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Arniston Augrabies Beaufort West
Bela-Bela Bergville Bisho
Bloemfontein Bonnievale Bredasdorp
Buffelsbaai Bulawayo Burgersdorp
Bushbuckridge Caledon Calitzdorp
Calvinia Cape Town Carolina
Ceres Citrusdal Clanwilliam
Clarens Clocolan Cradock
Cullinan Duiwelskloof Dundee
Durban East London Estcourt
Fort Beaufort Fouriesburg Frankfort
Franschoek George Graaff-Reinet
Grabouw Graskop Great Brak River
Greyton Groblersdal Haenertsburg
Harrisith Harrismith Hartbeesfontein
Hartbeespoort Dam Hazyview Heidelberg
Hekpoort Hermanus Hluhluwe
Hoedspruit Hogsback Hout Bay
Humansdorp Johannesburg Joubertina
Keetmanshoop Kei Mouth King William's Town
Klapmuts Kleinmond Knysna
Koeberg Kuruman Ladismith
Laingsburg Langebaan Louis Trichardt
Lydenburg Malmesbury Marquard
Middelburg Montagu Mossel Bay
Mtubatuba Nature's Valley Nelspruit
Newcastle Nieuwoudtville Paarl
Parys Patensie Paulpietersburg
Pietermaritzburg Piketberg Pilgrim's Rest
Plettenberg Bay Polokwane Port Alfred
Port Elizabeth Potchefstroom Pretoria
Prince Albert Prince Alfred Hamlet Queenstown
Redelinghuys Riversdale Riviersonderend
Robertson Rustenburg Sabie
Saldanha Sasolburg Sedgefield
Senekal Seymour Smithfield
Somerset East Somerset West Springbok
Stanford Stellenbosch Sterkstroom
Storms River Stutterheim Swellendam
Tarkastad Thaba Nchu Thabazimbi
Touws River Tshipise Tzaneen
Uitenhage Upington Vaalwater
Ventersburg Venterskroon Vereeniging
Virginia Volksrust Vryheid
Waterval Boven Wilderness Windhoek
Winterton Witbank Witsieshoek
Worcester Yzerfontein Zastron
Zeerust
Closest Town: Arniston
De Mond Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Arniston
Description: Various day routes; easy; in nature reserve
Enquiries: Southern Point Publicity Association
Tel: + 27 (0)28 4-2584
Fax: + 27 (0)28 5-1019
Closest Town: Augrabies
Gariep Three-in-One
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Augrabies
Description: 19km/1 day; average; circular; 6 persons max; no facilities;
Enquiries: Augrabies
Tel: + 27 (0)54 451-0050
Fax: + 27 (0)54 451-0053
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Closest Town: Beaufort West
Fonteintjieskloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Beaufort West [Back to Top]
Description: 11km/1 day; easy; circular; in national park; group size unlimited; chalets available; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Karoo National Park
Tel: + 27 (0)201 5-2828
Fax: + 27 (0)201 5-1671
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Closest Town: Beaufort West
Karoo National Park
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Beaufort West
Description: Various day options available; easy; in national park; chalets available; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Karoo National Park
Tel: + 27 (0)201 5-2828
Fax: + 27 (0)201 5-1671
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Bontebok: Diepdrift
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Description: 6km/1 day; average; circular; overnight huts; 36 persons max
Enquiries: JD le Roux
Tel: + 27 (0)14 734 729
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Jabulani Guest Farm
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bela-Bela [Back to Top]
Description: 2000 hectares with day walks and hikes; accommodation in three separate facilities; cottage sleeps 5, farm house sleeps 8, mountain villa sleeps 12
Enquiries: Jabulani Guest Farm
Tel: + 27 (0)11 486-1794
Fax: + 27 (0)11 486-1794
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Klipspringer: Diepdrift
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bela-Bela
Description: 8km/1 day; average; circular; overnight hut; camp site; 36 persons max
Enquiries: JD le Roux
Tel: + 27 (0)14734 729
Closest Town: Bergville
Royal Natal National Park - Amphitheatre to Cathedral
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bergville
Description: The Royal National Parks has various hiking trails. Amphitheatre to Cathedral. 4 to 5 days (62kms) The route passes parts of the Drakensberg including the Amphitheatre, Mbundini, Mnweni and The Rockeries, The Saddle and The Cathedral range.
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)36 438 6310
e-mail: andrew@drakensberg-tourism.com
Web: http://www.drakensberg-tourism.com/drakensberg-hiking-trails.html
Closest Town: Bergville
Royal Natal National Park - Mckinley's Pool, Gudu Falls, The Grotto
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bergville [Back to Top]
Description: Mckinley's Pool, Gudu Falls, The Grotto: Moderate distances, the route is well marked and fairly easy to hike and explore. There are many clear rock pools where you could enjoy a swim. Royal Natal National Park, numerous trails leading off from the Mahai Campsite up the river valley to Mckinley's Pool
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: +27 (0)36 438 6310
e-mail: andrew@drakensberg-tourism.com
Web: http://www.drakensberg-tourism.com/drakensberg-hiking-trails.html
Closest Town: Bergville
Royal National Parks Mont-Aux-Sources
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bergville
Description: Mont-Aux-Sources via Basutho Gate and The Chain Ladder 10hrs (20kms). The hike starts from the Mahai River Campsite, follows the Mahai River Valley, passes the Witsieshoek Mountain Resort, to the Sentinel carpark and up the Chain Ladder to the escarpment.
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: +27 (0)36 438 6310
e-mail: andrew@drakensberg-tourism.com
Web: http://www.drakensberg-tourism.com/drakensberg-hiking-trails.html
Closest Town: Bisho
Mpofu Game Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bisho
Description: Half-day trails; guided; circular; in game reserve; the start of the Katberg hike; accommodation in lodge;
Enquiries: Contour
Tel: + 27 (0)40 635-2115 or 684-9431
Closest Town: Bloemfontein
Olien day walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bloemfontein [Back to Top]
Description: Short circular walk; 3 km; lapa at base
Enquiries: PJP du Plessis
Tel: + 27 (0)51 430-0900
Closest Town: Bonnievale
Perskepitland
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bonnievale
Description: 1-8km; various day walks; easy; guest house;
Enquiries: Merwestein Guest House
Tel: + 27 (0)2346 2806
Fax: + 27 (0)2346 2806
Closest Town: Bredasdorp
De Hoop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bredasdorp
Description: Various routes along footpaths in the De Hoop Nature Reserve and along the coast; return; easy; cottages and camp site at base; camping R30 per night (6 persons); entrance fee at gate.
Enquiries: De Hoop Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)28 542-1126
Fax: + 27 (0)28 542-1679
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Buffelsbaai
Goukamma-Beach
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Buffelsbaai [Back to Top]
Description: 28km/1 day; moderate; return; or 14 km linear (arrange transport back to start); in nature reserve; overnight hut available; 20 persons max; hotel nearby
Enquiries: Goukamma Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)445 830-042
Fax: + 27 (0)445 830-042
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Bulawayo
Matobo Park
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bulawayo
Description: Network of marked trails; chalets
Enquiries: Department of National Parks & Wild Life
Tel: + 263 (0)4 70-6077
Closest Town: Burgersdorp
De Berg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Burgersdorp
Location: In the De Berg Nature Reserve. The R391 and the R48 converge at Burgersdorp
Description: Indigenous forest and fynbos, forest streams, bird watching. Estuary system. Otters may be spotted. Paths are slippery in wet weather. Chalets and camp site at Nature's Valley.
Comments: Forest walk in the Maitland Nature Reserve.
Enquiries: Burgersdorp Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)51 653-1777
Fax: + 27 (0)51 653-0056
Closest Town: Bushbuckridge
Mapulaneng: Pool
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bushbuckridge [Back to Top]
Description: 12km/1day; difficult; circular; overnight facilities; 16 persons max
Comments: In a forest not far from Graskop
Enquiries: Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism
Tel: + 27 (0)15 295-3025
Fax: + 27 (0)15 291-2654
Closest Town: Bushbuckridge
Mapulaneng: Red Duiker
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bushbuckridge
Description: 15km/1 day; difficult; circular; overnight facilities; 16 persons max
Comments: In a forest not far from Graskop
Enquiries: Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism
Tel: + 27 (0)15 295-3025
Fax: + 27 (0)15 291-2654
Closest Town: Bushbuckridge
Mapulaneng: Trogon
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Bushbuckridge
Description: 16km/1 day; moderate; circular; overnight facilities; 16 persons max
Comments: In a forest not far from Graskop
Enquiries: Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism
Tel: + 27 (0)15 295-3025
Fax: + 27 (0)15 291-2654
Closest Town: Caledon
Meiring
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Caledon [Back to Top]
Description: 10km/1 day; easy; circular;
Enquiries: Caledon Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)281 2-1090
Fax: + 27 (0)281 4-1289
Closest Town: Calitzdorp
Gamkaberg Trails
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Calitzdorp
Description: Various options in nature reserve; 20 minutes to 6 hours; easy; picnic facilities; booking not required; not recommended during December - February
Enquiries: Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)4437 3-3367
Fax: + 27 (0)4437 ask fax 3-367
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Calvinia
Kareeboom
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Calvinia
Description: 1 hour; easy; for senior citizens; in nature reserve; campsite in Calvinia; no charge for the hike
Enquiries: Calvinia Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)273 41-1011
Fax: + 27 (0)273 41-2750
Closest Town: Calvinia
Sterboom
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Calvinia [Back to Top]
Description: 6-7 hours; average; in nature reserve; camp site in Calvinia; no charge for the hike
Enquiries: Calvinia Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)273 41-1011
Fax: + 27 (0)273 41-2750
Closest Town: Cape Town
Table Mountain
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Cape Town
Description: Network of 550 walks; no facilities
Enquiries: Municipality of Cape Town
Tel: + 27 (0)21 400-1111
Closest Town: Carolina
Kranskloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Carolina
Location: 30 km from Carolina, 250 km from Gauteng.
Description: Day trails from Kloof: 10, 8, 5 km. Hikers will find enjoyment in the interesting combination of gorges, mountain streams and the highveld plateaus which offer beautiful vistas of the surrounding landscapes. The presence of gushing waterfalls, fast flowing mountain streams, indigenous trees, shrubs, veld flowers and the opportunity to spot several antelope species, bushpigs, cat family members and excellent bird-life will add to pleasurable hiking of this area. Overnight facilities: Kloof: 3 huts each with 8 beds. Inkungu camp has 4 huts each with 6 beds. Ablution facilities include donkey boilers for hot/cold showers, flush toilets, basins. Kitchen has 2 plate gas cooker, pots, pans, potjies, braai facilities and wood. Undercover kitchen facilities and lapas.
Comments: Supply own lights, tick repellent. During heavy rains the engineers release water from the Nooitgedacht dam. This may result that bridges are flooded for ± an hour thereby delaying access to Kloof.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Carolina
Mountain Trout
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Carolina [Back to Top]
Description: 14km/1 day; moderate; circular; camp site and caravan park; 10 persons max
Enquiries: Mountain Trout CC
Tel: + 27 (0)17 843-2088
Closest Town: Carolina
Suikerboschfontein
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Carolina
Location: 20 km from Carolina. 220 km from Gauteng.
Description: Day trail; approx 7 km; average to difficult; circular; 21 day hikers max. Hikers will be pleasantly surprised at the diversity of terrain and flora on the Suikerboschfontein hiking trail. The unexpected beauty of the transvaal highveld comes into its own here. The trail is situated on the escarpment, approximately 20 km north-east of Carolina on the farm Suikerboschfontein which has been in the same family for nearly 100 years. Part of this trail traverses the Paulina van Niekerk private nature reserve. The terrain over which the trail traverses follows a winding trail through the basin and several deep gorges. The strong flowing mountain streams filled with indigenous trees and several varieties of ferns (some of the tree ferns being several metres high), offer cool and shady hiking conditions. Huge kiepersol and yellow wood trees are seen along the trail. Drumbraai and wood supplied at Day hike Lunch spot.
