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Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains - Anytime

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Hiking trails in the Drakensberg could be either an adventure for the whole family, perhaps a lover’s hike or even a group journey with friends. Whether you prefer to take a serene stroll through secluded shaded valleys or take on the challenge of Man Vs.  Mountain, the Drakensberg will cater to all your exploratory wants in this trekker’s utopia.

The most pleasant aspect about hiking trails in the Drakensberg is the wide range of fascinating landmarks that can be reached with a comfortable walk and minimal climbing required. Most accommodations within the Drakensberg region can recommend a wide variety of routes.

If you’d prefer ambling through indigenous fern forests to admire a nearby attraction, such a route could be suggested for you in minutes. Or if you prefer a more strenuous one-day hike that trails over winding rivers and rolling hillsides, then that could be easily arranged. Few pleasures in life beat walking or hiking in the high country, filling your lungs with crisp clean mountain air as you enjoy the blissful sights and sounds of nature.

In winter, the higher reaches become spectacular snow-covered terrain, transforming the valley and peaks into a virgin-white Wonderland from some magical fairy-tale.

Plan today for the holiday you wouldn’t forget for years to come!

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Calitzdorp Attractions - The Donkey Trail to Gamkaskloof

On the Donkey Trail
On the Donkey Trail Credits: Erika Calitz

The Donkey Trail through the Swartberg Nature Reserve

From 1830 to 1962 a group of farming families lived peacefully in the Gamkaskloof Valley or “Die Hel” as it became known. Their only connection with the outside world was via foot and donkey trails up “die Hel” to the top of the Swartberg Pass and then down the mountain to either Calitzdorp or to Prince Albert. A road was built in 1962 and opened in 1963.

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Hermanus - Walk The Bay Hiking Trail

Walk The Bay is a unique three day hiking trail organised by Walker Bay Adventures. The Hike starts in Gansbaai and you walk around seven kilometers to the strandlopers caves at De Kelders in Gansbaai. These caves were inhabited thousands of years ago by "strandlopers" who lived off the sea's rich harvest.
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Greyton - Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail

The Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail is a 14km route that winds through the Riviersonderend Mountains that links the towns of Mc Gregor in the North and Greyton in the South. The Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail passes through the Riviersonderend Conservation area that is situated on state and private land and is also a declared mountain catchment area.

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Uitenhage - Hiking in Groendal Wilderness Area

Hiking in the Groendal Wilderness Area outside Uitenhage is restricted to experienced and very fit hikers with very good map reading skills. The 30,000 hectare Groendal Wilderness area was established in 1976 and has a total of four hiking trails. Groendal Wilderness Area is in the Winterhoek Mountain Range and forms the catchment area for the Swartkops or KwaZungha River which flows into the Groendal Dam.
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Cape Peninsula - Day Hikes in and around Cape Town

Cape Peninsula - Day Hikes in and around Cape Town
Credits: Peninsula Ramblers

Hiking around the Cape Peninsula will give you a much clearer picture of the geography and topography of the fairest Cape. Belonging to a good hiking club has a number of distinct advantages. Take Peninsula Ramblers, for instance. Peninsula Ramblers is a club established over 60 years ago and it is run and managed by a group of very enthusiastic hikers. 

To join them is extremely reasonable – R20 joining fee plus an annual membership of R50 for a single person and R70 for a family. 

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Stellenbosch - Three Hiking Trails at Delvera

Three Hiking Trails are available on the Delvera Wine Farm in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy. The Shortest Hiking Trail is really a walk for birdwatchers.

The Vineyard Hiking Trail and The Vineyard Walk are just under 10km and 6km respectively.

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Stanford - Hiking at Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Salmonsdam Nature Reserve
Salmonsdam Nature Reserve Credits: www.capenature.co.za

Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, run by Cape Nature is a small reserve not far from Stanford in the Western Cape. There are three hiking trails available.

The longest is a Mountain Trail from the foot of the Perdeberg mountain and at the top there’s a view over Walker Bay, Caledon and Bredasdorp. The second trail is the 4km Ravine Trail through Keeromskloof and through small patches of indigenous forest. The final trail is the Waterfall Trail of about 3km through thick fynbos down to the falls and back.

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