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South Africa & Botswana Safari Multi-Adventure Tour

 
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Active Safari—The Big Five, Game Reserves & Luxury Lodges

  • Bike among magnificent wildlife, including elephants in Botswana, zebras in the Cederbergs and penguins on the Cape
  • Safari in open-topped Land Rovers with our expert local guides and spot the legendary Big Five
  • Hike along iconic Table Mountain to world-renowned Kirstenbosch garden, then discover Constantia's winelands.
  • Explore sophisticated and strikingly beautiful Cape Town, a captivating place to start your vacation

There's no other Africa trip like this. And you know it when you're eye-to-eye with a giraffe—from the seat of your bike, on foot or in an open-top 4x4. It's more than you can imagine and everything you expect: premiere lodges, untamed landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime cycling and hiking—all seamlessly connected by our private charter flights.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Gain insight into traditional and contemporary culture from our local friends, including one who served on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela | Follow the trail along Table Mountain's base to extraordinary Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | Bike from Cape Point to Chapman's Peak, looking for ostrich, baboons, rare Cape Mountain zebras and elands.

Days 3-4 Rejuvenate, walk and mountain bike at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, where ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest antelope embellish the scenery | Taste local vintages or go canoeing.

Day 5 In remote Mashatu, learn to track classic African animals on a guided mountain bike ride teeming with wildlife, including giraffes, the big cats and hundreds of bird species | Tonight, dinner is served under the African sky around a blazing fire.

Days 6-8 Bike in Botswana among elephants on their ancient paths | Open-top Land Rovers make for great game viewing | Hike the rarely visited Great Escarpment.

Days 9-11 In Londolozi, spot the Big Five and other fascinating creatures, like dung beetles and lilac-breasted rollers, during exhilarating bush excursions on foot and in “Landies” | Join our friend Lotus in his traditional Shangaan village.

Everything aligned to make this a very special and memorable trip. I had been with Backroads to Bhutan and did not think that could be equalled as an experience but our time in South Africa and Botswana proved me wrong. Trips of a lifetime that make working for the money to pay for them worth every minute ! I wish we could go round again - and maybe we will one day
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$7,698 - $8,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,780 to $1,930 for sgl. occ.)
Internal air:
$2,300 to $2,400


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11 days, 10 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

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Cape Town, South Africa/Johannesburg, South Africa

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All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

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The Cellars-Hohenort

Cellars-Hohenort

Constantia (2 nights)

A historic manor house in the Cape Winelands with stunning views of Table Mountain. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat

Cederberg Mountains (2 nights)

This wilderness retreat features a gorgeous landscape, and is home to a wide variety of antelope and birds. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Mashatu Main Camp

Mashatu Main Camp

Mashatu Game Reserve (2 nights)

A spectacularly remote luxury camp built around a water hole where one of southern Africa's largest elephant herds congregates. (pool)

Summerfields Rose Retreat

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa

Hazyview (2 nights)

These luxurious tented lodge suites are nestled in a secluded valley along the Sabie River, where hippos sometimes bathe at dusk. (pool, spa)

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Game Reserve (2 nights)

An elegant game lodge on the Sand River offering chalets with balconies for observing elephants and hippos in the wild. Travel + Leisure World's Best. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

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This trip was a 10 plus! Still dreaming Africa.

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This trip was everything we could have wanted. Ken and Ingo gave us a trip of a lifetime. Each resort and its staff was truly 5⭐️'S. I want to go back---thank you Backroads!

 
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Everything aligned to make this a very special and memorable trip. I had been with Backroads to Bhutan and did not think that could be equalled as an experience but our time in South Africa and Botswana proved me wrong. Trips of a lifetime that make working for the money to pay for them worth every minute ! I wish we could go round again - and maybe we will one day

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 1* 0 7 1000
Walking/Hiking 2* 600
Walking/Hiking 3 700
2 Biking 19* 1000 25* 1400 38* 2500
Walking/Hiking 1 0
3 Biking 9 0
4 Walking/Hiking 3 100 4 500 7 600
Walking/Hiking 4 200
Other Evening Walk & Game Drive (2 Hours)
5 Other Game Drive to Mashatu Main Camp (1 Hour)
Other Afternoon Game Walk (45 Minutes)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
6 Other Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
Other Afternoon Bush Walk (1 Hour)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
7 Walking/Hiking 3 300
Other Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
8 Walking/Hiking 3 300 4 400 7 700
9 Other Summerfields Rose & Orchard Walking Tour (1 Hour)
Other Shangaan Community Tour (1.5 Hours)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
10 Walking/Hiking 3 0
Other Morning Game Drive (2 Hours)
Other Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
11 Other Morning Walk & Game Drive (1 to 2 Hours)
 

Note: On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 50% dirt and 50% paved). The walking terrain includes rugged bush trails, with the focus on game viewing. The biking routes on this trip follow narrow rocky paths and dirt and paved roads. All the walks and bike rides in game reserves are optional with game drives as an alternative activity.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in South Africa and Botswana

One from the Heart

Christian Chumbley, our Regional Manager for South Africa, drew on 25 years of exploring to create this unique itinerary. The result is a trip where you don't sit in vehicles viewing elephants—you get on bikes and ride past them. And in private reserves with no fences limiting animals' freedom, you spot game with some of the best rangers anywhere, gaining their expert insights and feeling their passion for the land—a passion that inspires every dimension of this trip.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in South Africa and Botswana are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings South Africa and Botswana has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We Invented the Multisport Trip

After 30 years of creating Backroads Multisport Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

The Best Leaders in South Africa and Botswana

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in South Africa and Botswana, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in South Africa and Botswana that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $7,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $8,298 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $7,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $8,398 pp dbl occ

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