Trekking in South Africa

Trekking in South Africa is one of our specialities. The country is not well known as a trekking and hiking destination, but we rate it very highly – for a start, its mountain ranges are mercifully free of people, and it’s possible to attain the feeling of remoteness very quickly, making for exceptional wilderness experiences; South Africa’s ranges are also very beautiful, and unique in their character.  It’s also extremely easy to combine multi-day treks with other holiday excitements – safaris, beach sojourns, cultural and historical tours etc., all of which we can help you with.  Below is a summary of South Africa’s main hiking areas:

Hiking in the Drakensberg

SHiking in the Drakensberg - Amphitheatretraddling the western border of KwaZulu-Natal with Lesotho, this magnificent basalt escarpment stretches for 200 kilometres, consistently attaining heights in excess of 3000m (10,000 feet).  The Drakensberg (meaning Dragon’s Back in Afrikaans) is a World Heritage Site and most of it is protected by the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, which covers the foothills and dramatic sandstone buttresses than occupy the lower reaches of the range, up to the South African Watershed.  The Lesotho interior is a sweeping wilderness occupied by rolling high-alpine moorland, broken by extensive river valleys fringed by serrated cliff-lines.  Easy walks and challenging days hikes are very accessible from lodges and hotels located on the edge of the park, and those who venture out for multi-day treks can experience a true sense of wilderness in dramatic surrounding......... click here for more

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Hiking in the Cederberg

Hiking in the Cederberg - Maltese Cros and SneeubergSituated three hours drive north of Cape Town, on the western edge of the semi-arid Karoo, The Cederberg Wilderness Area provides some of the most challenging hiking in South Africa.  The range occupies the highest parts of several parallel ridges that separate the coastal plain from the interior, and is notable for its dramatic rock formations, including the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks.  These are worthy trekking objectives, as is the summit of Sneeuberg (2027m) which provides a strenuous full day out with an interesting scramble at the finish.  The Cederberg also has pleasant walks for less ambitious hikers, and softer distractions in the form of an excellent wine estate, an observatory, and natural pools to swim in.......... click here for more

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Climb Table Mountain and hike on the Cape Peninsula

Hiking in Cape Town - Farmer's Peaks, Cape PointIf one was asked to name the definitive mountain icon of South Africa, it would have to be Table Mountain.  For most, this provides a photogenic backdrop to laid back days in Cape Town, or an excursion by cable car.  However, it’s also a challenging hike, particularly if one traverses the Table Top, and drops down Skeleton Gorge on the south side. Numerous routes exist - the best ones much freer of people!  Hike elsewhere on the Cape Peninsula and you can often feel you own the mountains - walks are very varied, and its also possible to sleep out in beautiful camps by undertaking one of the 2-day stages of the Hoerikwaggo Trail, or combining these into 3 days treks, or the full 5-day trail from Cape Point to Table Mountain to Cape Point......... click here for more

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Click on the moutain region you are interested in below: