Pioneers to progress

Responsible tourism and volunteering

South Africa offers a wealth of voluntourism and responsible tourism programmes – the best of which are governed by standards to ensure valuable, worthwhile exchanges.


Responsible Tourism Cape Town

Cape Town has been recognised as one of the world’s best responsible tourism destinations. A sustainable city is a great place to inhabit and visit.


Top 10

Cycle routes

1Helshoogte Pass, Cape Winelands

From Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, crank your way up the pass and then emulate your Giro del Capo heroes and speed back down again.

2Follow the Owl Route, Eastern Cape

A 50km horseshoe-shaped scenic route with views of the Compassberg. Simply spectacular!

3Midlands Meander, KwaZulu-Natal

A 2-day guided cycle tour with routes for roadies and/or mountain-bikers.

4Long Tom Pass, Mpumalanga

Wind your way up Long Tom, then make a day of it on a circular route, or simply head back down.

5Cruise the Karoo

Fantastic for a challenging ride on quiet country roads with awe-inspiring scenery.

6Thabo Mofutsanyana

The Eastern Free State is where it's all happening. There are rides to suit all levels of fitness around Ficksburg, Clarens and Golden Gate National Park.

7West Coast

Hit the gravel roads during wild flower season when acres of blooms are a treat for the eyes.

8Garden Route

Wind your way up some of the country’s most magnificent passes and freewheel through shady forests and lush landscapes. Stop for photos and picnic lunches in interesting places.


Explore battlefields, scenic stretches of road and KwaZulu-Natal mountainscapes by bike.

10Suikerbosrand, Gauteng

Kilometres of tarred road to explore in a scenic nature reserve.