Tag Archives: Hiking

Top trek: Fish River Canyon

Most sources cite the Fish River Canyon as the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon in America. It certainly is one of Africa’s great natural wonders and the iconic five-day hike is rated among the top treks in the world.

If you follow the river diligently, the route is about 90km but thanks to some scenic shortcuts we hiked 75,5km in total. Officially the distance is covered over five days and four nights but we spent five nights in the canyon as we preferred to start the initial steep descent at midday. It is a tough hike as you have to carry everything that you will need to survive for five days (apart from water) and although the terrain is not technical, thick sand, boulder hopping and exposure to the elements make it quite challenging.

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Cederberg: the best kept secret of South Africa

By Frank Höppener

Europeans all know the Kruger National Park, but hardly anyone knows the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park or the Cederberg Wilderness area in the Western Cape.

I visited the Cederberg last April as part of a larger trip to South Africa. I only knew about it because a South African friend told me that it is her favourite spot. We made it a stop-over on our way to Baviaanskloof and were taken by surprise by its beauty. My friend Megan was right; the Cederberg must be about the best kept secret of South Africa. Continue reading Cederberg: the best kept secret of South Africa

All you need to know about the Otter Trail

The Otter Trail is breathtakingly beautiful as it follows one of the most rugged and scenic coast lines of South Africa. The trail leads you through both fynbos and forest vegetation.  When you walk in the open, the sea can be deafening at times, however, when you are in the forest, the surf is muted to a soft whisper by the trees and the cheerful singing of the birds…

The route is physically challenging, very challenging. You have to climb about a thousand steps, both up and down, and in many places you have to walk or climb over huge rocks. Carrying a backpack of 12 kg plus makes it all the more difficult. Continue reading All you need to know about the Otter Trail