Comments: Weather patterns can be variable.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Carolina
The Brook
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Carolina
Description: 22km/2 day; difficult; circular; same hut both nights; 20 persons max; no child under 10
Enquiries: HL and H Lothair District Office
Tel: + 27 (0)17 845-3024
Fax: + 27 (0)17 845-3024
Closest Town: Ceres
Toll House
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Ceres [Back to Top]
Description: 8km/3 hours; average; one way possible; or 16 km return; no facilities;
Enquiries: Pine Forest Reception Office
Tel: + 27 (0)233 2-1170
Fax: + 27 (0)233 2-2070
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Hippo Pool
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Description: 1km/30 minutes; easy; linear; other options available; on a farm; chalets at base;
Enquiries: H Nieuwoudt
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2825
Fax: + 27 (0)27 482-2825
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Maltese-Cross
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Description: 2km/3-4 hours; average; linear; other options available from base; in a nature reserve; chalets at base; 2-12 persons;
Enquiries: H Nieuwoudt
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2825
Fax: + 27 (0)27 482-2825
Closest Town: Citrusdal
Mountain Mist
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Citrusdal [Back to Top]
Description: Various options; moderate; cottages;
Enquiries: Mountain Mist Farm
Tel: + 27 (0)2625 750
Fax: + 27 (0)2625 750
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Blokhuis
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Description: 1 day; various options; average; guide available; overnight facilities; 12 persons max
Enquiries: Pierre Louw
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2361
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Lorraine
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Description: 14km/7 hours; circular; farmhouse
Enquiries: Landtrek
Tel: + 27 (0)21 689-8400
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Rooiberg & Waterval
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clanwilliam [Back to Top]
Description: 10km/5 hours; average; guide available; circular; accommodation available; 15 person max;
Enquiries: Nuwerust
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2813
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Sevilla
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Description: 9km/5 hours; easy to average; circular; overnight facilities; cottages; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: Mr vd Merwe
Tel: + 27 (0)21 689-8400
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Toring Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clanwilliam
Description: 1 day/various options; average; guide available; overnight facilities; 12 persons max
Enquiries: Pierre Louw
Tel: + 27 (0)27 482-2361
Closest Town: Clarens
Golden Gate
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clarens [Back to Top]
Description: 1 to 2 hour horse trail; guided; in nature reserve; horses available; chalets & camp sites at base
Enquiries: Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Tel: + 27 (0)58 256 1470
Fax: + 27 (0)58 256 1471
Closest Town: Clocolan
Ben Nevis
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clocolan
Description: 8-10km/4 hour; farm house and bed & breakfast at base; braai and picnic area;
Enquiries: C Botha
Tel: + 27 (0)51 943-0031
Closest Town: Clocolan
Evening Star
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Clocolan
Description: 6km/3hr; average; circular; accommodation in Clocolan; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: Johan Cloete
Tel: + 27 (0)51932 ask for 3240
Closest Town: Cradock
Mountain Zebra
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Cradock [Back to Top]
Location: Take the Cradock / Middelburg Road (N10). Cradock is about 250 km from Port Elizabeth. Turn west onto the Graaff-Reinet Road (R61). From Cradock the turn-off to the Park is well sign-posted.
Description: Nature trails; hiking from 15 minutes to 5 hours. Route maps for hikers; reservations not necessary. Amenities: Eighteen, four-bed, well-equipped chalets at the tourist rest camp, 20 caravan and camping facilities; launderette, conference hall, restaurant, shop, petrol, swimming pool. Doornhoek guest cottage (historic, renovated farmhouse) sleeps 6. Meals are available from the restaurant; a shop supplies basic commodities.
Comments: Situated in the Mountain Zebra National Park, mountains, birds, plants and animals in lovely surroundings. Offers viewing of Cape mountain zebra as well as springbok, eland, blesbok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and many other Cape Midland animals. The rare booted eagle is one of the 255 species of birds recorded in the Park.
Enquiries: SA National Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)12 428 9111 or (048) 881-242
Fax: + 27 (0)12 343-0905 or (048) 881-3943
Cell: + 27 (0)82 233 9111
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: Cradock
Rooikat
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Cradock
Description: 2km; easy; circular; Commando Drift Nature Reserve; 4-bed overnight cabins; 4-bed chalets; persons min/12 persons max; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Commando Drift Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)48 881-3925
Fax: + 27 (0)48 881-3119
Closest Town: Cullinan
Windy Brow
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Cullinan
Description: Various options from 3km-15km; easy; circular; on game farm
Comments: Maximum 24 persons on overnight trail. R45.00 per person per day. Day hikers R20.00 per person
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Game viewing: 14 species of game.
Closest Town: Duiwelskloof
Piesangkop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Duiwelskloof [Back to Top]
Description: 7km/ 4hours; easy; circular; holiday resort at base with huts and caravan and camp sites
Enquiries: Duiwelskloof Holiday Resort
Tel: + 27 (0)152 309-9651
Fax: + 27 (0)152 309-9419
Closest Town: Dundee
Talana
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Dundee
Description: 2 hours; a marked route; follows the advance of the British Troops up Talana Hill from the museum; it leads to the two British forts on the top of the hill
Tel: + 27 (0)341 2-2654
Fax: + 27 (0)341 2-2376
Closest Town: Durban
Kloof Falls
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Durban
Description: 20km of rambling footpaths and trails through the well forested gorge cut by the Emolweni River. Ideal for family forest ramblings and half-day or full-day walks. No permit required
Comments: In the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in Kloof Gorge, 27km from Durban. Picnic sites available above the Kloof Falls and at the Valley Drive entrance.
Enquiries: Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)31 764-3515
Closest Town: East London
Abbortsford
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: East London [Back to Top]
Location: Urban day walk.
Description: 7 km; 3 hours; in the city of East London; mild uphills.
Comments: A view on Nahoon River. Good for bird watching.
Tel: +27 (0)43 722 6015
Fax: +27 (0)43 743 5091
e-mail: info@tourismbuffalocity.co.za
Web: http://www.tourismbuffalocity.co.za
Closest Town: Estcourt
Bannerman's Path
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 16km/6 hour; average; for the experienced; circular; in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Beacon Ridge
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 14km/1 day; average; trail guide available; circular in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Giants Hut via Two Dassies
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt [Back to Top]
Description: 15km/6 hours; average; one way; in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Giants: Two Dassies
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 19km/8hours; average; only for experienced; circular; in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Grindstone Caves
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 6km/5 hours; average; return; in nature reserve; cave shelter; 118 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Grysbuck Bush
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt [Back to Top]
Description: 8km/5 hours; average; guide available; one way; in nature reserve; overnight facilities; 75 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Langalibalele
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 27 km/8 hours; average; circular; in nature reserve; trail guide available; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Meander Hut
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 12km/1 day; various routes; average; trail guide available; in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Skopongo Ridge
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt [Back to Top]
Description: 3km from Meander Hut; average; trail guide available; circular in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
The Injasuti
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 23km from Bannerman's Hut/1 day; average; trail guide available; circular in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
The Lakes
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 14km/1 day; average; trail guide available; circular in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 76 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
Wonder Valley
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt [Back to Top]
Description: 20km/7 hours; average; trail guide available; return in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 118 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Estcourt
World's View
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Estcourt
Description: 14km/7 hours; average; trail guide available; return in nature reserve; overnight facilities; camp site; 118 persons max
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)331 47-1981
Fax: + 27 (0)331 47-1980
Closest Town: Fort Beaufort
Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Fort Beaufort
Location: Northwest of Fort Beaufort. The reserve is located off the Post Retief road between Adelaide (50 km) and Fort Beaufort (25 km).
Description: There are four circular trails that can be completed in a day, and a two-day, 25 km hike that accommodates a maximum of 8 hikers. Amenities: Picnic and braai sites are located alongside a dam and in the shade of an old, spreading oak. Horses are available to ride. Accommodation is available at Harris Hut (eight people) overlooking a stream in the indigenous forest; Lourie's Rest (12 people) near the office with a view of the Hogsback Mountains; and Phakamisa House (eight people) on a spur of the mountain overlooking the Katberg. All are fully equipped but only Lourie's Rest has electricity.
Comments: This 2 146 ha reserves conserves grassveld of the escarpment and indigenous forests of the valleys and kloofs. Mammals include black wildebeest, red hartebeest, bushbuck, Burchell's zebra, mountain reedbuck, blue duiker, baboon and tree dassie. The large variety of birds includes the threatened Cape parrot.
Enquiries: Directorate Environmental Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)46 584-0729 or (043) 742-0360
Fax: + 27 (0)46 584-0729
Closest Town: Fouriesburg
Lesoba
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Fouriesburg [Back to Top]
Description: 28km/2day; average; two circular routes from same base; 4 huts at base; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: A Viviers
Tel: + 27 (0)51 522 8659
Closest Town: Fouriesburg
Tonnel-kruin
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Fouriesburg
Description: 17km/1 day; circular; caravan park and chalets at base;
Enquiries: JP le Roux
Tel: + 27 (0)58 223-0067
Closest Town: Frankfort
Aanleg Guest Farm
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Frankfort
Description: Two 5 hour routes; chalets - two bedroom, six bed, fully equipped for self catering. Tree house, Anglo-Boer Blockhouse, Bungalow with 33 matrasses, caravanning and camping facilities. Comments: Situated on the Wilge River, 7km from Frankfort on the R34 to Vrede.
Comments: Situated on the Wilge River, 7km from Frankfort on the R34 to Vrede
Enquiries: Riana or Bertie de Jager
Tel: + 27 (0)58 813 2687
Fax: + 27 (0)58 813 2687
Cell: + 27 (0)82 698 0238
e-mail: aanleg@lantic.net
Game viewing: Some buck species
Closest Town: Franschoek
Catspad
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Franschoek [Back to Top]
Description: 11km/6 hours; easy; various options; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: Franschoek Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)21 876-2055
Fax: + 27 (0)21 876-3297
Closest Town: Franschoek
Du Toitskop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Franschoek
Description: 3-4 hour round trip; starts at the second hairpin bend on the summit of the Franschhoek Pass. Permit: R10.00 per person available from the municipality, map given with permit. Limit of 15 persons per day; take own drinking water.
Comments: In the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Enquiries: Municipality or Huguenot Museum
Tel: + 27 (0)21 876-2055 or 876-2532
Closest Town: Franschoek
Perdekop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Franschoek
Description: 15km/8 hours; average to difficult; circular; guides available; 20 person max;
Enquiries: Franschoek Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)21 876-2055
Fax: + 27 (0)21 876-3297
Closest Town: George
Doring River Wilderness Circle Route
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: George [Back to Top]
Location: In the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at Waboomskraal 20 km from George
Description: 15km; 6 hours; difficult; circular; no facilities; 12 persons max. Starting Point: Waboomskraal.
Comments: Fynbos, mountain scenery and river. Permit obtained from: Witfontein District Office: Outeniqua Nature Reserve.
Enquiries: Outeniqua Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)44 874-2160
Fax: + 27 (0)44 874-1567
e-mail: george@cnc.org.za
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Game viewing: Klipspringer, grey rhebuck, numerous small rodents and the elusive leopard.
Closest Town: George
Dutton's Cove
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: George
Location: Herold's Bay
Description: 4 km; 1,5 hours; average. Starting Point: Park at beach parking area, walk in easterly direction to residential area. Road and path overlooking sea.
Comments: No permit required.
Enquiries: George Tourism Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)44 874-4000
Web: http://www.george.co.za/info/hikes.htm
Closest Town: George
Glentana Beach to Shipwreck
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: George
Location: At Glentana.
Description: 6 km; 3 hrs; circular; easy; Starting Point: Parking area in Glentana near the Sea Side Cafe, walk in an easterly direction towards the rocks. No permit required.
Comments: Rocky beach, caves, wreck of floating dock
Enquiries: George Tourist Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)44 874-4000
Web: http://www.george.co.za/info/hikes.htm
Closest Town: George
Groeneweide Nature Walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: George [Back to Top]
Description: Three options; 7km/2.5 hours; 10km/3 hours; 15 km/6 hours; marked; average; loop routes; in the Groenkop State Forest; no facilities; under 18 must be accompanied by adults; unmanned entrance; access free; must sign register
Enquiries: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Tel: + 27 (0)445 82-5466
Fax: + 27 (0)445 82-5461
Closest Town: George
Pass-to-Pass
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: George
Location: Montagu Pass, between George and Herold's Bay.
Description: 4,7 km; 3 hrs; difficult; Starting Point: Top of Montagu Pass (old gravel quarry on the western side) or Outeniqua Pass. End: top of Outeniqua Pass or Montagu Pass.
Comments: Self-issued Permit. View over Outeniqua Mountain Range with beautiful fynbos.
Enquiries: George Tourism Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)44 874-4000
Web: http://www.george.co.za/info/hikes.htm
Closest Town: George
Rooikransies
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: George
Location: Herold's Bay.
Description: 4 km; 1,5 hours; easy. Road and path overlooking sea, magnificent views. Starting Point: Walk from the hotel in an easterly direction.
Comments: No permit required.
Enquiries: George Tourism Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)44 874-4000
Web: http://www.george.co.za/info/hikes.htm
Closest Town: George
Steve Landman
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: George [Back to Top]
Location: At Glentana. Take the Glentana N2 off-ramp and proceed to Bluff Street.
Description: 4 km; 1,5 hours; circular; average; Starting Point: Outeniqua Resort, Bluff Street. Coastal bush and views. Hikers should carry drinking water.
Comments: No permission required.
Enquiries: George Tourist Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)44 874-4000
Web: http://www.george.co.za/info/hikes.htm
Closest Town: Graaff-Reinet
Eerstefontein
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Graaff-Reinet
Location: In the Karoo Nature Reserve. Graaff-Reinet lies at the junction of the R57 and R63.
Description: Dry hike, so carry 2 litres of water per hiker. Avoid sunburn and be prepared for changes in the weather. Do not walk over the R513 - use the tunnel. Do not walk alone.
