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Suicide Gorge – the ultimate kloofing experience
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Suicide Gorge – the ultimate kloofing experience

We would have chosen the hottest day Cape Town has experienced in years to attempt the legendary kloofing in Suicide Gorge in the Hottentots Holland Mountains near Grabouw. We had only looked forward to the hike for the better part of a week, and had done all ...
The Swellendam Hiking Trail – a 6-day hike in the Langeberg mountains
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The Swellendam Hiking Trail – a 6-day hike in the Langeberg mountains

The first time I went to Swellendam I ended up in a Native American sweat lodge.  Yes, I know that sounds like an excuse that you’d usually hear from a guy trying to explain to his wife why he’s been out drinking all night, but this is true. Honest. Our hol...
The Strandloper Trail in South Africa’s Eastern Cape
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The Strandloper Trail in South Africa’s Eastern Cape

There’s a lot to be said for hiking. It’s a good way to exercise whilst saving you from the exotic body odours and dubious cleanliness of gym changing rooms. It forces you from out behind the latest Youtube video of a cat falling off a TV and into the great ou...
The Swartberg Hiking Trail
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The Swartberg Hiking Trail

I’m not a born hiker. Some people seem to have a natural inclination to walking long distances, over uneven terrain, carrying heavy weights and call it leisure time. Myself, I’ve always thought that since our ancestors had no other option but to leg it everywh...
Hiking in Hogsback
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Hiking in Hogsback

Our roadtrip up South Africa’s east coast had already been filled with adventure (and a few mishaps) by the time we reached Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. Situated in the Amatola Mountains and named after three ridges which (apparently) look like the bristles o...
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 ...
Walk the Kologha Forest Trails in Amatola
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Walk the Kologha Forest Trails in Amatola

The Kologha Forest Trails are located in the eastern end of the Amatola Mountains which are near Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape.  These mountains are covered in indigenous forest and montane grassland; making for a special experience for the hiker and birder ...
Skeleton Gorge hiking trail
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Skeleton Gorge hiking trail

For visitors to Cape Town, a trip up the iconic Table Mountain is usually at the top of the to-do list, as obvious an excursion as visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or licking gelato in Rome. But instead of hopping on the Cable Car for a less-than-10-minute ...
9 Constantia Walks – Discovering the Constantia Green Belt
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9 Constantia Walks – Discovering the Constantia Green Belt

In Constantia's green belt there are no fewer than nine interwoven trails that provide inner-city walking that is easy to reach but nevertheless manages to give one a sense of getting away from it all, surrounded by the green leafiness of Constantia. The no...
Orange Kloof Forest Trail
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Orange Kloof Forest Trail

The day was perfect for a hike – cool winds and blue skies overhead – and our group set off in anticipation of cool forests, mountain streams and beautiful views. We weren't disappointed. Orange Kloof is a particularly beautiful, protected area above Hout Bay,...
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...
Easy Walks Cape Town: A couple of the easiest and most beautiful walks in Cape Town
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Easy Walks Cape Town: A couple of the easiest and most beautiful walks in Cape Town

It's not always easy to find walks on which you can take a four year old. Actually, to be more frank, because his level of fitness easily surpasses mine, it isn't easy to find walks that a four year old will complete. If he chooses not to, and this is more oft...
Valley of the Gods Hiking Trail
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Valley of the Gods Hiking Trail

The Valley of the Gods Hiking Trail walk is along one of the most popular routes on the mountain and you get to enjoy great views along the way!  You start the walk from Rontree Estate which is above Camps Bay.  Make your way to Theresa Avenue and locate the c...
Waterworks Museum Hike, Cape Town
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Waterworks Museum Hike, Cape Town

The Waterworks Museum Hike is a wonderful 12km walk starting at the top of Table Mountain (at the cable car station) and ending at Constantia Nek.  With a bit of preparation and planning, you could work it that you only spend about five minutes walking uphill ...
Hike the Hoerikwaggo Trail
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Hike the Hoerikwaggo Trail

The well known Hoerikwaggo Trail (from the Khoi word meaning ‘mountain in the sea’) is made of different trails taking one on a journey from Table Mountain to Cape Point.  You are guaranteed breathtaking views and fantastic flora. The trail starts at Table ...