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6 SA Travel Alternatives For The Adventurous Traveler

Melissa Cohen
Travelling around SA? Instead of travelling by car, why not make use of the various travel alternatives. Check this out for some ideas.
Are you planning a trip around South Africa? Are you tired of travelling around in your vehicle? South Africa hosts some exciting travel alternatives for travelers who want to experience the country from a different view. We have compiled a list of six of alternative trips to take without a car. Here's what we found...

1. Rovos Rail- Train Travel

This particular train is known to many as 'the most luxurious train in the world' and if you have traveled on board, you would understand why. Since 1986, Rovos Rail has been in service and has been taking passengers on extravagant experiences to spectacular destinations around Southern Africa. These trains carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 beautifully decorated suites. Each Rovos Rail train includes the following:
  • Locomotive;
  • Generator car;
  • Staff car;
  • Guest sleepers;
  • A non-smoking lounge car (26 guests);
  • Two non-smoking 42-seater dining cars;
  • Kitchen car;
  • Smoking lounge;
  • Observation Car (32 guests).


The Rovos Rail group offer guests a wide variety of different routes to choose from to suit their ideal holiday. The train travels to the following locations:
  • Cape Town;
  • Durban;
  • Victoria Falls;
  • Namibia;
  • Dar es Salaam.
For more information on the routes, click here.


The Rovos Rail is pretty pricey, however prices depend on the route and the duration of the trip. Prices start at R18 950 and can go up to R49 750 for a short journey. For more information on the prices, click here.
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2. Hire A Harley

If you have a motorcycle license and enjoy the wind blowing through your hair, then why not drive in style. Cape Town has some amazing scenic routes to take the Harley for a spin. All you need is a license and you can rent the bike for as long as you want. If riding isn't your thing, why not choose the chauffeured option. That way, you can enjoy the smooth noise of a Harley motor while sightseeing around the Cape.


If you want to hire a Harley, this is how much you can expect to pay: Rentals per bike
  • Half day- R1 000
  • Full day- R1 500
Rental includes 250km per day, with any additional kilometres at R3/km. Chauffeured Tours
  • Half day- R1 800
  • Full day- R2 600
For further information, click here.

3. Walk In The Wild

South Africa is renown for their game reserves and spectacular wildlife. So, when people visit the country for the first time, they always hop on a 4x4 and head out on a game drive. If you have already been on a game drive, why not try walking Africa by foot. Don't worry, this is totally safe as there is a qualified game ranger who escorts the tour group through the reserve. Africa On Foot provides walking safaris through the Kruger National Park. Each tour lasts between 2-3 hours, depending on the weather. At night, the guests are taken on a game drive that will provide them with an even closer encounter with larger game.


There are two different pricing options available for guests to choose from. The table below provides further details.
2017 (1 January - 31 December) 2018 (1 January- 31 December)
Full Board + Activities R2 595.00 per person per night Full Board + Activities R2 995.00 per person per night
Fully Inclusive R2 895.00 per person per night Fully Inclusive R3 295.00 per person per night
For more information, click here.  

4. Wine Tasting By Tram

Discovering the Franschhoek Wine Valley has been made even better with the Franschhoek Wine Tram. This hop-on hop-off tour takes guests through the Franschhoek vineyards, while tasting some of the best wines in Franschhoek. The open-air tram allows guests the chance to enjoy the picturesque scenery. Here are some of the activities on offer:
  • Wine tasting;
  • Cellar tour;
  • Lunch;
  • Stroll through the vineyards.


The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers six hop-on hop-off lines to choose from:
  • Blue line;
  • Red line;
  • Orange line;
  • Purple line;
  • Yellow line;
  • Green line.
For more information about the routes, click here.


It doesn't matter which route you choose, the price remains the same. Wine tastings at the various stops are not included in the Tram fee.
  • Adults- R220
  • Children (3-17 years old)- R90
*Please note: If you need transport to and from the farm, The Wine Tram does provide transport. This is R550 per person for transport and the tour.
  • Groups (more than 32 people)- R195 per person.
For more information about pricing, click here.

5. A View From Above

Do you want to see Cape Town from a different perspective? Why not book a helicopter ride over the city to enjoy the sheer beauty that the city boasts. You can choose from a wide variety of routes that will expose you to Cape Town's next level elegance.

Routes And Prices 

Here are the following routes on offer and their corresponding prices:
Route Price
Two Oceans Scenic Flight (V&A Waterfront-Atlantic Coast- False Bay- Fish Hoek- Muizenberg) *Approximately 25 minutes R2 450 per person
Full Peninsula Scenic Flight (Full trip around Peninsula- Bird's eye view of Cape Point- False Bay) *Approximately 50 minutes R4 800 per person
Robben Island Scenic Flight (Unrivalled Robben Island viewing experience- See all the landmarks including the Prison) *Approximately 20 minutes R1 900 per person
Atlantico Scenic Flight (Atlantic Coast- Clifton - Twelve Apostles- Llandudno - Hout Bay) *Approximately 20 minutes  R1 800 per person
For more information, click here.

6. Just Cruisin'

If you want to experience a luxury trip away from land, why not book yourself a cabin aboard one of the MSC luxury vessels. The MSC group offers a variety of different destinations to explore, both in South Africa and abroad. Many of the cruises depart from Durban Harbour, however there are a few trips that start in Cape Town. With a variety of fun activities and things to do aboard the luxury liner, you won't be bored for a second. Each MSC vessel is equipped with a variety of fine dining restaurants, shops, outdoor pools, a spa and a number of bars and lounges to name a few.


The routes depend on the cruise that you choose and each cruise is different. These are some of the following places that you could visit aboard an MSC vessel:
  • Durban;
  • Portuguese Islands;
  • Mozambique;
  • Reunion;
  • Mauritius.
For more information on routes, click here.


The price ranges from R3 000 - R26 000, depending on the route and the duration of the cruise. For more information on pricing, click here.
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