The city of Cape Town is the starting point for this exciting and varied Walk through the colorful Western Cape.

We encounter game, flora and rock-art in the wilderness of the Bushmans Kloof reserve, explore the historic Cape Dutch buildings at Tulbagh and the Huguenot architecture and farms of other scenic townships.

We sample wine in prestigious vineyards and see spectacular African sunsets. At the Madikwe Game Reserve, we may encounter the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo) and stay at the beautifully appointed Madikwe Lodge. Experienced rangers guide us through the unique ecology of this untamed wilderness.

Sunday Overnight: The Cellars-Hohenort

We meet in Cape Town for the short transfer to our hotel in Constantia. Following lunch we set out to nearby Kirstenbosch Gardens, 528 hectares of diverse fynbos flora, natural forest and cultivated gardens landscaped on the slopes of Table Mountain. We return to our hotel for the Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: The Cellars-Hohenort

We head for Silvermines, a mountain reserve situated at the centre of Cape Town and so called because early settlers mistakenly took the glitter of quartz as silver. From the dam “ its silky, brackish waters popular with local swimmers - our walk heads off along a jeep track which makes steady progress, winding and climbing through the "fynbos". Views to Cape Point unfold. In all directions of the compass there are breathtaking lookouts. At our picnic lunch we look across Constantia, the first wine-growing region to be established in South Africa and whose lush vineyards rise up towards Table Mountain. There is time enough to walk up to the cave in Elephants Eye before a slow descent, returning to the dam and a late afternoon swim.

Tuesday Overnight: The Cellars-Hohenort

We drive along the famous Chapmans Peak drive, a spectacular road hugging the coast looking west to the Atlantic. From Simonstown, an historic naval harbour where Nelson made a landing, we head for the national reserve of Cape Point. Our coastal walk takes us through areas of fynbos, coastal flora and dunes then eventually to an ancient cannon placed by the English at a commanding point overlooking the bay. Following a picnic lunch, we can drive inland where we may see grazing Eland and Bontebok. Then, on the opposite side of the Cape a short walk at Gifkommetjie. On our homeward drive we will stop off to see the famous Simonstown penguins!

Wednesday Overnight: Bushmans Kloof

An early start with a visit to a Cape township and one of the many children's projects that are helping to transform lives. Our journey continues north through wide rolling wheat fields of the Swartland to the rugged Cederberg Mountains crossing the Pakhuis Pass to Bushmans Kloof. This private reserve is a 7,500 hectare wilderness and a South African Natural Heritage site boasting 125 pristine rock art sites, streams, pools and many miles of nature trails. A ranger guides us to an amazing gallery of rock art and will provide interpretation of these ancient paintings and engravings. Late afternoon we set out again by open Land Rover for a game drive and enjoy sundowners in an unparalleled wilderness before dinner

Thursday Overnight: Bushmans Kloof

We head out for an early morning walk to discover further open air art galleries of ancient cultures. Bushmans Kloof is nestled between the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and vast plains of the Great Karoo. We view the strangely shaped jagged rocks and outcrops while the sweeping, ever changing vistas of the Great Karoo provide a constantly impressive African sky. We picnic at a crystal clear rock-pool, always welcome on a hot afternoon, and return to the lodge for an evening game drive. A less energetic day could be spent in the indigenous gardens or spa and enjoying wellness therapies.

Friday Overnight: Bushmans Kloof

Trained Rangers share their knowledge of the flora and fauna - many hundreds of plant species have been identified in the Reserve. As we progress on our walk we will also see a rich variety of bird life including eagles and water bird. A free afternoon to peruse the library or perhaps go canoeing, fly-fishing or simply relax by the pool. The very energetic could try some mountain biking. At the day's end enjoy sundowners at one of the breathtaking lookout locations of the Reserve.

Saturday Overnight: Le Quartier Francais

We leave the Cederberg mountains and travel south to Tulbagh, a pretty and compact town boasting historic Cape Dutch buildings. After lunch, we continue to Franschhoek, another small town renowned for its Huguenot historical architecture. The town is nestled in a valley partly surrounded by mountains and a centre of some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. Our afternoon walk from the village crosses private property, farms, orchards and vineyards to Middelberg, giving lovely late-afternoon views across the village and valley. Time for a wine-tasting before returning to our hotel in Franschhoek town centre.

Sunday Overnight: Le Quartier Francais

We walk from our hotel into the countryside and wine estates that predominate this exquisite valley. Franschhoek was established as a result of the persecution of Huguenots in Europe 300 years ago. The Dutch gave land to the immigrant Huguenot families, who turned a wilderness into one of the worlds great wine regions. Along the farm tracks and field paths that mostly skirt the vineyards we arrive at Rickety Bridge vineyard for a well-earned break. Then we catch a tram bus. This is a hop on, hop off service that visits a variety of vineyards and we will soon be alighting at the Dieu Donne estate for lunch. From the lofty terrace here there are fine views in all directions. Later, we can take a stroll through the vines while we hear about the skills of viticulture. A pleasant stroll downhill returns us to our hotel. Or, for the more energetic, a walk in the mountains for a further 2 hours with a classic overview of Franschhoek and surrounding mountains.