Enquiries: Karoo Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)49 892-3453
Closest Town: Grabouw
Buys se Pad
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Grabouw
Description: 20km/ 6 hours; average; circular; accommodation in Grabouw
Enquiries: The Forestry Office
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858
Closest Town: Grabouw
Hottentots- Holland: Suicide Gorge
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Grabouw [Back to Top]
Description: 18km/9hours; circular; kloofing; strenuous; no accommodation and no camping allowed in in reserve
Enquiries: Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-6543
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Grabouw
Hottentots-Holland Reserve - Riviersonderend
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Grabouw
Description: 15km/ 6hours; difficult; circular; kloofing; in nature reserve; no accommodation or camping in reserve; 15 persons max; (closed 30 June to 1 Sept)
Enquiries: Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)225 4826
Fax: + 27 (0)225 4457
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Grabouw
Hottentots-Holland: Boegoekloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Grabouw
Description: 24km/ 8 hour; average; return; in nature reserve; no accommodation or camping in nature reserve; 15 persons max;
Enquiries: Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-6543
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Grabouw
Hottentots-Holland: Groenland
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Grabouw [Back to Top]
Description: 22km/ 7 hour; average; return; in nature reserve; no accommodation or camping in nature reserve; 15 persons max
Enquiries: Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-6543
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Graskop
Belvedere
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Graskop
Description: 12km/1day; difficult; circular. Accommodation in Belvedere for 30 persons max.
Enquiries: Dept of Agriculture & Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)13 769 6031
Closest Town: Graskop
Jock of the Bushveld
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Graskop
Description: 7 km. walk. 220 beds.
Comments: The trail revisits places of interest as mentioned in Sir Percy Fitzpatrick's famous book, "Jock of the Bushveld". Occasional mist.
Tel: + 27 (0)13 767 1126
Fax: + 27 (0)13 767 1126
e-mail: graskop@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Great Brak River
Wolwedans
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Great Brak River [Back to Top]
Description: 3 km; 2 hrs; one way; easy; Starting Point: Municipality in Great Brak River. End: Wolwedans Dam lookout point. Beautiful river trail with rich bird life.
Comments: Permit: Municipality
Enquiries: Great Brak Tourist Info
Tel: + 27 (0)44 620-2100
Web: http://www.george.co.za/info/hikes.htm
Closest Town: Greyton
Boesmanskloof (one way)
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Greyton
Description: 14km/1 day; one way; average; between Greyton and McGregor; includes an interpretive trail; 50 persons max;; private accommodation available in town
Enquiries: Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)23 625-1621
Fax: + 27 (0)23 625-1674
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Groblersdal
Wildevy
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Groblersdal
Description: 10km/1 day average; circular; in nature reserve; overnight house; 20 persons max
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 662-0586
Fax: + 27 (0)12 662 1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Haenertsburg
Louis Changuion
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Haenertsburg [Back to Top]
Description: 11km/1 day; average; circular; accommodation in Haenertsburg
Enquiries: Reservations
Tel: + 27 (0)15276 4328
Fax: + 27 (0)15276 4328
Closest Town: Harrisith
Vergezient - The Wingswept Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Harrisith
Description: The Wingswept Trail, which is also 13,5 kms long, takes the hiker to the highest point of Vergezient and offers some incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains. The trail descends through the beautiful Oom Pieter se Bos and passes the 50m high Vergezient falls before returning the hiker to the starting point. Hikers are accommodated in The Barnhouse, a well equipped and comfortable base from which to do the trails. Gas geysers provide hot water for the showers while fire places at each end of the covered stoop provide Braai facilities in all weather conditions
Enquiries: Jacana
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/
Closest Town: Harrismith
Platberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Harrismith
Description: Various optional day walks; moderate to strenuous depending on route; return to one of two base camps; hut; 10 persons per base camp max;
Enquiries: Harrismith Marketing Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)58 612 3525
Fax: + 27 (0)58 613 0923
Closest Town: Harrismith
Vergezient - The New Beginnings Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Harrismith [Back to Top]
Description: The New Beginnings trail starts off with a walk along the cliff edge until Yellowwood Kloof is reached, where the trail descends to the second terrace of the escarpment and to Folly Ridge falls. The well marked path then descends through a forested kloof until the "Old Opstal" is reached. From here the route follows an old road to "The Ford", where the Vergezient Stream is crossed. From the natural splash pools the hiker has a panorama view of the northern and central Drakensberg. A short distance from here is the New Beginnings cave. Here can be viewed ancient bushman drawings of long ago. From the cave the trail ascends through a beautiful forested kloof passing the Vergezient falls and a lovely natural rock pool, after which a short walk takes the hiker back to the Barnhouse. Hikers are accommodated in The Barnhouse, a well equipped and comfortable base from which to do the trails. Gas geysers provide hot water for the showers while fire places at each end of the covered stoop provide Braai facilities in all weather conditions.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: +27 (0)12 346-3550
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/
Closest Town: Harrismith
Vergezient - The Razors Edge Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Harrismith
Description: The Razor Edge trail is not as difficult as the New Beginnings trail and can be easily accomplished in a morning. The trail starts with a climb down through Vergezient Kloof. From the base of the kloof the trail continues along the steep slopes of the mountain side until aptly named Razors Edge is reached. Here the trail once more takes the hiker to the top of the mountain. From the vantage point at the top one has an incredible view of the Tugela valley and also the surrounding sandstone hills of the eastern Free State. The trail finishes with an easy walk back along the ridge to the Barnhouse. Hikers are accommodated in The Barnhouse, a well equipped and comfortable base from which to do the trails. Gas geysers provide hot water for the showers while fire places at each end of the covered stoop provide Braai facilities in all weather conditions
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: +27 (0)12 346-3550
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/
Closest Town: Hartbeesfontein
Barolong
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hartbeesfontein
Location: Approx. 20 km from Klerksdorp on the Ottosdal road.
Description: 7km day hike; no accommodation.
Comments: Archaeological site, birds. Beware of snakes.
Enquiries: Paul Slabbert
Cell: + 27 (0)82 740 8046
Closest Town: Hartbeespoort Dam
Uitkyk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hartbeespoort Dam [Back to Top]
Location: 30 km west of Pretoria and 50 km from Johannesburg, in the vicinity of the Hartbeespoort Dam.
Description: 7,5 kilometres; 4,5 to 5,5 hours; circular; easy to difficult, with optional extreme section. The Uitkyk trail is a well-marked path describing a loop up the northern slopes of the mountains in the vicinity of the Hartbeespoort Dam and within the boundary of the Magaliesberg Protected Natural Environment (MPNE).The trail follows a route over varied topography from high grassland, through extensive natural woodland, down rocky kloofs and up the mountain slopes. There is an easy route for the less fit and a scenic route for those seeking a challenge. There are spectacular views from the summit. Facilities: Fenced car park with toilets and showers. Braai stands - bring own charcoal/wood.
Comments: Dry hike, so carry 2 litres of water per hiker. Avoid sunburn and be prepared for changes in the weather. Do not walk over the R513 - use the tunnel. Do not walk alone.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Hazyview
Matumi
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hazyview
Description: Closed for the public
Enquiries: HL&H Mining Timber
Tel: + 27 (0)13 737-7235
Fax: + 27 (0)13 737-7238
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Bokmakierie
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Description: The Bokmakiere Day Trail is a trail that has been laid out for those who only have a few hours to hike. There are two options, 10km or 17km. Do not forget to take water (I would suggest 2Lt) plus some form of foodstuff. A good pair of walking shoes is advisable, a hat and sunblock. Although there is normally plenty of people that you will meet along the trail, it is still advisable to walk the trail in a minimum group of three.
Enquiries: Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)11 904 3930/3/7
Fax: +27 (0)11 904 2966
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/suikerbosrand.htm
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Cheetah
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Heidelberg [Back to Top]
Description: 5km/3 hours; other trails available; average; circular; in nature reserve; accommodation Heidelberg and environ.
Enquiries: Gauteng Department of Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)11 904-3933
Fax: + 27 (0)11 904-3933
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Grootvadersbosch - Bushbuck
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Description: Various options; 2 to 10 km; in nature reserve; 12 persons max; As a day walk - in a pristine environment - with luxury and rustic (tent camp) accommodation - with a easy to moderate difficulty rating (2.6) - with excellent trail facilities .
Enquiries: South African Trail Owners Association
Tel: + 27 (0)14 717 5812
Fax: + 27 (0)14 (0)86 682 0244
Cell: + 27 (0)82 677 6999
e-mail: info@waterberg.co.za
Web: http://www.stamvrughikingtrails.co.za
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Grootvadersbosch - Fonteintjiesbos
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Description: Fonteintjiebos trail as a day walk. - in a pristine environment. - with luxury and rustic (tent camp) accommodation - with a moderate difficulty rating (3.2) - with excellent trail facilities.
Enquiries: SA Hiking trail owners ass.
Tel: + 27 (0)14 717 5812
Fax: + 27 (0)14 86 682 0244
Cell: + 27 (0)82 677 6999
e-mail: info@waterberg.co.za
Web: http://www.stamvrughikingtrail.co.za
Closest Town: Heidelberg
Grootvadersbosch - Grysbok
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Heidelberg [Back to Top]
Description: Grysbok Hiking trail as a day walk - in a pristine environment - with luxury and rustic (tent camp) accommodation .- with a moderate difficulty rating (5.4)
Enquiries: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)14 717 5812
Fax: + 27 (0)14 86 682 0244
Cell: + 27 (0)82 677 6999
e-mail: info@waterberg.co.za
Web: http://www.stamvrughikingtrail.co.za
Closest Town: Hekpoort
Rustig - Krans Route
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hekpoort
Location: Rustig Farm off the R560 near Hekpoort
Description: Krans Route - 7 Km. Following this hiking trail brings you up close to the towering Magaliesberg cliffs. The route traverses through indigenous woodland and past impressive mountain caves. New Years Cave is a giant overhang that acquired its name thanks to the local farmers who welcomed the New Year from this beautiful vantage point.
Comments: Winding through the forest this is a great choice for a summers day, listen out for the Red billed Wood Hoepoes as they laugh off the heat of the day and the Red breasted cuckoos as they call out 'Piet-my-vrou' The trail joins the descent path at 'Klipmuurnek', the stone wall fortification built in the early 1900's.
Enquiries: Garth Oldacre
Cell: +27 (0)82 731 4696
e-mail: garth@govertical.co.za
Web: http://www.goverticalbackpackers.co.za/page5.html
Closest Town: Hekpoort
Rustig - Kruin Route
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hekpoort
Location: Rustig Farm off the R560 near Hekpoort
Description: Kruin Route 10-12 Km. Leaving the dry forest environment behind, wind your way through the open woodland with plentiful Suikerbos trees up to the cliff and through 'Tweeboomnekkie' named after the two Mountain Cabbage trees that stood in the pass - A useful wood in the days of Ox wagons, one was chopped down by a Wagon driver who needed to make brake pads for his ox wagon. The trail follows the crest of the mountains, with impressive views over 'Die Moot' to the South and towards Groenkloof and Brits on the Northern side. Glancing down over the cliffs you may spot the dainty Klipspringer, Mountain rhebok, baboons and rock dassies. Don't forget to raise your eyes to the sky and perhaps the resident Black Eagles or the Cape Vultures will glide silently above you.
Comments: Options to visit the old Anglo Boer war fortifications extend the standard trail by 2 km. Find a spot between the whimsical quartzite rocks to enjoy your picnic before descending through the heather.
Enquiries: Garth Oldacre
Cell: +27 (0)82 731 4696
e-mail: garth@govertical.co.za
Web: http://www.goverticalbackpackers.co.za/page5.html
Closest Town: Hekpoort
Rustig - Onderberg Route
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hekpoort [Back to Top]
Location: Rustig Farm off the R560 near Hekpoort
Description: Onderberg Route - 5km. This trail is perfect for a leisurely walk, it has great views of the Spectacular cliffs of the Magaliesberg. The trees you're most likely to encounter are White Stinkwood, Wild & False Olive, Knobwood and if you're hiking in January the scent from the wild gardenia is beautiful. If you walk quietly you may encounter the Common Duiker, Vervet monkeys, chameleons and small mammals.
Comments: Perfect for young family members, new walkers and anyone wanting to relax and perhaps picnic in the shade.
Enquiries: Garth Oldacre
Fax: 086 524 3398
Cell: +27 (0)82 731 4696
e-mail: garth@govertical.co.za
Web: http://www.goverticalbackpackers.co.za/page5.html
Closest Town: Hermanus
Hermanus Coastal
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hermanus
Description: 13km/1 day; easy; one way
Enquiries: Hermanus Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)283 700-300
Fax: + 27 (0)283 700-305
Closest Town: Hluhluwe
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hluhluwe
Description: Established in 1895, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big 5 occur.. Short day walks of approximately two hours are conducted from Mpila and Hilltop Camps under the supervision of an experienced field ranger. These walks may be booked at reception in both camps
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)35 562-0425
Fax: + 27 (0)35 562-0425
Closest Town: Hluhluwe
Mpophomeni
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hluhluwe [Back to Top]
Description: 10km/4 hours; easy; circular; various options available; in nature reserve; huts and camp site at base;
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)35 562-0425
Fax: + 27 (0)35 562-0425
Closest Town: Hoedspruit
Kameelperd
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hoedspruit
Description: 12km/4 hours; easy; circular; overnight bush lapa; 12 persons max
Enquiries: Matumi Game Lodge
Tel: + 27 (0)1528 32452
Fax: + 27 (0)1528 32743
Closest Town: Hogsback
Tyume Indigenous Forest
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hogsback
Location: Take the R63 from either King William's Town or Fort Beaufort, turn off onto the R63 that takes you to the Hogsback and eventually Catchcart. The entrance to the trail is 8 km south of the information
Description: Various route options are offered on the southern slopes of the Amatola Mountains at Hogsback: - A circular route from the Hogsback entrance, via the Big Tree, Madonna and Child Waterfalls and back to the start along the Wolfridge Road: 8 km. - From the Hogsback entrance, via the Big Tree, Madonna and Child Waterfalls, and returning to the start the same way: 8 km. - Circular route from Hogsback entrance, via the Big Tree, Swallow Tail Falls and back to the start along the Wolfridge Road: 5,5 km. - Short walk from Waterfall entrance parking to Madonna and Child Waterfalls and return: about 1 km. The recommended minimum group size is three. Permit not required: visitors may enter the reserve at any time during daylight hours.
