Amazing Hiking Trails To Explore In South Africa

Here are the finest hiking destinations in South Africa.

1. Amatola Hiking Trail

Address: Unnamed Rd, South Africa.

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If you love adventure, there are so many things to enjoy for you in through this challenging hike. It will take 6 days to complete and you need to cover 62 miles to complete this trail This trail leads you to the breath-taking views of Amatola mountain. Popular attractions of this hike are lush green forests, valleys filled with wildflowers, waterfalls and rock pools.

2. Rim of Africa

Address: Merewent, Durban, 4052, South Africa.

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This is a very long hike and requires 54 days to complete and you should be physically fit to complete this strenuous trail. This is a group of 9 awesome trails you can explore and those are nine separate trails in different regions of the Western Cape – Ceres, Kouebokkeveld, Agterwitzenberg, Hex River, Langeberg, Marloth Ridge, Grootvadersbosch, Gouritz River and Outeniqua. All are equally incredible and you should be well prepared to explore this long trail.

3. Outeniqua Hiking Trail

Address: Outeniqua Mountains, South Cape DC, South Africa.

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You need to cover 108 kilometers and require a week to complete this beautiful trail. Even though this is a difficult trail, the views are amazing. If you are an experienced hiker, this may not be a challenge for you. This trail starts from Beervlei Hut and ends at Harkerville Forestry Station and through this trail, you can explore the charming beauty of lush green forests and often chances to spot wildlife too.

4. Tankwa Camino

Address: R355, Calvinia, 8190, South Africa.

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The important fact about this hike is this route open only 4 times and that too for the registered hike. It requires 10 days to complete this trail. It starts from Calvinia in the Northern Cape and finishes in Ceres in the Western Cape. As this is the renowned Catholic pilgrim route, you can enjoy eternal peace and joy over the route. This is a moderate hike and need physical fitness.

5. Hoerikwaggo Trail

Address: 46 Lighthouse Rd, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, 7976, South Africa.

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You need to cover 53miles in 5 days to complete this trail. It starts from Table Mountain and ends at Cape Point. Popular attractions of this trail are unlimited sceneries of Table Mountain National Park and this is the only trail where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Cape Peninsula.

6. Giant’s Cup

Address: Hodgson's Peaks, Mkhomazi Wilderness area, South Africa.

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You need to spend 5 days and cover 60 kilometers to enjoy this beautiful trail. This trail starts from Sani Pass and ends at Bushman’s Nek. Popular attractions of this family-friendly hike are beautiful mountains, stunning valleys, streams, and you can also, enjoy overnight accommodations in some farmhouses on the way.

7. De Hoop Whale trail

Address: Overberg District Municipality, 6740, South Africa.

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This route passes through Dee Loop Nature Reserve and this hike offers you the best coastal views and if you are visiting in June & December season you will get chances to spot Whales while hiking this route. You need to book in advance as the accommodations are limited.

8. Fanie Botha trail

Address: Unnamed Rd, South Africa.

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This moderate hike requires 5 days and 71kilometers to complete this trail. This hike stretches from the Soutpansberge in the north to the eastern escarpment of the Cape and the highest attractions of the trail are the stunning views of Mac Mac Falls.

9. Amphitheatre Heritage Hike

Address: Amphitheatre, Giants Castle Game Reserve, South Africa.

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You can explore this hike when you visit Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This challenging hike takes you to the stunning views of the World’s second-longest waterfall; Tugela Falls. This hike requires 3 days to complete and another highlight is climbing to the top of the Amphitheatre which is situated in a rock face of an amazing peak in the Drakensberg. Also, you can enjoy splendid views of grasslands, dense forests and beautiful mountains on the way.

10. Otter Trail

Address: Otter Trail, South Africa.

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This renowned trail passes through Tsitsikamma National Park where you can enjoy amazing coastal beauty. This trail starts from Storms River Mouth in the East to Nature's Valley in the West and highlight of this trail is you can enjoy the magnificent views of Afro-montane forest and you need to spend 5 days to complete this trail.

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