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Hiking in South Africa

South Africa Hiking
South Africa Hiking

Hiking in South Africa - South Africa boasts absolutely exquisite and picturesque terrains. Whilst modern advancements allow for such scenery to be viewed from the comfort of a 4x4, most prefer to explore this rugged beauty, on foot. Hiking in South Africa around the phenomenal mountain ranges is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

The Western Cape offers the most varied and interesting concentration of hiking trails in the world. Admire mystical mountain ranges including the renowned Table Mountain and the Cederberg whilst discovering the indigenous fauna and flora, blossoming wine farms and vineyards, lush forests, waterfalls, craggy cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches. KwaZulu Natal offers the magnificent and renowned Drakensberg Mountain Range. Besides the panoramic views there are also stunning waterfalls, indigenous forests and magnificent escarpments to boot.

The Tsitsikamma coast offers the most popular hiking trails through lush forests, sandy beaches and magnificent mountains that all breathtaking views. The Otter Trail is probably the most popular hike in South Africa. Lush forests, rugged shorelines, mountain streams and waterfalls and fragrant fynbos make this an exceptional South African hiking experience. It is quite strenuous and not for the terribly unfit. Any of the accommodation in Tsitsikamma can put you in touch with the right people to arrange this hike.

For a scenic trail but with fewer struggles and more strolling, try the Dolphin Trail. The Dolphin Trail passes through similar terrains to the Otter and joins up with it in places. Instead of staying in huts, you will stay in fully catered guest houses in Tsitsikamma with awesome views and great food. Your pack is transported to your next overnight spot by vehicle and you carry only a day pack with lunch, water, camera and swimsuit.

The Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape offers spectacularly different scenery including miles of deserted beaches, wave-lashed rocks and tropical forests - all making for an invigorating South African hiking experience. There are miles and miles of unspoiled hiking trail passing through high mountains, deserts and forests.

There are hiking clubs in each city of South Africa all offering great company and fantastic hiking trails. Most accommodation in South Africa offer awesome hiking trails through incredible terrains. So why not take a weekend to breathe in the fresh mountain air, whilst admiring the scenery during a South African hike. Hiking in South Africa promises to be an awesome experience.

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South African Hiking by Province

Eastern Cape Hiking

The Eastern Cape boasts some of the most popular hiking trails in South Africa and takes you through a wide variety of magnificent terrain. The Tsitsikamma coast in South Africa is exquisitely beautiful, boasting gorgeous terrain and the most popular hiking trails through lush forests ... more information

Western Cape Hiking

Without a doubt Cape Towns most well known mountain, is Table Mountain. There is a network of over 550 walks on Table Mountain alone. In a few hours one can walk up the Platteklip Gorge which has well-maintained stone steps to the top of the mountain. Once you have reached the ... more information

Garden Route Hiking

The Garden Route is not only significant for its convenience, since it effectively links the Eastern Cape (Storms River) with the Western Cape (Heidelberg), but it is also a tourist destination in its own right. It is home to a number of popular destination towns; such as Knysna, Storms ... more information

KwaZulu Natal Hiking

The spectacular Drakensberg trails need to be treated with caution. The weather can change dramatically from one moment to the next and especially if you are at high altitudes the strong winds, mist, snow and extreme cold can arrive unexpectedly. It is of utmost importance that you complete ... more information

Mpumalanga Hiking

Experience open starry skies, crisp fresh air and wilderness at the Buffalo Gorge in Middelburg. The Buffalo Gorge hiking trail offers 4 trails namely the white, orange, yellow and blue trail. More than 80 different species of magnificent trees can be spotted. The White trail covers a distance ... more information

Limpopo Hiking

Limpopo has an abundance of game reserves which offer awesome hiking trails through this exquisite land. The Limpopo Province offers the most awesome wilderness hiking trails in the world. The Blouberg and the Wolkberg region are wild and practically untouched. Hikers are given the ... more information

North West Province Hiking

The North West Province in South Africa is a must see hiking destination. This province offers numerous game reserves with fantastic hiking trails. Hike through the North West Province and observe the vast wilderness, cultural sights and the archaeological treasures. The Leon Taljaard ... more information

Gauteng Hiking

Gauteng does not offer that many hiking trails but the trails available are fantastic and scenic. The Gauteng Province has several spectacular botanical gardens, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves and an authentic treasure trove of archaeological and geological sites ... more information

Free State Hiking

The Free State offers many interesting and fantastic hiking trails that range from being educational to simply eco routes. There are an abundance of hiking trails traversing differing terrains. Overnight facilities on hiking trails throughout the region are standard and enable the hiker ... more information

Northern Cape Hiking

The Northern Cape boasts numerous fantastic hiking trails in and around these magnificent areas. It also boasts numerous game reserves that offer fantastic hiking trails. The Augrabies Falls National Park is home to a 56m waterfall that thunders down when the Orange River is in full flood ... more information


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Featured South African Hiking Trails

The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. Nonetheless, the five-day Whale Hiking trail must be one of South Africa’s greatest selling points. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with the likes of the Otter Trail that rates as one of the ... more information

The Otter Trail

Undoubtedly the best known and most popular of the South African hiking trails, the Otter Trail must rank alongside the best trails in the world. The Otter Trail follows the spectacular Garden Route coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park, in the Eastern Cape. The trail takes 5 days ... more information

Magoebaskloof Getaway Hiking Trail

Where: Magoebaskloof
How much (per person): On Request

There is a beautiful hiking trail on the Magoebaskloof Getaway farm were you walk through breath-taking natural forest, and come upon a number ... more information

Hiking in the Swartberg Pass

Where: Prince Albert
How much (per person): On Request

Hike back down to Malva Draai, where beers or soft drinks will be cooling in the river. Choose between a 9km and an 18km route. Hiking permit can be... more information

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