Long summer days are the perfect opportunity to strap on your hiking boots, load equipment into the bakkie and head off on a long hike. Like all of us here at Andy Cab, you’re probably ready for some fun and fitness over the festive season.
Through hiking you’ll be able to fully relax and recharge as you’re cut off from communication and technology. There are many hiking options in South Africa and whether you’re an experienced, hard-core hiker or a beginner who likes to stroll through nature, we’ve rounded up some of the top trails for you.
One of the best known hiking trails in South Africa, the Otter Trail near Plettenberg Bay is a five day and four night hike of 42.5km. Make sure to book well in advance as it’s a popular route with plenty of interested hikers. You’ll spend the nights in comfortable huts with stunning coastline and forest views.
Amatola Hiking Trail
Traverse the mountains of the Eastern Cape between King Williams Town and Hogsback on this six day 100km hike. There are a number of waterfalls and pools along the forest route. This isn’t an easy trail to do but well worth the effort.
Amphitheatre Heritage Hike
This intense 25km to 30km three day hike takes you to the top of the highest waterfall in Africa allowing you to take in the stunning views of the surrounding Drakensberg. Professional guides assist visitors along the way and can arrange out of the way camping spots. There are also tented camps for those who prefer a more comfortable accommodation option.
Kosi Bay Trail
A four day guided trail in northern KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll spend your days making your way through this ecologically diverse and pristine region. There are two options available of four night or six night trails, with no more than 17km per day. You’ll be accommodated in lodges along the way and your packs will be transported for you.
De Hoop Whale Trail
Situated in the beautiful Overberg between Bredasdorp and Swellendam, the 54km five night trail takes you on a trip filled with stunning vistas and blooming fynbos. At nearly 15km long, the first day is the most difficult but rewarding in its views. There are hiker’s huts along the path which is unique in its combination of mountain hiking and sandy trails.
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
Situated along the Outeniqua mountains between George and Plettenberg Bay, this 108km trail is not for the faint hearted. The terrain rating for this seven day hiking route is easy difficult. The maximum daily distance is 17km and you’ll be tired at the each day but feel rewarded by the amazing views which these mountains are known for.
Meaning “the mountain in the sea”, the Hoerikwaggo Trail takes you from Table Mountain to Cape Point along an 88km route. The hike takes five days with four overnight stays in tented camps and chalets. Your luggage and meals are taken care of but you are required to bring energy and enthusiasm in abundance.
Who’s ready for a hike? We certainly are.