2019 is the year of adventure and freedom. It’s election year, petrol is going up every month and stress is at an all-time high. Heading off the beaten track for a weekend adventure is a must do for any South African. Hiking is fast becoming the most sought after outdoor activity in South Africa and we thought we would give you our list of awesome hiking trails throughout South Africa for you to explore this year. Let’s start off in the Western Cape.
The Whale Trail
Considered a more luxurious hike, the Whale Trail is a beautiful adventure along the coastline of the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Overberg. Beautiful ocean views and whale spotting make it a firm favourite for all. The trail offers many comforts for the hiker including cottages and fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms.
Trail length: 55 km
Suggested gear: Gregory i-street
Considered the oldest hiking route to Table Mountain, Platteklip Gorge is also the quickest and easiest hiking trail up the iconic mountain. It’s incredibly scenic and full of adventurous moments, without needing to over exert too much. There’s a beautiful ravine with a cascading stream to relax next to. It’s a firm favourite for visitors to the world’s most famous mountain. Fun fact it was first ascended in 1503!
Trail length: 2.5 km
Suggested gear: Gregory Sketch 18
The Panorama Hiking trail, Stellenbosch.
The Panorama Trail in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is graded as a moderate to strenuous hiking trail but taking up the challenge is worth the effort when you get there. The views across the entire Jonkershoek valley and and postcard worthy mountain fynbos sell the idea of a weekend hike in seconds! Oh and the descent to Kurktrekker is absolutely wonderful.
Trail Length: 17km
Suggested gear: Gregory Sketch 22