02 September 2011 by Denise Slabbert

Walk the Talk

It’s spring in the Southern Hemisphere and there’s nothing quite like a walking holiday to get you into the swing of things. If you’re planning on a trip to South Africa there are lots of active options for both beginners and experts.

If you’re not into long trails or don’t have the time to book yourself on a week’s hike - there are a number of excellent day hikes and weekend hikes to choose from. If you book in advance you could get a place on one of the Kruger National Parks, 7 Wilderness Trails.

In Mpumalanga,  some of the best hiking on offer is in and around the scenic Blyde River Canyon and along the Panorama Route (lots of great adventure activities too). The Free State is another great place for hiking and there are several hikes on offer in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

Of course, if you’re in the Western Cape then hot-footing it up Table Mountain is always an option. You could also opt for the Garden’ Route’s Dolphin Trail with its gorgeous views of mountain and ocean.

For those who like life a little more unpredictable, the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape offers up perfect hiking conditions and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. One must also consider the Drakensberg in the KwaZulu Natal for fabulous hiking and walking options, no matter what the season.

For more information on hiking in South Africa, get your hands on Fiona McIntosh’s ‘Slackpacking - a guide to South Africa’s top leisure trails’.


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