South Africa is a wonderful country for walking. It’s land of staggering natural beauty yet also varied in terrain. Choose between classic mountain hikes, coastal trails or even desert walks.
How you want to enjoy walking in South Africa is up to you. You can choose one of our private walking tours in South Africa. You can add in one or two guided day walks in Cape Town perhaps. Or you can just walk independently on one of literally hundreds of walking trails.
Whether it’s the solitude of the mountains, the silence of a forest path or the joy of heading down to an inviting golden beach from a coastal trail, there are few better ways to enjoy the beauty of South Africa.
Given we’ve got 20+ years of planning walking holidays, we also put together self-guided walking tours. You stay at hotels and lodges which have their own walking trails on site or at least close by. Indeed lots of our favorite hotels in South Africa have walking trails on their property. Some even have mapped GPS co-ordinates to help self-guided walkers! The best ones are mentioned below under Where to Stay.
Best Destinations for Walking in South Africa?
The Cape province offers some superb hiking trails. Admire mystical mountain ranges including the renowned Table Mountain and the Cederberg . Enjoy the indigenous fauna and flora, verdant wine farms and vineyards, lush forests, waterfalls and golden sandy beaches. Hermanus, and the Garden Route offer fantastic coastal trails in the natural fynbos. The possibility of seeing a whale is an added bonus in the ‘whale season’ (July to November). The Tsitsikamma coast on the Garden Route offers some popular hiking trails through lush indigenous forests, sandy beaches and magnificent mountains with breathtaking views.
The magnificent Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu Natal offers both high mountain challenge and more gentle valley trails. Besides the panoramic views there are also stunning waterfalls, forests and magnificent escarpments. Indeed, many hotels are particularly well equipped for self-guided walkers with detailed trail maps. Some even have daily guided walks with their in-house guides.
Our private guided walking tours in South Africa visit all of these areas. Check them out below…