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.

Matric Chill Out 10

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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