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Photo of Montagu - Bloupunt Trial Photo of Otter Trail Day 3 - Scott Hut to Oakhurst Hut (Tsitsikamma) Photo of Otter Trail Day 2 - Ngubu to Scott Hut (Tsitsikamma)
  • Montagu - Bloupunt Trial

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    near Montagu, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    8.85mi
    Elevation +
    3875f
    TrailRank
    75| Rating 3.0
    Photo of Montagu - Bloupunt Trial Photo of Montagu - Bloupunt Trial Photo of Montagu - Bloupunt Trial

    This is a nice hiking tour to the bloupunt summit in the Montagu Mountain Reserve. The Bloupunt mountain is just 1226 meters high. But you start something slightly higher than 200 meters above sea level. All in all, you...

    An easy and relatively accessible hiking trail into the high mountains. Dont though be fooled by this as it is a long tr...
    roadrunred
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  • near Kleinbos, Eastern Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.69mi
    Elevation +
    1332f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Otter Trail Day 3 - Scott Hut to Oakhurst Hut (Tsitsikamma) Photo of Otter Trail Day 3 - Scott Hut to Oakhurst Hut (Tsitsikamma) Photo of Otter Trail Day 3 - Scott Hut to Oakhurst Hut (Tsitsikamma)

    Day 3 starts out with a scenic meander along the coast, soon thereafter is the first river crossing (Elandsbos) thereafter the trail gets steep and follows the coast through forest and over rocks thereafter it gets steep...

    Elandsbos River was my favourite spot on the whole trail. If you are a fast walker stop there for a coffee or picnic to ...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Marienburg, Eastern Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    5.35mi
    Elevation +
    1867f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Otter Trail Day 2 - Ngubu to Scott Hut (Tsitsikamma) Photo of Otter Trail Day 2 - Ngubu to Scott Hut (Tsitsikamma) Photo of Otter Trail Day 2 - Ngubu to Scott Hut (Tsitsikamma)

    Day two of the Otter trail from Ngubu hit to Scott Hut, the day starts with a tough incline from the coast to the top of the headland, there is an observation Deck there be on the lookout for dolphins and whales. The pat...

    Beautiful forest day, some long climbs, saw whales and detoured to blue bay is a must. Leave early enough to stop at blu...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Du Toitskloof, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    7.15mi
    Elevation +
    2379f
    TrailRank
    70| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Elands River trail to the Waterfall - Du Toitskloof (Paarl) Photo of Elands River trail to the Waterfall - Du Toitskloof (Paarl) Photo of Elands River trail to the Waterfall - Du Toitskloof (Paarl)

    This trail starts in Du Toitskloof and follows the trail along the Elands River to the official trail end, here we continued along the path before crossing the river and heading up the Waterfall kloof. The Waterfall at t...

    The waterfall is one of the most spectacular of all the hikes in the cape. The bouldering to get there can be challengin...
    Maxime Yates
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  • HENNOPS - Krokodilberg 10km

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    near Pelindaba, North-West (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    6.05mi
    Elevation +
    978f
    TrailRank
    69| Rating 4.33
    Photo of HENNOPS - Krokodilberg 10km Photo of HENNOPS - Krokodilberg 10km Photo of HENNOPS - Krokodilberg 10km

    This trail requires a degree of fitness and proper shoes. ( Not suitable for: beginner / unfit hiker / children not use to hiking) Panoramic views await!

    Awesome Hike. Close to Jhb and Pretoria
    Heath Boswell
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  • near Elsenburg, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    6.03mi
    Elevation +
    1115f
    TrailRank
    69| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Klapmutskop Climb from Delvera - (Stellenbosch/Klapmuts) Photo of Klapmutskop Climb from Delvera - (Stellenbosch/Klapmuts) Photo of Klapmutskop Climb from Delvera - (Stellenbosch/Klapmuts)

    This trail starting and ending at Delvera is an easy walk through the vineyards and then a short hike up to the 523m summit of Klapmutskop. Klapmutskop contains three botanical zones. On the lower slopes renosterveld giv...

    Such a beautiful hike, Easy to follow and the views over the autumn vineyards was spectacular.
    Maxime Yates
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  • Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West)

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    near Vergelegen, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    8.34mi
    Elevation +
    4242f
    TrailRank
    68| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West) Photo of Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West) Photo of Helderberg Dome - (Somerset West)

    The climb uo to the Helderberg Dome starting at the Helderberg Nature reserve in Somerset West. The trail starts through the myraid of trails which split at the beginning. As long as you ascend you will be on a correct p...

