South Africa is famous for its breathtaking nature, but is it a hiking break? Well then you can pick up the most beautiful trails! So tie your laces and hike with us to the five most beautiful routes!
1. Robberg Nature Reserve
Also worth the effort: the Robberg Nature Reserve, which is a few minutes drive from Plettenberg Bay. This peninsula can be explored on three different long hiking routes. Specially recommended is the 9.2 kilometer long ‘The Point’ route that runs along the rugged rocky coast to the top of the peninsula. On the way you can meet seals! Also on the other route ‘Witsand Trail’ there is a chance that you can spot seals
2. Tsitsikamma National Park
During a trip through the Garden Route, a visit to the Tsitsikamma National Park can not be missed. The best way to discover this park is through several walks. A nice and short walk to the wobbling ‘Suspension Bridge’ is worth the first. Then do another hiking trail, namely the ‘Waterfall Trail’. This 3 hour trip takes you along the coast and requires a good condition and the willingness to climb rocks.
3. Table Mountain
When you think of the Table Mountain, you soon have a picture of a slippery mountain that makes Cape Town so famous. There are many roads leading to the top of the mountain and the fastest and easiest route is by cable car. In 5 minutes, the gondola brings you to the top with a 360 degree view. In high season there may be long rows, so we advise you to buy real tickets in advance!
From the cable car station, several hiking trails start from different duration. We recommend to take the Maclear’s Beacon route. This is a light walk of about 2.5 km long. When you have more time in Cape Town, the Silvermine route is definitely worth the effort. This route belongs to the Table Mountain National Park and brings you through woodland scenery and nice places to stop for a picnic.
Tip: Start your route on Table Mountain in the morning, as you have plenty of time to walk and enjoy the view. In the afternoon, the top of the mountain can hang in the clouds, which limits the view over Cape Town and Robben Island. This cloud cover is also called the “Tablecloth.”
4. Lion’s Head (the Lion Head)
This mountain is located in Cape Town between Table Mountain and Seinheuwel and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. There are two routes to find here, one for the beginner (with not too much effort) and one for the difficult road (so for the more experienced walker). It takes just over an hour to climb the mountain through a paved road. In the difficult route, the last few meters must be climbed, as there is no way to find anymore. On the route hang steel chains that you have to climb upwards. For people with short legs this is definitely a challenge. Once upon a time you are rewarded with a beautiful view of Cape Town, the Table Mountain and the sea (so believe us: it’s worth it!).
Tip: Prepare this tour at the beginning of the afternoon because the light is best for her. Also be sure to wear good hiking boots, take enough food and do not forget your camera! If you plan to climb the mountain after sunset then a flashlight is very convenient because it gets dark quickly.
In the KwaZulu-Natal region, the impressive Drakens mountains are found. The Royal Natal National Park is the highlight of this region – a true paradise for hikers. A special hiking trail is the 14 km Gorge Trail, which you can plan for a whole day. This route gives a magnificent view of the Amphitheater, a mountain top in the form of an amphitheater, and a large waterfall.
Tip: The weather may suddenly change in the Drakensberg afternoon, causing frequent thunderstorms. Always keep an eye on the sky and take a raincoat!