Comments: The 218 ha Auckland Nature Reserve adjoins extensive plantations and conserves indigenous high forest. A high rainfall area (summer months are the wettest) and, though the summers are cool and refreshing, the best time to visit the reserve is probably June to September. Snow in winter is common. Numerous well-signposted day trails have been established in the reserve and surrounding forest. The reserve is noted for its rich bird diversity that includes brightly coloured species, such as the African golden oriole, redbilled hornbill, Knysna loerie and rare Knysna parrot. Common mammals include bushbuck, duiker, bushpig, porcupine, vervet and samango monkeys, and rare tree dassie. Several scenic waterfalls, such as the Madonna and Child and Kettlespout are worth a visit. The Big Tree is an old Outeniqa Yellowwood, also known as the Eastern Monarch and is estimated to be 800 years old. Woodcutters used the Sawpits in the past to cut logs into planks.
Enquiries: Amatola Forest
Tel: + 27 (0)43 382-5466
Fax: + 27 (0)43 382-5461
e-mail: vermeuc@dwaf-wcp.wcape.gov.za
Closest Town: Hout Bay
Karbonkelberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Hout Bay [Back to Top]
Description: 3 hour round trip; a steady but easy walk up a rutted road which winds its way gradually up the mountain. Take safety precautions and drinking water.
Comments: Starts at the top of Bay View Road above Hout Bay Harbour
Enquiries: Hout Bay Publicity
Tel: + 27 (0)21 790-3270
Fax: + 27 (0)21 790-4998
Closest Town: Humansdorp
Boskloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Humansdorp
Description: The Boskloof trail has prolific birdlife, unusual vegetation and the "drie-bessie-bos" common only to the Eastern Cape (appears nowhere else in the world)
Comments: Beware of snakes; nature vegetation; indigenous trees. Hot in summer.
Tel: + 27 (0)42 295 1361
Fax: + 27 (0)42 291 0567
Game viewing: Small antelope and monkeys
Closest Town: Johannesburg
Alberts Farm
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Johannesburg
Description: Alberts Farm may not be known by many Johannesburg residents but it certainly has a number of good points that should be taken into account when one is looking for a place to go for a walk on a weekend afternoon in Johannesburg. The conservancy consists of about 90ha of small rocky ridges, undulating grassland stretching down to the wetland area along the Montgomery Spruit. The area is ideal for dog walking and kite flying while the more avid walker might enjoy exploring the spruit downstream to where it joins up with the Braamfontein Spruit Security Alberts Farm is perhaps one of the safer parks in the city. It should however be remembered that it is a public open space and as such basic precautions should be adhered to. Try to walk in a small group of people. Leave all your valuables at home. Always be conscious of what is going on around you. Johannesburg City Parks and the Friends of Albert's Farm Conservancy try to make your visit to the park a safe and pleasant occasion but in common with parks and public open spaces throughout the world, there is always risks. The onus is on the individual to ensure his or her own safety.
Enquiries: Event management
Tel: +27 (0)11 712 6664
Fax: +27 (0)11 712 6764
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/
Closest Town: Joubertina
Cliff Route
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Joubertina [Back to Top]
Description: Closed
Enquiries: Le Ferox Paradise Private Nature Reserve
Closest Town: Joubertina
Kouga River
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Joubertina
Location: Private Nature Reserve.
Description: 18km/1 to 2 days; easy; various routes in private nature reserve; camp site; 12 persons max.
Enquiries: Le Ferox Paradise Private Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)42 273 2079
Closest Town: Joubertina
Le Ferox Paradise Nature Trails
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Joubertina
Location: Le Ferox Paradise Private Nature Reserve
Description: 20km/2day; Day 1- 14km/6hours; Day 2 - 6km/4hours; easy; return; in a private nature reserve; wooden overnight hut; 16 persons max. No fires. No cellphone reception.
Comments: Indigenous forest.bnirds, rock formations, rock art, swimming. Catering with dinner, bed and breakfast on request.
Enquiries: Le Ferox Paradise Private Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)42 273 2079
Fax: + 27 (0)42 273 2079
Closest Town: Joubertina
Louterwater
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Joubertina [Back to Top]
Description: Various day and overnight routes; moderate; hut; 16 persons max;
Enquiries: Le Roux Muller
Tel: + 27 (0)42 272-1493
Closest Town: Keetmanshoop
Canyon Adventures
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Keetmanshoop
Description: Day walks into the Fish River or Lowen River Canyons available from The Farm House, The Stable or Koelkrans Camp. Also 2 and 3 day options.
Comments: The Fish River Lodge is situated between Grunau and Keetmanshoop. Accommodation in The Farmhouse, double and family rooms sharing ablutions, meals and bar. The Stable, backpackers in a dormitory, self catering. Koelkrans, six wooden huts (sleeps 12).
Enquiries: Riette Fourie
Tel: + 264 (0)63 22-3762 or 260-6018
Fax: + 264 (0)63 22-3762
e-mail: frlodge@iafrica.com.na
Closest Town: Kei Mouth
Wild Coast Amble
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kei Mouth
Description: The Wild Coast Amble is an existing hiking trail along the southern section of the Cape Wild Coast takes you along a beautiful coastline over headlands and along sandy beaches with breathtaking views. Enjoy a wide variety of bird & marine life whilst collecting shells along pristine stretches of beach. The terrain is moderate and the distance covers 56km over the 5 days. Each night you will be comfortably accommodated at unique venues along the way.
Tel: +27(0)43 743 6181
Fax: +27(0)43 743 6188
e-mail: meross@iafrica.com
Closest Town: Kei Mouth
Wild Coast Meander
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kei Mouth [Back to Top]
Description: The Wild Coast Meander is an unique Trail that offers you the opportunity to walk a section of our magnificent Wild Coast. The area that the hike covers is a nature lover's paradise, with access so limited that the only way to see the majority of the coastline is to hike. You will encounter long lonely beaches, river estuaries teeming with marine life, river fauna, majestic views. Experience peaceful tranquility that is unsurpassed
Tel: +27(0)43 743 6181
Fax: +27(0)43 743 6188
e-mail: meross@iafrica.com
Closest Town: King William's Town
Pirie Forest Walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: King William's Town
Location: Maden Dam. Take the turn-off about 12 km from King William's Town on the King William's Town / Stutterheim road.
Description: 9 km; circular. The best way to see this forest is on the circular Pirie Forest Walk that starts at the southern end of the Maden Dam. The trail winds past a disused sawmill and logging rail (dating from 1910) and returns following the course of the Evelyn Stream. Another trail, the Sandile Trail, leads to the cave used by Paramount Chief Shortly before his death in 1878. The grave of Sandile lies on the edge of the forest and is a place of veneration and a national monument. Birds are abundant, both aquatic and terrestrial.
Tel: + 27 (0)43 642-1747
Web: http://www.boaa.co.za/amatola.htm
Closest Town: Klapmuts
Dirtopia Trail Centre
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Klapmuts
Location: R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts
Description: The Delvera Vineyard Trail is 9.75km long and takes roughly 2.5 hours to complete. The hike summits Klapmutskop at 523m and offers panoramic views of the Winelands and Cape Town. The 6km Vineyard Walk remains in the vineyards and take 1.5 hours to complete. You'll enjoy beautiful views of the Winelands and get a closer look at the various red and white wine cultivars. Interpretive signage will help you distinguish between Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc! For bird enthuasiasts the 1.25km Bird Walk is a must. The Delvera dam hosts a wide range of ducks, geese, weavers, pheasants And yes, you can come and do trail running for exercise here too
Cell: +27 (0)83 284 5932
e-mail: theteam@dirtopia.co.za
Web: http://www.dirtopia.co.za
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Houwhoek Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kleinmond [Back to Top]
Description: Houwhoek Trail - 8km (3 hours) This is a moderate walk with views over Houwhoek and the Groenlandberg Conservancy area. It leads through diverse fynbos vegetation
Enquiries: Western Cape Nature Conservation Board
Tel: +27 (0)21 659 3500
Fax: +27 (0)21 659 3409
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Kogelberg Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Location: This is a trail that is worth doing, especially if your travels take you to the Hermanus/Kleinmond area.
Description: The Kogelberg Trail is a circular route takes you right through the heart of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and provides a wilderness experiece. The trail is graded moderate to long. It is therefore advised that hikers start off before 10:00. The reserve is known for its diverse fynbos - more than 1700 plant species have been recorded. The route also passes through shale forests, and along the Palmiet River where hikers can cool off with a swim.
Enquiries: Western Cape Nature Conservation Board
Tel: +27 (0)21 659 3500
Fax: +27 (0)21 659 3409
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Oudebosch
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Description: 12km/1 day; average; circular; accommodation nearby; 12 persons max;
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Palmiet River Valley Walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kleinmond [Back to Top]
Description: The Palmiet River day walk: Trail Distance: 9-18km (3-7 hours) Group size maximum: 10. Trail description: This easy trail hugs the Palmiet River, then takes you deep into the Kogelberg reserve to the Stokoe bridge and back again. The scenic hike through diverse fynbos has been graded as easy. Various distances are possible, ranging from 9 to 18km. It is advised that you start off on the hike before noon.
Enquiries: Western Cape Nature Conservation Board
Tel: +27 (0)21 659 3500
Fax: +27 (0)21 659 3409
e-mail: hcassels@capenature.co.za
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Perdeberg Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Description: The Perdeberg day trail Trail Distance: 16km (5-6 hours). Trail description: This moderate out and back walk leads through diverse fynbos, and provides vistas over the coastline and Palmiet River valley. Flowering time is between August and October
Enquiries: Western Cape Nature Conservation Board
Tel: +27 (0)21 659 3500
Fax: +27 (0)21 659 3409
e-mail: hcassels@capenature.co.za
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Three Sisters
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Description: 9km/1 day; difficult; circular; hut available
Enquiries: Kleinmond Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)2823 2-9263
Fax: + 27 (0)2823 2-9221
Closest Town: Kleinmond
Three Sisters Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kleinmond [Back to Top]
Description: Three Sisters Trail - 8km (4 hours). Trail description: This moderate out and back walk leads through diverse fynbos, and provides vistas over the coastline and Palmiet River valley. Flowering time is between August and October.
Enquiries: Western Cape Nature Conservation Board
Tel: +27 (0)21 659 3500
Fax: +27 (0)21 659 4309
Closest Town: Knysna
Elephant
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Knysna
Description: Three options; 7km/2.5 hours; 8km/3 hours; 9 km/3.5 hours; colour-coded; average; loops from the Diepwalle State Forest forest station; no facilities; ideal family walks; under 18 must be accompanied by adults;
Enquiries: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Tel: + 27 (0)445 82-5466
Fax: + 27 (0)445 82-5461
Closest Town: Knysna
Kranshoek Nature Walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Knysna
Description: Two options; 3km/2 hour and 9 km/5hour; average to difficult; one very steep section, marked; loops starting at view point or picnic spot; through Harkerville State Forest and along the coast; not for the very young; under 18 must be accompanied
Enquiries: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Tel: + 27 (0)445 82-5466
Fax: + 27 (0)445 82-5461
Closest Town: Knysna
Terblans Nature Walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Knysna [Back to Top]
Description: 6.5km/2.5 hour; average; marked; circular; in Gouna State Forest; no facilities; under 18 must be accompanied;
Enquiries: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Tel: + 27 (0)445 82-5466
Fax: + 27 (0)445 82-5461
Closest Town: Koeberg
Dikkop and Gryskop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Koeberg
Description: 2-13 km; various options; loops from same starting point; no facilities
Tel: + 27 (0)21 550-4911
Closest Town: Kuruman
Kalahari's Edge
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Kuruman
Description: 22km/1-2day; average; guide available; circular; various options; overnight facilities; camp site; chalets; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: Jakob and Peggy Kaufmann
Tel: + 27 (0)5373 23133
Fax: + 27 (0)5373 30033
Closest Town: Ladismith
Elandsberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Ladismith [Back to Top]
Description: 12km/5-8 hours; difficult; circular; free; accommodation in town; best May to September
Enquiries: Towerkop Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)28 551-1077
Fax: + 27 (0)28 551-2601
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Laingsburg
Anysberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Laingsburg
Location: Anysberg Nature Reserve lies in the Little Karoo between Ladysmith, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu.
