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Super hikers share the love • Do you need some alpine inspiration? Are you not entirely convinced of the benefits of attempting a long walk in the woods? Let these four converts tell you why hiking is an essential part of life.
Walk because you can • To hike is to experience freedom. Do it as often as you can, and always remember those who can’t join you on the trail, says Toast Coetzer.
Planet waterfall • The six-day Amatola Hiking Trail near Hogsback in the Eastern Cape is the exact opposite of an easy Sunday stroll. You work hard, but the incredible scenery is worth the effort – even if you get drenched in the rain.
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Fish River Canyon Trail • It’s one thing to stand at the Hobas viewpoint and peer down the majestic Fish River Canyon. It’s quite another to hike and sleep in the canyon for five days, an experience that will stay with you forever.
The Otter Trail • The 45 km Otter Hiking Trail is so popular, you have to book your place a year in advance. Here’s what to expect if you decide to join the queue.
All hail the Queen! • The Queens and Montrose rivers make their way through the Makhonjwa Mountains near Barberton – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They flow around islands where the rocks tell stories of meteor impacts and gold deposits, and they tumble over cliffs further downstream. Hike the Queen Rose Trail and you can follow the course of these rivers in the scenic Nelshoogte Nature Reserve.
A night in the mountains • On the Boland Hiking Trail in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve near Grabouw, Capetonians can get away from city life without sacrificing any leave days.
Sunlight and a salty breeze, that’s the Point! • There’s more to the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park than the lighthouse at Cape Point. The reserve has fynbos plains, koppies to climb and empty beaches to walk along. The Cape of Good Hope Trail is a two-day hike that circuits the reserve and delivers great views on both sides of the peninsula.
Walk your worries away on the Camino • Very few South Africans had heard of the Camino a decade ago; now we all know someone who has done the pilgrimage. Here’s what makes it such a special experience.
Walk the Camino with go! this spring • Our Camino tour to Finisterre has proved so popular that we’ve added two more routes: the French Way and the Portuguese Way. You stay in hotels on all three routes and your luggage is transported to the next overnight stop each day.
Top trail recipes • A trail menu needn’t be bland. With versatile ingredients in your backpack and some preparation at home, you can eat like a king even when you’re deep in the Drakensberg.
GEAR UP! • There’s an overwhelming number of local and imported outdoor products on the market – it’s essential to do some research before you buy a backpack or hiking boots. We quizzed the four experienced hikers interviewed on page 9 about the gear they rely on. Remember, it pays to invest in quality that will last.
How to pack your backpack • You can’t just stuff things into your pack and assume you’ll be comfortable on the trail. Master the art of packing and you’ll save energy, improve your balance and spare your body unnecessary strain.
Look after yourself on the trail • Packing a first aid kit for hiking is a balancing act: You...