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Welcome to Active Escapes! Established in 2007, we specialise in holidays with an outdoor edge. If you're the kind of person who needs a mountain or two, ocean swims, and breath-taking scenery to really enjoy your getaway, our website should be right up your alley.

We understand that outdoor people range from those who thrive on endorphins, to those who simply love relaxing in the quiet of nature; and as such Active Escapes offers all types of active, outdoor and nature-focused holidays. Hiking, slackpacking, mountainbiking, trail running, canoeing, river rafting, horse riding or fishing; we know how dynamic people like to spend their time.

  • Active Escapes offers mountain bike holidays, hiking and canoe trails, adventure tours & events, weekend-breaks and nature getaways in the KZN Midlands & Coast, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands & the Wild Coast.


    lion fish in Kosi Bay mouth

    Hike around the four lakes overnighting in bush/beach camps. Go snorkelling, kayaking, birding,fishing & turtle-viewing (in season).

  • hikers explore a shipwreck on the Pondoland Wild Coast

    3-5 night hike, overnighting in tented camps in pristine locations. Fully equipped, you need only bring your food.Porters can be booked to lighten your load.

  • trail runner enroute between Hole in the Wall and Coffee Bay, Wild Coast

    Run wild along miles of empty beaches and undulating hills, following the paths of sure-footed cattle and fisherman as your trail - Lower Wild Coast, Eastern Cape.

Our top South African destinations include the Drakensberg Mountains, Eastern Cape Highlands, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Kosi Bay, the Wild Coast and the Tugela Valley; and across the border into Lesotho, Swaziland, southern Mozambique and Malawi. We offer a wide range of holidays and tour packages, but understand that every customer is different and people often need tours to be tweaked accordingly. Customisation is something we offer on every product, including the level of support or guiding you may require.

Aside from active holidays, we offer unique corporate adventures; special interest tours such as photography, birding and fly-fishing; and neatly packaged weekend breaks for couples, mates and families. At Active Escapes we take the schlep out of organising your next holiday, so all you're left to worry about is what to bring for the padkos! We hope you find our website useful and we look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for dropping by, hope to see you on the trail somewhere soon!

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hiking in the Drakensberg

Drak, Wild Coast & Kosi Bay Hikes

Hiking is the best way to discover South Africa's rugged mountains and unspoilt coastlines. You can do this the traditional way or 'lessen your load' on one of our fully-supported & catered slackpacking trails. Active Escape's has walking trails throughout South Africa, but specialise on the Wild Coast, Kosi Bay, Drakensberg, EC Highlands.


mountain biking in Kamberg

Midlands, Coast & Tugela MTB Tours

From quiet country roads to flowing single-track and downhill thrills, Active Escapes offers tailor-made cycling holidays to interest all levels of rider. Our MTB tours range from fully-supported & professionally guided to 'self-guided' options where we'll assist with route info & trip logistics. We also offer MTB Maintenance & Skills Workshops.


Mozambique canoe safari

Canoe Trails - Pongola & Mozambique

Game spotting, bird viewing, swimming and photography are major highlights on all of our canoe safaris, with the focus falling on fun more than hard paddling. For families and groups of friends wanting a true break from the daily grind and an opportunity to reconnect, canoe safaris are a wonderful way to effortlessly reach that end.


canopy touring

Hiking, Biking, Rafting & Fishing...

Can't decide whether to pack your helmet or trail shoes? The kids want to go rafting, your wife wishes to hike & you'd like to go fly-fishing? We've discovered those places where you can do it all and more! Let us plan your dream vacation from any combination of outdoor pursuits, or join one of our multi-sport adventure tours.

New Tours & Destinations

  • Active Malawi
    Keen on a biking, kayaking, yachting, snorkelling adventure in the warm heart of Africa?
    Trek up Mount Mulanje, cycle through tea estates, swim in an aquarium of cichlids, or paddle to Mumbo & Domwe Islands on Lake Malawi from Cape Maclear.

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  • mountain biking wild coast pondoland Pondoland Pedal
    Dreaming of riding along hard-pack beach & handcrafted single-track? Still on the waiting list for Imana or don't have the luxury of a week's leave? The 3-5 day Pondo Pedal will give you a Wild Ride experience over a long weekend, 1hr from Durban.

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  • Pongola Birding & Fishing
    Ancient sycamore figs and flocks of green pigeon, provide the backdrop to a new tented camp on the banks of the Pongola River. Whether it’s the reel screeching take of a Tiger on fly, or a glimpse of the shy Finfoot you after, this is a holiday for true nature-lovers.

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