Description: Hikers may hike through the reserve; routes not marked; no formal hiking trail; easy; huts and camp site (own tent); 30 persons max; entrance at gate; best during May to September
Enquiries: CNC Reservations Office
Tel: + 27 (0)28 425-5020
Fax: + 27 (0)28 425-5030
e-mail: dehoopinfo@sdm.dorea.co.za
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Game viewing: Steenbok, duiker, gemsbok, red hartebeest and numerous other small, shy species.
Closest Town: Laingsburg
The Block House Walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Laingsburg
Description: 14km/1 or 2 day; average; one-way; overnight facilities; farm accommodation;
Enquiries: Geelbeksbrug Farm
Tel: + 27 (0)23 551-1774
Closest Town: Langebaan
Geelbek
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Langebaan [Back to Top]
Description: 4 trails from 7-16 km; 2-6 hours; average; circular; in a National Park; 30 persons max; gate entrance fee charged.
Enquiries: West Coast National Park
Tel: + 27 (0)22 772 2144/5
Fax: + 27 (0)22 772 2607
e-mail: xolam@sanparks.org
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Fountain
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Description: 4km/2-3 hours; easy; guide available; circular; camp site
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Tabajwane
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Description: 8km/1 day; circular; guide available; camp site
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Tshumanini
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt [Back to Top]
Description: 2km/2 hours; open ended; guide available; camp site
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Waterbuck
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Louis Trichardt
Description: 3km/1 day; guide available; camp site
Enquiries: Wild Life Society of South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Fax: + 27 (0)15 516-4534
Closest Town: Lydenburg
Crane
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Lydenburg
Description: 9km/1day; easy; circular; in nature reserve; accommodation in Lydenburg.
Enquiries: Lydenburg Town Council
Tel: + 27 (0)13 235 2121
Fax: + 27 (0)13 235 1108
Closest Town: Lydenburg
De Berg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Lydenburg [Back to Top]
Description: Daywalks; easy; network; campsite
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 662-0586
Fax: + 27 (0)12 662 1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Lydenburg
De Berg Country Lodge
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Lydenburg
Description: Network; daywalks; easy; guided; catering at request; various options; 10 persons max;
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 662-0586
Fax: + 27 (0)12 662 1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Lydenburg
Pedi
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Lydenburg
Description: 5km/3hrs; easy; circular; in nature reserve; accommodation in Lydenberg;
Enquiries: Lydenburg Town Council
Tel: + 27 (0)13 235 2121
Fax: + 27 (0)13 235 1108
Closest Town: Lydenburg
Protea
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Lydenburg [Back to Top]
Description: 12km/1day; easy; circular in nature reserve; accommodation in Lydenberg;
Comments: Temporarily Closed
Enquiries: Lydenburg Town Council
Tel: + 27 (0)13 235 2121
Fax: + 27 (0)13 235 1108
Closest Town: Malmesbury
Kasteelberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Malmesbury
Description: 7km/4 hours; average; circular; cottages; 12 persons max;
Enquiries: Spes Bona Farm
Tel: + 27 (0)224 22-050
Closest Town: Marquard
Aurora
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Marquard
Description: Various options; follow own route; average; from Aurora cottage as base; (fully equipped); 8 persons max;
Enquiries: Cherry Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Fax: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Closest Town: Marquard
Merrimetsi
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Marquard [Back to Top]
Description: Merrimesti Day trails: For those hikers that don't feel like doing the backpack trails, there is the option of doing a choice of three day trails that return the hiker each night to the Merrimetsi Barn. The distances are 10Km (approx. 4hrs), 14Km (approx. 6hrs) and 6Km (approx. 4hrs).
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za
Closest Town: Marquard
Rooihaartjie
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Marquard
Description: Day walk/ 5 hours; other options available; average; circular; from de Hoek base house; 8 persons max;
Enquiries: Cherry Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Fax: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Closest Town: Marquard
Witkop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Marquard
Description: Day walk/ 3 hours; average; from de Hoek base house; 8 persons max;
Enquiries: Cherry Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Fax: + 27 (0)51 991-0126
Closest Town: Middelburg
Aasvoelkrans
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg [Back to Top]
Description: Aasvoėlkrans 12km (White) The trails start from a board close to the office. Although currently there are no maps of the trail available, the trails are not difficult to follow. The trail are (with their marking colours.It is important to take plenty of water along with you as it is not advisable to drink the water from the river. Please don't feed the Vervet Monkeys or Baboons and carry your rubbish out of the trails.
Enquiries: Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)13 245 9003
Fax: + 27 (0)13 245 9000
Closest Town: Middelburg
Bobbejaanstert
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
Description: Bobbejaanstert 10km (Blue) The trails start from a board close to the office. Although currently there are no maps of the trail available, the trails are not difficult to follow. The trail are (with their marking colours) It is important to take plenty of water along with you as it is not advisable to drink the water from the river. Please don't feed the Vervet Monkeys or Baboons and carry your rubbish out of the trails.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 245 9003
Fax: + 27 (0)12 245 9000
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za
Closest Town: Middelburg
Botshabelo
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
Location: In Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Description: Botshabelo 6km (Red) The trails start from a board close to the office. Although currently there are no maps of the trail available, the trails are not difficult to follow. The trail are (with their marking colours): It is important to take plenty of water along with you as it is not advisable to drink the water from the river. Please don't feed the Vervet Monkeys or Baboons and carry your rubbish out of the trails
Enquiries: Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)13 245 9003
Fax: +27 (0)13 245 9000
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/
Closest Town: Middelburg
Botshabelo - Bobbejaan Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg [Back to Top]
Location: In Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Description: 10km/1day; moderate; circular; in nature reserve; bunkhouse and cottages available at Bothsabelo; entrance fee at gate. (Temporarily closed).
Enquiries: Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)13 243 5020
Fax: +27 (0)13 243 1319
Closest Town: Middelburg
Cycad Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
Description: The Cycad Trail is 11km in length and can be walked in about 3 hours. The trail follows a farm road for some distance before entering a beautiful rocky gorge. The trail follows this gorge for a while and there is plenty of rock hopping along the way. In summer months the rock pools present swimming opportunities not to be missed. Slagthoek basecamp consists of an old thatched farmhouse reached by way of 18km sand road. There is a kitchen with fridge and gas stove. Hot water for the shower is provided by way of a donkey boiler which the attendant looks after. The lounge has easy chairs and some reading material. Lighting is by way of paraffin lamps. Outside there is a braai with grid. Wood is supplied at a charge. There is a padlock on a gate along the road, so make sure that you have the combination number
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za
Closest Town: Middelburg
Cycad (Broodboom) Trail - Cycad Section
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
Description: 9km/1 day; extendable; difficult; circular; overnight facilities; 32 persons max
Comments: Special interests include Cycads, also the Encephalartos middelburghensis, indigenous to this area. Many birds, also the Black Eagle and Fish Eagle. Trees, wild flowers and wild life. Cliffs and ravines of the Olifants River. No dogs, no fires. Beware of snakes.
Enquiries: Narissa Smit
Tel: + 27 (0)13 282 6101
Fax: + 27 (0)13 282 5752
Cell: +27 (0)72 342 2800
e-mail: smitpje@lantic.net
Closest Town: Middelburg
Cycad (Broodboom) Trail - Suikerbos Section
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg [Back to Top]
Location: On the edge of the Olifants River Valley
Description: 2 days/23km; Day 1, 14 km; Day 2, 9 km; moderate; circular (back to same base); basic or standard huts at base: Office (Kantoor) Huts, 36 beds; Eagle's Nest (Arendsnes) Huts, 10 beds; Ravine (Ravyn) Huts, 8 mattresses.
Comments: Special interests include Cycads, also the Encephalartos middelburghensis, indigenous to this area. Many birds, also the Black Eagle and Fish Eagle. Trees, wild flowers and wild life. Cliffs and ravines of the Olifants River. No dogs, no fires. Beware of snakes.
Enquiries: Narissa Smit
Tel: + 27 (0)13 282 6101
Fax: + 27 (0)13 282 5752
Cell: +27 (0)72 342 2800
e-mail: smitpje@lantic.net
Closest Town: Middelburg
Gods' Window Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
Description: This trail is 12km long and for the most part of it can be considered easy. The trail follows the edge of the escarpment offering spectacular views of the Olifants river gorge. There are several places along the route that can used for a tea break or just to relax and take in the breathtaking views.The trail eventually leaves the mountain tops and begins its descent through prime woodland with fine examples of Stamvrug, Boekenhout and several species of Combretum. The last section of the trail takes the hiker up along a narrow wooded kloof. There is quite a bit of boulder hopping. Take it easy as you only have about 2km to go to the hut. Slagthoek basecamp consists of an old thatched farmhouse reached by way of 18km sand road.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
Closest Town: Middelburg
Idwala
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
Description: Various loop trails from same base, 24 km. in total. Three chalets, 24 beds.
Comments: Geological rock formations. 85 species bird species, 70 indigenous tree species, waterfalls, mountain streams, views of Loskop Dam, game farm with several game species, 18 mammal species, veld flowers. No dogs, no fires. Bilharzia and malaria free. Thunder in summer. Carry own water, cellphone reception. Entrance gate locks at 21:00. Trail closed over Christmas and New Year.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: +27 (0)12 346 3550 or /1 or /2
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Montagu
Cogman's Kloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Montagu [Back to Top]
Description: 12km/1 day; average; circular; overnight hut available;
Enquiries: The Information Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)234 4-1112
Fax: + 27 (0)234 4-1841
Closest Town: Mossel Bay
Coumashoek
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Mossel Bay
Location: In the Robinson Pass.
Description: 16,5 km; 7 hrs; circular; average; starts at a style next to a green gate opposite a picnic table in Robinson Pass
Comments: Permit: Not required
Enquiries: Mossel Bay Publicity Association
Tel: + 27 (0)44 691-2202
e-mail: iti26050@mweb.co.za
Web: http://www.george.co.za/info/hikes.htm
Closest Town: Mossel Bay
Ruitersbos
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Mossel Bay
Location: In the Ruitersbos Plantation, next to Robinson's Pass;
Description: 5 km; 2 hours; circular; easy; Starts at Eight Bells Mountain Inn.
Comments: Self issued permits.
Enquiries: Mossel Bay Publicity Association
Tel: + 27 (0)44 691-2202
e-mail: iti26050@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Mossel Bay
St Blaize
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Mossel Bay [Back to Top]
Description: 15km/5 hour; average; Mossel Bay to Dana Bay; sarts at Bat's Cave; no facilities
Comments: Rugged coastal scenery; caves; rock formations; interesting plant life. Do not walk in high winds. Beware of waves when visiting caves or coastal rocks. Steep falls in places. Arrange transport from Dana Bay back to Mossel Bay. Children should be accompanied by adults. Map and brochure from: Mossel Bay Publicity Association, 101 Marsh Street.
Enquiries: Publicity Association
Tel: + 27 (0)444 691-2202
e-mail: iti26050@mweb.co.za;
Closest Town: Mtubatuba
St Lucia Game Park
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Mtubatuba
Description: 12km/1 day; easy; various options; camp site
Enquiries: Natal Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)35 590-1340
Fax: + 27 (0)35 590-1343
Closest Town: Mtubatuba
Umkhiwane
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Mtubatuba
Description: 7km/1 day; easy; overnight facilities; camp site
Enquiries: Fanie's Island
Tel: + 27 (0)35 550-1631
Fax: + 27 (0)35 550-1457
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
Forest hall
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nature's Valley [Back to Top]
Description: Indigenous forest and fynbos, forest streams, bird watching. Paths are slippery in wet weather. Chalets and camp site at Nature's Valley.
Enquiries: De Vasselot Camp Site
Tel: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Fax: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
Groot Rivier
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
Description: 5km/3hrs; moderate; circular; other day walks available; huts and camp site. Starts and finishes at camp site. Maps available from the camp site or trading store.
Enquiries: De Vasselot Camp Site
Tel: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Fax: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
Kollanderkloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
Description: Indigenous forest and fynbos, forest streams, bird watching. Paths are slippery in wet weather. Chalets and camp site at Nature's Valley.
Enquiries: De Vasselot Camp Site
Tel: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Fax: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
Salt River Keurpad
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nature's Valley [Back to Top]
Description: Indigenous forest and fynbos, forest streams, bird watching. Paths are slippery in wet weather. Chalets and camp site at Nature's Valley.
Enquiries: De Vasselot Camp Site
Tel: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Fax: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
The Crags
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nature's Valley
Description: 12km/4hrs; difficult; circular in nature reserve; huts and camp site.
