Umkulu Safari & Canoe Trails

Meaning “to see” in isiXhosa, Ukubona is a Cape Town tour operator that places a huge emphasis on culture, people and ways of life. You will explore the farms of the Cape Winelands, the coastline of the Cape Peninsula and tour townships, incredible melting pots of people, languages and traditions.

Often travelling routes that are off the usual tourist track, you will encounter first-hand a real authentic experience of the natural landscapes and peoples. The team comes from varied backgrounds and helps to provide an insight into the unique cultures and traditions of the region. A special tour is Nelson’s Transkei, where you will be taken on a rural tour through the life of Nelson Mandela. Three to four day tours can also take you up the picturesque Garden Route while you may want to try your hand at shark cage diving, hiking, community volunteer work, kayaking and more around the city.


  • Guides come from varied backgrounds, from native Eastern Capers to qualified sangomas
  • Partake in activities like photographic tours, volunteering in NGO projects, art tours, maritime tours, environmental tours, shark cage diving, kayaking with penguins and numerous hiking trails
  • Destinations include Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, the Garden Route, townships, the Whale Route and the Transkei