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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, river rafting, horse riding or fishing; we know how dynamic people like to spend their time.

  • Active Escapes offers hiking, mountain biking and adventure holidays in the KZN Midlands & Coast, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands & the Wild Coast.


    lion fish in Kosi Bay mouthTURTLE TRAIL

    Hike from Kosi Mouth to Mabibi overnighting in luxury bush & beach camps. Enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, & turtle-viewing (in season). 4-5 day trails

  • 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.

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    Curated trails through one of the oldest and protected nature conservancies in the Midlands. Come discover this new Midlands slackpacker.

Our top South African destinations include the Drakensberg Mountains, Eastern Cape Highlands, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Kosi Bay, the Wild Coast. 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 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 in the Wild Coast, Kosi Bay, Drakensberg, and 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. Plan your next MTB adventure with us.

New Tours & Destinations

  • Clarens San Traverse
    A 3-day slackpacker offering the unique combination of high berg wilderness & cultural treasures. In an area famed for its San paintings, dinosaur fossils, fine restaurants, quirky cafes and intriguing folk lore, we now offer a hiking getaway to explore all these and more...

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  • Vulture Trail
    This trail allows hikers of moderate fitness to explore a remote section of berg wilderness, and get a birds eye view of one of only two Vulture colonies in the Drakensberg. Just 3.5hr drive from JHB or Durban, the trail offers the perfect long weekend getaway.

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  • Turtle Trails - Kosi
    Combining the best of the Kosi lakes and Maputaland's finest beaches, the Kosi to Mabibi 'Turtle Track' trails offer exclusive lodgings, boat trips, ocean safaris, snorkeling and kayaking. 4 & 5 day hike options available and more budget lodgings.

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