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‘Big Five’ Multi-Day Hikes in South Africa
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‘Big Five’ Multi-Day Hikes in South Africa

South Africa is one of the world's best hiking destinations... The weather is fantastic, the country's infrastructure is excellent, the scenery is out of this world and the 'backcountry', or outback, areas in which to hike – the Cederberg, the Drakensberg, th...
Walks in the Wild – 7 Kruger Wilderness Trails
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Walks in the Wild – 7 Kruger Wilderness Trails

Wilderness trails are one of the only true ways to experience the essence of nature. They imply an escape into the great beyond, a following of your heart, rather than any designated paths. They necessitate the absence of people, society and the noise and bomb...
Explore SA By Two-Heeled Drive – 10 Extraordinary Spaces For Hiking
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Explore SA By Two-Heeled Drive – 10 Extraordinary Spaces For Hiking

South Africa is renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, its vast expanses, spectacular scenery and heady wilderness areas. The country's terrain, stretched across 1.2 million square kilometres, is as diverse as its culture and people – from rugged shorelines and t...
Hiking Trails in the Tsitsikamma
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Hiking Trails in the Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma is renowned for its natural beauty, being endowed with magnificent forests, deep ravines, towering mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. In fact, the word “Tsitsikamma” is a San word that means “place of abundant waters”, te...
Scaling Vlakkenberg – A Hike in the heart of Cape Town’s Suburbs
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Scaling Vlakkenberg – A Hike in the heart of Cape Town’s Suburbs

Vlakkenberg peak, within the Table Mountain National Park, is right in the heart of Constantia, linking Price Drive to Constantia Nek. It's regarded as the seldom visited half of Constantia Nek (access it across the road from the parking at Constantia Nek via ...
The Popular Otter Trail – Spectacular but challenging
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The Popular Otter Trail – Spectacular but challenging

The Otter Trail is undoubtedly one of the best known and most popular hiking trails in South Africa, and ranks highly when compared to the trails of the world. This trail is 42.5 kilometres (or a little over 25 miles) long and stretches from Storms River to Na...
The Wild Coast Trail – escape like never before
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The Wild Coast Trail – escape like never before

Remember the advert - 'take a walk on the Wild side'? Perhaps it was before your time but the Wild Coast, despite having alluded to its wildness as far back as my childhood, remains more or less as nature intended it - little urban development, a tropical coas...
Walking Silvermine – the Amphitheatre Route Around the Dam
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Walking Silvermine – the Amphitheatre Route Around the Dam

 I may think I know Silvermine because I've done the banks of the dam umpteen times with friends and family, lazying away the day over picnics and a stroll along the reservoir trail. But this weekend we were to see the dam from a totally different perspective,...
Scaling Steenberg Peak – a 2.5 hour Circular Route at Silvermine
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Scaling Steenberg Peak – a 2.5 hour Circular Route at Silvermine

I must be honest and admit that we did this hike in reverse. Well, not exactly reverse, but we opted for the clockwise direction, whilst the hike, when you take the time to read the description, actually recommends that you take the anti-clockwise route in ord...
The St Lucia Wilderness Trail
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The St Lucia Wilderness Trail

The Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (previously known as Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park) stretches from Sodwana Bay in the north all the way to Mapelane in the south and makes up an enormous park of 254 000 hectares. The St Lucia Wilderness Trail is just one of ...
Take a Hike in Gauteng
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Take a Hike in Gauteng

When you say the word ‘Gauteng’, people invariably think of Jo’burg or Pretoria, of a bustling metropolis, of bumper-to-bumper highway traffic, even of coalmines, dust and crowded, inner-city informal settlements. It’s not pretty maybe, but it’s part of the de...