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Welcome to The Eco-ist


  • Table Mountain was named a New 7 Wonder of Nature following a three year battle in the race to choose the worldĄ¯s seven most wonderful natural sites.

We invite you to our sunshine shores, come experience our breathtaking natural areas & wildlife, learn more about our unique cultures and meet our friendly people! It is our passion to share the hidden gems of South Africa with clients. Not only is it easy to be enthusiastic about the natural phenomena here at the tip of the African continent but it is definitely worthwhile enjoying, conserving and sharing with visitors!

For guests to experience the real South Africa they should enjoy the opportunity to visit our unique natural habitats, and also to meet the people who live in and are dependent on these areas. Visitors then learn more about how locals live and conserve, and also get to know local customs and traditions. In this way we hope to make holidays meaningful, and also ensure the opportunity to benefit locals in various ways.

In our opinion a satisfied client is one that returns home with lasting memories and stories to tell...

  • stories of the Meerkat man and his passion for suricates which gets him up at 04:00 in the morning,
  • the people of the West Coast giving one a taste of their local delicacies - 'bokkoms' and 'skuinskoek',
  • farm owners opening their fields and hearts to share the bountiful beauty of spring flowers in all their splendour,
  • eating dinner with a family in the Little Karoo who shares their experience of farming in a semi-desert area for generations whilst proudly pouring delicious local wines made in their cellar,
  • walking with Xhosa guides to the Hole-in-the-wall, listening to the legends of fisherman traversing these rough waters,
  • finding out about the medicinal uses of buchu, bulbine, bitterbos and bietou as well as hunting and tracking skills from San guides

Ą­and seeing everything from Southern Right Whales to long tongued pollinating flies through the eyes of passionate specialists!

Tour Categories

botany & ecology tours
eco-active tours
birding tours
culture & art tours food & wine tours other tours

Tour Specials
Cape Town, Overberg & Garden Route Highlights Tour
baboon.jpg 8-days guided small group tour - perfect for meeting real South Africans, experiencing our unique culture, fauna & flora highlights in beautiful areas of the Peninsula, Winelands, Overberg, West Coast and Garden Route.
Fair Trade Travel Pass 14/21 Days
It's easy to travel with a conscience with this new Fair Trade Travel Pass. Seven stops from Cape Town to Soweto over 14 or 21 days.
The Fair Trade Travel Pass that gives you the freedom of choice to spend as long as your holiday allows and know that the Community where you spend your money is going to see the benefit. Take the hassle out of trying to make the right choice and have a positive impact on local people and environs with this collection of leading Fair Trade in Tourism community stops.

Our Travel Pass takes you to the most breathtaking parts of South Africa from mountains to sea; bus, drive, walk or cycle the paths of our heritage around battle fields and through museums. Choose to be involved with volunteering programs and take an adventure with shark cage diving, surfing or meandering along beaches that are mostly undisturbed by man. Local guides will show you the hidden gems,... learn something new like fishing or horse riding, taste local authentic food you have never tried before or just relax in a hammock and read a book.
How you travel is your choice by plane, bus or car. Travel for 14 or 21 days. Accommodation is in Backpackers that are all Fair Trade accredited and each one has a community project that is benefiting the local community just by your staying there. Travelling with respect - that makes for a good nightĄ¯s sleep already!
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Adventure 10-Day Small Group Kruger safari

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the wonders of nature - you cannot get any closer to the pristine, diverse and exciting processes of an ecosystem protected and shared by people that care. This is your opportunity to enjoy and experience what you would normally only view on a wildlife documentary.
Enjoy a small group safari (no more than 8 people sharing) on a full service basis. Your guide is accompanied on safari by his hospitality chef, who takes care of the meals ¨C all our cuisine is traditional South African in a wonderful outdoor setting.

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Chuck, USA
Hello Ince I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful tour you made for us. I can tell you that I was very happy with everything we did. Thanks again for everything.
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