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Wild Coast Walk
21 Jan 2016
 
     

The full "hotel-hopping" Wild Coast Walk trail extends southwards from Kob Inn in the north to the small town of Chintsa in the south. The first 3-4 days of the trail lie to the north of the Kei River in what was formerly known as the Transkei (the Meander trail) , while the last section mostly extends along the Eastern Cape holiday coast north of East London (the Amble trail). The hike takes in some of the most picturesque sections of the Eastern Cape coastline and can be walked by anyone who is reasonably fit and enjoys rambling. There are no serious challenges other than the odd river that must be waded...

(GPS coordinates: -32.4367, 28.6725)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/slackpacking/wild-coast-walk

Oystercatcher Trail
13 Dec 2015
 
     

This nature and archeological trail is rated highly by the BBC and National Geographic as well as by Getaway, Country Life, Star Travel, Slackpacking SA etc. The 4-day, 4-night trail combines a great variety of elements both natural, modern and historical as well as top notch guiding, accommodation and food. Every day is different and never too taxing. The standard of guiding is superb. These guides are not porters; they are passionate about the coast, the archaeology, history and traditions of the area and are fundis on indigenous plants and herbs and their uses...

(GPS coordinates: -34.1864, 22.1565)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/slackpacking/oystercatcher-trail

Fynbos Trail
24 Nov 2015
 
     

The Fynbos trail is a unique nature experience in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It can be undertaken as a fully guided and catered trail or as a self-guided, self-catered trail. The trail has a two- or three-night option and takes hikers along a beautiful stretch of coastal and mountain fynbos, remote forests and visits some fascinating environmental and social projects along the way. To really appreciate the trail we strongly recommended the guided/catered version on which you will treated to great local cuisine, expert guiding and wonderful hospitality (as well as a fynbos gift and a beautiful field guide to the flora of the region)...

(GPS coordinates: -34.529346, 19.491288)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/slackpacking/fynbos-trail

Green Mountain Trail
17 Oct 2015
 
     

The Green Mountain Trail is a guided and fully catered 4 day, 4 night slackpacking trail up and around Groenlandberg, part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Wending through the vineyards and fruit farms of the Elgin, Vyeboom and Bot River, it is a beautiful hike. The guiding is superb, the fynbos is exquisite and you are spoilt at every turn. Accommodation is in four star country guesthouses and the food is locally produced, wholesome and delicious fresh farm fare. And since Green Mountain is only an hour from Cape Town, it’s a quick and easy escape from the stresses of city life...

(GPS coordinates: -34.114152, 19.238415)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/slackpacking/green-mountain-trail

Chokka Trail
9 Oct 2015
 
     

The Chokka Trail wanders between St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis and Oyster Bay, and includes a rugged coastline, a tidal river, protected fynbos, wetlands, a sand river and a visit to Port St Francis, a working harbour. The 61km four-day slackpacking trail is self guided (map supplied), but fully catered. Accommodation is in 3-4 star guesthouses in Oyster Bay, Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay…

(GPS coordinates: -34.175795, 24.663818)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/slackpacking/chokka-trail

Five Bay Trail
24 Sep 2015
 
     

The guided and fully catered Five Bay Trail, in the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, takes hikers on a timeless journey along the coast, tracing human harvesting of the sea. Enriched by the ancient and contemporary West Coast fishing culture, this 2.5 day, 28km hike explores the five scenic bays between the fishing villages of Paternoster and Jacobsbaai. Accommodation is in Paternoster, with hikers being shuttled the short distance back to their guest house at the end of the second day. The trail is open year round but is particularly attractive in spring, when there are beautiful flower displays and whale sightings along the coast...

(GPS coordinates: -32.804365, 17.900278)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/slackpacking/five-bay-trail

The Tankwa Camino
11 Mar 2015
 
     

The first Tankwa Camino was held in August 2013, and the second in September last year. For 2015, three events are planned, and one is already fully booked. 3 - 12 April, and 24 September - 3 October still have availability. So, how has this 250 km / 10 day hike through this desolate part of the country come about, and why is it becoming so popular?...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/magazine/tankwa-camino

Simple Camping Weekend
24 Nov 2013
 
     

Simple camping weekends away are always a great solution to ‘getting away’ on a budget and although you may feel like time is not always on your side, finding a resort close enough to your home will give you the added advantage of not having to take too much time off. Approximately 45 minutes away from Fourways, Johannesburg near Hartbeespoort Dam is a camping resort called Hartbeespoort Oord Resort. The resort offers green, luscious grassy stands that are surrounded by ample shade and electrical points. The nearby ablution facilities are clean and neat and there is a kiosk available for any necessary basics, cold drinks and snacks.

They have some great facilities for the kids including a large jungle gym, cold and heated swimming pools, tall waterslide, Skateboard Park, trampolines and putt putt etc. There is a large lapa, bar area and restaurant for hire and if you’re not the adventurous camper and would prefer alternative accommodation, the resort does offer self-catering log cabins and chalets.

For a quick weekend away, it’s close enough to leave after work and still have time to set up camp before sundown. A great tip is to pack a microwave meal for the kids for the first evening so you don’t have to figure out dinner just after you’ve busily been setting up camp. It is not always the greatest to spend a weekend camping in the rain! Besides having to pack up muddy equipment, no one is comfortable to actually enjoy the weekend. We would suggest checking the weather report before taking yourself or your family into the outdoors.

Hartbeespoort Oord Resort is an affordable option to get away with the price being R200 per stand (4 adults) per night and the activities near the resort are endless.

If you could like to know more about the Hartbeespoort Oord Resort, visit: http://www.hartbeespoortoord-resort.co.za

If you are looking at taking a simple camping weekend away, check out my simple camping weekend check list here: http://outonair.com/index.do?ix=39941

Green Mountain
5 Sep 2013
 
     

I have an embarrassing confession... I call myself a real hiker, and have spent many a night under a variety of cover options, with varying degrees of waterproofing and correlated occupant happiness. I have navigated in mist with a compass and a prayer, and I know all about "Uhm where did this road come from?" However, I have never done a hike in the Western Cape.  *Gasp*!!! Obviously it's time that I fix this, and while doing some research I noticed this in my inbox:

The Green Mountain Trail is a four day hiking trail around the Green Mountain in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. The trail meanders around the Groenlandberg, part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Guided by THETA accredited guides you learn about the biodiversity and the history of the area. Swimming in rock pools and dams on a hot day is as refreshing for the body as it is for the soul. 

Apparently you walk across several fruit farms and stay in 4 star guesthouses... talk about luxury! More info here: http://www.greenmountaintrail.co.za/

Photo by Andy Nix

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