South Africa

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South Africa

Located on the southern tip of the African continent, South Africa offers an enormous variety of landscapes and is a popular hiking destination. Famous are the alpine Drakensberg mountain range, the Blyde River Canyon, the Eastern Cape Wild Coast, Cedarberg, and the Otter Trail along the southern Tsitsikamma Coast. And there is so much more!

South Africa counts a full 21 National Parks, many of which have hiking or backpacking trails. Take a look at the excellent website of South African National Parks (or SANParks), which also offers online bookings.

Hiking being popular, there are a multitude of other hiking clubs and tour operators offering their services, ranging from booking lodging to providing guides and even transporting your luggage from one hut to the next (euphemistically called 'slackpacking').

Surrounded by both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, South Africa's climate is largely temperate, though there are some inland extremes in terms of high and low temperatures. Best time for hiking in South Africa is generally during the dry and cool season, between March and November.

Trails

Regions

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hike Cape Town: Top Day Trails in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula
  • This new, full-colour guide to the top day trails of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula - the heart of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site - has something for everyone. There are flat walks along the Sea Point Promenade, the Golden Mile between Muizenberg and St James and through the Urban Park for those looking for easy strolls, while... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Rough Guide to South Africa
  • The Rough Guide to South Africa is the most comprehensive and informative guide available to this spectacular country. You'll find detailed information on everything from hiking in the mysterious Drakensberg to sampling wine in the many Western Cape's estates. Updated specifically for travellers visiting South Africa for the football World Cup... Read more
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Belgium
  • The Rough Guide to South Africa
  • The Rough Guide to South Africa is the most comprehensive and informative guide available to this spectacular country. You'll find detailed information on everything from hiking in the mysterious Drakensberg to sampling wine in the many Western Cape's estates. Updated specifically for travellers visiting South Africa for the football World Cup... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Cheetah
  • For the past 15 years, American photographer Mark Segal’s fascination with the world’s fastest land mammal has taken him across the U.S., Europe, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa. What started out as an aesthetic obsession evolved as he deepened his understanding of this fierce yet fragile creature and its rapid path toward extinction. “My... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Cheetah
  • For the past 15 years, American photographer Mark Segal’s fascination with the world’s fastest land mammal has taken him across the U.S., Europe, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa. What started out as an aesthetic obsession evolved as he deepened his understanding of this fierce yet fragile creature and its rapid path toward extinction. “My... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Southern Africa
  • Covers Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swazliand, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The guide features a 16-page colour wildlife section as well as a guide to the region's most spectacular wildlife reserves; practical information on trekking, white-water rafting and canoeing; and the region's art and tribal cultures. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Southern Africa
  • Covers Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swazliand, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The guide features a 16-page colour wildlife section as well as a guide to the region's most spectacular wildlife reserves; practical information on trekking, white-water rafting and canoeing; and the region's art and tribal cultures. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Dominicus Kaapstad | Gottmer
  • Dominicus Reisgidsen zijn gidsen voor avontuurlijke en geïnteresseerde mensen. * met extra aandacht voor geschiedenis en cultuur van het land * geschreven door Nederlandse auteurs * meer dan 75 bijzondere bestemmingen Of het nu om een avontuurlijke reis gaat, om een lekkere vakantie of om een korte stedentrip: met Dominicus reis je verder en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Reishandboek Zuid-Afrika, Lesotho en Swaziland | Elmar
  • Praktische en culturele reisgids met alle bezienswaardigheden. Deze complete reisgids besteedt naast Zuid-Afrika ook uitgebreide aandacht aan Lesotho en Swaziland. Veel reizigers combineren een reis met deze twee landen. Het Reishandboek Zuid-Afrika is geschreven door de Nederlandse auteur Jan Willem Hamel. Hij woonde in zowel Johannesburg als... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands
  • An unbeatable, pocket-sized guide to Cape Town and the Winelands, packed with insider tips and ideas, colour maps, top 10 lists, and a laminated pull-out map - all designed to help you see the very best of Cape Town and the Winelands.Enjoy a thrilling aerial ascent in Table Mountain's cableway, sample fine vintages in centuries old wine... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Top 10 Cape Town and the Winelands
  • An unbeatable, pocket-sized guide to Cape Town and the Winelands, packed with insider tips and ideas, colour maps, top 10 lists, and a laminated pull-out map - all designed to help you see the very best of Cape Town and the Winelands.Enjoy a thrilling aerial ascent in Table Mountain's cableway, sample fine vintages in centuries old wine... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wild weekends
  • Planning a trip to South Africa? Looking for great adventure weekends during your stay? This is the book for you - written by Sunday Times journalists - featuring mountain biking, bungee jumping, hiking, climbing, horse riding, kayaking and many more adventure activities. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wild weekends
  • Planning a trip to South Africa? Looking for great adventure weekends during your stay? This is the book for you - written by Sunday Times journalists - featuring mountain biking, bungee jumping, hiking, climbing, horse riding, kayaking and many more adventure activities. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Real
  • Is there somewhere you really want to travel to, or just yearn to know better?Do you want all the facts about South Africa at your fingertips?If you want to know what it's really about (rather than the things your parents think you should see!), The Real South Africa is a great place to start.* What's hot: South Africa highlights you really... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Real
  • Is there somewhere you really want to travel to, or just yearn to know better?Do you want all the facts about South Africa at your fingertips?If you want to know what it's really about (rather than the things your parents think you should see!), The Real South Africa is a great place to start.* What's hot: South Africa highlights you really... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids South Africa, Swaziland & Lesotho - Zuid Afrika | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger voor Zuid Afrika. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet Lonely Planet’s South Africa, Lesotho &... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide South Africa
  • Discover South Africa with this essential travel guide, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport to this incredible country before you`ve even packed your case. Enjoy bustling, creative cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, learn about the nation`s tumultuous history at the Apartheid Museum, and admire the natural... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Eyewitness Travel South Africa | Dorling Kindersley
  • Discover South Africa with this essential travel guide, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport to this incredible country before you`ve even packed your case. Enjoy bustling, creative cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, learn about the nation`s tumultuous history at the Apartheid Museum, and admire the natural... Read more
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Maps

