7 Hiking Trails to try this Sp

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Get right up close to the wildlife in South Africa this Spring! Here are seven hiking trails over South Africa to celebrate Spring the right way:

7 Hiking Trails to try this Sp

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With Spring only days away, here are some of South Africa’s best and most popular hiking spots:

According to Traveller 24, Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is just 10 km from the center of Johannesburg and 5 km from Soweto.

The reserve is reportedly open to the public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, with no entrance fee.

“A complete delight for nature enthusiasts wanting to escape the bustling city life, it is said to be the largest nature reserve in the Johannesburg Metropolitan area, boasting diverse fauna and flora – with more than 215 bird species.”


The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve’s hiking trail runs through mountainous interesting and picturesque areas and is only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, near the town of Heidelberg.

There are well-marked routes (mainly circular) which together cover approximately 20 km in length and from 1380 to over 1600 meters above sea level.

Wolhuter Wilderness Trail in the Kruger National Park allows hikers to get right up close to the wildlife in the company of a guide.

The camps are situated within a wilderness trail area and far away from normal tourist activities. And that is exactly the reason why people take part in this hike.

The trail reportedly stretches over three nights and two days. It starts and ends at a base camp where guests sleep in overnight huts. The trail also provides simple but wholesome meals prepared by a cook on either an open fire or a gas stove.

The Amphitheatre hike in the Drakensberg area in South Africa is a highly recommended hike by Getaway. The three-day guided trail is run by Active Escapes, which starts at The Cavern resort and finishes at Mahai campsite in Royal Natal National Park.

“The vistas over the jagged peaks and pinnacles of the northern Berg are magnificent; less obvious are the endemic plants that survive in this rugged mountain wilderness, so linger a while – all the time watching the weather – before retracing your steps.”

It’s said to be a serious mountain outing for more experienced hikers, though.

The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is a popular destination for families who picnic and walk the wooden boardwalk.

The trails are said to be stunning and lead through dune forest, across the lagoon, and onto the beach. At the lagoon mouth are the remains of a Stone Age sea shell midden.

There are daily guided walks through Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve along the trail that take roughly an hour and a half. The entrance gates lie just beyond the Breakers Hotel on Lagoon Drive.

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The five-day-long Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve outside Bredasdorp is also said to be a must for hikers. De Hoop is world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching spots:

“An unequaled experience awaits hikers who embark on the WhaleTrail. The trail traverses one of the Western Cape’s most unique and diverse nature reserves while providing nature lovers and those who love the outdoors with unique comfortable overnight accommodation situated at spectacular locations.”

The route stretches over 55 km from Potberg to Koppie Alleen and includes five overnight stops. Day one is the most strenuous and covers 15 km up the 611m high fynbos-clad Potberg Mountain. In comparison, the third day is only 7,8km long and allows leisure time to explore the marine life in the numerous rock pools along the coast.

According to Traveller 24, the iconic Otter Trail has been listed as the very best hiking trail on the globe and due to its popularity, it sometimes takes as long as a year to be on the waiting list before making the great five-day trek along the Garden Route’s coastline.

The Otter trail is said to be the oldest hiking trail in South Africa.

The trail, which runs along the spectacular coastline between the Storms River mouth and Nature’s Valley, was opened in 1968 and is considered one of the finest multi-day trails in the world. It is named after the shy, mostly nocturnal, Cape Clawless Otter which inhabits the estuaries and streams of the South African coast.

The trail is mostly walking interspersed with “walk-through” river crossings. However, the main technical difficulty of the trail is the Bloukrans River crossing which involves swimming across the river and climbing up steep terrain by use of a rope.