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These Boots are made for walking – and that’s just what you’ll do on a Slackpacking Adventure!
South Africa is blessed with an amazing natural beauty. From majestic Table Mountain in the Cape to the bush teeming with wildlife in Mpumalanga, from colourful bursts duiring spring in the semiarid region of the Northern Cape to the lush wetlands of KwaZulu-Natal, you can never take enough trips through this incredible country.
Whichever natural environment is your favourite, the best way to explore it is by foot.
Slackpacking is an increasingly popular way to explore our beautiful natural environment. Is Slackpacking for you? See if the below applies:
* you enjoy an active, outdoor holiday and you love hiking – but you want to travel light
* you want an adventure into the wild - but with a clear map or a guide to lead the way
* you want to breathe fresh air, smell the flowers, enjoy the views, swim in clear streams or dip in the sea - but at the end of day you want a home cooked meal, a glass of wine and a comfortable bed
If you ticked yes to the above, then you are now part of the growing number of slackpackers criss crossing South Africa on foot and loving every step!
So where should you go on a Slackpacking adventure?
In Cape Town, the Hoerikwagga Trail spans the length of Table Mountain National Park. Start at Cape Point and spend five days hiking your way to the centre of town.
Slackpacking on the Fynbos Trail in the Overberg is a treat in the heart of the Cape Floral Region. During this three day meander your guide will take you through indigenous forests and across tumbling waterfalls. Along the coast, the Whale Trail is a scenic beach route with excellent whale watching opportunities during winter and spring.
The Cederberg Heritage Route offers hikers are route through pristine fynbos in rugged mountains with San rock art.
Slackpacking in the Garden Route is a treat for all the senses. This area is famous for its pristine nature and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to great hiking routes. Explore the beaches on the Oystercatcher Trail, the rugged coastline on the Dolphin Trail or head inland for the Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail.
To really make friends and family turn green with envy, book a Slackpacking Adventure in the Wild Coast and Eastern Cape. This slackpacker’s paradise is a photographers dream with rolling green hills, traditional rondavels, windswept cliffs and deserted white sand beaches.
The mystical uKhahlamba Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal is another place that you must tick off your hiking list. This much loved mountainous area offers hikes to Mont-aux-Sources, the Amphitheatre and Giants Cup. Climb the chain ladder at the Sentinel and stand at the top of the Tugela Falls – you will literally feel on top of the world!
KwaZulu-Natal is also home to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park where slackpacking at Kosi Bay is an opportunity to hike along deserted beaches, traverse lakes, snorkel in a natural aquarium and watch local fishermen spear mullets in their traditional fish kraals.
The game reserves of Mpumalanga and Limpopo offer some incredible Slackpacking experiences. Walk with experienced rangers who will share their knowledge of plants, spoor and tracking and after a day in the wild you will appreciate the comforts or a welcoming lodge and as you hear the sound of the wild in the night, you will be pleased that there is a wall between you and the cackling hyenas!
Some of our favourite slackpacking trails are:
Cederberg Heritage Route
Green Mountain Trail
Karoo Erdvark Trail
Kruger National Park | Wilderness Trails
Namaqua Silversands Trail
Shipwreck Hiking Trails
The Chokka Trail
The Dolphin Trail
The Donkey Trail
The Fynbos Trail
The Num Num Trail
The Perlemoen Trail
The Whale Trail
Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail
Wild Coast Walks
Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge
Book your hiking trail now for the holidays as slackpacking trails in South Africa are filling up quickly for that period.