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Garden Route Day Walks – we select the best
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Garden Route Day Walks – we select the best

One cannot ooh and aah enough about the Garden Route. It is not likened to the Garden of Eden for nothing and its entire coastline is riddled with picture-postcard moments, wild, craggy beaches, forests, streams, waterfalls and a wilderness that, despite the a...
The Krom River Hike – Hiking up Du Toitskloof in the Limietberg Nature Reserve
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The Krom River Hike – Hiking up Du Toitskloof in the Limietberg Nature Reserve

Having just accustomed ourselves to the early morning gloom of the Huguenot tunnel, we emerged on the Worcester side to piercing sunlight and a day that promised not only to be free of clouds, but also incredibly hot. Early March is really not a good time t...
Cecilia Waterfall from Kirstenbosch – A Wonderful Walk
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Cecilia Waterfall from Kirstenbosch – A Wonderful Walk

Normally, when people speak about walking Cecilia Forest, they refer to the more-or-less amble you can do through the forest after parking on Rhodes Drive, along the main jeep track. Cecilia Forest has a number of lovely walks and jogging paths that pass throu...
8 great day trails (not that well known)
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8 great day trails (not that well known)

Holidays are perfect for getting out of doors and experiencing summer at its best. Depending on where you're headed, there are countless day trails that vary from a couple of kilometres, done in an hour or two, to more substantial 17 km hikes that take the bet...
7 Most Memorable Hikes in South Africa
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7 Most Memorable Hikes in South Africa

This is a difficult list to assemble, particularly in a country so filled with incredible hiking opportunities and trails that one is hard pressed to narrow it down to seven. Nevertheless, we have endeavoured to put together a list of those hikes in South Afri...
Boesmanskloof Trail (also known as the Greyton-to-McGregor trail)
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Boesmanskloof Trail (also known as the Greyton-to-McGregor trail)

It is hard to imagine that the walk between McGregor and Greyton, both wonderful little towns in their own right and worthy of overnight stays at each, is a mere 15 odd kilometres (depending on which account you read, the distance varies between 14km and 19 km...
Kgalagadi – two day wilderness trail that will leave you changed
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Kgalagadi – two day wilderness trail that will leave you changed

If you're into rugged holidays like taking on the Otter Trail then the two-night, guided (for obvious reasons as meeting a lion on the path might not be everyone's idea of 'fun') !Xerry wilderness trail in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park will no doubt appeal....
Ride the Cederberg Heritage Route in a donkey cart – a clean, green break
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Ride the Cederberg Heritage Route in a donkey cart – a clean, green break

A friend of mine on Facebook, Jeremy Smith, has co-written a fantastic Rough Guide called Clean Breaks – 500 New Ways to See the World. He's also an editor of Big Picture TV and the founder of the website www.ivili.org that promotes innovations from around the...
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...
Kogelberg Nature Reserve – world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot?
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Kogelberg Nature Reserve – world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot?

Just outside Kleinmond, about an hours drive from Cape Town, is the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Lying within the southern stretch of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, this reserve has remained secluded and unspoilt. With high mountain summits, sharp kloofs,...
Strolling the Pipe Track
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Strolling the Pipe Track

The pipe track, above Clifton and Camps Bay, can be a leisurely stroll or a strenuous jog, depending on your needs or your mood of the morning. It is easy to reach, easy to follow, relatively easy to walk (depending on the pace of your hike) and great for kids...
Botterboom Hiking Trail
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Botterboom Hiking Trail

The Botterboom Hiking Trail is, in its entirety, a two and a half day hike and was designed to give adventure to both serious walkers and casual outdoor enthusiasts. The region, steeped in history, is exceptionally pretty and the trail takes in all aspects ...
Walk above St James – a perfect child-friendly Cape Town hike via the Old Mule Path
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Walk above St James – a perfect child-friendly Cape Town hike via the Old Mule Path

I'm hopeless with a map. Whilst someone in the know can understand that little yellow lines close together indicate steepness, I go into fuzz land when faced with similar. It goes back to school Geography, where the sight of a map used to send me into parox...
A walk at Silvermine – so much more than a breath of fresh air
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A walk at Silvermine – so much more than a breath of fresh air

Beautiful Silvermine nature reserve forms part of Table Mountain National Park and hugs the greater part of the Cape Peninsula mountain range from Constantiaberg to Kalk Bay. Whilst most Capetonians know gate one - on the right-hand-side of Ou Kaapse Weg when ...
Walking on clouds: Hiking in the Drakensberg
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Walking on clouds: Hiking in the Drakensberg

Not far from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein lies South Africa’s most majestic mountain range. The Drakensberg has for centuries captured the imagination of South Africans and has become a haven away from the city noise. With many camping sites, lodges and hotel...