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OOne of the best things to do is to step out into nature.

Jenman African Safaris has curated the Top Hikes of SA, ranging from moderate to difficult. Many are day hikes but, for the more serious hiker, also included are some overnight hikes.   

Leopard’s Kloof

Situated in the Botanical Gardens of Harold Porter in Betty's Bay, roughly 90 minutes from the Cape Town CBD, the Leopard’s Kloof hike is the ideal choice for families and novice hikers. The hike rises through forests to a waterfall. It's reasonably short and can be done in the morning or afternoon.

Length: 3km

Difficulty: Easy

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is situated 10km from the Johannesburg CBD. The reserve is over 650 hectares and boasts a number of large and small mammals. Visitors can choose from several hiking trails.

Length: 3km

Difficulty: Easy/Advanced.

Sentinel Peak hiking trail

The hike to the top of the tallest free-standing mountain in the Drakensberg is not for the faint-hearted. This day hike takes place on the western side of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and sees trekkers braving sheer rock faces that include climbing ladders. 

Length: 6km

Difficulty: Moderate/Advanced

Did You Know?
JJock of the Bushveld hike is the same trail Jock and his master, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, took in the 1880s as he delivered supplies to the gold mining town of Pilgrim's Rest from Mozambique.

SSkeleton Gorge

It's the Mother City's most famous and scenic hiking trail. Skeleton Gorge allows climbers to journey through Table Mountain's diverse floral zones. The hike takes roughly six to eight hours to complete.

Length: 6.2km

Difficulty: Moderate 

 

RRoseate Tern Hiking Trail

The circular route of Roseate Tern is a must do for all bird watchers in Port Elizabeth. The circular route offers stunning beaches, natural dune vegetation and rocky outcrops. 

Length: 9km

Difficulty: Easy 

Jock of the Bushveld Trail

The Jock of the Bushveld Trail is a circular day walk that consists of several trails varying in length. Hikers will follow the route that Jock and his master, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, travelled in the 1880s as he delivered supplies from Mozambique to the gold mining town of Pilgrim's Rest. 

Length: 8km

Difficulty: Moderate 

Tugela Hiking Trail

Tugela Hiking Trail is the stunning hike up to the world's second highest waterfall, Tugela Falls. The hike to the top of the waterfall is relatively hard but sees hikers passing through stunning protea velds and forests. 

Length: 11km

Difficulty: Advanced

WWolfberg Cracks

The best way to see the Cederberg Mountains is on a hike through the infamous Wolfberg Arch. Once you have reached your destination, hikers are allowed to spend the night. 

Length: 15km

Difficulty: Moderate 

Addo's Alexandria Hiking Trail

This two-day hike in the world-famous Addo Elephant National Park is a journey through three different ecosystems. Hikers get to explore thick forests, sand dunes and white sandy beaches.

Length: 32km

Difficulty: Moderate/Advanced 

The Otter Trail

The Otter Trail takes hikers along one of the most pristine coastal areas of the Garden Route in the Western Cape. The trail begins at Storms River Mouth and goes through thick forests to Nature’s Valley. The hike takes five days to complete.

Length: 42.5km

Difficulty: Moderate/Advanced

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