“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.