South Africa’s 15 most beautif

South Africa’s 15 most beautiful hiking trails

South Africa is known to be a land of diverse landscapes and breathtaking vistas. It’s an expansive playground capable of satisfying even the most die-hard traveller’s wanderlust. And what better way to explore this raw, unadulterated terrain than by foot?

South Africa’s 15 most beautif

Hmm, but where to start? Well, here are 15 of South Africa’s most beautiful hikes. Let the Instagramming begin!

15. Golden Gate Highlands Rhebok hiking trail

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Location: Free State.

Description: Just a stone’s throw from Clarens is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The Park’s two day Rhebok trail will have hikers navigating their way through some of South Africa’s most spectacular mountains, rock pools and ravines. The hike is considered moderately difficult and shouldn’t be attempted without an experienced guide. Take note that the region can become rather misty and cold, so pack accordingly.

Difficulty: Moderate – Advanced.

Length: 31 km.

Cost: R155 per person.


14. Amatola hiking trail

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Location: Eastern Cape.

Description: The starting point of the Amatola hiking trail lies just outside of King William’s town and makes its way through some of the most impressive highland scenery South Africa has to offer. The trail is adorned with a sublime array of waterfalls and rock pools, offering hikers welcomed respite from the summer sun. The path finds its end in the mysterious and magical world of Hogsback, cloaked by centuries-old indigenous Afro-montane forests and the breathtaking Amathole mountains. The hike is typically done over six days, and is considered one of the more challenging trails South Africa has to offer.

Difficulty: Advanced.

Length: 100 km.

Cost: Price on request.


13. Fanie Botha hiking trail

Location: Mpumalanga.

Description: Winding its way through Sabie’s acres of lush Komatiland forest, the Fanie Botha trail exposes hikers to a variety of local bird life as well as two declared national monuments, namely, the Mac Mac and Lone Creek falls. The whole trail takes five days to complete, but two and three day options are also catered for.

Difficulty: Moderate – Advanced.

Length: Full route approximately 75 km.

Cost: R105 per person per night.


12. Magoebaskloof hiking trail

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Location: Limpopo.

Description: Found on the escarpment skirting the town of Tzaneen, the Magoebaskloof trail will have hikers negotiating craggy ravines and sub-tropical forest as they explore all that the real Limpopo has to offer. Eucalyptus and blue gum trees form a towering canopy enshrouding one’s path from the outside world and calming frantic city minds. Annual rainfall in the area is high, so pack a raincoat. The full trail is five nights long, but shorter two and three day routes are also optional.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Length: Full route approximately 60 km.

Cost: R105 per person per night.


11. Leopard’s Kloof hiking trail

Location: Western Cape.

Description: Nestled away in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay is the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens. The Leopard’s Kloof day trail is but one of many pleasant park walks that cater to the entire family. The hike ascends through thick coastal forest and is punctuated by vibrant limestone fynbos and Renosterveld all the way up to the Leopard’s Kloof waterfall.

Difficulty: Easy.

Length: 3 km.

Cost: R50 deposit.


View the full list of South Africa’s 15 most beautiful hiking trails here. – The South African visa experts.