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10 Short Beginner Hikes In Cape Town – Perfect For The (Relatively) Unfit, Or Those With Children
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10 Short Beginner Hikes In Cape Town – Perfect For The (Relatively) Unfit, Or Those With Children

Most of the hikes in Cape Town involve scaling a mountain (if you hadn't already noticed, there are a fair number in the city). If Tranquillity Cracks, Platteklip Gorge, Maclear's Beacon and India Venster are not on your list of must-do hikes, then this list o...
Hiking up Table Mountain – The Platteklip Gorge Hike
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Hiking up Table Mountain – The Platteklip Gorge Hike

In my twenty nine years, never once had I attempted to climb up Table Mountain. I figured that the cable car was in perfect working condition so the need was not there. But after road tripping around South Africa and hiking Sentinel Peak in the Drakensberg, I ...
Sentinel Peak Hike – Drakensberg
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Sentinel Peak Hike – Drakensberg

Driving into the Drakensberg just the day before and seeing Southern Africa’s highest escarpment rise up in sheer cliff’s before us was jaw-droppingly beautiful and filled us with a sense of wonder mixed with a tinge of anxiety for we knew that one of the thin...
Day Hikes of the Drakensberg
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Day Hikes of the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg Mountain Range is one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders, showcasing a selection of the most breath-taking vistas imaginable. It is the highest mountain range in the country, reaching an impressive 3 482 metres above sea level. ...
Hike to Muizenberg Cave
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Hike to Muizenberg Cave

The Hike to Muizenberg Cave is a Circular walk beginning at Bailey's Kloof, via Mimetes Valley to the cave and then via Nellie's and Junction Pool along the Silvermine plateau and down again via Peck's Valley. Touted as a moderate walk (tiring but not strenuou...
Safety In Hiking
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Safety In Hiking

South Africa has hundreds of hiking and walking trails through the many mountain ranges, deep gorges and magnificent forests. Whether you are looking for a quiet country getaway or an experience to test your skills and expertise, there will definitely be the p...
The Thomas T Tucker Shipwreck Trail in Cape Point
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The Thomas T Tucker Shipwreck Trail in Cape Point

Better known as Olifantsbos shipwreck trail, the Thomas T Tucker Shipwreck Trail might sound rather forbidding, but it's actually a walk in the park, as you can turn back when you want to, and perfect for those with children as you reach the wreck fairly quick...
Hiking Above Wellington – Happy Valley Trail in the Limietberg
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Hiking Above Wellington – Happy Valley Trail in the Limietberg

An easy there-and-back 9 km hike, ideal for families and beginners that starts in Bainskloof, is limited to 12 people a day, and follows a section of the Limietberg Trail to Junction Pool. The start of the Happy Valley trail is at the entrance to the Limiet...
I did it Five Bays!
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I did it Five Bays!

It is just as well that when first reading the email inviting us to join one of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails that the rather obvious fact that I was going to have to actually walk the 28 km didn't register. Or I probably would have chickened out and se...

Lazy man’s hikes – where to walk off the wrath of the holidays

We've put together a list of trails that still qualify as 'hikes' rather than walks (although one or two are barely more), but the degree of difficulty is not too taxing. In other words, you don't have to be super fit to do these hikes, and for a couple you do...
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 yellow route at Helderberg Nature Reserve
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The yellow route at Helderberg Nature Reserve

Lying at the foot of the Helderberg is a large nature reserve. But this mountain does not stand alone. When one takes in the vista from the reserve, you are practically surrounded by mountains - testimony to the fact that the Helderberg Nature Reserve lies ens...
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...
Saturday walks in the Cape
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Saturday walks in the Cape

Saturday walks in the Cape: Saturday was a day of walks for us.  We hadn’t planned any of these walks but the view from our bedroom window in Lakeside is of the Steenberg Plateau in the Table Mountain National Park and at 7am on Saturday (who needs children wh...
Yellowwood trail Kirstenbosch
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Yellowwood trail Kirstenbosch

If you're looking for a not-so-taxing, can-do-on-extremely-hot-days kind of hike, then the Yellowwood trail Kirstenbosch is definitely up there on the list, along with strolls through neighbouring Cecilia forest and Newlands forest. It's also a great hike t...