The Rim of Africa is an extreme hiking experience. Traverse sections are often in remote mountain terrain with off-path navigation required.

The route options consist of:

  • Skyline Route – following the ridge lines, carry light-weight tents supplied, off-path hiking.
  • Valley Route – on path walking, farmstays, sleeping in the valleys, walking in the hills. (This route is still under development).

The Skyline Route sections of the route are be enjoyed most by experienced hikers, not to say someone new to hiking will not enjoy it, but be prepared for long days outdoors and challenging terrain.

The Valley Route will be an option on certain sections and affords self-guiding and overnight stays in B&Bs or farm camps, expect this to launch in 2016.

We have attempted to answer most relevant questions below, please feel free to contact us should you have other questions or require further information.

What does it cost to hike any of the traverses?


R580 per person per day, inclusive of the following:

  • Logistics support ( this involves your extra gear and food being made available at resupply points on days 3, 4 or 5 depending on route. This allows for your pack to be lighter than would be the case otherwise. At each resupply point you can off-load trash, restock your food, and pick up fresh gear / clothing. All of the above you will have pre-packed. We will supply amo-boxes at the start of the trail for you to store your resupply items in).
  • Guides (x 2 per group of 12 hikers)
  • Indemnity insurance for any damage inadvertently caused to private property. All traverses that cross private land require that the group has experienced guides as a requirement for access permission from landowners.
  • Gift pack from the trail.
  • All permits + conservation fees.
  • All overnight camping fees.
  • Medical emergency pack.

NB: self-guided hikes are only available on CapeNature section of the route in the Cederberg. All other sections of the route are on private land and require guides, as a pre-condition for access by the landowners.

How do I get to the start of the traverse ?


From Cape Town to start of Trail sections and back from endpoint to Cape Town costs R380 each way. This is a air conditioned minibus, with certified driver.We highly recommend taking a transfer as it saves having to leave a car at the end or start of the trail and trying to get back to it at the end. Some sections require a 2 -3 hour drive to get back to the start.

Can I walk Rim of Africa unguided?

Yes and No.

Sections of the route that are on CapeNature land do not require a guide. All sections of the route that traverse private land require a guide as per our access agreements with landowners. Any one walking on private land without a guide will be considered to be trespassing. Our guides are experienced outdoor mountaineers and wilderness leaders, they bring navigation skills, safety oversight and a whole lot  of good fun to any hiking group.

Can I walk on my own?


We comply with the requirement that CapeNature has in their reserves that we cross, that there is a minimum of 3 people per hiking party for safety reasons.

Can I create my own group of hikers?


We will guide any group with a minimum of 8 hikers and a maximum of 12.

When is the best time of year to walk the Rim of Africa?

Spring is the best time to consider walking the Rim of Africa route.

We have a Trail Season that runs from September to end November each year. This is spring time in the Cape Mountains, the streams are full of fresh water from the winter rains, the flowers are in full bloom and the weather is not too hot nor too cold. That said it can be VERY cold and very hot during this time too.

Do you offer a portage or slackpack service?


Resupply and Drop-off Service

We offer a re-supply serve every 3-5 hiking days, depending not the section of trail.

Have any further questions ? Please feel free to send us an email.

One of the world’s leading long-distance wild hikes, off the beaten track through the Cape Mountains.

The Rim of Africa is a series of trails and hiking experiences between the Cederberg and the Outeniqua Mountains.

Hike a Series of Mountain Traverses Across the Cape

The Rim of Africa is an opportunity to traverse the Cape Mountains. The route is almost 650km in length, it starts high in the Cederberg Wilderness Area and ends in the foothills of the Outeniqua in the Garden Route, following old pathways, existing trails and remote pathless ridge-lines.

Community and Conservation in the Cape Mountains 

The Rim of Africa works to ensure access to the Cape Mountains for an annual hiking season across private lands and CapeNature reserves, championing conservation and community projects in these remarkable mountains and the communities they support.

Supporting Local Projects and Mountain Access

The Rim of Africa is a not-for-profit public benefit trust and civil society organisation. We work in partnership with supportive landowners, local conservation groups and in cooperation with CapeNature, to build a community of custodians for the Cape Mountains.

Explore the Nine Traverses that make up the full Rim of Africa Route.

The Rim of Africa is a unique opportunity to access remote and often inaccessible regions of the Cape Mountains via a series of nine traverses.

