Trekking in South Africa



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Trekking in South Africa does sound to be a bit of an oxymoron; indeed, most visitors come to visit Cape Town, its varied games reserves, experience its vibrant culture and interesting history, or quite simply go to the beach. South Africa is not well known as a trekking destination, and this is perhaps one of its best kept secrets.  Its mountain ranges are totally unique, and offer some of the most beautiful walking and trekking worldwide. It’s also a fantastic country to visit for those seeking to combine a short walking holiday with a safari, or bespoke extension.

Tailor-made treks and hikes

The mainstay of our South African service is arranging tailor-made treks and hikes, that is to say, bespoke holidays for private individuals, couples and groups.  We are experts at advising on where and how to go about hiking in South Africa, whatever your level of fitness and ambition.  These can range from day hikes on the Cape Peninsula and gentle ambles below the Drakensberg escarpment, to demanding, multi-day, wilderness treks in the highest and remotest parts of the Drakensberg and the Cederberg Wilderness Area.  All treks involving nights out are possible on a guided, self-carry basis, but many, including the fabulous Northern Drakensberg Traverse, can be supported using porters or Basotho packhorses. We suggest you explore these pages to get a feel for what’s possible, then contact us.

Fixed Date Group Treks for Trekking in South Africa

Traverse Line offers a few fixed date group treks that focus on both the Drakensberg and the mountains of the Western Cape.  These are designed for very active people with good general fitness, who wish to explore South Africa’s mountains on fully supported (guide and crew) expeditions.  These trips are perfect for singles or small groups of friends seeking to join an organised trip, where logistical costs are shared.  They can also be arranged on a bespoke basis for private groups. See our Group Treks page.