The Johannesburg Hiking Club (JHC) holds weekly hikes every Wednesday and Sunday and last week's location, Castle Gorge in Magaliesberg is one of my favourites.
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.
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.
A nuclear power plant is the last place you’d expect to find herds of eland, springbok and zebra, and a thriving bird life. But Koeberg Nature Reserve is just such a place and makes an ideal Saturday morning outing.
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.
From Mount Kilimanjaro, the fourth highest peak in the world, to the 3 482-metre high Thaba Ntlenyana in Lesotho, Africa has some of the most interesting peaks south of the equator. Here's the lowdown on why you should conquer the highest peaks in East and Southern Africa.
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.