About us- our business and team

Self-guided walking

Our mission

We offer quality activity holidays in South Africa with tours supported by our extensive knowledge of regions, incorporating unique features and outstanding personal service. We research, establish and manage tours. We focus on self-guided Walking holidays and Cycling holidays in South Africa. We also arrange Guided holidays. Click on the image to see the main features of our different holiday types.

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Why us ?

You can expect a perfect mix of excellent service, high quality and value for money. A holiday that will inspire you. Our self-guided walking holidays and cycling holidays in South Africa offer scenic and interesting routes. You will have detailed route notes, luggage transfer, quality accommodation and 24/7 support. Our tour package is flexible. A range of options can be added to the basic itinerary to ensure that the holiday is tailor made for your personal requirements. Read the reviews from others who have taken our walking and cycling holidays. You can book with confidence. We are a member of SATSA and certified as a provider of credible tourism services.

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Scenic, interesting routes

Our walking holidays and our cycling holidays involve itineraries in scenic areas which cater for a variety of interests. South Africa offers some of the most diverse landscapes in the world. There's the wildlife and African bush in the vast Kruger Park, the valleys and vineyards of the Cape Winelands, the panoramic views and peaks of the Drakensberg, the West Coast wildflowers, the rugged scenery of the Cederberg, 20 national parks, etc. Click on the image to see our Destinations. We try to ensure that no two days are the same to ensure that your trip is varied and interesting.

Luggage and other transfers

Self-guided holidays

If you book a self-guided walking or cycling holiday we make sure that you have the necessary detailed route information. We provide GPS trails and waypoints that can be uploaded for smartphone hiking and cycling navigation. We also provide access to our PDF maps and cue sheets. These are great for navigation if you don’t have a GPS unit, or as backup if your smartphone fails. Our resources will allow you to journey at your own pace, carrying only a small day-pack. In most cases a presentation by an expert about the special features of the route is included in the program. Our directions and notes include places of interest along the way and suggested stops for lunch, wine tasting etc. Your luggage will be transported.

Quality accommodation

 Quality accommodation

You will spend each evening in a hotel or guesthouse along the route, selected for quality and convenience. Accommodation will include breakfast. Other meals as well as drinks will be for your own account. Arrange with your hotel/guesthouse for a lunch pack of your choice for the following day. We disclose full details of our accommodation providers to ensure that you can assess the quality and standard. It is generally by way of a link to the websites of the different hotels/guesthouses on our panel.

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Explore at your own pace

Typically the morning of a self-guided trip starts with a leisurely breakfast, a chance to peruse the directions and familiarise yourself with the route on the map. When you are ready, you depart from the hotel along an inviting path. There is enough time to travel at your own pace, pausing whenever you want to admire the views, to study the flowers or birds, or to visit a point of interest, eg. a wine estate. Linger over your picnic lunch at a panoramic spot, and then continue on your way. Your charming hotel/guest hous will mark the end of a rewarding day. We plan our hotel-to-hotel routes so that you typically arrive at your next hotel during the mid to late afternoon. There will be time to freshen up and explore the area before a dinner of regional cuisine.

Detailed route directions and maps

24/7 support

A local 24/7 back-up service is on hand to help with general information, or problems and emergencies. We prioritise your safety during a hiking trip or cycling tour


Walking/cycling grades

We allocate Grades to our South African hiking holidays and cycling tours, according to the length of the trip and the terrain. This serves as an indication of holidays that might suit you best, based on your level of fitness. We allocate a grade to each day of the trip, as well as the overall route. We use 3 grades: Easy, Moderate and Challenging. For our definitions and how to prepare for the different grades, click on the image to go to Walking grades.

Flight and car bookings

Travel services

Travelling to the starting point of the trip is your own responsibility and for your own account. You have the flexibility to find the transport that suits you. As an extra we can assist with flight bookings, car hire, airport or other transfers. We offer access to an online flight booking platform. It offers low airfares on international and domestic flights from all your favourite airlines. You can book quickly and safely via our website, using multiple payment methods. We have selected a leading car hire broker to manage our car rental requirements. Rates in similar categories are compared on your behalf to ensure you get the fairest all-inclusive prices. Click on image to see our Travel Services

Scenic routes

 Flexible holidays

We operate with a flexible approach to our  walking and cycling holidays. Please enquire if you require longer or shorter periods – it may be possible!  In some cases it is even possible to add extra activities like cycling, walking or horse riding to the program. If it is your first visit to South Africa we can combine our routes to offer a 14- 21  day holiday, incorporating the highlights of different areas. Review the itineraries. Ensure that it aligns with your interests and preferences. Look for additional activities or attractions along the route that you might enjoy. We want to ensure that the walking holiday or the cycling tour matches your expectations and preferences.

Information and questions

 All the information required for decision making about our routes (Except the detailed Route guide) is provided on our website. The complete Route guide, including route- and area information, will be provided on arrival. Any further information is available on request. Please Contact us, or e-mail info@trailsandtravel.co.za. We shall endeavour to reply within 24 hours to any questions about  both our walking holidays and our cycling holidays in South Africa.

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The members of  Trails and Travel CC are :

Andries Liebenberg B Econ MBA – andries@trailsandtravel.co.za

Pieter Krynauw B Comm MBA – piet@trailsandtravel.co.za

Our local partners/guides are:

Gillian Louw in Hermanus 

Hans van Dyk in Betty’s Bay (Kogelberg Walk & Cederberg)- hans@walkingholidays.co.za

Tim Attwell, Kogelberg and Hermanus

Siegfried Schäfer in Franschhoek

Joanna Jayne in Cape Town

Peter Siegfried, West Coast

Casper Badenhorst, Kruger Park and Blyde River Canyon area

Helen Ross, Wild Coast

Chris Derksen, Bushveld

Esti Stewart, St Francis Bay

Trails and Travel is an experienced Tour operator in South Africa. The owners have been involved in business for more than thirty years at senior executive level.  Our approach is to plan a trip meticulously for you to experience the most idyllic scenery, the friendliest and most welcoming hotels, the tastiest regional cuisine, the most scenic trails and the most outstanding features of the region. Our detailed route notes reflect this approach and in addition you will enjoy our attentive service and support while on holiday.

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Trails and Travel CC is a close corporation registered in South Africa with company number 1998/040582/23 and VAT registration number 4190175606

Our business address is 9 Sauvignon Park, Smuts Avenue Somerset West, 7130, South Africa.

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