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hiking activities in South Africa

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Rock formations, 2.8 billion yrs old!

Rock formations, about 2.3 billion years old!
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Mountain Sanctuary Park is about an hour from the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

It’s a great place for some moderate hiking.

A friend had mentioned the amazing rock formations to me and that’s what I wanted to see. Continue reading

Mbotyi

Mbotyi lagoon and beach

Mbotyi lagoon and beach
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The beach at Mbotyi, facing onto the warm Indian Ocean would be it’s main attraction for me.

It is beautiful, golden and completely uncrowded. Cool sea breezes keep the intense heat at bay. But make sure to use copious quantities of sunblock for obvious reasons. Read more…

Clarens Loop Trail


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Sunday brought a beautiful clear, hot, almost cloudless day.

The ‘Titanic’ Rock at the entrance to Clarens is a great landmark. The rock formation was given this name in 1912 after the sinking of the real Titanic.

When you stand facing the rock it does have a remarkable resemblance to the view from waterline level of the bow of a huge ship!

There is a loop trail Read more…

Clarens Free State


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Re-acquainting with people from way back, connecting with new friends, a craft brewery where the brews are divine and time melts away, encountering a herd of zebras in the wild, skirting Titanic on a blistering but spectacular hike, and movingly, a happenchance closing of the circle in a serene setting on two lightning-strike deaths, long-passed, RIP. Read more…

Drakensberg

Drakensberg Chain Ladder (Photos in Gallery below)

High mountains and dramatic hiking terrain are all part of the South African Drakensberg range.

This was a golden opportunity with so many unforgettable highlights, such as the chain ladders up a high cliff, summiting a peak of well over 3,000m, a memorial to fatalities by lightning and a jaw-dropping view from the top of the second highest waterfall in the world – and not forgetting the knee-knocking climb back down the chain ladder! Read more…