Ker & Downey’s South Africa walking safari takes travelers into to the wild with a two-week journey through the Big Five ecosystems of Marakele National Park, along the famed Oystercatcher Trail, and into the Cederberg Mountains.
The Ker & Downey South Africa walking safari begins in Marakele National Park at MORE’s newest luxury outpost – Marataba Trails Lodge. It’s South Africa’s only non-malaria big five walking trail, and it’s under four hours from Johannesburg. The Marakele National Park is a setting that can only be described as breathtaking, unique, and strikingly beautiful. Red rock mountains give way to lush, green valleys for a landscape that beckons to be explored on foot. You’ll have four days to explore the private concession’s mountains ranges, riverines, refreshing waterholes, and Stone Age cave paintings on four different types of trails. And regardless of the trail you take, you’ll likely experience wildlife along the way.
Your South Africa walking safari continues along the country’s famed Oystercatcher Trail, a world-renowned trekking experience along the spectacular golden beaches and green coastline of the Western Cape’s Garden Route. For four days, you’ll be led by experienced guides over cliff tops, through seafront caves, and along golden beaches. Along the way, you will experience rare opportunities to spot and taste wild oysters in clear rock pools, swim in small rocky bays, and witness the full moon rising over the ocean. You’ll encounter rare plant, bird, mammal, and marine life along the beaches and in the rock pools, and learn about the fascinating habits of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher who makes its home here.
You’ll head into the Cederberg Mountains next, where Bushmans Kloof sits among 500-million year old landscapes. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sanctuary to many endangered species of fauna and flora and unique for over 130 San Bushman rock art sites. It’s home to the largest private herds of Cape Mountain zebra – an animal that has been saved from near-extinction – plus the Cape claw-less otter, and the Clanwilliam yellow fish. Explore the area over three days with daily archaeologist-led walking excursions.
Your South Africa walking safari concludes in Cape Town for two days of R&R at the stately Cape Cadogan. Enjoy your days at leisure, take in the sights and sounds of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, and see the city’s nearby attractions before your two-week journey comes to a close.
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