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South Africa Holiday: Western Cape Hiking Trails

South Africa's Western Cape provides unprecedented hiking opportunities, with some of the most fantastic mountain and coastal scenery available anywhere in the world.

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Greyton Nature Reserve Trails

The Greyton Conservation Society has reintroduced and marked walking paths for the not-so-fit, and hiking trails for the more energetic, in the commonage and Greyton Nature Reserve. The paths are marked. They start and end at the same point, where ample parking for cars is available. (More...)

Harkerville Trail

This southern coastline must be one of the most spectacular to be found in Africa. The combination of the beautiful blue seas of the Indian Ocean and the rugged coastline make this a very special area for nature lovers. Situated close to the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the trail starts from Harkerville hut which is also the ending place of the Outeniqua Trail (although they are separate trails, they can be combined to form a trail of none nights.) (More...)

Kogelberg Nature Reserve Trails

Situated near Kleinmond, this nature reserve is well known for the diversity of fynbos species that occur within its borders. The trail can be classed as moderate to long. In addition to a two-day trail, there are also a number of day and half day trails that are worth doing if time is limited. (More...)

Outeniqua Trail

Situated in the Outeniqua mountains between George and Plettenberg Bay, this trail goes through the beautiful Knysna forests. The trail traverses numerous bubbling streams cascading through glades of Tree Ferns and Fynbos.
The trail in total covers a distance of 106km and there are eight overnight huts provided for the hiker. (More...)

Swartberg Trail

The road from Beaufort West to George as it traverses Meiringspoort Pass in the Swartberg Mountains must rank as one of the most scenic routes in South Africa.
The trail is not an easy one by any means and the weather can change from hour to hour so one needs to pack for any eventuality. The De Hoek resort is probably the best place to start as there is safe car parking. (More...)

Lekker Links

Cape Nature Conservation - to book on trails in nearly 20 nature reserves and wilderness areas in the Western Cape.
Hike Cape Town - some great suggestions for walks near Cape Town.

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Hiking in South Africa
Western Cape province

Eastern Cape Hiking Trails
Alexandria Trail; Amatola (Amathole) Trail; Otter Trail; Transkaroo Trail; Tsitsikamma Trail; Woodcliff Cave Trail

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

 

Swellendam Trail

This is not an easy trail, especially under the extreme weather conditions that can occur in the mountains, but this should not put you off as it is also a very spectacular trail. The full trail is 6 days duration but there are shorter routes available ranging from single day walks to hikes of 2, 3, 4 and 5 days. (More...)

Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve Trails

Surrounded by high mountain peaks that are often shrouded in mist, the area is a hikers paradise, with trails to suite everyone, from 3km to 23km long. The reserve is situated about 15km south of Robertson on the McGregor road. (More...)

Whale Trail

This trail provides a combination of mountain and coastal walking, together with fynbos, rock pools and dunes. The real possibility of seeing whales as you walk along the trail is reason enough to recommend this trail.
The Whale Trail stretches 54km from Potberg to Koppie Alleen and has 5 overnight stops. Vehicles are left at Potberg and a shuttle service is provided to take hikers from the end of the trail back to their car. (More...)

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