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South Africa

From dramatic mountains to angry oceans via wildlife rich parks and culturally rich and cosmopolitan cities

Adventure Holidays in South Africa 

This is a country of extraordinary contrasts: a wild coastline, vast landscapes and teeming game parks, contrast the lush green Garden Route and it’s verdant wine regions. There’s no wonder South Africa is sometimes described as “a world in one country” and holidays here are as diverse as the nation itself.

Although it has a checkered past, these days South Africa is a rainbow nation, with many Bantu tribes of the Zulu, Xhosa, Shangane, Ndebele forming the majority in parliament. Their heritage and culture can be explored from Roe's Drift to Spion Kop, and Isandlwana to Ladysmith.

South Africa is perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts, with Addo Elephant Park, Mkuzi Reserve and the huge Kruger National Park – all in striking distance. And at Hermanus, wildlife enthusiasts can stand on the cliffs and watch passing whales (in season).

For walkers, the Drakensberg Mountains offer a choice of trails; the Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarland – where it’s impossible not to stop for a glass or two – and the craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route. And then there’s the wonderful city of Cape Town, everlastingly watched over by flat-topped Table Mountain.

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South Africa Adventure Holidays

Experience South Africa

Exodus offer a wide range of adventure, activity, cycling, wildlife safari and walking holidays to South Africa. Here are some of our top South African experiences:

1. Safari in South Africa

Perhaps the most iconic of all South Africa holidays, game parks here are heaving with rare wildlife, including lions, rhinos and elephants. The chance to see some of these awesome animals up close is not to be missed.

2. Wine tours in South Africa

The Garden Route is one of the world’s great drives, and can be explored on foot or bicycle – then there’s the opportunity to try abseiling, black water tubing or even bungee jumping. But for more sophisticated travellers, the wine region of Stellenbosch enjoys worldwide fame. Aside from great wines, there’s simply stunning scenery.

3. Walking and trekking South Africa

These imposing, dramatic peaks of Drakensburg stretch for thousands of kilometres across the continent. From snow-capped pinnacles to verdant valleys, the diversity of terrain is mind-boggling, and they make for some of the finest walking in the country.

4. Cape Town

The world-famous city is a cultural hotspot and up-and-coming foodie destination, flanked by gorgeous beaches, and picturesque coastal paths. The most iconic feature of city is Table Mountain. Don’t leave without taking a cable car to the top.

5. Cycle South Africa

Cape Argus Cycle Tour is a circular route that starts in Cape Town, taking riders along the Cape Peninsula 109kms of coastal roads, through quaint villages and bays, to the entrance of the Cape Point Nature Reserve and back. Last year over 35,000 cyclists took part, and the atmosphere is electric.

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Our guided group adventures are small group adventures, normally from 8-16 people, meaning our trips aren’t disruptive to the places we visit and a smaller number of guests creates a good group dynamic. You’ll get to know a range of people from different backgrounds with a shared interest in travel, while and knowledgeable leaders on every adventure gives a unique insight into local life.

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