ITINERARY

Please note that the listed maximum run distances can always be shortened - all abilities accommodated! - and that itinerary is subject to minor adjustments due to weather, logistical considerations, etc.

DAY 1
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) where we will meet you and take you to our accommodation. Take some time to settle in before we get the group together for our welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Then, get some rest – the first run starts tomorrow morning!

Running: no running
Meals: D (dinner) 
included

DAY 2
After breakfast we’ll take a scenic drive over to the start of our run, a challenging trail route with jaw-dropping ocean views that will make the climb all worth it. Enjoy lunch at the finish line before an afternoon visit to legendary Cape Point, the most southwestern point of the African continent where wild turquoise waves crash against towering cliffs and pristine beaches can be discovered by those willing to hike for it.  Later, we'll head back to our guesthouse in Cape Town for a hearty dinner and good night of sleep!

Running: up to 7 mi / 12km, single track trail & dirt road
Meals: BLD
included

DAY 3
Today kicks off with a leisurely morning run on one of Cape Town’s many amazing local trails. Afterward, return to the guesthouse for a shower and brunch before heading to Stellenbosch, in the heart of South Africa's famed Winelands.  You’ll have the afternoon to explore the historic colonial town before wine tasting and a wonderful dinner.

Running: up to 10 mi / 17km, single track trail & dirt road
Meals: BLD included

DAY 4
After a light breakfast we’ll head to a nearby estate for a morning run on established trails among the vineyards. Finish with a picnic lunch amongst the vines and a chance to relax before we travel to the village of Heidelberg, an artist enclave serving as the western gateway to the Garden Route. There we’ll kick back with a traditional braai (barbeque) and a good night of sleep.

Running: up to 10 mi / 17km, single track trail & dirt road
Meals: BLD included

DAY 5
Today we head further along the Garden Route, beginning with a short drive to the start of our run in Mossel Bay. The run is an 8 mile / 13km contour trail featuring spectacular cliff top views the entire way – bring a camera! Finish with a picnic lunch and time to relax before continuing our journey on to Plettenberg Bay for the evening.

Running: up to 8 miles / 13km, single track trail
Meals: BLD included

DAY 6
There’s no run today, but you’ll still need your shoes – we’ve got some hiking to do! After breakfast we’ll head to Robberg Nature Reserve for a 6.5 mi / 11km hike along some of South Africa’s most stunning, surreal and colorful coastline: picture vibrantly green cliffs rising above a turquoise sea with waves crashing against rocky, bright orange beaches strewn with sunbathing seal colonies. You won’t want to miss it! Afterward you’ll be rewarded with lunch and whale watching* before eventually driving on to Storm’s River, our home for the next two nights.

Running: 6.5 mile / 11km hike (shorter options available), technical rocky trail
Meals: BLD included
*whale-watching will be dependent on weather and migratory conditions, but chances are good!


DAY 7
Long run day! Wake up in Storm’s River, the adventure epicenter of the Garden Route, surrounded by Tsitsikamma National Park. We’ll get an early start and head for the hills for miles upon miles of quiet, rolling dirt roads and sweeping mountain views. Once everyone has logged their miles and eaten their fill at a big farm lunch, it’s time to choose your recovery method: possible options include river tubing, kayaking, a canopy tour or simply kicking back at the village microbrewery!

Running: up to 20 miles / 32km, dirt roads
Meals: BLD included

DAY 8
Wake up for our final run, a recovery cruise along the soft dirt forest paths surrounding the village. After breakfast we’ll pack up and head to our final stop of the trip – the Addo Elephant National Park! Addo was created in 1931 as a sanctuary for 11 remaining elephants, and is now home to over 600 of them, along with cape buffalo, lions, zebra and black rhinos. We’ll take an evening safari drive in hopes of spotting all of these and more!

Running: up to 9 miles / 15km, dirt road
Meals: BLD included


DAY 9
It may be departure day, but we’ve got one last thing on the schedule – another game drive! This time we’ll head out at sunrise, a prime wildlife spotting time, before returning for breakfast, packing and then a drive to Port Elizabeth airport (PLZ) for departures.

Running: no scheduled run
Meals: B included

PRICING & DETAILS

DATES: November 18-26, 2018

COST
A $600 deposit secures your spot and balances are due by August 18, 2018. Registrations after August 18 will be due in full.

Let's Go! price (through May 31): $3995
Standard price (after May 31): $4150

Early Arrival Package: $365
Want extra time to recover from the flight and see more of Cape Town? The early arrival option includes airport pickup on November 17, hotel, breakfast and Robben Island tour (including transport to/from) on November 18

We prioritize unique, family-run accommodation which are often limited in size. Because of this we are unable to offer single rooms for this trip; solo travelers will be placed with a same-sex roommate. If a single room becomes available then we will offer it to those registered.

Balances due by August 18, 2018. Please refer to the FAQs for our cancellation & refund policy.

COST INCLUDES

  • Pre-trip guidance + communication
  • Pickup from Cape Town Airport (CPT) on November 18 (please arrive no later than 3pm)
  • Drop off at Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) on November 26 (please depart no earlier than 2pm)
  • Transportation and drivers
  • Eight nights in comfortable, unique three and four-star hotels or guesthouses (double occupancy)
  • Six organized runs + one hike with flexible distance options
  • Experienced Rogue Expeditions trip leaders & run guides
  • Experienced South African logistics team
  • All meals + snacks from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9
  • All drinking water + coffee/tea with breakfast
  • Wine tasting in Stellenbosch
  • All necessary entry fees/permits 
  • Rogue Expeditions shirt & buff
  • Experiences that you'll remember forever!

 

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Flight (please see flight requirements below)
  • Alcohol and beverages other than water (coffee & tea are provided with breakfasts as is a wine tasting)
  • Optional post-run activities in Storm's River (Day 7)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal purchases/souvenirs
  • Tips

GROUP SIZE
There will be a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 runners. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early deposits are recommended!

Please do NOT make travel arrangements until we notify you that the group size has met the minimum. If for some reason we do not meet the minimum by August 18th then we will refund your deposit in full.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizens will need a passport with at least 30 days of validity remaining beyond your return date; no visas or vaccinations are required. Participants from other countries should check with their consulate for entry requirements.
     
  • Please ensure that you arrive in Cape Town no later than 3pm on November 18 and depart Port Elizabeth no earlier than 2pm on November 26. If you arrive/depart outside of those parameters then you will be responsible for your own airport transfers (we can help you make arrangements but there will be added cost).
     
  • Please note that travel insurance is strongly recommended. Although we hope you never need it, we've seen enough to know that it can be a lifesaver in the event of a medical emergency, flight delays that cause you to miss the start of the trip, lost baggage or cancellation on your part (break your leg two weeks before departure? Insurance could cover the entire cost of your trip!). 

FAQS
You can find those here.

CONTACT
Gabe Steger at gabe@roguexpeditions.com