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Hiking South Africa

Hiking South Africa

When Hiking South Africa, experience De Hoop reserve and the Whale Trail Hike, the Cederberg, Kogelberg, Fernkloof and many more.

Hiking South Africa and experience the Cederberg mountains and nature reserve which are located near Clanwilliam. Clanwilliam is a town  (+ 300km north of Cape Town).  The Cederberg in the wilderness area encompasses 71 000 hectares of rugged serrated sandstone cliffs. And deep valleys, making it a hikers paradise. Hiking South Africa forming part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, it is covered in mountain fynbos including laurel protea, red disa, rooibos, and the rare endemic snow protea. Experience the rich wildlife in the region which includes porcupine, honey badger, Cape clawless otter, aardvark, African wild cat, lynx, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, Cape fox, baboons, dassies, Grey rhebok, klipspringer, duiker, leopard and grysbok.

Famous landmarks worth hiking to include the Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks, Welbedacht Cave, Tafelberg, the Maltese Cross and Sneeuberg (2 026m). Hiking South Africa and experience hiking the Cederberg, which is freezing in winter and scalding hot in summer. Spring’s the best time, with full streams and lovely flowers. 4×4 vehicles make hidden oases accessible. Such as the highest vineyards in the country, San rock paintings, historic mission villages still hand-making leather shoes and other rare experiences. 

 

The Whale Trail Hike

Why the Whale Trail trek is South Africa’s most popular slack pack hike

Hiking South Africa between June and December. Because this coastline is transformed into one of the world’s most important nursery areas for southern right whales. Unique habitats and natural contrasts of Fynbos and coastal cliffs and beaches make the Whale Trail of special ecological interest and an exceptional hiking experience. Also what makes De Hoop so special for the visitor is that the marine life is more easily seen from land than on other parts of the coastline.

High dunes and hills make great vantage points to watch the action in the water. Whales, dolphins, sharks and other fish can be spotted regularly. The numerous sandstone rock pools too are filled with marine life – sea anemones, urchins, fish, alikreukel and mussels. Every low tide brings new, fresh wonders to the eyes of adults and children alike. 

The Kogelberg

Kogelberg Hike

Hiking South Africa and experience the Kogelberg hike in the Kogelberg reserve. Which lies within the southern stretch of the rugged Hottentots Holland mountain range. The Kogelberg Hike in the Kogelberg Biosphere encompasses the entire coastal area from Gordon’s Bay to the Bot River vlei and  inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain.

Kogelberg is just an hour’s drive (90 km) from Cape Town the area is famous for its floral wealth. The 18 000 ha Nature Reserve boasts in excess of 1800 plant species. Many spectacular members of the Protea family, Ericas, Disa’s and geophytes, including the Marsh Rose occur here in Kogelberg.

Kogelberg biosphere walking trails

This reserve offers 5 exciting day hikes departing from the Kogelberg office and Oudebosch Cabins or departure points in close proximity.

Oudebosch-Leopards Gorge                    Video

We hiked the Oudebosch-Leopards Gorge 8 kilometer hike today 14-09-2016 and it is very special. The hike starts at the Oudesbosch parking area about 100 meters from the office. The  trail then passes through the Oudebosch Afromontane forest, a little pocket of preserved forest that has survived the Fynbos fires for hundreds of years. The tall dense forest canopy of Yellowood, Boekenhout, Silky Bark and Rooiels restricts the sunlight reaching the ground. This  therefore limits the plant growth on the forest floor to evergreen ferns, and geophytes and thus reducing the fuel load which of course increases the forests survival during fires. Fynbos is the dominant vegetation type within the Kogelberg and is a “fire-driven” biome.

Hiking the Cederberg

Hiking South Africa and experience the Cederberg. A hike is one of the best ways to experience the area and its people, and to walk the Heritage Route founded by among others. The Moravian Church at Wupperthal.  Wupperthal Tourism and Western Cape Nature Conservation Board. This is a slack-packing trail with overnight accommodation, catering and porterage of hikers luggage, utilizing facilities provided by the local communities. These tours were set up to promote sustainable eco-tourism in the Cederberg region. And incorporate various fields of interest such as flora and fauna, geology, archeology, botany, rock art, history, culture and  heritage.

Hiking  South Africa and Hiking the Cederberg. The journey begins with a donkey cart ride over a mountain range into the heart of the Cederberg wilderness. Overnight accommodation is at a Moravian mission hamlet where the indigenous people are mostly subsistence farmers and craftsmen. Guiding is by local escorts who take hikers through fields of fynbos and rooibos tea and  over unique rock formations to the next  quaint village for another memorable experience of warm local hospitality. Trails can be 3 or 4 nights and tailor-made to suit fitness levels. 

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