Enquiries: De Vasselot Camp Site
Tel: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Fax: + 27 (0)4457 6700
Closest Town: Nelspruit
Uitsoek
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nelspruit
Description: The Uitsoek Hiking Trail is situated in the Mpumalanga lowveld, close to the Sudwala caves and not far from the town of Nelspruit. The trail is set in the Uitsoek plantation and explores the richness of the indigenous forests, mountain streams and surrounding mountain grandeur. The overnight backpack route is quite strenuous and should be attempted by fit and experienced hikers only. The trails start from Uitsoek hut which is situated on the outskirts of Uitsoek forest station. Uitsoek hut is well equipped with bunk beds, mattresses, tables and chairs, undercover Braai facilities and two plate electric stove. The first day of the overnight hike is 15Km long and climbs over 900m during the course of the day. Lisabon hut is a welcome sight at the end of a long day's hike. There are twelve bed and mattresses plus a table and chairs. Outside there is a Braai area and in the nearby plantation there is a toilet Neville Grading: 11.04
Enquiries: SAFCOL
Tel: + 27 (0)13 754 2724
Fax: + 27 (0)13 754 2790
e-mail: ecotour@klf.co.za
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/
Closest Town: Newcastle
Bushman Krans
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Newcastle [Back to Top]
Description: 13km/3 day; various circular options; from easy to very difficult; overnight facilities; 30 persons max;
Enquiries: G Conradie
Tel: + 27 (0)3431 54300
Fax: + 27 (0)3431 54300
Closest Town: Newcastle
Kingfisher Trout
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Newcastle
Description: 10km & 5km/ 1 day; average; circular; 8-10 persons max; overnight facilities
Tel: + 27 (0)34 351-1844
Fax: + 27 (0)34 351-1844
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville
De Hoop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville
Description: 12km/1 day; circular; easy; detour to waterfall difficult; accommodation in a homestead; 12 persons max;
Comments: Situated on the farm Papkuilsfontein
Enquiries: Willem and Mariette van Wyk
Tel: + 27 (0)27 218-1246
Fax: + 27 (0)27 218-1246
e-mail: papkuilsfontein@cybertrade.co.za
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville
Rietvlei Day Hike
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville [Back to Top]
Description: Rietvlei Day Hike 17,9km 7-10 hrs. This is a route for those who would like to swim in the Oorlogskloof River and also takes in the Knersvlakte viewing site.
Enquiries: Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)27 218 1010
Fax: +27 (0)27 218 1159
e-mail: wpretorius@sp.ncape.gov.za
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/oorlogskloof.htm
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville
The Leopard Trap
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Nieuwoudtville
Description: The Leopard Trap Day Hike 15,5km- 6-9 hrs. This follows a route from Groot Tuin past the leopard cage to the Knersvlakte viewing site
Enquiries: Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)27 218 1010
Fax: +27 (0)27 218 1159
e-mail: wpretorius@sp.ncape.gov.za
Web: http://www.footprints.co.za/oorlogskloof.htm
Closest Town: Paarl
Groot Baviaans
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Paarl
Description: 9km/1 day; average; circular; 24 persons max;
Enquiries: Hawequa State Forest
Tel: + 27 (0)2211 611-535
Closest Town: Paarl
Kagga Kamma
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Paarl [Back to Top]
Description: Various day routes; easy; overnight hut; camp site; 40 persons max
Enquiries: Kagga Kamma Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 863-8355
Fax: + 27 (0)21 863-8383
Closest Town: Paarl
Klipkershout: Paarl Mountain
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Paarl
Description: 4km/3 hours; circular; easy; booklet available; interpretive educational; in nature reserve; picnic and braai area; accommodation in Paarl
Enquiries: Paarl Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)2187 23-658
Fax: + 27 (0)2187 28-054
Closest Town: Paarl
Limietberg Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Paarl
Description: Various options from 4km to 8 km; return; average; in nature reserve; no accommodation; 12 persons max;
Enquiries: Limietberg Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)21 552-3689
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Paarl
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Paarl [Back to Top]
Description: Network of routes; easy to difficult; guide available; in nature reserve; picnic and braai area; accommodation in Paarl
Enquiries: Paarl Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)2187 23-658
Fax: + 27 (0)2187 28-054
Closest Town: Parys
Deo Volente
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Parys
Description: Temporarily closed (Various day walks; moderate; accommodation in Parys and environs.
Enquiries: T van Heerden
Tel: + 27 (0)568 4077
Closest Town: Patensie
Baviaanskloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Patensie
Location: In the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve
Description: Various options in Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve; varies from one to several days; picnic spots; overnight accommodation and camping available. No formal trails are offered. Accommodation in the De Hoek Holiday Resort.
Comments: Wilderness area; caves; mammmals; birds.
Enquiries: Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27(0)42 283-0496
Closest Town: Paulpietersburg
Dumbe Mountain
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Paulpietersburg [Back to Top]
Enquiries: Paulpietersburg Publicity Association
Tel: + 27 (0)38 995-1650
Fax: + 27 (0)38 995-1255
Closest Town: Pietermaritzburg
Baynesfield
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pietermaritzburg
Description: 18km/1 day; easy; circular; trail guide; overnight facilities; 10 persons max;
Enquiries: Baynesfield Estate
Tel: + 27 (0)332 510-043
Fax: + 27 (0)332 510-045
Closest Town: Piketberg
Kasteelberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Piketberg
Description: 18km/1 day; easy; circular; overnight facilities;
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)224 22-050
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Golagola
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest [Back to Top]
Description: 5km; easy; day walks; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)11 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)11 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Hackets-Kitchen
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Description: 6km; average; day walk; circular; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Lost City
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Description: 6km, average, circular day walk, hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Marco's-Mantle
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest [Back to Top]
Description: 5km; easy; circular; day walks; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Network
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Description: Various day walks; easy to very difficult; circular; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Old Digging
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Description: 5km; circular; moderate; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Samango
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest [Back to Top]
Description: 4km; circular; difficult; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Sheba
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Description: 5km; circular; moderate; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Mount Sheba: Trout Pools and Aloe Pools
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pilgrim's Rest
Description: 5km; circular; difficult; hotel accommodation
Enquiries: Mount Sheba Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)1315 788-1258
Fax: + 27 (0)1315 788-7039
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay
Robberg (1)
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay [Back to Top]
Description: 2km/1hour; easy; various options; overnight trail also for the blind;
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)44 573-3424
Fax: + 27 (0)44 573-2300
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay
Robberg (3)
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay
Description: 9km/4 hour; difficult;
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)44 573-3424
Fax: + 27 (0)44 573-2300
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay
Wittedrif
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Plettenberg Bay
Description: 3km/4 hour; average; guide available; various options; overnight facilities;
Enquiries: Wittedrift Butchery
Tel: + 27 (0)4457 9760
Fax: + 27 (0)4457 9654
Closest Town: Polokwane
Wolkberg Wilderness
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Polokwane [Back to Top]
Description: There are no facilities apart from a few indistinct tracks that dissect it. The hiker can choose his own route and number of days he spends in the area and pitches his/her tent anywhere they choose. Normally wilderness hiking is undertaken by experienced hikers equipped with tents and everything they may possibly need to cover any eventuality. Map reading skills are essential as is a knowledge of First Aid. Examples of wilderness areas are Cederberg, Groot Winterhoek Wolkberg and The Drakensberg. The Wolkberg is a rugged area and hiking in this area can be classed as strenuous and should be only attempted by those who are fit. The hike leader should be an experienced hiker with strong leadership skills
Enquiries: Dept of Environmental Affairs and Touris
Tel: + 27 (0)15 276 1303
Fax: + 27 (0)15 297 8962
Closest Town: Port Alfred
Kowie Nature Reserve Hiking Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Port Alfred
Location: Just outside Port Alfred, off the Bathurst Road.
Description: 6 - 8 km walk; moderately easy; scenic 174 ha reserve protecting Succulent Thicket. Abundant animal life, including blue duikers, tree and rock dassies, and Spotted Necked and Cape Clawless Otters.
Comments: Braai areas, picnic spots and toilet facilities. Amenities are accessible by river. Access by road is not advised.
Enquiries: Riverside Caravan Park
Tel: + 27 (0)46 624 1235 or 625 0876
Fax: + 27 (0)46 625 0876
Closest Town: Port Alfred
Oribi
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Port Alfred
Description: Closed.
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth
Bushbuck Day Walk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth [Back to Top]
Location: In the Island Nature Reserve
Description: 23.3 km; 2 day/2 night; average; one way (transport back to base is available at a charge); in nature reserve and farms; Accommodation: base camp - Boplaas hut, Bundu hut and Oudewerf hut each sleeping 20 persons; huts on trail; 50 persons max/2 persons min.
Comments: Indigenous forest; bird watching (125 species); tree spotting (labelled trees); small antelope; picnic spots with fireplaces.
Enquiries: The Island Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)41 378 1634
Fax: + 27 (0)41 378 1607
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth
Destades Igolomi
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth
Description: 9km/2 hours; average; circular; in nature reserve; 10-12 persons max.
Enquiries: The Chief Nature Conservation Officer
Tel: + 27 (0)41 561 000
Fax: + 27 (0)41 555 213
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth
Roseate
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Port Elizabeth
Description: 9km/1day; easy; circular; overnight facilities and camp site
Enquiries: Cape Recife Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)41 559 711
Fax: + 27 (0)41 559 711
Closest Town: Potchefstroom
Bult
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Potchefstroom [Back to Top]
Description: Cultural historical walk in the city of Potchefstroom.
Enquiries: Local Economical Development
Tel: + 27 (0)18 299-5131
Fax: + 27 (0)18 299-5133
e-mail: potchmun@hotmail.com
Closest Town: Potchefstroom
Pioniers
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Potchefstroom
Description: Cultural historical walk in the city of Potchefstroom. Including places of historical interest.
Enquiries: Local Economical Development
Tel: + 27 (0)18 299-5131
Fax: + 27 (0)18 299-5133
e-mail: potchmun@hotmail.com
Closest Town: Pretoria
Groenkloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pretoria
Description: 5 or 11 km; average; circular; picnic facilities available;
Enquiries: Pretoria City Council
Tel: + 27 (0)12 44-7131
Fax: + 27 (0)12 341-3960
Closest Town: Pretoria
Rietvlei
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Pretoria [Back to Top]
Description: 10km/ 7 hours; average; circular; in Rietvlei Nature Reserve; picnic facilities availble; 15 person max;
Enquiries: Pretoria City Council
Tel: + 27 (0)12 345-2274
Game viewing: home to a variety of antelope and several rare or threatened species of game such as the white rhino
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Bloukop
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Description: 11km/1 day; easy; overnight facilities; camp site; not during December to February
Enquiries: Tierberg Hiking Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)4436 780
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Koedoepoort
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Description: 11km/1 day; average; not during December and February; overnight facilities
Enquiries: Tierberg Hiking Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)4436 780
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Tierberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Prince Albert [Back to Top]
Description: 11km/1 day; average; not during December and February; overnight facilities
Enquiries: Tierberg Hiking Trails
Tel: + 27 (0)4436 780
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Tierberg Wilderness
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Prince Albert
Description: 21km/2 day; average; not during December and February; overnight facilities
Enquiries: Liz Bothes
Tel: + 27 (0)23 541 1772
Fax: + 27 (0)23 541 1366
Closest Town: Prince Alfred Hamlet
Gydo
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Prince Alfred Hamlet
Description: 12km/1 day; shorter routes available; easy; 10 persons max;
Enquiries: Ceres Tourism Bureau
Tel: + 27 (0)233 61287
Fax: + 27 (0)233 61287
Closest Town: Queenstown
Lawrence De Lange Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Queenstown [Back to Top]
Location: Turn north into Robinson Road at the Royal Hotel, then left into Kingsway about 3 km along the gravel road. The reserve's gates are an extension of Hangklip Road, and are open daily from 8h00 to 17h00.
Description: In the Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve. Waterfalls; mountain scenery; birding. Be prepared for any weather. Snow in winter. No cell phone reception.
Comments: Various options form same base: Dassiekranz 4km; Ongeluksloot 5km; Graskop Mountain Trail 11km; Gatsrivier 8km. Easy to moderate. Accommodation in guesthouse, rondawel or stable flat. Selfcatering or B&B.