    This trail was tough but very beautiful and rewarding
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Nature’s Valley, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    8.82mi
    Elevation +
    1660f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Nature’s Valley Salt River Rugpad loop Photo of Nature’s Valley Salt River Rugpad loop Photo of Nature’s Valley Salt River Rugpad loop

    A trail that begins with the salt river trail but then spilts to the Rugpad and loops through the forest before reaching the lookout of the Salt River. Finishing with a scramble over the blue rocks and a walk along the b...

    Amazing walk from natures valley, Beautiful scenery. If doing this trail in summer dont forget to bring a costume and sw...
    Maxime Yates
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  • Hogsback Waterfall Trail

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    near Hogsback, Eastern Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    6.35mi
    Elevation +
    1644f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Hogsback Waterfall Trail Photo of Hogsback Waterfall Trail Photo of Hogsback Waterfall Trail

    Started at away with the Fairies and descended to the Big Tree (there is a public start place just up the road) , followed by detours to Swallowtail falls and Bridal falls before rejoining the main path and finishing at ...

    The forest, waterfalls and the big tree are all must see when visiting hogsback
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Stutterheim, Eastern Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    4.16mi
    Elevation +
    1201f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of The Shire Forest Loop (Stutterheim) Photo of The Shire Forest Loop (Stutterheim) Photo of The Shire Forest Loop (Stutterheim)

    This trail starting and ending at the Shire is an easy well marked trail through indegenious Forest, pine and gum plantations. Notable features are the numerous birding spots, the unique Lemontree Forest and the Shire Ec...

    The Shire and it's forest walks are amazingly beautiful! The lemonwood forest is out of this world
    Maxime Yates
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  • Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg)

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    near Cederberg, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    3.99mi
    Elevation +
    1220f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg) Photo of Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg) Photo of Algeria Waterfall - (Cederberg)

    The standard Route up to the magestic Algeria Waterfall. This route starts at the Algeria camp site and heads straight up to the kloof visible in the distance before zigzaging up to a higher altitude and approaching the ...

    Amazing Waterfall!!
    Maxime Yates
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  • Gecko Trail Route A (official)

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    near Nuy Valley, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    9.53mi
    Elevation +
    2444f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Gecko Trail Route A (official) Photo of Gecko Trail Route A (official) Photo of Gecko Trail Route A (official)

    The perfect wilderness hiking trail. It’s rough and tough but you find tranquility, remoteness and total solitude. The trail is a mix of Jeep track, narrow hiking tracks and quite a bit of scrambling. Avoid the hot summe...

    Amazing views and scenery walking on top of the Langeberg Mountains
    Ninon Roos
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  • near Klein Steenberg, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    5.98mi
    Elevation +
    1867f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Constantiaberg and Elephants Eye Cave loop - (Silvermine Cape Town) Photo of Constantiaberg and Elephants Eye Cave loop - (Silvermine Cape Town) Photo of Constantiaberg and Elephants Eye Cave loop - (Silvermine Cape Town)

    The trail starting at Silvermine nature reserve heading up to elephants Eye Cave and then up to the summit of the Constantiaberg, the route down descends steeply with great views over hout bay and Chapmans Peak drive. Th...

    Amazing Views, trail is well defined except for the top around the tower
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Vredehoek, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    3.57mi
    Elevation +
    1883f
    TrailRank
    66| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Devils Peak (Table Mountain National Park - Cape Town) Photo of Devils Peak (Table Mountain National Park - Cape Town) Photo of Devils Peak (Table Mountain National Park - Cape Town)

    Following the standard Route up and down Devils Peak from Tafelberg road. This route is well demarcated for most of the way up. Only near the summit does the trail split into different path options but the trigonometric ...

    Great trail, just take care of the sun in summer months
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Banghoek, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    8.58mi
    Elevation +
    2346f
    TrailRank
    66| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Saaltjie Hike - Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch) Photo of Saaltjie Hike - Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch) Photo of Saaltjie Hike - Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch)

    This trail starts and ends at the main entrance to Jonkershoek Nature reserve. It's a great alternative if the parking is full at the Waterfall and Swartboskloof trails. The trail makes its way up to the saddle (Saaltjie...

    Loved the viewpoint at Saaltjie, trail isn't all that straightforward
    Maxime Yates
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  • Maltese Cross - (Cederberg)

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    near Citrusdal, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.43mi
    Elevation +
    1434f
    TrailRank
    66| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Maltese Cross - (Cederberg) Photo of Maltese Cross - (Cederberg) Photo of Maltese Cross - (Cederberg)

    The Cederberg Maltese Cross hike, obtain a permit from Cederberg Wines just up the road, they will give you the combination to the gate lock. After setting the combination on the lock press the lock loop in and when you ...

    This path was easy to follow. The hike was relatively easy
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Oranjezicht, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    6.10mi
    Elevation +
    2372f
    TrailRank
    66| Rating 4.0
    Photo of Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge Photo of Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge Photo of Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge

    Table Mountain is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the Cape Town area. Recently voted as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world it is a landmark for Cape Town and the surrounding area. There are many ways to 'do' Tabl...

