AWOL Tours is a leading outdoor specialist in hiking and cycling tours in Cape Town, South Africa. This environmentally friendly style of travelling opens doors for genuine and real interactions between locals and tourists. Since 2002, AWOL has a excellent track record with past guests and responsible tourism awards. The experienced AWOL Team have achieved the balance between expert trip planning and freedom, so that there is space for breathtaking adventure.
South Africa offers a wide range of exciting activities for the adventurous travelling to South Africa. Leaving daily at 10am from the V&A Waterfront is our three hour City Cycle Tour. We also offer hiking on the iconic Table Mountain, trekking the majestic peaks of the Drakensberg and Cederberg mountains, river rafting in the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon to mountain biking through the Knysna Forest on the Garden Route or a leisurely meander through the Winelands and hiking or cycling to Cape Point. Other alternatives include sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, surfing the warm waters at Muizenberg beach, trekking in the rugged Cederberg Mountains or canyoning in the secretive gorges of the Hex River Valley.
Southern Africa’s rich cultural heritage can be incorporated into your travel experience in a myriad of ways. You can learn to click like a Xhosa whilst doing a Township bicycle tour, take a slurp of Umquomboti beer, track animals with the Kalahari Bushmen/San, or find out what your future holds when a Sangoma throws the bones for you. Enjoy a traditional meal in the Cape Malay Quarter, sample the catch of the day in a West Coast fishing village, tour historical buildings influenced by a Dutch, English, Portuguese or South-East Asian legacy, or sample South Africa’s unique wine cultivar, Pinotage or the crisp, light Sauvignon Blanc in the beautiful and historic Winelands.
Viewing African wildlife in its natural habitat is a unique experience that should be undertaken at least once in a lifetime. Most visitors to South Africa spend time in either Addo, Hluhluwe Umfolozi, Kgalagadi, or Kruger National Park.The phrase ‘Big Five’ was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. Although the term is still used and we are fortunate to encounter any of these animals on safari, we prefer to focus on all aspects of the natural habitat especially on the lesser known and endangered species. Why not combine your safari with the opportunity to gain a more in-depth knowledge of how natural systems operate. AWOL Tours offers various safaries, from relatively inexpensive camping trips, exhilarating walking safaris through the African bush, to high-end luxury expeditions.
AWOL caters for individuals, families and small groups wanting personalised tour itineraries. We customise tours to fit your travel plans and budget, to match your preferences and to focus on your area of interest. Whether its a half day cycling tour in Masiphumelele Township, a day tour of the Cape Peninsula or Winelands, a hiking trip along the lush Garden Route, a wildlife safari in either Addo, Hluhluwe Umfolozi, Kgalagadi, or Kruger National Park or a month long excursion around Southern Africa, we have the travel expertise to design a flexible itinerary taking into account dates, duration and budget.
AWOL designs and facilitates tours for schools, universities, clubs and special interest groups on trips to Southern Africa. Touring groups can focus on one particular aspect or select from a variety of themes to make up customised touring packages.
We can assist cycling clubs who require support vehicles and bicycles, arrange pelagic birding cruises for birding clubs, facilitate botanical studies in the Cape Floral Kingdom as well as provide insight and first- hand experience in South Africa’s political transformation from Apartheid to Democracy.