Enquiries: The Town Clerk
Tel: + 27 (0)45 838-2233
Fax: + 27 (0)45 838-3168
Closest Town: Redelinghuys
Kruisfontein
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Redelinghuys
Description: 14km/6 hours; return; camping; hostel
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)21 430-8100
Fax: + 27 (0)21 591-8058
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Redelinghuys
Spoonbill
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Redelinghuys
Description: 18km/1 day; easy; circular; overnight facilities; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)263 602 / 604
Fax: + 27 (0)263 602 / 604
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Redelinghuys
Wheelcliff
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Redelinghuys [Back to Top]
Description: 18km/1 day; difficult; circular; camp site; 30 persons max;
Enquiries: Verlorenvlei Hiking Committee
Tel: + 27 (0)263 602 / 604
Fax: + 27 (0)263 602 / 604
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Riversdale
Sleeping Beauty
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Riversdale
Description: 13km/1day; average; circular; may overnight at base; other options available; 14 persons max;
Enquiries: Department of Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)2933 32-418
Fax: + 27 (0)2933 33-146
Closest Town: Riviersonderend
Grootkloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Riviersonderend
Description: 12km/4 hours; average; circular; shorter alternatives available; camp site
Enquiries: Merwesport
Tel: + 27 (0)2346 2738
Fax: + 27 (0)2346 2734
Closest Town: Robertson
Boerbok
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Robertson [Back to Top]
Description: 15km/1 day; easy; circular; house at base; overnight hut; 10 persons max;
Enquiries: Kasra
Tel: + 27 (0)2351 2165
Closest Town: Robertson
Heron: Vrolijkheid
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Robertson
Description: 3km/1 hour; easy; loop trail from rondawel at base; in nature reserve; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)23 625-1621
Fax: + 27 (0)23 625-1674
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Robertson
Karin
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Robertson
Description: 4-5 hours; average; circular; in private nature reserve; cottages; 32 persons max; hiking for guests only;
Enquiries: Pat Busch Private Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)23 626-2033
Fax: + 27 (0)23 626-2033
e-mail: patbusch@intekom.co.za
Closest Town: Robertson
Pat Busch Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Robertson [Back to Top]
Description: Various circular day walks; easy to moderate; in private nature reserve; cottages; hiking for guests only; 32 persons max;
Enquiries: Pat Busch Private Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)23 626-2033
Fax: + 27 (0)23 626-2033
e-mail: patbusch@intekom.co.za
Closest Town: Robertson
Rooikat: Vrolijkheid
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Robertson
Description: 19km/8 hours; difficult; loop trail from rondawel at base; in nature reserve; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)23 625-1621
Fax: + 27 (0)23 625-1674
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Rustenburg
Bergheim
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Rustenburg
Description: Bergheim is situated in the northern part of the Magaliesberg mountains, not far from Rustenburg in North West Province. The resort offers great hiking opportunities for people who need to break away for the day from the city and the shopping malls. Bergheim is also ideal for a camping or caravanning weekend and has a swimming pool braai facilities and tuck shop. A day hike at Bergheim makes for a good days outing, but it should be noted that the walk is largely unmarked and therefore needs a fare amount of orienteering to prevent getting lost. However, if you keep the gorge and stream in consideration, it should not present any problems. The climb to the top can be strenuous especially in summer and it is important to have an early start and take plenty of drinking water along (2 litres recommended)
Tel: +27 (0)14 537 2363
Closest Town: Rustenburg
Bobbejaan
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Rustenburg [Back to Top]
Description: 2 km day walk.
Comments: Mountains and waterfalls, no dogs or fires allowed; beware of snakes.
Enquiries: Rustenberg Kloof
Tel: + 27 (0)14 594-1037/8/9
Fax: + 27 (0)14 594-1045
e-mail: rthkloof@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Sabie
Christmas Pools
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Sabie
Description: 14km/1 day; avearge; other routes available; return; hut at start; 14 persons max.
Enquiries: Mondi Forests
Tel: + 27 (0)13 764 1011
Fax: + 27 (0)13 764 2093
Closest Town: Sabie
Hlalanathi
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Sabie
Description: Various day routes from self contained forest lodge.
Enquiries: SAFCOL
Tel: + 27 (0)12 481 3615
Fax: + 27 (0)12 481 3622
e-mail: ecotour@safcol.co.za
Closest Town: Sabie
Loerie
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Sabie [Back to Top]
Description: 1 day/14 km. Day walk. Permits at Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort. Accommodation at Merry Pebbles Camping and Caravan Park.
Comments: Trail leads you past various waterfalls and indigenous forest
Enquiries: SAFCOL
e-mail: ecotour@safcol.co.za
Closest Town: Sabie
Pine Lodge
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Sabie
Description: 14km/1 day; various easy day walks; A-frame hut;
Enquiries: Mondi Forests
Tel: + 27 (0)13 764-1011
Fax: + 27 (0)13 764-2093
Closest Town: Saldanha
Oranjevlei
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Saldanha
Description: 12 km; circular; easy; on a farm
Tel: + 27 (0)2281 42261
Closest Town: Saldanha
SAS Saldanha
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Saldanha [Back to Top]
Description: 4, 10, 11 or 15km routes; easy; in provincial nature reserve; circular; no overnight facilities; entrance free
Enquiries: SAS Saldanha
Tel: + 27 (0)2281 42211 x 2008
Fax: + 27 (0)2281 41962
Closest Town: Sasolburg
Leeuwspruit Daywalk
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Sasolburg
Description: 10km/1 day; various options; easy; 30 persons max; Saturday & Sunday of every last week-end of the month (07:00 to 17:00); group bookings during the week
Enquiries: Sasolburg Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)16 976 0029
Closest Town: Sedgefield
Goukamma-Groenvlei
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Sedgefield
Description: 15km/1 day; average; circular; various options; camp site; overnight facilities; 20 persons max;
Enquiries: Goukamma Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)445 830-042
Fax: + 27 (0)445 830-042
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Senekal
Bergvaring
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Senekal [Back to Top]
Description: 12km/1day; easy; circular; accommodation nearby; 15 persons max;
Enquiries: R Erasmus
Tel: + 27 (0)5848 2302
Fax: + 27 (0)5848 2302
Closest Town: Seymour
Katberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Seymour
Location: In the Winterberg Range. Turn off from road to Seymour and Queenstown. The R67 and R351 converge near Seymour.
Description: Situated at the eastern end of the Amatolas, the tall yellowwoods and white stinkwood trees of the Kologha State Forest invite day visitors into the cool canopy of shady walks. The forest provides ideal habitat for bushpig, samango monkeys, bats and numerous birds. Water birds and browsing duiker add to the enjoyment of the trails.
Comments: Day permits and rides from Forestry Office on Katberg Pass. Hiking, day trails and mountain biking available.
Enquiries: Keiskamma Eco-Tourism
Tel: + 27 (0)43 642-1747
Fax: + 27 (0)43 642-2571
e-mail: printl@his.co.za
Web: http://www.boaa.co.za/amatola.htm
Closest Town: Smithfield
Stokstert
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Smithfield
Description: 24km/2 day; average; in Caledon Conservancy; guest house; base hut; figure of 8 (same overnight hut); 4 min - 24 persons max
Enquiries: Jan le Roux Pieterse
Tel: + 27 (0)5562 2104
Fax: + 27 (0)51 683 1102
Closest Town: Somerset East
Lynx
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Somerset East [Back to Top]
Location: Take the R63 between Cookhouse and Somerset East and turn off 17 km east of the town.
Description: 10 km/2 to 3 hours; average. The hike takes you through indigenous forest or along steep mountain tracks on the farm Glen Avon. There is a spectacular waterfall, which plunges 80 m into a riverine-forested valley where sneezewood and cabbage trees grow. The waterfall and the kloof have been declared the Glen Avon Falls Natural Heritage Site (No 71). Bird watchers could identify 235 species of birds, ranging from small sunbirds to birds of prey and an occasional sighting of the rare Cape Vulture. Large game includes kudu, bushbuck, duiker and mountain reedbuck. A two bed roomed, 4-bed, fully furnished, self-catering guest lodge. Meals are available on request. Glen Avon Falls is open throughout the year for farm activities, trout fishing, swimming, canoeing, bird watching, controlled bushbuck hunting in season and hiking. Day outings with a 4x4 can be arranged at an extra charge.
Enquiries: Avon Heights Mountain Guest Lodge
Tel: + 27 (0)42 243-3555
Fax: + 27 (0)42 243-2540
e-mail: avonhts@eastcape.net
Web: http://www.eastcape.net/glenavon
Closest Town: Somerset West
Helderberg Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Somerset West
Description: Easy to difficult; 4-6 hours; various options; guide available;
Enquiries: Somerset West Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)24 516-982
Fax: + 27 (0)24 516-207
Closest Town: Somerset West
Taaibos
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Somerset West
Description: 11km/1 day; moderate to very difficult; circular; camp site and overnight hut;
Enquiries: W Obermeyer
Tel: + 27 (0)24 554-308
Fax: + 27 (0)24 554-308
Closest Town: Springbok
Goegap Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Springbok [Back to Top]
Description: Wilderness trail; hikers to plan own day route; average to difficult; picnic; guest house for 6 persons max; other accommodation nearby; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Goegap Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-1880
Fax: + 27 (0)251 8-1286
Closest Town: Springbok
Ian Meyers A: Goegap Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Springbok
Description: 12km/3 hour; average; circular; picnic; guest house for 6 persons max; other accommodation nearby; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Goegap Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-1880
Fax: + 27 (0)251 8-1286
Closest Town: Springbok
Ian Meyers B: Goegap Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Springbok
Description: 6km/2 hour; average; circular; picnic; guest house for 6 persons max; other accommodation nearby; entrance fee at gate
Enquiries: Goegap Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)251 2-1880
Fax: + 27 (0)251 8-1286
Closest Town: Stanford
Salmonsdam
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Stanford [Back to Top]
Description: Various day walks; average; in nature reserve; overnight hut; camp site
Enquiries: Salmonsdam Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)283 300-787
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Banhoek
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Description: 11km/1 day; average; circular; 24 persons max;
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Panorama
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Description: 17km/1 day; circular; 24 persons max
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Swartboskloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Stellenbosch [Back to Top]
Description: 19km/1 day; camp site; 24 persons max;
Enquiries: Cape Nature Conservation
Tel: + 27 (0)21 886-5858
Fax: + 27 (0)21 886-6575
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
The Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Stellenbosch
Description: 7, 15 or 24km/ 3 hours-1 day; average; circular; overnight facilities; 40 persons max;
Enquiries: Stellenbosch Publicity Association
Tel: + 27 (0)21 883-9633
Fax: + 27 (0)21 883-8017
Closest Town: Sterkstroom
Koos Ras Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Sterkstroom
Location: 3 km from Sterkstroom. Take the Dordrecht road from Sterkstroom and turn right just before you get to the railway line. The gate is 3 km along a good gravel road.
Description: Easy walking trails have been laid out in the Koos Ras Nature Reserve. The rest camp has chalets with rooms with electric lighting and stoves, and sites for 20 caravans and tents.
Enquiries: Sterkstroom Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)45 966 0080
Fax: + 27 (0)45 966 0020
Closest Town: Storms River
Blue Duiker
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Storms River [Back to Top]
Location: In the Tsitsikama National Park
Description: 4km/3hrs; return; in nature reserve; moderate; guided excursions available; chalets and camp site at Tsitsikamma National Park.
Comments: Coastline views, bird watching, tree spotting (trees marked with national botanical numbers)
Enquiries: Tsitsikamma National Park
Tel: + 27 (0)42 281 1607 or + 27 (0)12 428 91
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: Storms River
Waterfall
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Storms River
Location: In the Tsitsikama National Park
Description: 6km/3hrs; moderate; return in nature reserve; guided excursions available; chalets and camp site.
Enquiries: Tsitsikama National Park
Tel: + 27 (0)42 281 1607 or +27 (0)12 428 911
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: Stutterheim
Kologha Forest
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Stutterheim
Location: Northwest of Stutterheim. From Stutterheim along the R30 it is about 7 km to the Plantation Office. All trails start and end at the Kologha Picnic Site.
Description: Red Day Walk (17 km): This circular route passes through indigenous forest and grassland. Hikers will encounter three waterfalls, providing the only drinking water available on the route. Yellow Day Walk (7 km): This circular route follows part of the Red Day Walk. Blue Day Walk (3 km): You will encounter three spectacular waterfalls where you can sit down and enjoy the beauty of the forest. The return route is the same way. Walk to Anderson's Dam (8 km): A road takes to you to the dam and back. You can enjoy a picnic at the dam. Amenities: Braai facilities, toilets, picnic tables and a small outdoor information centre are provided at the picnic site.
Comments: Situated at the eastern end of the Amatolas, the tall yellowwoods and white stinkwood trees of the Kologha State Forest invite day visitors into the cool canopy of shady walks. The forest provides ideal habitat for bushpig, samango monkeys, bats and numerous birds. Water birds and browsing duiker add to the enjoyment of the hiker. There are several marked day trails, taking in waterfalls, and trout-fishing opportunities. Mountain bikes and horses are permitted on certain trails.
Enquiries: Kubusie Plantation, SAFCOL
Tel: + 27 (0)43 683-7323
Fax: + 27 (0)43 683-7315
Closest Town: Swellendam
Marloth Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Swellendam [Back to Top]
Description: Various day routes; average; in nature reserve
Enquiries: Marloth Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)291 41-410
Fax: + 27 (0)291 41-488
Web: http://www.capenature.org.za
Closest Town: Tarkastad
Ntabathemba Tribal Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Tarkastad
Location: 8 km southeast of Tarkastad. Take the Bedford road from Tarkastad, turn left into the Upper Black Kei Road.
Description: Activities include game watching, climbing, hunting in season and hiking the 8 km trail. It is fairly steep in parts and starts and ends at Lily Fountain. There are periodic exhibitions of traditional dancing. Accommodation is in self-catering or fully catered colonial-style lodges.
Comments: This 3 000 ha reserve adjoins Tsolwana Nature Reserve. Members of the Amaquati clan control it. Various vegetation types support blesbok, mountain reedbuck, springbuck, impala and Hartmann's zebra. There is a breeding colony of Cape vultures.
Enquiries: Eastern Cape Tourism Board
Tel: + 27 (0)45 653-2115
Fax: + 27 (0)45 636-4019
Closest Town: Thaba Nchu
Maria Moraka: Ostrich
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Thaba Nchu
Description: 4km/2hours; moderate; circular; guided by arrangement; in game reserve; 10 persons max; for hotel guests
Enquiries: Thaba Safaries
Tel: + 27 (0)51871 2161
Fax: + 27 (0)51871 2521
Closest Town: Thabazimbi
Leopard: Rhino Eco Park
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Thabazimbi [Back to Top]
Description: 12.5km/1 day; difficult; must be fit; circular; 12 persons max.
