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An Explorer’s Dream

An Explorer’s Dream

Aug 2014

Words Liani Janse van Rensburg, Pics Rebekah Funk

Cederberg Wilderness Area 

Picture yourself alone in the back country, surrounded by rugged mountains filled with patches of beautiful fynbos and tranquil silence. The Cederberg it is an ideal location for a break away from the bustling city. The area is brimming with refreshing pools, mysterious rock formations, striking caves and wonderful paths that can be tackled only on foot. Get an overnight permit, sleep in the most remote areas and absorb the serenity of this beautiful place. Dare to jump from high cliffs into icy water, rock-climb steep mountains and trek deep into the wild. 

Cost: R100 a person a night
Contact: CapeNature Central Reservations 021-4830190

Alexandria Hiking Trail, Addo Elephant National Park

Addo is known for herds elephants walking through landscapes of yellow-green grasslands. Why not put on your hiking boots and also enjoy this gorgeous sanctuary on foot? The unguided Alexandria Hiking Trail is a two-day, circular trail of 32km in remote wilderness. Think striking sunsets, magical forests and wildlife near the coastline. Stay each night in rustic, woody huts and listen to the sounds of this untouched corner of the Eastern Cape. The trail allows only 12 hikers a day, ensuring the experience is exclusively yours. Booking is essential. 

Cost: R135 a person a night
Contact: Camp Matyholweni 041 468 0916/8, [email protected]

Klipspringer Trail, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Discover the majestic slopes of Nyonyane Mountain and the magnificent Mantenga Valley from  atop a horse. On this guided two-night trail you will discover the most remote and rural areas of this Highveld paradise. Sleep in rustic campsites next to the mighty Lusushwana River. Trek through the river and explore the secrets of the surrounding mountains. Ride in areas where no car can go and view places not many other visitors will ever see. This spectacular trail allows only eight riders an expedition, which guarantees freedom. 

Cost: R3 030 a person
Contact: +268 2528 3943/4 or [email protected]

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area, near Porterville

Picture majestic rock formations glimmering in the sunset, klipspringers jumping between fynbos and crystal-clear pools, truly a hiker’s dream. Without huts, beds, fireplaces, toilets or cellphone reception, Groot Winterhoek invites you to lose yourself in the beauty of an untamed landscape. You can pitch your tent anywhere in the reserve! Sleep under a blanket of stars and drift off to the soft calls of owls. Hike trails such as Die Tronk, Die Hel, Perdevlei and Kliphuis or go off-trail with your map and compass. If you are yearning for a secluded haven, away from your busy work schedule and bumper-to-bumper traffic, then this is the place for you to explore.

Cost: R60 for adults, R35 for children
Contact: CapeNature Central Reservations 021-4830190

Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, Kruger National Park

Armed with your hiking boots and walking stick, take a 4x4 ride deep into the bush to a remote and rustic camp. Situated between Punda Maria camp and Pafuri, the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail will also provide you with delicious meals, warm showers and comfy beds. You will be surrounded by wildlife and trek paths few other tourists get to travel. This three-night trail departs from base camp every day, taking you along game paths walked by the Big Five. It’s a chance to surrender to the bush and consider your place in the wilderness. Booking is of the utmost importance. 

Cost: R4 000 a person
Contact: SANParks Central Reservations 012-428911

Source: Wild Magazine

Cederberg Wilderness Area
Alexandria Trail
Klipspringer Trail
Groot Winterhoek



Article provided from WILD - Wildlife, Environment and Travel Magazine.