Did you know?Kosi Bay Turtle Tours offer a wonderful opportunity to view these ancient reptiles in their natural habitat during the only time of the year that the turtles leave the water: November to March, when they are nesting.
At Jacana Trails the phrase 'take a hike' is what they live for.
Whether it’s just a short day excursion close on the Frogs Trail in Cullinan, north of Pretoria, or a hike lasting several days along the Tsitsikamma coast, or a customised kayak or horse riding trail, there's a trail with your name on it.
In Mpumalanga, the Olifants River Gorge Cycad Trail follows a route overflowing with these ancient endemic plants. Or perhaps the lichen-covered rock formation’s of Limpopo’s Lindani Trail is more your scene?
If a great hike not far from Johannesburg is what you have in mind, the Uitkyk Trail is a day walk overlooking the magnificent Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West province, just an hour from the city.
For those who enjoy hiking in comfort, there’s the option of slackpacking, hiking without a backpack and with a hot bath, cooked meal and comfy bed at day’s end.
Four hours from Cape Town, the Swart Tobie Coastal Trail is a five-day wilderness slackpacking hike of 15 to 18km a day along the beaches of the West Coast near Koekenaap.
The Kosi Bay Slackpacking Trail takes in the pristine beaches of Maputaland where you walk along isolated beaches, through sand forests, dune forests, savannah, wetlands and rivers. The Silver Sands Trail and Oystercatcher Trail are other slackpacking options.
Or perhaps you have a taste for adventure, or you’re a keen angler, mountain biker, 4x4 enthusiast or paddler? Jacana also has specialised trails perfectly suited to these pursuits in various parts of the country.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Jacana Collection
Tel: +27 (0)41 378 1439 (Port Elizabeth)
Tel: +27 (0)12 803 9109 (Pretoria)
How to get here
Jacana trails are located across South Africa. The company has headquarters in Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
Best time to visit
It's usually a good idea to avoid mid-summer and mid-winter, when temperatures can be extreme. Outside of these periods the weather is pleasant in most provinces, although the Cape is prone to winter rain.
Tours to do
Depending on the terrain, various trails include activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, diving, river rafting, quad biking, canopy tours, swimming, game viewing and bird watching.
What will it cost
Costs for each trail vary, depending on the distance, duration and facilities required.
What to pack
A good pair of hiking boots, thick socks, hat, sunscreen, camera and binoculars.
Where to stay
Accommodation is varied and suited to each trail. From self-catering on private farms to lodges, tented bush camps and national park camps.