About Hiking Ben Macdhui

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, which has a typically cool climate and the beautiful fauna and flora that goes along with that.

Ben Macdhui is situated close to the small village of Rhodes, which was voted one of the top 20 secret retreats by Getaway Magazine. This area is known for its cool summers and very cold winters. In fact, snowfall is possible at any time of year, which is very unusual for South Africa.

Hiking Ben Macdhui is not for inexperienced hikers or the unfit. The rough terrain and unpredictable weather conditions means that hiking this trail is challenging and it is essential to follow the map and stick to the painted pointers. In addition, hikers need to be prepared for very bad weather along the way, bringing along plenty of protective clothing that is warm and will keep them dry.

The beauty of this area really is something special, and makes the tough conditions well worth the hike.

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WhereBen MacDhui, Northern Drakensberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa

WhenHiking Ben Macdhui is not for inexperienced hikers or the unfit. Please make sure your companions or guides are experienced hikers.

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