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Hiking in South Africa

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There is a large number of hiking trails in South Africa with levels of difficulty, accecability and luxury to suit any taste.

To ensure that you have a safe, healthy and enjoyable hike, also see Wilderness backpacking and Packing for a week of hiking. You may also be able to find more detailed descriptions of each trail on WikiOutdoors


Short Walks[edit]

Trails[edit]

  • The Num-Num Trail - 5 days, Mpumalanga, between Machadodorp and Badplaas, +27 72 889 9284, e-mail: . Mpumalanga, 42km 5 day hiking trail. 2 - 4 day hikes available. Equipped kitchens, hot showers, slackpacking. Waterfalls, yellow-wood forests, game, birds, ancient ruins, trees, gorges. Cost R150pppn (+VAT). R855 full 5 days
  • Table Mountain (Starting point is 1.5km past the Lower Cable Station on Tafelberg Road). Always open, but you might want to start early enough to catch the last cable car down. Cape Town, 3km (all uphill), 1 to 3 hours, Platteklip Gorge to the Upper Cable Station. No fees are charged.
  • 1 Gecko Trail, Montagu, +27 23 614-1895, e-mail: . Montagu, A wilderness hiking trail, Day 1 (17km / 9h) starts at the Nuy Valley (near Worcester) via the Nuy River Gorge to Simonskloof a down to earth & eco friendly mountain retreat. Day 2 (15km / 6h) takes you via the ridge of the Langeberg to Tolbos Farm in the Koo Valley. Alternatively there is a more strenuous route (14km / 8h) via Paardekloof down to Penhill Manor in the Nuy Valley. The hikes includes some serious ascents and descents as well as a multitude of river crossings on Day 1. The Trails can be hikes in any direction, best time of the year is March - November to avoid the heat of the summer. R50.
  • Devil's Hoek Valley. Royal Natal National Park, Starts next to the Tugela river at the car park near Thendele, 6km, 2 hours, easy walk. Some Bushman rock art along the way.
  • [dead link]Tugela Gorge Walk. Royal Natal National Park, The trail starts next to the Tugela river at the car park near Thendele, 23km return trip, 5 to 6 hours. A relatively easy walk except for the last 2km that required 3 river easy crossings and some boulder hopping. At the far point of the walk you will see spectacular view of the Amphitheatre, Sentinel and Tugela Falls.

Kruger National Park[edit]

Prior booking is essential for all trails in the park.

Kruger Park Central Reservations, +27 12 428-9111, e-mail: .

Wilderness Trails[edit]

All trails are 2 Days and 3 Nights, starting at 3:30PM. R2 350 per person, hut accommodation and meals are included.

Other[edit]

Luxury trails[edit]

Designed for the not so fit or those who do not want to rough it.

On luxury trails you generally only have to carry a light daypack, you will sleep in luxury accommodation every night and all meals are prepared for you.

Trails for the disabled[edit]

  • Glenholme trail for disabled & blind persons, Glenholme Nature Reserve, +27 31 705-5448. Durban, Caters for wheelchairs and the blind with elevated walkway and guide rails and braille plaques.

Buy[edit]

Most of the larger stores have a basic outdoors section. Makro and Game might stock the items you need.

There are also a number of stores specializing in outdoors equipment and supplies. You will find anything from water purification tablets to hiking boots and sleeping bags at Camp World and Outdoor Warehouse.

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