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 in South Africa!
1. De Hoop Bespoke Trail Experience – Overberg, Western Cape
This 3-night catered, luxury trail at De Hoop Nature Reserve is perfect for ladies who like a little bit of glam along with their hiking. Guests spend their nights at the beautiful Opstal luxury suites or the stunning Opstal Manor House, both which are chock-full of old-world charm. Hikers can expect 2 full days of guided walks along the 17km-long De Hoop Vlei trail, plenty of interaction with nature, and incredible food! All meals are included in your weekend package and are served at Fig Tree Restaurant. The trail can accommodate 12 people at a time and is R 8,787 per person sharing including accommodation, internal reserve transfers, meals as well as birding, game viewing, Fynbos and marine experiences on foot. Dinner and Breakfast is included in the package and is served in the Fig Tree Restaurant.
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 R150 per adult per night for a spot at the campsite or as much as R600 per adult per night for a log cabin with electrical power, a gas stove, microwave, fridge, shower/bath, toilet and kitchenette. Day visitors pay R150 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 2-hour guided Isthumba Hiking & Nature Trail at 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. Orange Kloof National Forest Trail, Cape Town, Western Cape
The Orange Kloof National Forest trail is a great place to go on an overnight hike without having to leave the city! Try the family-friendly 2-day hike from Constantia Nek to Orange Kloof tented camp and soak up incredible views of the Mother City below. The trail only permits one group at a time into the Orange Kloof area and requires a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12. The hike is 8 km long, roughly 5 hours, and sees hikers amble their way along the beautiful protected Orange Kloof area above Hout Bay on the south end of Table Mountain before spending the night at the Orange Kloof Tented Camps. Once you’re there you can hike out around the area and return to base camp at night. There are a couple of trails through Orange Kloof and it is best done with a guide, but the most popular trail is up Disa Gorge, where the forest is at its best. It is a circular trail that takes one behind Table Mountain to the source of the Disa River, and then to the top end of Hout Bay. Rates for Orange Kloof tented camp start at R395 per night, per person sharing.
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 too 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.