Highlights
  • Bike among elephants in Botswana, zebras in the Cederbergs, and penguins on the Cape
  • Chances to spot the Big Five
  • Hike the dramatic and rarely visited Great Escarpment
  • Private charter flights smoothly connect diverse African landscapes
  • Relax and rejuvenate at some of Africa's top lodges

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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Amazing! Very well organized! Great guides! March 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our third Backroads trip. It was a 10 day bike trip on the south island of New Zealand. Amazing! Very well organized! Great guides! All the details are carefully taken care of! Even when the unexpected happened (an earthquake!), our guides had a bus replace the train trip that was cancelled (due to damage to the railroad tracks) and it was done quickly. I would recommend Backroads to all my active friends :)
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Highly recommended March 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've taken two Backroads camping trips with my teenage son. It's our summer bonding time and has proved to be a better experience than I could have imagined. Highly recommended. Everything is done for you except riding the bikes! We've been to the San Juan Islands and Yellowstone/Tetons. This year, hopefully Alaska!
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Does Not Recommend

Absolutely incredible Trips March 2014

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I've taken over 15 Backroads trips and each one was absolutely incredible. Each trip leader has been fabulous -- and the itineraries are simply amazing. The best way to see the world is via Backroads. Trust me.
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The most amazing experience on the Backroads Singles-Solos Wine Country to San Francisco Biking trip March 2014

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I recently had the most amazing experience on the Backroads Singles-Solos Wine Country to San Francisco Biking trip. I'm not a biker but everyone was supportive of each other regardless of experience level. The routes took us through some of the most beautiful roads in the Bay Area. My favorite part was the food as there were freshly-prepared meals three times a day. A+.
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Itinerary

Days 1-2: Exclusive insight into traditional and contemporary culture from our local friends, including one who served on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela Hike along Table Mountain's base to world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden   Bike from Cape Point to Chapman's Peak, possibly spotting ostrich, baboons, rare Cape Mountain zebras and elands.

Days 3-4: Relax, rejuvenate, walk and mountain bike at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, where ancient Bushman rock art and red hartebeest antelope embellish the scenery In the mood to taste local vintages, indulge at the spa or go canoeing? It's up to you.

Day 5: Private charter flights smoothly connect diverse African landscapes In remote Mashatu, learn to track classic African animals on a guided mountain bike ride teeming with wildlife, including giraffes and the big cats 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-topped Land Rovers make for great game viewing. Hike the dramatic but rarely visited Great Escarpment, offering wild views of the bush Browse handicrafts in a charming Afrikaner pioneer town that's home to a thriving artist community.

Days 9-11: Spot the Big Five and other fascinating creatures like dung beetles and lilac-breasted rollers at Londolozi during exhilarating bush excursions on foot and in "Landies" Join our friend Lotus in his traditional Shangaan village.

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Price Per Day:

$ 663 per day
 
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  • Deposit Price: $ 600
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,980
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

The 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, tennis)

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 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 & 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: Sabi Sand Game Reserve (2 nights)

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

Start City
Cape Town
End City
Johannesburg
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees may vary based upon departure date

156+ days, then the cancellation fee per person is $200**

126-155 days, , then the cancellation fee per person is $200**

96-125 days, then the cancellation fee per person is $200**

61-95 days, then the cancellation fee per person is 30%

31-60 days, then the cancellation fee per person is 60%

0-30 days, then the cancellation fee per person is 100%

Note: ** Rather than paying the cancellation fee, you may choose to keep your trip deposit ($600) in a holding account to use on a future Backroads trip with no expiration date.

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