Monday Overnight: Madikwe Safari Lodge

An early flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg to meet the private charter flight to Madikwe Game Reserve. (PLEASE NOTE: the flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg is NOT included in the cost of your tour and should be written as part of your international ticket.) Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75,000 hectare park stretching to the borders of Botswana. We drive into the park, home to the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo), and are welcomed at the Madikwe Safari Lodge - beautifully appointed and sympathetically and harmoniously merged into the African bush. Following a late lunch game rangers lead a late afternoon Bush Walk; then, later, a game-drive in an open Land Rover before dinner under a starlit night. We return for dinner at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Tuesday Overnight: Madikwe Safari Lodge

A very early start with a morning walk through the bush, led by an experienced ranger who will enlighten us about the ecological environment of the reserve where every plant, animal and insect forms an essential purpose in the web of survival. Later we venture out for a game drive in search of the elusive white and black rhinocerous. We return for dinner at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Wednesday Overnight: Madikwe Safari Lodge

Coffee at dawn and then an early-morning game-drive and bush walk is followed by breakfast and the opportunity to relax and contemplate the silence and tranquillity of Madikwe's great wildernesses. Later following lunch we head out to find game that remains hidden during the heat of the day and will now be searching for water. We enjoy sundowners in the bush and return to the lodge for our Farewell Dinner.


We take a short early afternoon charter flight back to Johannesburg International Airport where we say "Farewell".
Favorite aspect of the trip (testimonial)
Easy walking in the bush with some hills. 3 to 4 hours of walking per day plus game drives.


11 nights, 12 days from
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $2,225.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $9,750.00


From Nov 8 to Nov 19 (more dates)
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Walk begins in Constantia, with arrival in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.


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Hotels - Where we stay

The Cellars-Hohenort

The Cellars-Hohenort

Situated in the heart of the Constantia Valley in Cape Town, The Cellars-Hohenort is a haven of peace and tranquility unifying two great traditions, the magnificent restoration of the 18th Century Klaasenbosch wine cellars and the splendid manor house of the Hohenort. The gardens at The Cellars-Hohenort are acknowledged as one of the finest hotel gardens internationally, and have been voted by Garden Design, a top American magazine, as one of the top thirty hotel gardens in the world.The hotel has several restaurants and bars, three swimming pools, a tennis court, gym, full service spa, beauty salon and gift boutique. Two internet computer stations are available in the lounge. Wireless internet access is available. Bedrooms offer breathtaking views across the nine acres of gardens and vineyards. Each room features air conditioning, hairdryer, Satellite TV, phone and personal safe.

Bushmans Kloof

Bushmans Kloof

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat is a luxury 5-star ecological oasis and wilderness experience located a mere 270 kilometers from Cape Town. This conservation success story is a haven to many unique, and some endangered species of animals and birdlife, and over 755 indigenous plant species which thrive within this protected wilderness. With more than 130 San Bushman rock art sites, Bushmans Kloof is also home to one of the world's largest open air art galleries. Guided rock art walks, a Heritage Centre and a medicinal herb garden provide further insight into the lives of the San, one of the oldest known civilizations, who lived in this region during the later Stone Age. Three outdoor infinity-edge swimming pools grace the gardens. The hotel has a full service spa and fitness centre. Internet is available in the hotel library. Wireless access is also available for those who bring a computer. All guest rooms are elegantly appointed and furnished to create a feeling of restfulness and peace. A subtle fusion of African and European design enhances your personal space. Each room features air conditioning, hairdryer, mini bar, tea and coffee unit, phone and personal safe.

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Francais (The French Quarter) is a small, privately owned hotel situated in the French Huguenot valley of Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands. Tucked away in secluded gardens it offers a delightful haven of peace and tranquility. It was rated one of the top 100 hotels by Travel and Leisure in 2007. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, spa, gift boutique and wireless internet access throughout the hotel. The luxurious rooms are tucked away around a central courtyard and pool filled with beautiful blue and white gardens. Each room features air conditioning, hairdryer, DVD/CD players, wood burning stove, phone and personal safe.

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the richly diverse and malaria-free 76,000-hectare (187,800-acre) Madikwe Game Reserve -one of South Africa's biggest wildlife sanctuaries. Famed for peration Phoenix, the world's largest game translocation exercise with the introduction of more than 8 000 animals, Madikwe's diverse geology and broad mix of habitats allows a wide range of African wildlife to flourish - including the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo), cheetah and a thriving population of wild dog. Set on a gentle slope nestled between two rolling hills, Madikwe Safari Lodge overlooks game-filled plains with the Dwarsberg Hills in the distance and the Marico River nearby. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail. Each room features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a spacious dressing area with personal bar, an en suite bathroom with bath, indoor and outdoor shower and a private plunge pool, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, hairdryer, phone and personal safe. Limited internet facilities are available.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine / beer with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants