Best hikes in South Africa

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Best hikes in South Africa

“We hike not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”.



1. Golden Gate Highlands Rhebok Hiking Trail

31 km (1- 2 days)   Free State

This trail should not be attempted without a guide to help you along the way. On this trial, you will see some of South Africa’s most beautiful natural wonders. Pack a sleeping bag and warm gear for one or two days camping on the trail.

2. Blyder River Hiking Trail

60 km (5 days)   Mpumalanga

The Blyderivierspoort hiking trail is a long walk that will be sure to change the way you look at the world. Taking about five days to complete the hike, ensure your hiking shoes are comfortable before you start this trail. Expect to see duikers, baboons and other animal species, as well as amazing ferns, wild figs and cycads.

3. Leopard’s Kloof Hiking Trail

3 km   Western Cape

The Leopard’s Kloof hiking trail is an excellent choice for a fun day with the whole family. Experience views of densely growing forest that will take your breath away. You will pass by the Leopard’s Kloof waterfall, to top it all off.

4. The Hole in the Wall Hiking Trail

31 km   Eastern Cape

Experience nature on an entirely new level. Part of the Wild Coast, the Hole in the Wall Trail has a fantastic scene of cliffs near the sea with treasures hidden within them. This trail is a bit of a luxury trail, you can choose to sleep under the stars, or book into one of the hotels scattered along the trail.

5. Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Hiking Trail

3 km   Gauteng

Another hiking trail for the entire family is the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve hiking trail in Johannesburg. This nature reserve is situated about 10 km from the city. The perfect place to relax after a long week in the busy city. On this trail, be sure to see a lot of animal species such as zebras and buck.