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HIKING & SLACKPACKING TRAILS

"My father considered a walk among the mountains the equivalent of churchgoing" Aldous Huxley

For many people, walking is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Being surrounded by unspoilt beauty and hiking with a few close friends and family is a wonderful way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. In South Africa we are lucky to have a vast range of mountains, valleys and coastlines that hold incredible hiking, trekking and backpacking opportunities.

Active Escapes offer walking holidays in the Drakensberg Mountains, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Eastern Cape Highlands, Kosi Bay and along the entire length of the Wild Coast. Whether you're keen to summit lofty high altitude peaks in the famous Berg with Cape Vultures cruising the thermals, or have your sights set on days of warm weather walking in the Transkei with lunch time dips in the sea; Active Escapes will set your feet moving in the right direction.



Backpacking & Slackpacking Walking Trails in the Drakensberg, Wild Coast, Maluti's, Kosi Bay & Eastern Cape Coast & Highlands


     

  • FEATURED TRAILS

    cycad flower - Kosi Bay

    KOSI SLACKPACKER
    4 Days through swamp forest, pristine beaches & dunes. Visit the fish traps & go snorkelling in the aquarium of Kosi mouth.

  • looking onto the impressive amphitheatre wall AMPHITHEATRE HIKE
    The only trek that will take you to the very top of the Drakensberg & above the second highest falls in the world without overnighting in tents or caves.
  • Umkomaas hiking trail UMKO SLACKPACKER
    A brand new 3 day trail in the Umkomaas Valley, KZN. Affordable 'slackpacking' with vehicle support & catering provided but basic lodgings.


Some of our most popular offerings are the Active Escapes' 'slackpacking' trails. Slackpacking is the no mess, no fuss version of overnight hiking! If you're the kind of person who loves to walk, but would rather not have to haul a heavy pack and deal with the rigmarole of camping slackpacking is the answer. Walk the rugged paths of South Africa's mountains and coastlines, and have your bags safely transferred from one overnight stop to the next. Tasty food, cold beers, relaxed evenings and days of uncomplicated walking; its little wonder slackpacking is a firm favourite with our clients.

If you're a serious hiker and rather attached to priming your gas stove and setting up your tent, Active Escapes also offer traditional hiking and guided expeditions. The Drakensberg Mountains, famous for the Grand Traverse across the whole escarpment, are a truly awesome destination for local and international hiking enthusiasts. With overnights in caves, mountain huts or tents; the mystical Berg is one place you need to tick off on your hiking list.

Catering to a wide range of hiking fitness & experience, we’ll tailor-make a hiking holiday to suit your family or friends, or why not see what hikes we currently offer in the following destinations:

Hiking Destinations:


WILD COAST »

the beautiful wild coast

Hotel, Tented Camps & Village-based Trails from Port Edward to Kei.

Walking the Wild Coast is the surest way of easing into the Transkei vibe. From tradit backpacking, to tented, village-based and hotel-hopping trails, we cover the full stretch of Wild Coast with options to suit all pockets and fitness levels.

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KOSI BAY »

hiking over white sands - near Mozambique, Kosi Bay

Slackpacking around the Kosi Lakes

Fern and swamp forests, coastal lakes, high dunes and secluded beaches. The diverse biomes on the Kosi Bay Slackpacker allow one to go swimming with dolphins one day and birding from dugout canoes the next. This is a great hike for families and friends...

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DRAKENSBERG »

hiking in the high berg

Southern, Central & Northern Berg

The Drakensberg mountains provide lofty terrain for walkers. Our Amphitheatre Trail will get you to the top without sleeping in tents or caves, whilst the Giants Cup Slackpacker provides a more gentle amble through the foothills of the Southern Berg.

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GARDEN ROUTE »

oystercatchers on the wilderness trail

Wilderness Trails on the Garden Route.

Make tracks off the N2 and discover the reason behind the Garden Route allure. This naturalist-led trail passes through Wilderness and Goukamma Nature Reserves and finishes at Knsyna heads. It is a fully supported & catered trail for nature enthusiasts.

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EASTERN CAPE HIGHLANDS »

wild mountain territory, Eastern Cape Highlands

Trail in Wild Mountain Territory

The wild mountains around Rhodes and Barkly East provide a tranquil escape from fast city life. Relax with a glass of Gluhwein by a logfire in winter, or enjoy an invigorating swim in a mountain stream by summer, the Eastern Cape highlands has a bounty of pleasures to discover.

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FREE STATE »

Much more than mielie's...

Make tracks off the N2 and discover the reason behind the Garden Route allure. This naturalist-led trail passes through Wilderness and Goukamma Nature Reserves and finishes at Knsyna heads. It is a fully supported & catered trail for nature enthusiasts.

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