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South Africa Holiday: Eastern Cape Hiking Trails

The Eastern Cape in South Africa provides spectacular hiking opportunities along its coastline of rugged cliffs, long beaches and massive sand dunes, as well as inland walks in the Karroo.

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Alexandria Trail

Situated in the southern part of the 145,000 hectare Addo Elephant National Park, the dunes, the coastal dune forest, and the seascape make this trail quite simply breathtaking.
The Alexandria Duneveld is the largest in the southern hemisphere. (More...)

Amatola (Amathole) Trail

This trail starts close to King William's Town and ends at Hogsback. The trail traverses some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery to be found in Southern Africa.
What makes this trail very special is the abundance of waterfalls and mountain pools in which the hiker can cool off in and also the spectacular indigenous forests. The trail is just over 100Km long and takes 6 days to accomplish. (More...)

Otter Trail

The Otter trail must rank alongside the best trails in the world, following the spectacular coastline from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
The trail is 43kms long and takes 4 1/2 days to complete. It follows the rugged, rocky shoreline ranging in elevation from sea level to a height of more than 150m. Most of the trail follows cliff tops returning to sea level to cross rivers. (More...)

Transkaroo Trail

The small town of Middelburg is situated about 97km south of Colesberg on the route to Port Elizabeth. This small Karoo farming community has a real gem of a trail hidden in its 'backyard'. The trail is well marked and the facilities are excellent. Winter can be extremely cold while summers can be very hot and there is little shade along the way. Total distance is 42km over three days but a shorter route is possible. (More...)

Related pages

Hiking in South Africa
Eastern Cape province
Free State Hiking Trails
Bald Ibis Trail; Camel Roc Trail
Dwarsberg Trail; Holhoek Trail; Korannaberg Trail

Gauteng Hiking Trails
Klipkraal Trail; Mooiplasie Trail; Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve Trails

KwaZulu-Natal Hiking Trails
Black Wildebeest Trail; Eikenhof Trail; Emoyeni Trail; Kosi Bay Trail; Mziki trail

Limpopo Hiking Trails
Boskloof Trail; Diepdrift Game Farm Trails; Hanglip Trail; Magoebaskloof Trail

Mpumalanga Hiking Trails
Cycad Trail; Elandsvallei Trail; Fanie Botha Trail; Kaapschehoop Trail; Prospector's Trail; Slagthoek Hiking Trail

North West Hiking Trails
Boe Boes Nest Trail; Eagle Cove Trail; Kroemahoek Trail; Mateke Game Farm Trails; Rhenosterpoort Trail

Northern Cape Hiking Trails
Klipspringer Trail; Oorlogskloof; Nature Reserve Trails; Witsand Nature Reserve Trails

Western Cape Hiking Trails
Greyton Nature Reserve Trails; Harkerville Trails; Kogelberg Nature Reserve Trails; Outeniqua Trail; Swartberg Trail; Swellendam Trail; Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve Trails; Whale Trail

Tsitsikamma Trail

This is a 6-day linear trail, starting at Natures Valley and ending at the Storms River Bridge or village. The trail passes through extensive patches of indigenous mountain forest and fynbos. The mountains form the watershed for a myriad of streams and rivers, many of which are the source of the rivers that gush into the sea along the popular Otter Trail. Some people do the Tsitsikamma and the Otter Trails as a combined trail and for those who have the time, this option should be considered. (More...)

Woodcliffe Cave Trail

Situated in the lovely Joelshoek Valley approx-imately 22km from the picturesque little town of Mclear. The southern Drakensberg peaks tower around the valley, feeding the waterfalls and mountain streams with an ample supply of crystal clear water. The trail is of five days duration but it is worthwhile extending your stay to visit the Rock Art in the caves or do some pony trekking. When hiking in the berg (mountain) it is always important to take into account the unpredictability of the weather and come prepared for any eventuality. (More...)

Words and photos courtesy of South Africa's Footprint Hiking Club
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