Comments: Overnight facilities Moheke hut, two rooms with 6 beds each, showers, flush toilets, gas geyser, boma with cooking facilities. Carry water on route
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Thabazimbi
Zebra: Rhino Eco
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Thabazimbi
Description: 13km or 8km/1 day; difficult; circular; overnight facilities; 12 persons max.
Comments: Overnight facilities Moheke hut, two rooms with 6 beds each, showers, flush toilets, gas geyser, boma with cooking facilities. Carry water on route
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Touws River
Dries le Roux Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Touws River
Description: Various routes; 4 hours to 3 days; easy to average; hut; camp site; 6 persons max;
Enquiries: Touws River Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)23 358-1191
Fax: + 27 (0)23 358-1612
Closest Town: Touws River
Elim
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Touws River [Back to Top]
Description: Various day routes; easy to difficult; hut and camp site;
Enquiries: Boeboe and Joey
Tel: + 27 (0)23 358-2013
Closest Town: Tshipise
Baobab
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Tshipise
Description: 1 day; circular; in the Honnet Nature Reserve; trail is free to users who resident at the Tshipise Resort, trails on horseback are offered and mountain biking is allowed
Enquiries: Aventura Tshipise
Tel: + 27 (0)15539 624
Fax: + 27 (0)15539 724
Game viewing: a variety of antelope
Closest Town: Tzaneen
Letaba
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Tzaneen
Description: 3/ 4/ 7km; easy; circular in Hans Merensky Nature Reserve; overnight facilities available at base; no restriction to number of people; free of charge
Enquiries: Aventura Eiland
Tel: + 27 (0)15 386-8633/ 386-8759
Fax: + 27 (0)15 386-8632
Closest Town: Tzaneen
Mopane
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Tzaneen [Back to Top]
Description: 1km; easy; circular in Hans Merensky Nature Reserve; overnight facilities available at base; no restriction to number of people; free of charge
Enquiries: Aventura Eiland
Tel: + 27 (0)15 386-8633/ 386-8759
Fax: + 27 (0)15 386-8632
Closest Town: Tzaneen
Waterbuck
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Tzaneen
Description: 11km; easy; circular in Hans Merensky Nature Reserve; overnight facilities available at base; no restriction to number of people
Enquiries: Aventura Eiland
Tel: + 27 (0)15 386-8633/ 386-8759
Fax: + 27 (0)15 386-8632
Closest Town: Uitenhage
Blindekloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Uitenhage
Description: 2 days/34km; day 1 18km, day 2 16 km; circular; own tent; 6 persons max; toilet and showers at the office complex where the trail starts and ends; unmarked wilderness trail.
Enquiries: Groendal Wilderness Area
Tel: + 27 (0)41 992 5418
Fax: + 27 (0)41 992 7570
Closest Town: Uitenhage
Uitenhage Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Uitenhage [Back to Top]
Description: Various options; easy; no limit on numbers; chalets and caravan park available
Enquiries: Uitenhage Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)41 966-1161
Closest Town: Upington
Shepard's Tree
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Upington
Description: Network of trails; different options to choose from; easy; in nature reserve; catering for groups on request; hut for 4 persons at base; overnight hut for four persons on trail; camping facilities available
Enquiries: Spitskop Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)54 22336
Fax: + 27 (0)54 22336
Closest Town: Vaalwater
Bushcamp
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Vaalwater
Description: Circular day walk from bush camp; on a farm; catering available at request
Enquiries: Taaibosvoetslaanpad
Tel: + 27 (0)147552 ask 222 Bulgerivier
Closest Town: Ventersburg
Koolspruit
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Ventersburg [Back to Top]
Description: Three loop trails from same base; 4km/7km or 13 km; average; on a farm; guest house at base; 6 persons max
Enquiries: Janine Honiball
Tel: + 27 (0)57 777 4786
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Buffelskloof
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Venterskroon
Description: Various loop routes from 4 to 17km; easy to difficult; in nature reserve; picnic facilities; kiosk; tea garden; accommodation in lodge for 10 persons; no limit for day hikers.
Enquiries: Dome Highland Trails / Koepelroetes
Tel: + 27 (0)18 294-8572
Fax: + 27 (0)18 297-7976
Cell: + 27 (0)82 570 6252/ 60
e-mail: domeavnt@iafrica.com
Closest Town: Vereeniging
Drie Riviere
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Vereeniging
Description: 13km; easy; linear (arrange for transport at end of route); in town area; picnic facilities; no cost; booking not necessary
Tel: + 27 (0)16 23-1664
Closest Town: Virginia
Harmony
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Virginia [Back to Top]
Description: 3-5 km; easy; circular; alongside the river; no charge
Enquiries: Virginia Municipality
Tel: + 27 (0)57 212-4105
Fax: + 27 (0)57 212-2885
Closest Town: Volksrust
Vaalribbok: Verkyk Nature Reserve
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Volksrust
Description: 6km/3hrs; average; circular; in nature reserve; guest house; 12 persons max; accommodation and hike discount for larger groups
Enquiries: Driehoek Boerdery Trust
Tel: + 27 (0)1773 3740
Closest Town: Volksrust
Welverdiend
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Volksrust
Description: The trail caters for 20 hikers and consists of two circular day hikes of 14Km and 7Km. Close by another trail (The Slang River Trail) which is 10Km long, can also be enjoyed. The hiking trails centre around the Slang river and the Buffels river. The area is very picturesgue and although there is little shade against the sun there is usually plenty of pools to take refuge in from the heat of the day. This trail is in an area that has been somewhat neglected in the last few years by hiking but is well worth a visit. The accommodation is of a suitable standard that the whole family can enjoy, even Gran. Welverdiend Hiking Trail is situated 21Km west of Volksrust and 250Km from Gauteng.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Vryheid
Matatane
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Vryheid [Back to Top]
Description: 13km/1 day; average; circular; overnight facilities; camp site;
Enquiries: A Harris
Tel: + 27 (0)3545 2332
Fax: + 27 (0)3545 3205
Closest Town: Waterval Boven
Apiesburg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Waterval Boven
Description: 14 or 17km/1 or 2 days; difficult; guided; circular; on a farm; hut at base for 42 persons max; basic overnight hut on trail for 12-14 persons.
Enquiries: SW Joubert
Tel: + 27 (0)13 262 ask for 1802
Closest Town: Wilderness
Brown Hooded Kingfisher
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Wilderness
Description: 5 km/ 2 hours minimum; along the Duiwe River; moderate; return; self-issue permit at start
Comments: Wilderness National Park - on the N2 highway, 15 minutes from George.
Enquiries: SA National Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)44 877-1197 or (012) 428 9111
Fax: + 27 (0)44 877-0111
Cell: + 27 (0)82 233 9111
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: Wilderness
Giant Kingfisher
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Wilderness [Back to Top]
Description: 7km/3 hours minimum; from the Ebb and Flow Camp to the Waterfall, moderate to difficult; return, entrance fee for Ebb and Flow facilities; self-issue permit at start of trail
Comments: Wilderness National Park - on the N2 highway, 15 minutes from George.
Enquiries: SA National Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)44 877-1197 or (012) 428 9111
Fax: + 27 (0)44 877-0111
Cell: + 27 (0)82 233 9111
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: Wilderness
Half-Collared Kingfisher
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Wilderness
Description: 5 km return/ 2 hours; along the Western Bank of the Touw River; easy; return; self-issue permit at start
Comments: Wilderness National Park - on the N2 highway, 15 minutes from George.
Enquiries: SA National Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)44 877-1197 or (012) 428 9111
Fax: + 27 (0)44 877-0111
Cell: + 27 (0)82 233 9111
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: Wilderness
Pied Kingfisher
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Wilderness
Description: 10km/3 hour; circular, covers the Boardwalk, Serpentine and Beach, easy; self-issue permit; if the weather is hot it is best to reverse the route
Comments: Wilderness National Park - on the N2 highway, 15 minutes from George.
Enquiries: SA National Parks Board
Tel: + 27 (0)44 877-1197 or (012) 428 9111
Fax: + 27 (0)44 877-0111
Cell: + 27 (0)82 233 9111
e-mail: reservations@sanparks.org
Web: http://www.sanparks.org
Closest Town: Windhoek
Arnhem Cave Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Windhoek [Back to Top]
Description: 2.5km of cave to explore
Enquiries: Arnhem Caves
Tel: + 264 (0)628 Ask for 1-430
Closest Town: Winterton
Dragon's Peak
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Winterton
Description: Various day routes; average; hotel or camp site as base
Enquiries: Dragon Peak's Holiday Resort
Tel: + 27 (0)36 468 1031
Fax: + 27 (0)36 468 1104
Closest Town: Winterton
Sunset
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Winterton
Description: Strenous hike to the contour path; accommodation in hotel
Enquiries: Champagne Castle Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)36 468-1063
Fax: + 27 (0)36 468-1306
Closest Town: Witbank
Witbank Nature Reserve - Bankenveld Tree Route
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witbank [Back to Top]
Description: Day walk, 8 km. No accommodation.
Comments: Birding, game viewing, views, waterfalls, Olifants River, rocky highveld grassland, cycling in Bankenveld, wetland, Bushveld. Environmental education centre. Restrictions: No dogs, no fires, no angling. No accommodation. No bilharzia or malaria. Beware of snakes. Mist during winter, carrying of water a necessity. Cell phone reception. Open 07h00 - 17h00.
Tel: +27 (0)13 692 4021
Fax: +27 (0)13 692 8045
e-mail: omgewing@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Witbank Nature Reserve - Burchell's Zebra Trail
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witbank
Description: Day walk, 5 km. No accommodation.
Comments: Birding, game viewing, views, waterfalls, Olifants River, rocky highveld grassland, cycling in Bankenveld, wetland, Bushveld. Environmental education centre. Restrictions: No dogs, no fires, no angling. No accommodation. No bilharzia or malaria. Beware of snakes. Mist during winter, carrying of water a necessity. Cell phone reception. Open 07h00 - 17h00.
Tel: +27 (0)13 692 4021
Fax: +27 (0)13 692 8045
e-mail: omgewing@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Witbank Nature Reserve - Kiepersol
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witbank
Location: Witbank Nature Reserve
Description: Day walk, 5 km. No accommodation.
Comments: Birding, game viewing, views, waterfalls, Olifants River, rocky highveld grassland, cycling in Bankenveld, wetland, Bushveld. Environmental education centre. Restrictions: No dogs, no fires, no angling. No accommodation. No bilharzia or malaria. Beware of snakes. Mist during winter, carrying of water a necessity. Cell phone reception. Open 07h00 - 17h00.
Tel: +27 (0)13 692 4021
Fax: +27 (0)13 692 8045
e-mail: omgewing@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Witsieshoek
Fika Patso Mountain Resort
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witsieshoek [Back to Top]
Description: Various day routes; for resort guests only; guide available; day hikes free; catered; overnight hikes by arrangement; self catering
Enquiries: Fika Patso Resort
Tel: + 27 (0)58 713-3656
Fax: + 27 (0)58 713-2253
Closest Town: Witsieshoek
Sentinel: Drakensberg
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witsieshoek
Description: 10km/1day; average; return; from Sentinel car park to escarpment by way of chain ladder; own tent; accommodation at resort
Enquiries: Basotho Cultural Village
Tel: + 27 (0)58 721 0300
Closest Town: Witsieshoek
Witsieshoek Mountain Resort
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witsieshoek
Description: Two circular routes; to Mahai Falls (3 km) & Royal Natal National Park (16km return); overnight at the resort
Enquiries: Witsieshoek Mountain Resort Hotel
Tel: + 27 (0)58 713-6361
Fax: + 27 (0)58 713-5274
Closest Town: Worcester
Fairy Glen Route
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Worcester [Back to Top]
Description: 3 hours; easy; return walk; in Karoo National botanical garden; permits from Worcester Tourism Buro
Enquiries: Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)23 347 8933
Closest Town: Worcester
Karoo National Botanical Garden
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Worcester
Description: Several short routes; no permits required
Enquiries: Karoo National Botanical Gardens
Tel: + 27 (0)23 347 0785
Closest Town: Yzerfontein
Blombos
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Yzerfontein
Description: 3km and 8 km/3 hours; easy; loop trails from bungalows at base; 12 persons max;
Enquiries: Blombos Bungalows
Tel: + 27 (0)21 242-755
Closest Town: Zastron
Quaggafontein
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Zastron [Back to Top]
Description: Various options on horseback; overnight accommodation; 12 persons max
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Zeerust
Gemsbok
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Zeerust
Description: 12km/1 or 2 day; average; guide available; circular; in private game reserve; Maroelana hut: 60 persons; Taaibos hut and Eiland hut: 20 persons each.
Enquiries: Mr B du Toit
Tel: + 27 (0)14 282-3350
Fax: + 27 (0)14 282-3350
Closest Town: Zeerust
Kudu
Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Zeerust
Description: 17km/1 or 2 day; average; guide available; circular; in private game reserve; Maroelana hut 60 persons; Taaibos hut and Eiland hut 20 persons each.
Enquiries: B du Toit
Tel: + 27 (0)14 282-3350
Fax: + 27 (0)14 282-3350
Date of entry: 1 September 1996
Last update:2011/02/25 at 12:59:41