With 30 years of active Africa travel in our boots, we have developed our itineraries to showcase countries that are most popular amongst travellers to Africa. We take you to iconic locations, but we avoid the crowds. We offer you “Instagram firsts” as well as familiar backdrops. And most important, we expose you to people and traditions different from your own. Not as a spectator, but as a participant.
Are you coming to Cape Town? Consider taking an overnight breakaway from the city to explore the Cape of Good Hope with us!
Highlights of this experience include two days of hiking (or running) the trails amidst stunning coastal scenery and indigenous flora. You may also spot chacma baboons, cape mountain zebra, eland, bontebok, red hartebeest, ostrich and the elusive cape clawless otter.
Visit the iconic Cape Point Lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope while you are in the reserve. And the blockbusting, super highlight: a night in a remote cottage located right on or near the beach. We take care of all meals and logistics while you are busy exploring in remote solitude. Our guides are experts in the fauna and flora of the trails and beaches, enhancing the treasures of this reserve.
En route to or from the reserve, we visit the colony of endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Additionally, between July and November there is a good chance of spotting migratory southern right whales.
The breakaway to the Cape of Good Hope is intended to appeal to visitors who enjoy and are familiar with hiking or running in nature.
It is ideal for travellers who want to explore this iconic destination in solitude, away from the crowds and up close.
TRAIL RUNNERS we haven’t forgotten about you. These are some of our favourite trails to run!
While the trails are not technical, there is no vehicle support once on the trail to assist guests who no longer wish to participate.
All personal and group equipment is portered to the beach cottage by our team – guests need only hike with a light day pack.
The winter months (June – September) can be cold and wet, but this often does not detract from the beauty of the hikes. December and January can be very windy in the reserve, but again, this does not normally affect hiking.
The Olifantsbos Cottage is a South African National Parks facility. It is a simple and basic beach cottage, pleasantly appointed with individual rooms featuring comfortable beds and linen, gas-heated hot showers, a shared bathroom and a comfortable living area both indoors and out.
The cottage can accommodate 12 people including the guide, although due to the configuration of the rooms and facilities, this experience is best suited for a maximum of 6 guests. The cottage is booked for private use – guests will not be sharing the facility with other guests.
Please note that there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone reception in this location.
The trails chosen for this breakaway can be adapted to varying fitness levels. Generally the coastal trails are steep and rocky with some long stretches of sandy beach on some.
We recommend that hikers have moderate walking fitness and good balance.
TRAIL RUNNERS! We haven’t forgotten about you. These trails are some of our favourite trails to run!
Following an early pick up from Cape Town, we make our to Boulders Beach for a short visit with the endangered colony of African Penguins.
We continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve where we start to explore on foot with a hike through pristine indigenous coastal flora.
We enjoy lunch in the reserve, with the obligatory visit to the historic Cape Point Lighthouse and a hike down the boardwalks leading to the Cape of Good Hope, the south-western most point of the African continent.
At the end of the day check into your cottage for the evening.
Toast the sunset from the deck before enjoying a traditional South African BBQ prepared by your guide.
Rise with coffee on the deck to hopefully see the resident cape clawless otters.
After a leisurely breakfast, we pack up and head off for a morning hike along the coast and up into the reserve, keeping our eyes peeled for plains game such as bontebok, mountain zebra, eland and red hartebeest.
We end our hike at the reserve entrance, where our van is ready to take us for a late lunch on the way back to Cape Town via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive.