Some hikes are worth driving the length of the country for. Wherever you live, try to make the journey to these trails for their springtime carpets of colour.
My wonderlust comes from my early days as international fencer, which took be behind the Iron Curtain and to relatively unknown parts of the world like Cuba and Korea way back in the 1970s. Since then, in between writing a few books and churning out magazine articles. I’ve skied to the north and south pole, climbed the highest peaks, dived to the depths and kayaked raging rivers. Do I sound like an adrenalin junkie? That would be about right then!
A beautiful two-day trail close to Clarens in the Free State. Waterfalls, swimming holes, mountains, caves and vistas – what more could you want?
There’s no bad time to hike the Overberg coastline, but July is one of the best months for whale watchers to put on their boots, and a new section on the established Fynbos Trail is a great spot to start looking for these massive marine mammals.
There aren’t many hikes in South Africa where you stand a good chance of seeing snow. The trails to the top of the Drakensberg Escarpment are the exception and I make an annual pilgrimage in search of the white stuff.
Anysberg is in the transitional zone between mountain fynbos and Klein Karoo veld, so it’s a botanist’s dream with wonderful succulents in the lower reaches and magnificent proteas on the upper slopes.
The re-opening of one of the few partially shaded routes on Table Mountain,Woody Ravine, in the second half of 2012 was great news.The path has been repaired and now makes a good, steep and direct route to the top.
The trails to the iconic Maltese Cross and Wolfberg Arch may be the best-known Cederberg routes, but here are three more hilly hikes to spice up the Easter holidays or your next long weekend in the Western Cape.
If you have a sense of adventure, bum-sliding, rock-hopping and swimming through a kloof will give you an adrenalin kick.
I always start a new year with a list of summits I’d like to tick off. Here are some of my favourites in South Africa…
Pack a daypack and hit one of these family-friendly trails to spice up the long summer holidays.