Welcome to AWOL Tours

AWOL Tours is a leading outdoor travel specialist for hiking and bicycle tours in Cape Town, South Africa. We offer you opportunities for breath-taking and authentic interactions with the local community, an insight into the diverse history and the beauty of the nature surrounding us.

Our experienced AWOL team balance expert trip planning with eco-friendly activities, creating thrilling, memorable travel experiences for you.  We’ve been at the forefront of responsible tourism since 2002, with repeated awards and happy client reviews to prove our success.


Adventure

Are you an active traveller keen to explore?

Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of Cape Town on a City Cycle Tour, for the more adventurous, choose between single track trails on a mountain bike ride.

Read More About Our Bicycle Tours

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Culture

Want to experience South Africa’s rich heritage?

On AWOL Tours’ award-winning Bicycle Township Tour, you can interact with a local community, learn about Xhosa culture, try traditional beer, and watch a Sangoma work with medicinal herbs.

Read More About Our Township Tour

Nature

Keen to spend time in nature during your stay?

Our Table Mountain hiking tours offer opportunities to observe and appreciate local plants and animals up close. Discover the biodiversity that makes our Cape Floral Kingdom so precious.

Read More About Our Hiking Tours

Private Tours

We cater to individuals, families and small groups. If you’re looking for a personalised tour itinerary, AWOL Tours can customise activities to fit your travel plans and budget, matching your preferences with your areas of interest.

Whether it’s a half day cycling tour in Masiphumelele Township, a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, meandering through the Winelands, or a trip along the lush Garden Route, we have the travel expertise to design a flexible itinerary to suit your needs. Take advantage of our Big Five tour special. This three-day discounted tour package covers our top five Cape Town excursions.

Group Tours

AWOL Tours also designs and facilitates tours for schools, universities, clubs and special interest groups. Whether your focus is on a particular aspect or a variety of themes, we assist you in creating customised touring packages.

Our services include providing support vehicles and bicycles for cycling clubs; facilitating botanical studies in the Cape Floral Kingdom; organising wildlife encounters in the Kruger Park; and arranging pelagic birding cruises for birding clubs. Our accomplished AWOL Tours team can also provide your group with deeper insight into South Africa’s history and political transformation.

Recent Posts

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The history of the Company’s botanical garden

On the AWOL City Cycle tours our guides share the city’s heritage and culture. In between the beautiful historical buildings and vibrant the vibrant Cape Town communities are the tranquil Company Gardens. This is a heritage gateway to the past and in the spirit of heritage month we reflect on 2 of the oldest artifacts in the city; namely the Company’s botanical gardens and the Presidents house.

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Bicycle Township Tours in Masiphumelele

Since the ending of Apartheid, Township Tours in South Africa have become really popular, but AWOL Tours was the first tour operator to start offering the same experience by bicycle in Masiphumelele Township on the Peninsula in Cape Town. Involvement with the local community earned AWOL Tours an international responsible tourism award at the World Travel Market in London in 2006. […]

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AWOL goes joBerg2c – 9 days of mountain biking adventure in South Africa

Team “Going AWOL” Sally and Meike have successfully completed the 9-day mountain biking challenge JoBerg2c in April this year. Now,  it is time to reflect on the huge personal challenge, the most spectacular South African landscape and  the adventurous endurance race we accomplished.

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Township tour Cycling through Gugulethu

AWOL Tours has expanded its  Community-based Bicycle Tours in Cape Town to include another community. Building on the success of operating a Bicycle township tour in Masiphumelele for the last 15 years, AWOL is now offering  guests an opportunity to gain insight to the post apartheid Gugulethu community. As we cycle through this historical township with a more developed urban landscape we learn about the political past. […]

Why book with AWOL?

  • AWOL Tours is fully insured with SATIB, and is an accredited member of the South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), guaranteeing your deposits.
  • All AWOL Tours are private with guaranteed departures so that your adventures go according to your plans. No minimum numbers are required for day tour reservations. Tours can also depart with single travellers.
  • The safety of our guests is a priority. As the business is located in Southern Africa, the directors have personal knowledge of any political instability, dangerous areas and are best able to advise travellers on which areas to avoid. All guides and operators are carefully selected to ensure they are qualified and have relevant experience to facilitate tours.