2 blank pages.

The easiest way is to obtain this visa on arrival at the land border or the airport. It is best to pay by cash, and costs $50 for single entry or $80 for double or multi-entry.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required along with 2 blank pages.

The easiest way is to obtain this visa on arrival at the land border or the airport. It is best to pay by cash, and costs $30 for single entry, $45 for double or $55 for multi-entry.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do not require a visa for visits up to 30 days. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most (but not all) EU passport holders do not require a visa. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required.


UK, USA, Canadian, Australian and most EU passport holders do not require a visa for visits up to 90 days. A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity is required.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
  • Trainers / sneakers / Sandals
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Daypack 25 litres
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including the following: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts
  • Towel (for swimming)
  • Trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Camera, spare film/memory card and batteries
  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an adventure holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you factor in some additional exercise leading up to your holiday.

The Cape Town area has a pleasantly warm and generally dry summer season from September through to April. Daytime temperatures will vary between 20 and 27ºC, with nighttime temperatures falling to around 15ºC. There is not (usually) a lot of rain during this period. In the Cape Autumn (August-October) temperatures are slightly lower but the wild flower display can be spectacular.

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