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THE WESTERN CAPE & GARDEN ROUTE

Wining, dining, whale watching and walking...

Tipping the most southerly section of South Africa is the wonderful Western Cape! A completely unique province, the Western Cape is edged on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, and by the Indian Ocean on the east. Comprising roughly 10% of South Africa's landmass, the WC is jam packed with culture, wine, boutique accommodation, mountains, indigenous forests and beautiful ocean views.

Famed for its diverse climates, the majority of the Western Cape is classified as 'Mediterranean' and is dominated by the sandstone Cape Fold Mountains. The interior sports semi-arid conditions typical of the mystical Karoo, and as one heads up the east coast the environment mellows into a maritime climate, feeding dense moisture into the green forests of the Garden Route. In fact, Mossel Bay where the Oystercatcher trail runs is said to have the second mildest climate in the world after Hawaii!

Boasting the endemic Cape Floral Kingdom with nostalgic whiffs of Fynbos underfoot; the Western Cape is exceptionally popular with local and international holiday makers. Active Escapes offers an exciting range of slackpacking, hiking and mountain bike trails that allow access to these spectacular areas. From Stellenbosch to Storms River, the range of activities and landscapes is boggling; one trip down to the Cape will have you returning for years to come.

Whether it's strolling from one vineyard to the next on the Winelands Trail, dossing down in luxury B&Bs after a day of dedicated strandlooping, whale watching along the coast of Hermanus where the delicacy of Perlemoen lie beneath the sea, absorbing local culture with a camera in hand, or cycling through giant Yellow Woods in the forests of the Garden Route; there's something to suit all of our clients.


Whether it's strolling amongst vineyards, whale watching in Hermanus, feasting on oysters in Knysna, overnighting in luxury guest lodges after a day of dedicated strandlooping, or cycling amongst giant Yellow Woods in the forests around Harkerville; the Western Cape and Garden Route has something special for everyone.

   

    FEATURED TRAILS


  • vineyards in the western cape's elgin & bot rivier valleys

    WINELANDS TRAIL

    Enjoy a 4 day hike through the vineyards and fruit farms of Elgin and Groen-landberg Mountain Conservancy. As much a gourmet experience as a scenic hike: fynbos, wine tastings, 4-course dinners.

  • southern right whale, hermanus, western cape

    WHALE TRAIL alternative
    A guided slackpacking trail along the Garden Route Mossel Bay. Visit archae-ological caves, watch whales breaching, or photograph the Black Oystercatcher on this fully supported & catered 2-4 day hiking trail.



Western Cape - Tour Packages


Black Oyster Hiking Trail »

hiking through fern forests on the Kosi Bay trail

Explore stone-age caves, meander along cliff tops, and sandy shores on this 4 day hike along the green and gold Mossel Bay coastline - Western Cape's Garden Route. Quality guiding on this fully catered, vehicle supported slackpacking trail, provides an enriched ecological encounter with the marine environment. The endangered Black Oyster Catcher can be seen in good numbers along the shore, whilst whales are an attraction from July to October.

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FYNBOS SLACKPACKING TRAIL »

fly fishing for tiger fish near a clay bank & deep pool - Pongola River

This unique nature trail in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, is just 2 hours from Cape Town and close to Hermanus in the Overberg. Two or three night trail options take hikers through coastal and mountain fynbos, remote forests and visits some fascinating environmental and social projects along the way. Enjoy knowledgeable guides, the opportunity to plant a tree in your name, and locally grown and sourced food and wine on this eco-trail.

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