Eco Ventures - Find and Book holiday walks in the Kalahari and Namaqualand of Southern Africa

Our unique fun walking holidays are the best way of experiencing the different regions of Southern Africa.

The distance per day is walked in 6 - 7km stretches, with safari style rest breaks in the veldt, or an interesting cultural or historical stop along the way.

You meet the locals, eat their food and learn about their history.

Walking is done on Jeep tracks and gravel roads without a backpack – no hiking trails.

Accommodation is mostly on guest farms and in chalets with three meals a day.

A support vehicle and team are there to assist you throughout the day.

After booking your Holiday walk you will receive ‘SPORE’ Newsletters with recommendations on training, walking equipment, packing checklists and general information i.e. travelling options.

Group size: 8 - 12
Duration: 7 days (including traveling days)


Experience the wonder of the flowers of Namaqualand on foot. Walking 100kms through Namaqualand at the peak of the flowering season is a truly breath-taking trip.

Walk through carpets of bright orange, yellow and white daisies.

Highlights
• The Daisies of Namaqualand Nature Reserve
• Kamies Mountains and a visit to Taaiboskraal Tea Garden
• Meeting the people of Namaqualand
• Smelling nature and listening to birds singing while walking
• Garies and Genis se Winkel
• Knersvlakte
• Rooibos Tea Factory
• Cedarberg Rock formations

Experience the breath-taking natural beauty of the Kalahari. Walk the ‘Green Kalahari’ along the Orange River and into the Red Dune kalahari. Visit Augrabies Waterfall and walk to the Moon rock, Berg Arrarat and Echo Corner while game watching. Admire Quiver trees and rock formations

Walk the ancient dry Malopo river bed and huge salt pans. Put your feet up under a Camelthorn tree and experience the local hospitality.

Highlights
• Walk while game watching
• Augrabies Waterfall, Moon rock and Echo Corner
• Quiver trees and rock formations
• Mysterious ‘Lost City’ of the Kalahari
• Mampoer tasting at Bezalel with breakfast
• Ancient Molopo Riverbed
• Huge Camel thorn trees with vultures taking a rest
• Walking across the 15km wide Koppieskraal Pan

Baviaanskloof or ‘Valley of the Baboons’ is a deep, twisting ravine walled between parallel east-west mountain ranges, the Baviaans and the Kouga.

The area is known for its wealth of endemic plant species, such as Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra) and Aloe Speciosa, its interesting cultural heritage and its abundance of bird and animal life.

This walk was designed for the social walker. It includes ALL the Eco experiences that the area’s unique beauty has to offer. It is a journey of discovery! Explore the last wilderness area of Southern Africa to learn how the community takes part in sustainable Eco Tourism and benefits from projects to conserve this Mega-Reserve.

Highlights
• Walking amongst Giraffe and Wildebeest in Poortjie private nature reserve
• The village of Willowmore
• Makkedaat Caves
• Vero’s Restaurant, and breakfast with the locals
• Damsedrif, where we stay in old farmhouses
• Sewefontein Figtree Forest
• Babes se winkel
• Zandvlakte and joining Piet Kruger on an Eco Tour
• Learning about the Spekboom and Leopard projects.

From the beautiful Klein Karoo village of Prince Albert across te historical Swartberg pass and on the back-roads of Route 62 to Montagu

Highlights
• Spending the afternoon with Prof Sue Milton-Dean, a well known botanist
• The hidden treasures of the Karoo veldt
• A Ghost Walk through the streets of Prince Albert with Ailsa
• Walking breathtaking Swartberg Pass
• The Red Hills, which were formed 60 million years ago
• Rietfontein Ostrichich palace
• Groenfontein farm-road to Calitzdorp
• Sample port and wines at one of the Cellars in the ‘Port Capital’ of the Klein Karoo
• Walking through the magnificent Seweweekspoort
• Blooming apricot, peach and pear orchards
• Flowering vygies, blue skies and mountains all around you

A fun-filled walking holiday full of surprises, on gravel roads and footpaths through the Boland. Experience the splendid mountain ranges, historic towns and gracious homesteads with their orchards and vineyards.

Between the Vineyards of Wellington through the varied landscape of fynbos vegetation with massive rounded granite rocks and ancient Wild Olive, Rock Candlewood and Wagon trees of Paarl Mountain.

Highlights
• Walking on jeep tracks between vuneyards
• Leliefontein Historic cellar and learning about ‘stokkiesdraai’
• Olive tasting at Riebeeck Kasteel and exploring the village
• Rawsenville and Slanghoek valley
• Special winetasting at boutique cellars
• Franschoek and the visit to la Motte
• Pierneef museum
• Stellenbosch and having dinner on a side walk under huge oak trees

Whale watching and an experiencing of the Overberg tapestry – the patchwork of canola and wheat fields in brilliant yellow and green, rocky shores, wild flowers and fynbos. A place of diverse and breathtaking beauty.

Follow gravel roads from Malgas to L’Ugulhas, Greyton, Genadendal and Hermanus. The roads will take you on a scenic journey through valleys with beautiful landscapes of green, gold and brown.

Memories from the past – as illustrated by the Overberg’s rich collection of mission stations, ship wrecks and old architectural treasures – exist harmoniously along with new developments in towns, ensuring visitors find all they need.

Highlights
• Whale watching
• Patchwork of canola and wheat fields in brilliant yellow and green
• Rocky shores and wild flowers
• L’Agulhas oldest working lighthouse
• Witsand’s Whale Nursery
• Milkwood Forests
• Shipwreck Museurm
• Genadendal and Greyton

Frik Olwage
Cell: 082 343 7853

Lizette Olwage
Cell: 082 883 0093

Fax: 086 621 4404

Email: explore@ecoventures.co.za

Thank you Frik and Lizette for an amazing experience in the Kalahari in the Northern Cape, Baviaanskloof. We enjoyed every minute of it.

John Douglas, South Africa
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