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The Best Hiking in South Africa

Looking for the best hiking in South Africa? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around South Africa. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near South Africa

  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Table Mountain, Cape Town

    5.0
    1.9 mi / 2300 ft gain
    After parking at the lot near the Platteklip Gorge trailhead, start hiking south up the path. It soon will become extremely steep with large slabs of rock acting as some sort of giant stairs that us peons must crawl over until we eventually reach the summit. If you have long legs and are taller t...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike to Wally's Cave on Lion's Head

    5.0
    2.5 mi
    At the bottom (not really the bottom, but the parking on the way to Signal Hill) you take the jeep track until you reach the paragliders launch point. There you will see a tiny little stairway path heading up to the right.Follow this path up until you see a massive rock, pass it and take the path...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike up Devil's Peak

    4.0
    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Starting from the parking lot on Tafelberg Road, simply head south from the trailhead and follow the path as it meanders up multiple switchbacks. Stay on the main path at the 4-way junction and continue going straight up through the pine gully and eventually you'll reach the saddle. From here, fo...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike to the top of Chapman's Peak

    1.5 mi / 1252 ft gain
    Starting from the trailhead on Chapman's Peak Drive (one of the most scenic drives in the world), simply follow the trail up as it gradually climbs up east toward a 4-junction. Take that first right at the junction and follow it as it heads south and then turns southwest. Stay on the trail as it ...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Explore Noordhoek Beach

    5.0
    5 mi
    The northernmost part of Noordhoek Beach that touches the jagged rocks of Chapman's Peak is the more scenic place to start exploring (see map location for directions to the north parking lot). Otherwise, one can park down at one of the beach-access culd-de-sacs in Kommetjie and walk from south-to...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike to Diaz Beach

    0.5 mi / -450 ft gain
    After parking at the Cape Point parking lot, simply take the small unpaved path that leads south towards the ocean. Head down the gravel steps and follow it as it bears west (right) along a wooden boardwalk. Stay on the boardwalk until it ends at several rocky slabs. Cross the slabs and you shoul...
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  • Chain Ladder Route, South Africa

    Hike Sentinel Peak

    7 mi
    Sentinel Peak is a great day trip, but if you can spend the night it will reward you will magnificent sunset and sunrise views! The 7.5 mile (12 km) roundtrip hike begins from the Sentinel Peak Car Park just up the smooth dirt road past the sign for the Witsiehoek Mountain Lodge. (They are in the...
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  • Mkhomazi Wilderness area, South Africa

    Experience Sani Pass

    4.0
    13 mi / 4370 ft gain
    Sani Pass is the highest mountain pass in South Africa, connecting the town of Underberg in KZN to Mokhotlong in Lesotho. It is strictly a 4x4 vehicle drive and takes visitors from a starting elevation of 5,065 ft (1,544 m) at the South African border post all the way up the winding road to 9,435...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike Tranquility Cracks via the Pipe Tracks

    5.0
    5.6 mi / 1837.3 ft gain
    Tranquility Cracks is one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, despite it being near a main trail and done in under 4 hours. Essentially the Cracks are a series of passageways and narrow slits and fractures in the sandstone, most of which are wide enough to wriggle through. From atop, the Cracks are...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Visit the Slangkop Lighthouse

    0.5 mi / 35 ft gain
    After parking in the dirt parking lot, you can simply walk over to the lighthouse (if it's open) and talk to the kind staff there who might let you in for a peek (or a small fee).Otherwise, you can be content with walking around it and taking some photos as you head down the boardwalk trail nearb...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Table Mountain's India Venster Route

    1.6 mi / 2198.2 ft gain
    Starting about 50 m to the right of the lower cable car station of Table Mountain National Park, this 2.5 km point-to-point hike begins its 670 m elevation gain with a thigh-crushing ascent up a steep trail. Follow the trail about 15 to 20 minutes up to the contour path. Here you will see a green...
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  • Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Backpack and Camp on Stellenbosch Mountain

    8.7 mi / 2788.7 ft gain
    Start from from the parking area at the Danie Craven Stadium and follow road along the river up to the trailhead. It is a 2km walk to the trailhead which sits at about 200 meters of elevation. Follow the Stellenbosch Mountain Hiking Trail path for approximately 5 kilometers through the rocky land...
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  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Hike Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge Trail

    4 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Platteklip Gorge is the shortest route to hike to the summit of Table Mountain. It’s the most direct because the only direction the route takes you is up! The trail begins on Tafelberg Road just past the cableway station at 1,180 ft (360 m). From the get go the trail is steep and if you can imagi...
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  • Chain Ladder Route, South Africa

    Hike the Dragon's Mountain - the Amphitheatre & Tugela Falls

    4 mi / 1300 ft gain
    There are two ways to get here: take a tour from Bergville or drive yourself.Taking the tour from the Amphitheatre Backpackers in Bergville is probably easiest if you're using the Baz Bus and don't have a car.From Johannesburg take the N3 towards Durban, exit the R74 towards Bergville, take the R...
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  • Mossel Bay, South Africa

    Hike the St. Blaize Trail in Mossel Bay

    8.3 mi / 1392 ft gain
    The trail begins at the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse in Mossel Bay. On your way up, keep an eye out for what the locals call Dassies, a medium-sized terrestrial mammal native species that inhabits rock crevices. They are adorable creatures who are most active in the mornings and evenings. From here...
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  • Hogsback, South Africa

    Madonna and Child Falls Hike - Hogsback, South Africa

    Hogsback is a picturesque town located in the scenic Amathole Mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. Although made up of only several streets, and with a population of just over a thousand, Hogsback delivers its visitors with artistic cafes, quiet inns and a wealth of small town charm...
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