Hiking Trails in Eastern Cape

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Diaz Trail

Where? Alexandria
Start: Woody Cape, Alexandria State Forest Finish: mouth of the Great Fish River Duration: 80 km, 5 days Fitness: moderate to difficult Our tip: highlights include wild and deserted beaches, the largest ...

Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail

Where? Natures Valley
Start: near the tea room in Natures Valley Finish: circular route Duration: 5 kms Fitness: moderate Our tip: get your map and permit from the office at De Vasselot campsite Natures Valley takes you into ...

Hiking Ben Macdhui

Where? Rhodes
Ben Macdhui is the highest peak that is situated entirely in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, at an impressive 3 001 metres, or 9 846 feet, in height. It is situated in the highlands of the Cape, ...

Katberg Trail

Where? Fort Beaufort
Start: Mpofu Game Reserve near Fort Beaufort in the Winterberg region of the Amatolas Finish: Benholm Forest Station on the Old Katberg Pass Duration: 51 km over 3 days Fitness: moderate to easy Our tip: ...

Hike in Wild Mountain Country

Where? Barkly East
Whether you fancy taking a gentle stroll down the river or a lung-busting climb to the top of the peaks, Wild Mountain Country near Barkly East and Rhodes has something to offer everybody. This area of the ...

Hike the Otter Trail

Where? Nature's Valley
The Otter Trail follows the magnificent Garden Route coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The trail is 42,5 kms long and takes 4 to 5 days to complete. The ...

The Dassie Trail

Where? East London
A rather easy two kilometre trail, the Dassie Trail through the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve in East London should take you about an hour or so, depending on whether you walk it or stroll. And there are ...

Bushmen Painting Walk

Where? Baviaanskloof
Within the spectacular beauty of the Baviaanskloof, a number of hiking and walking trails lie in wait for eager adventurers. The Bushmen Painting Walk is ideal as it combines history and culture with the ...

Mzamba fossils and the Petrified Forest

Where? Port Edward
The Mzamba fossils and Petrified Forest are on the beach, about 2 km from the Wild Coast Sun, near Port Edward, in the northerly reaches of the Wild Coast. You'll find the Petrified Forest - a series of ...

Woodcliffe Cave Trails

Where? Maclear
Start: Woodcliffe farm, near Maclear Finish: Woodcliffe farm Duration: 1 – 5 days, anything from 5 km to 54 km Fitness: fit if you want to do 5 days' worth of hiking Our tip: the farm is remote, bring ...

Assegaai Trails

Where? Kenton On Sea
Start: the parking area under trees at the office, off the R343 between Grahamstown and Kenton-on-Sea Finish: either of two camp sites Duration: 35 km of hiking trails through the nature reserve, some of it ...

Pirie Forest Hike

Where? King Williams Town
Start: southern end of the Maden Dam Finish: back where you started, as it's circular Duration: 9km Fitness: it's an easy walk Our tip: look out for Pirie Dam whilst travelling to the start of the hike – ...

Witteberg Skywalk

Where? Lady Grey
Start: Lady Grey Finish: Rhodes Duration: anything from 7 to 10 days Fitness: it's tough, you'll need to be fit Our tip: going during winter means cold days, crisp skies and wet boots The Witteberg ...

The Aloe Trail

Where? Bluewater Bay
The Aloe Trail begins at Tipper’s Creek Road between Bluewater Bay and Amsterdamhoek suburbs of Port Elizabeth. This trail takes walkers on a beautiful journey through the coastal vegetation. There are two ...

Hike to Eagles Nest

Where? Port St Johns
This is the sharp point of cliff rearing itself up from the forest edging the town entrance. The path is well defined and starts at a sign-post a few metres away from the back of the Needles Hotel, opposite ...

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