A Hiker’s Paradise
How does a hike sound?
Exploring the tip of Africa, from its valleys to its highest peaks combines the thrill of adventure and the comfort of luxury travel to make this a hiker’s paradise. From one-day hikes to several days on some of the world’s most exquisite mountain ranges, all you need is a taste for freedom and any level of experience can be transformed into an unforgettable experience.
Five-star spa lodges in the higher Drakensberg range (that spans close on 1000km) offer you unsurpassed mountain accommodation with views and access to trails that are lined with a geographical history reaching over the millenia to the dawn of life itself.
Or perhaps you’d like to stay in Table Bay, drink in the same views that the earlier European seafarers enjoyed and explore the iconic Table Mountain on your terms. Hiking up and taking the cable car down allows you more freedom to take you time and enjoy the diversity of flora and micro-fauna that is found almost only on these trails.
And these are simply two ostentatious options - here are some of the top trails to add to your list and are all near to elite accommodation (from the Getaway review):
- The Tankwa Camino - takes you from Calvinia to Ceres
- The Otter Trail - one of South Africa’s most famous hikes, it takes you through coastal forest, river crossings, and offers spectacular viewpoints
- The Leopard Trail - takes you through the wide-open spaces of the Baviaanskloof
- Fish River Canyon - this infamous 90km trail is definitely not for slack packers – and in order to truly enjoy the beauty of the area, you’ll need to be prepared
- Walking trails in Kruger - there are more than one - from multi-day wilderness trails to day hikes, seeing Kruger at eye level is a completely different experience of the park
- Green Mountain Trail - a new luxury slack-packing option in the Overberg, and combines two of our favourite things: rolling mountains and wine tasting
- Rim of Africa - it’s absolute bucketlist material. Linking up the Cederberg and Outeniqua mountains, the entire thru-hike is almost 650km long and takes about three months to complete
- Genadendal Trail - a fairly tough two-day hike with little shade, but the flower-speckled mountainsides, interchanging views and refreshing swimming holes make it memorable
- Hennops Trail - 40 minutes from Joburg, you’ll find streams, hills, and beautiful views. There are two main hikes, plus a shorter trail suitable for kids
If hiking (or doing something fresh and invigorating) is your game, and you want to have the best that international travel can offer - chat to our team today!