RUN SOUTH AFRICA FAQS

Why here?
If you were to take the best features of all of our destinations and put them together in one location, that would be SOUTH AFRICA. Endless trails, cliffs falling into the Indian Ocean, wineries, fascinating culture, safari game drives, whales, and views that go on forever. And, most importantly, an off-the-beaten-track feel that lends itself to the type of surprises and travel experiences that cannot be written into any itinerary, but that must be discovered in person. We will take you for a trip through the famous Garden Route starting in Cape Town and finishing in Port Elizabeth.

What’s included in the trip cost?

The trip price includes pre-trip communication & guidance, airport transfers, all accommodation, all meals & snacks, water, wine tasting, transportation, drivers, experienced guides, organized, supported runs, sightseeing entry fees and a Rogue Expeditions shirt. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave!

What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include flight, alcohol (one wine tasting is included), tips or personal purchases/extra activities (ie kayaking, riverboarding, bungee jumping, etc).

Why isn’t the flight included?
Airfare is not included in the price. Let’s be honest, we are all unique and your schedules (and originating airport!) are no exception.   Come early, stay late.  Participants will be responsible for booking their travel arrangements and ensuring that they arrive and depart according to the specific instructions for your chosen itinerary (for this trip, you must arrive in Cape Town no later than 3pm on November 18 and depart Port Elizabeth no earlier than 2pm on November 26. If you choose to arrive/depart outside of those parameters then you will be responsible for the cost of transport arrangments). Suggestions and guidance will be provided once you are signed up.

How far do I have to be able to run?
There is no set requirement, but we recommend that you be comfortable with daily running or at least hiking (note: most people don't run every day at home, but have no problem doing so during a trip!). All routes are adjustable in terms of distance (expect daily options of 3-10 miles with one designated long run day of up to 20 miles), and plans will be tweaked according to the ability mix of the group. And as with all of our trips, you always have the option of taking the day off!

What sort of terrain will we be running on?
The terrain will be a mix of dirt paths, rocky trails, dirt roads, and a little bit of pavement. Please note that the region is far from flat – work on your hill skills and pack trail shoes! 

What time of day will be be running?
The time of day will vary depending on where we are and where we’re headed. We lean heavily towards morning runs, but there will be a couple of late morning or early afternoon starts. The key is to just relax and roll with it – it’s not about “getting it in,” but rather about exploring a brand new place each day!

What will we do when we aren’t running?
Lots! We will go whale watching, learn about the rich history of the area, enjoy wine tasting, spot elephants on safari and enjoy plenty of time for the most important local tradition: kicking back with great food and company!

Can my non-runner spouse/friend come too?
Non-runners are certainly welcome as long as they don't mind hanging out with a bunch of runners, and typically works out just fine if they enjoy hiking or walking. If you aren't sure whether it's a good fit, drop a line to Allison and we can talk through it!

What will the hotels be like?
The accommodation will be a mix of boutique hotels, safari lodge,  friendly B&B-style hotels. We use unique, family-run establishments whenever possible for an authentic experience with local impact. You can expect clean, comfortable, memorable places each night!

Can I have my own room at hotels?
Due to the size and unique nature of most of our accommodation, single rooms are not available for this trip. If an opportunity for a single room opens up, we will make it available to registered participants. Trip pricing is based on double occupancy and solo travelers will be placed with a same-sex roommate.

Is it safe?
South Africa has a well-known reputation for high crime rates, stemming from years of apartheid and the resulting social and economic inequality. However, it’s important to keep things in perspective and realize that much of that crime is happening in very specific urban areas; as long as one uses common sense and takes basic precautions, the vast majority of travelers encounter no issues whatsoever. Our trip is produced in partnership with a local team of logistics experts who also happen to be avid runners who know the area inside and out, and the trails that we utilize have been selected with not only amazing views, but also your safety in mind.

What is the weather like?
Beautiful! November is both generally dry and sunny with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

What sort of food will we be eating?
Menus will focus on a diverse mix of regional specialties and traditions. Lunches will be nice picnics and dinners will feature a mix of restaurants and home cooked meals. You will get to experience a traditional South African braai (bbq) and poike pot (think campfire stew cooked in a cast iron pot). Come hungry!

What sort of vehicles will we be traveling in?
We will be traveling in clean, spacious passenger vans pulling a trailer for our luggage.

What should I pack?
We’ll provide guidance and a detailed packing list after you sign up, but do note that trail running shoes are recommended and that a large handheld water bottle or hydration pack is required. A friendly reminder: packing light will make everything easier for you (and everyone else)!

How much should I tip?
Your entire trip will be spent with drivers and guides who will go above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience for everyone. Although tips are not expected, they are often given and very much appreciated. We will arrange a group collection at the end of the trip where you will be free to contribute if you wish, and all gratuities will be split amongst the team.

If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips. Travel insurance is highly recommended to cover potential cancellations on your part (think injury, airline issues, etc).

If you cancel:

  • Within 30 days of signup: Full refund

  • 91+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable

  • 61-90 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**

  • 60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds

**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, we will retain your full deposit

Can I switch to another trip?
If you wish to transfer your deposit from one trip to another you must notify us at least 90 days prior to your original departure date.  A fee of $150 per person will apply and will be deducted from your original deposit.  If you notify us less than 90 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Deposit transfers may only be made once, and must be made to another trip departing within 12 months of your original departure date.

How do I sign up?
A $600 deposit will reserve your spot, and balances are due 3 months prior to the trip start date. Spots are limited, and are first come-first serve. Don’t wait!

Who should I contact for more info?
Feel free to contact Gabe Steger at gabe@roguexpeditions.com with any questions!