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“Wild Coast Hiking: great planning, but a bit too expensive for what you get”

Active Escapes - Day Tours
Ranked #9 of 16 things to do in Howick
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We took a 3-day hike with Active Escapes in the Wild Coast. Everything was organized very well with lot of details. They accommodated our schedule that wouldn't fit the regular 5-day hike of the Wild Coast.
The problem has been that on the hike, the guide was just a boy from one of the villages that wouldn't have been a problem if he were a guide. He was not a guide, so he just knew where to go, but he didn't know how to accompany hikers: he wouldn't know how long it takes from place A to place B, how far we were walking, where it's best to stop for a break, etc. Not a guide. Furthermore, Active Escapes should have organized our lunches with village based accommodation (VBA) places and maybe there was a misunderstanding, but our lunches were 2 half slices of bread. Definitely not enough when you hike for 8h a day; furthermore, we didn't carry any other food with us because lunches should have been included in our package.
The VBA has been one of the best parts of the hiking because they were very simple, clean and very welcoming. The hike was absolutely gorgeous, really amazing, and I will do it again.
Considering all of this, the price we paid for a 3-day hike in VBA with not a professional guide and almost no lunches was way too high. You can probably arrange all of this at a cheaper price by yourselves or with locals once you are in Coffee Bay or Port St Johns.

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Active Escapes organises daily and multi day adventures. We did both. We went mountain biking for the day around in the Karkloof area and it was great.
We also went on a 5-day hike along the Wild Coast with Active Escapes. Sarah, the owner has a great knowledge of the area, provides interesting info as she is passionate about it, and involves local communities. The hike is built so that there is enough time to enjoy the beauty of the Wild Coast. The trips can be customised. Really excellent: happy to warmly recommend Active Escapes!

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Sarah and Lisa were very responsive while planning and figuring out a very pleasant hike in the Wild Coast to fit into our busy SA holiday schedule. They also took great care of my dietary requirements and helped to book great bacpackers on the way from Coffee Bay to Bulungula.
However, Prince, the guide, though very nice, has not hold up to commitments as we were late when starting the hikes (and thus had to speed up during the day) and left us at the beginning of Bulungula beach claiming that crossing the Bulungula river would be easy (though we ended being transported over on a raft by the Bulungula Lodge staff).

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Sarah and Kath organised a great 3-day mountain biking tour for my partner and me in the Drakensberg mountains. The accommodation at The Cavern and The Greenfire Lodge was amazing and we were looked after All Out Adventures who rented the bikes and organised the self-guided trails. Spectacular scenery and wonderful hospitality!

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Sarah and Lisa helped us find just the right hike for our family. We had 3 wonderful days.
Thank you!

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activeescapes2015, Manager at Active Escapes - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you very much Rakefet for your feedback. We loved hosting your family on our hiking trail and are so glad it was a good fit for your family. We look forward to helping you if you come back to visit South Africa again :)

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