Hiking in South Africa

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Hiking in the Garden Route is a popular activity for nature enthusiasts.
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South Africa boasts a plethora of beautiful natural scenery, ideal for exploring on a hike.
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Hiking in Golden Gate Highlands National Park near Clarens.

Hiking is an outdoor activity that comes naturally to most homo sapiens, which is not surprising if you consider we took our first steps during the Early Stone Age more than one and a half million years ago. So it was that mankind became walkers, striding proudly upright across ancient plains, using their newfound bipedal ability to hunt and gather. 

At the beginning of the 21st century, many of us find ourselves in a position where we have more income, resources and free time at our disposal than any previous generation. In order to escape the urban rat race, we once again yearn to return to the great outdoors of our forefathers. And what better way to get in touch with our earthly side than by exploring our planet on foot? 

South Africa boasts a plethora of exquisite hiking trails through gorgeous valleys, lush forestry, over rocky hilltops, sandy terrain and an abundance of natural splendor. Adventurous locals and tourists alike have endless route options to pursue throughout the country.

By Jacques Marais

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