    In any case, only with sturdy shoes and with a conditional good wheater forecast.
    Senial
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  • near Elsenburg, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    2.58mi
    Elevation +
    472f
    TrailRank
    63| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Dirtopia Short Circuit (Muratie - Stellenbosch) Photo of Dirtopia Short Circuit (Muratie - Stellenbosch) Photo of Dirtopia Short Circuit (Muratie - Stellenbosch)

    This is the short circular dirtopia trail starting from Muratie Wine Estate. The trail is easy and the path is well defined and well marked with blue arrows (for hikers and trail runners) there are a few cycling trails w...

    Very easy and very well signposted, lovely short nature/farm and vineyard walk to stretch the legs. Can be done with chi...
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Marienburg, Eastern Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    2.98mi
    Elevation +
    410f
    TrailRank
    62| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Otter Trail Day 1 - Stormsriver to Ngubu Hut (Tsitsikamma) Photo of Otter Trail Day 1 - Stormsriver to Ngubu Hut (Tsitsikamma) Photo of Otter Trail Day 1 - Stormsriver to Ngubu Hut (Tsitsikamma)

    Day one of the Otter trail starts at the Stormsriver gate and descends through the forest down to the Rocky coastline. The trail then follows the coast over rocks past the large cave to a high Waterfall. Thereafter it's ...

    Nice Easy start in the forest onto the coast, can be done as a day trail to see the beautiful waterfall.
    Maxime Yates
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  • Lion's Head

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    near Higgovale, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    3.38mi
    Elevation +
    1450f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo of Lion's Head Photo of Lion's Head Photo of Lion's Head

    A highlight reel hike for Cape Town or even South Africa. Fabulous views of the ocean/beaches/bays, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles, Signal Hill and of course the city of Cape Town sprawled out below. The 'standard' p...

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  • Cathedral Peak Route

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    near Makhwelela, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
    Distance
    11.53mi
    Elevation +
    5190f
    TrailRank
    60| Rating 3.83
    Photo of Cathedral Peak Route Photo of Cathedral Peak Route Photo of Cathedral Peak Route

    Traditional route from Hotel to peak and return. There a Grade C scramble just before the summit which may challenge the faint of heart. Otherwise fairly easy peak above the 3000m ASL mark. Walking expect to take 10 h...

    Thank you for this hike Rhino and Hedgehog! If you want to
    Notdeadyet
    Absolutely stunning views the whole way there and back! I got lost in the bottom third approximately and ended up near ...
    Sebastien David
    A great hike. We followed your path to the base of the summit. Amazing scenery, many 360 degree views. Thanks for postin...
    Port flora
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  • Blindman's Corner

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    near Forest Ranger, Province of KwaZulu-Natal (Republic of South Africa)
    Distance
    8.36mi
    Elevation +
    2106f
    TrailRank
    59| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Blindman's Corner Photo of Blindman's Corner Photo of Blindman's Corner

    One of the most beautiful trails leaving from Champagne Castle Hotel, leading up to the foot of Cathkin Peak. The trail takes you past Crystal Falls (fill up with water here), along to the Sphinx, and then up to the c...

    Very picturesque hike with some great stops along the way. Some technical sections that require your attention abs make ...
    Dr Philthy
    👍💪
    Jose m. Jimenez 54
    Absolutely amazing! Will be going back ASAP to do this one again!
    JacoErasmus
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  • near Kalkbaai, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    3.11mi
    Elevation +
    1375f
    TrailRank
    59| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Up Spes Bona, Down Echo Valley - Kalk Bay (Cape Town) Photo of Up Spes Bona, Down Echo Valley - Kalk Bay (Cape Town) Photo of Up Spes Bona, Down Echo Valley - Kalk Bay (Cape Town)

    This short trail starts and ends at Boyes drive above Kalk Bay. After parking one crosses the road and begins an immediate ascent. The trail splits at various points but intersections are well marked and the trail is wel...

    Amazing views, easy enough and well demarcated
    Maxime Yates
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  • near Kylemore, Western Cape (South Africa)
    Distance
    4.10mi
    Elevation +
    830f
    TrailRank
    58| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Sosyskloof Loop - (Jonkershoek - Stellenbosch) Photo of Sosyskloof Loop - (Jonkershoek - Stellenbosch) Photo of Sosyskloof Loop - (Jonkershoek - Stellenbosch)

    Note that there is an entrance fee to enter Jonkershoek Nature reserve, wildcards don't pay but, at the time of writing, you will need to show your wildcard confirmation email or log into the wildcard website to prove th...

    The trail I suggested and everyone loved it ;). Very easy trail, Beautiful and well marked.
    Maxime Yates
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