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Netherlands
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Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Southern Africa - Zuidelijk Afrika | Hildebrand's
  • Südliches Afrika 1 : 2 500 000. Hildebrand´s Urlaubskarte ab 9.95 EURO Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe. Stadtpläne von Cape Town / Kaapstad, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Windhoek. Verzeichnis der Orte und Sehenswürdigkeiten, Entfernungstabelle, Reiseinformationen. Dreisprachige Ausgabe:... Read more
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zuid-Afrika - Westkaap en Oostkaap
  • Brede zandstranden, ruige rotskusten, woeste binnenlanden en een lieflijke 'countryside'. Met een huurauto en een goede routebeschrijving op zak, verken je in eigen tempo de mooiste natuurgebieden van de provincies Westkaap en Oostkaap. Onderdeel van de reis vormt Zuid-Afrika's beroemde Route 62. Via de fraaie Brede Rivier vallei rijd je door... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Zuid-Afrika - Westkaap en Oostkaap
  • Go local en reis met de hele familie langs kleine guesthouses, houten cottages en ‘glamp’ temidden van de natuur. Wij hebben de mooiste plekken en leukste activiteiten gecombineerd tot een unieke self-drive familiereis door de provincies Westkaap en Oostkaap. Bekende plekken als Kaapstad, Oudtshoorn en de Tuinroute worden afgewisseld met de... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zuid-Afrika - Van Kaapstad tot Addo
  • Deze rondreis vangt aan in Kaapstad en voert je via de wijnlanden in de Franschhoek vallei dwars door de Grote en Kleine Karoo, het ‘land van de dorst’ volgens de Hottentotten. De Swartbergpas, een van Zuid-Afrika’s meest spectaculaire, verbindt de droge Karoo via de wijnroute R62 met de gematigde zone van de tuinroute. Geniet van de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zuid-Afrika - Kruger, Swaziland & kust Indische Oceaan
  • Overnacht in rieten Swazihutten, cottages in Kosi Bay Mouth, een gamelodge bij Kruger en ‘glamp’ aan de Sabi-rivier in een compleet uitgeruste tent. De diversiteit aan accommodaties in deze geheel vernieuwde gezinsreis verraadt de schoonheid van Zuid-Afrika en in het bijzonder van deze reis. Wat te denken van een boottocht over de Olifant’s... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zuid-Afrika - Noordoost-Zuid-Afrika
  • Zuid-Afrika is een land met een unieke veelzijdigheid in natuur en cultuur. Met deze wandelreis geniet je intens van een zorgvuldig geselecteerd gedeelte van dit immens grote land. Hiervoor is geen betere manier dan dit te voet te doen, ofwel 'voetpade slaan' zoals de Afrikaners zeggen. In het weinig bezochte noorden wandel je in de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zuid-Afrika - Mpumalanga en KwaZulu-Natal
  • Met een been in Lesotho en de ander in Zuid-Afrika. Te midden van de pieken van de Drakensbergen kijk je neer op de Sani Pass en de immense vlakte voor je tot aan de Indische Oceaan. Kwa-Zulu-Natal! Zuid-Afrika's kleinste provincie vormt tezamen met de provincie Mpumalanga het decor van een compleet vernieuwde actieve rondreis. Met de huurauto... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Namibië - Compleet
  • Bezoek de twee belangrijkste woestijnen van Namibië, de Namib en de uitgestrekte Kalahari. Voel de hitte en de nachtelijke kou en ontdek de rijkdom aan planten en dieren die zich hebben aangepast aan de spaarzame neerslag. Verken de rode steenwoestijn, de hoge rollende zandduinen in het Namib-Naukluft Nationaal Park. Andere hoogtepunten zijn de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zuid-Afrika - Westkaap per fiets
  • Deze afwisselende route door de Kaapprovincie leidt je langs wijngebieden, savannen, regenwouden, twee oceanen en prachtige steden. Geniet van goede hotels, sfeervolle guesthouses en natuurlijk van de lokale wijn. Start in Kaapstad, schitterend gelegen aan de voet van de Tafelberg en fiets door het fynbos naar de indrukwekkende Kaappunt. Fiets... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Namibië - Rondreis
  • De schaal en de onverschrokken schoonheid van de wildernis in Namibië is betoverend. Met een volledig uitgeruste 4x4 terreinauto (met kampeer- en kookspullen) met daktent, reis je door een haast sereen woestijnlandschap, over bergpassen door ruige bergketens en beklim je ‘s werelds hoogste zandduinen. Kajak op de golven van de Atlantische... Read more
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