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South Africa: The Plush Bush Trek

National Geographic Adventure picks the 25 best new outfitted trips.
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Gabon  |  Mali  |  Namibia  |  South Africa

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A proper walking tour is coming to South Africa. In March the Wayfarers—our top-ten hiking outfitter—launches its first foray into the bush, combining the British company's boots-on-the-ground credo (safari treks, dinners with locals) and its well-honed sense of civility (stays in historic manors, winery tours). "I don't think anyone else does what we're doing: a very personalized trip with lots of local insight," says owner Malle Hague, who was born in Botswana and educated in South Africa. The expansive itinerary begins with exploratory hikes in the lush nature preserves of Cape Town's famous Table Mountain, with panoramas of the city. A morning visit to a Cape township opens a window to local life, and ranger-led treks through Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve—a South African Natural Heritage site with open-air galleries of remarkably preserved rock art—give expert context to prehistoric paintings and engravings. From there travelers hike the Cederberg Mountains and the plains of the Great Karoo, visit exclusive wineries in Franschhoek, and fly via private charter to Madikwe Game Reserve, a 290-square-mile (751-square-kilometer) Big Five park bordering Botswana.


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