Nothing gets your muscles working quite like a hike! If you want to get buns of steel while also enjoying yourself then hiking is the answer – seriously it’s so much fun that you can barely even call it exercise! Luckily for us living in South Africa means we have access to loads of awesome hiking spots – even in Joburg! So, to get you started on your hiking addiction we’ve put together a list of the best weekend hiking spots for sporty lasses!
1. The MelkKamer Trail – De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overberg, Western Cape.
This 3-night catered, luxury trail is perfect for ladies who like a little bit of glam along with their hiking. The trail begins on either a Friday afternoon to a Monday morning or a Monday afternoon to a Thursday morning and offers a 16km walk with two full days spent walking with a guide. Guests spend their nights at the beautiful Melkkamer Manor House in the De Hoop Nature Reserve where all meals are provided by a private chef. Hikers can expect walks on the beach, plenty of interaction with nature and incredible food! The trail can accommodate 12 people at a time and is R 4 900.00 per person sharing including accommodation, internal reserve transfers, all scheduled meals as well as teas, coffees and juices.
For more information on this trail and other weekend trails check out the De Hoop Collection website.
2. Mountain Sanctuary Park – Magaliesburg, Gauteng
Just a short drive out of Joburg, Mountain Sanctuary Park Nature Reserve is a great spot to do a 1-day overnight trail. The trails in the park vary from 15-minute walks to 8-hour hikes all of which have views of beautiful mountain pools. The nature reserve is unique in that guests are not restricted by prescribed trails but instead a map is provided upon your arrival so you can navigate the park with ease. Guests can visit the park for the day or stay the night in one of the chalets, log cabins or camping sites available. Guests can pay as little as R100 per adult per night for a spot at the campsite or as much as R450 per adult per night for a log cabin with electrical power, a gas stove, microwave, fridge, shower/bath, toilet and kitchenette. Day visitors pay R100 per person and booking is essential.
For more information on the trails and accommodation visit the Mountain Sanctuary Park website.
3. Durban Green Corridor – uMngeni Basin, KZN
Visit the Green Corridor and explore the uMngeni basin via a series of guided day trails. The various trails stretch inland from the beachfront all the way to the outer west boundary in the vicinity of Cato Ridge and offers three sections, each with separate hubs. With trails ranging from quick walks to 6-hour treks this is a great place to work up a sweat in Durban. Try the 6-hour guided Isthumba Hiking & Nature Trail at R85 per person and enjoy a picnic at the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
For more information on the Green Corridor and the guided walks visit the Durban Green Corridor website.
4. Hoerikwaggo Trail, Cape Town, Western Cape
The Hoerikwaggo trails is a great place to go on a multi-day hike over the weekend without having to leave the city! Try the family-friendly 2-day Hoerikwaggo Hike from Table Mountain to Orange Kloof National Forest and soak up incredible views of the Mother City below. The trail requires a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12 and sees hikers spend the night at the OrangeKloof Tented Camps in the protected National Forest. The trail costs about R1900 per person for small groups of 2 – 3 people or R1100 per person for larger groups of 7 – 12 people (including accommodation, hiking guide, meals and a porterage service to overnight camp.
For more information on the trail visit the Hoerikwaggo trail website.
5. Sugarbush Hiking Trail – Krugersdorp, Gauteng
This 8-km trail near the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens is a great find for Joburg hikers who don’t have the time to drive to far out of the city. The hike is free and hikers can spend the day exploring this incredible trail before taking up accommodation in Krugersdorp or driving home. Most of the trail is on land protected by the Cradle of Human Kind World Heritage Site with beautiful views over the Magaliesberg Mountains. There isn’t much shade so make sure you take along plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat!
For more information and booking visit the Footprint Hiking Club website.