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MZANZI TRAVEL - ISSUE 1

MZANZI TRAVEL is a glossy, full-colour quarterly, A4 publication that sets out to showcase, foster and promote whatever South Africa has to offer to both local and international tourists.

EXPLORE SA ON FOOT TOP

EXPLORE SA ON FOOT TOP HIKING TRAILS FOR THE ADVENTUROUS TRAVELLER HIKING IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY A GREAT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE Especially if you want to reconnect and appreciate the beauty of nature, South Africa has some of the finest hiking trails in the world, where the opportunities for adventure are endless. Whether you prefer to hike along rivers or tread up mountains, this country has the perfect trail for hikers of all levels of skill and for all ranges of interest. We have put together a list of the best hiking trails in South Africa where you can discover the unparalleled natural beauty of our nation. Lions Head, Cape Town This is not one of the easiest hikes in and around Cape Town, but undoubtedly one of the short walks with the best views by far. The hike takes approximately 3 hours (up and down) and hikers are rewarded with views of the city bowl, Table Mountain and the Limiet Berge (Limit Mountains) in the West, and as you round the first turn you have spectacular views of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay. A person with average fitness should be able to reach the summit within an hour although there is a short piece where you would have to use chains to get to the next level. There is a slightly longer route around the chains for those that do want to use an alternative route. This is also an extremely popular route at full moon. People usually leave before sunset, and enjoy the sunset over the Atlantic, and then watch the moon rise over the mountains in the east. Make sure you have picnic goodies with you and a warm jacket and torch that will last all the way down. Hennops Trail Gauteng Located just 39km from Johannesburg and about 35km from Pretoria, the Hennops hiking trail is perfect for taking a break from the city and indulging in nature without having to travel too far. The two trails available are the 11.3km Krokodilberg Trail that takes you through a mountainous area and the 6.15km Zebra Trail that takes you through a fenced game camp. The picturesque trails have much to offer including a suspension bridge, an old mine, ruins and a cableway to get you across the Hennops River. At the end of the trail there is a swimming pool for you to cool off and a braai facility, the perfect end to a great hike! The Hennops Hiking trail is low on difficulty and is perfect for a day trip. Overnight accommodation facilities are also available. 20 |ISSUE 1|www.mzanzitravel.co.za | MZANZI TRAVEL

Amatola Hiking Trail, Eastern Cape The Amatola Hiking trail is considered one of the finest hiking trails in South Africa, but it is a challenging one, even for experienced hikers. The good news is that this trail can be completed in instalments! The 100km trail takes 6 days to complete. The trail begins at the close to King Williams Town at the Madam Dam and ends at the Tyume river forest station in Hogsback. Along the way hikers will traverse some of the most breathtaking mountain sceneries in South Africa. More than half the trail passes through incredible, ancient and indigenous rainforests and crosses several streams and pools. The birdlife along the trail is incredible and hikers can view Knysna Loeries, Cape Parrots, Crowned Eagles, Barbets, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Robins, and even Black Eagles around Geju peak. The animals that you may encounter along the trail include Giant Golden Moles, Giant Earthworms, Bushbuck, Duiker, Porcupines, bush pig, otters, baboons, Samango and Vervet monkeys. Accommodation and ablution facilities are available on the way. Otter Trail – Garden Route, Western Cape The Otter Trail is considered one of the best for serious hikers. The 42km-long hiking trail that begins at the Garden Route National Park’s Storms River rest camp and ends at Nature’s Valley takes you through the Tsitsikamma Forest and along the Garden Route’s rugged coastline, hugging the Indian Ocean. Along the way, hikers will be able to view the Skilderkrans quartz outcrop – a great place for spotting dolphins and whales in the ocean below; the Bloukrans Estuary; and one can even spot the famous Cape Clawless Otter which can be found around the lowland areas of the forest. The hike takes about 5 days and although this is not the most difficult hike in the country it does require a fair level of fitness. There are beautiful rest camps with spectacular views along the trail. Wild Coast Hiking Trail, Eastern Cape The breath-taking views along the Wild Coast Hiking trail are nothing short of spectacular. One of the best coastal hiking trails in South Africa, this five-day trail from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay can be challenging and calls for strength and MZANZI MZANZI TRAVEL| TRAVEL| www.mzanzitravel.co.za|ISSUE 1 | 121| 21

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