These hikes appeal to fit and experienced hikers looking for a different challenge, one that connects conservation, rural communities and deep wilderness experience.

The list of traverse sections below is designed to help you decide which sections you would like to hike, link sections together in any combination or join the annual Thru-Hike from September through November each year.

The average traverse hike is 7 days in duration and covers anywhere between 60km to 100km.


Hi-Tec, CapeNature and some fine donors HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE for Rim of Africa to offer this 5 day trail experience and chill out FREE for our Matric Students who’ve just completed their final exams and are ready for a real, adventurous, WILD-ER-NESS chill out.

JOIN THE SUMMER ESCAPE INTO THE MOUNTAINS – far away from study notes,  parents and questions of “what are you going to do with the rest of your life?”

Swim in rock pools. Sleep under the stars. Hang out with friends. Explore. Chill and take it easy.

Dates: 11 – 15 December 2016


Every year thousands of Matric students give it their all, they buckle down and get those exams done. It’s tough, it’s stressful, it’s exhausting. To celebrate these achievements, Rim of Africa offers Matric students a unique opportunity to head into the mountains and get away from it all on a 5 day break to RECONNECT, RESOUL, RENATURE, REWILD and REJUVENATE.

APPLY BELOW today as places are limited! Be part of something amazing.

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2017 Trail and Hiking Experiences Offered

Please visit each Traverse page in the menu above or in links below for more details.






Weekender Trails

Join us at the start of each month to get a taste of Rim of Africa and what our trail experiences are all about. Join an open group of enthusiastic weekenders for a 1 or 2 night hiking experience.

Varies from beginner to advanced hiking.

First weekend every month from Feb – Nov

Traverse 1


The Cederberg is a remarkable wilderness area of rock formations, caves, rock pools and incredible vistas. A rugged terrain with rich biodiversity. This is one of the easier traverses and suitable for all levels of hiking fitness.


7 Days

24 – 30 September 2017

Traverse 2


One of our most loved sections as we enter private land that takes us up some of the regions most remarkable peaks. You will be forgiven for thinking you are in the Drakensberg. A tough traverse or two followed by a gentle descent to camp on the last day.

Discover the real gems of the Kouebokkeveld, remarkable rock formations, secret valleys, towering peaks and views you never imagined possible in the western Cape.

Advanced hiking skills required

6 Days

30 Sept – 5 Oct 2017

Traverse 3


The rock pools on day one will never be forgotten. A tough yet inspiring traverse into the Agetrwitzenberg and then real ridge-line walking to lead us down to Ceres dam and finally an ascent of Slab Peak.

The Agterwitzenberg is full for unexpected dimensions. The confluence of nature and agriculture is experienced first-hand.

Advanced hiking skills required

6 Days

5 – 12 October 2017

Traverse 4


This section traverse is one of everyone’s favourites. It includes incredible hiking off-path with a technical descent into the Hex River Valley. Sleeping in the shade of a vast amphitheatre with a waterfall shower. Incredible scenery and rich Fynbos eventually lead us into the Klein Karoo and its gems.

A unique opportunity to traverse the formidable Hex River Mountains. Vast amphitheatres of rock and rich vegetation with extensive views.

Advanced hiking skills required

7 Days

12 – 19 October 2017

Traverse 5


The ultimate ridge-line hike. Experience the thrill of walking in the sky, as we navigate well vegetated ridges and extensive views. A test for a section for those who love a challenge.

Advanced hiking skills required

7 Days

19 – 26 October 2017

Traverse 6


A different section, taking in the vast views across the Boland and into the Klein Karoo. Ridgeline hiking and path walking links various exiting trails. Grootvadersbosch brings us into indigenous forest and Marloth reserve shares an abundance of proteas.

Advanced hiking skills required

7 Days

To be confirmed

Traverse 7


A whole change of scenery as we now enter the mountains north of Riversdale. Rich vegetation and classic mountain traverses.

Advanced hiking skills required

7 Days

To be confirmed

Traverse 8


These mountains harbour different elements, secret valleys, rock art and tough off-path hiking. Some big days of hiking with unimaginable rock pools.

Different species emerge as we approach the Garden Route.

Advanced hiking skills required

7 Days

To be confirmed

Traverse 9


 The final stage brings us into remote valleys, across the ridge-lines that feed into the Outeniqua mountains. 

Advanced hiking skills required

6 Days

To be confirmed

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