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South Africa Holiday: Northern Cape Hiking Trails

From the semi-desert of the Kalahari, to the moonscape of the Succulent Karoo and its spectacular spring flowers, through to the brash landscape of the Nama Karoo, the Northern Cape offers a fantastic range of hiking opportunities.


Klipspringer Trail

Situated in the Augrabies Falls National Park, this trail is of three days duration and should be considered as moderate to strenuous especially during the hotter months of the year. In fact the trail is closed from 15 October to the end of March because of the extreme heat experienced in the area. (More...)

Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve Trails

Situated 16km outside Nieuwoudt-ville and about 50km from Vanrhyns-dorp, the reserve comprises of 4,776 hectares of mountains which have been dissected by deep river gorges through which the Oorlogskloof River flows. The area has a rich and varied plant life being situated on the transition area of the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes. There are two major hiking trails that have been laid out in the reserve (Rock Pigeon Hiking Trail and Rameron Pigeon Hiking Trail) plus two day walks (Leopard Trap Day Hike and Rietvlei Day Hike). (More...)

Richtersveld National Park Trails

Hauntingly beautiful and seared by a blistering sun, the lava mountains and sandy plains form southern Africa’s largest mountain desert park.
There are a number of circular trails, including the Kodaspiek Trail (24km/2 day), the Lelieshoek-Oemsberg Trail (23km/3 day) and the Venstervalle Trail (42km/4 day). The park is home to a number of antelope species and carnivores such as caracal and leopard. (More...)

Related pages

Hiking in South Africa
Northern Cape province

Eastern Cape Hiking Trails
Alexandria Trail; Amatola (Amathole) Trail; Otter Trail; Transkaroo Trail; Tsitsikamma Trail; Woodcliff Cave Trail

Free State Hiking Trails
Bald Ibis Trail; Camel Roc Trail
Dwarsberg Trail; Holhoek Trail; Korannaberg Trail

Gauteng Hiking Trails
Klipkraal Trail; Mooiplasie Trail; Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve Trails

KwaZulu-Natal Hiking Trails
Black Wildebeest Trail; Eikenhof Trail; Emoyeni Trail; Kosi Bay Trail; Mziki trail

Limpopo Hiking Trails
Boskloof Trail; Diepdrift Game Farm Trails; Hanglip Trail; Magoebaskloof Trail

Mpumalanga Hiking Trails
Cycad Trail; Elandsvallei Trail; Fanie Botha Trail; Kaapschehoop Trail; Prospector's Trail; Slagthoek Hiking Trail

North West Hiking Trails
Boe Boes Nest Trail; Eagle Cove Trail; Kroemahoek Trail; Mateke Game Farm Trails; Rhenosterpoort Trail

Western Cape Hiking Trails
Greyton Nature Reserve Trails; Harkerville Trails; Kogelberg Nature Reserve Trails; Outeniqua Trail; Swartberg Trail; Swellendam Trail; Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve Trails; Whale Trail


Witsand Kalahari Nature Reserve Trails

Witsand Nature Reserve is a scenic park, teeming with bird life, including the Namaqua sandgrouse, sociable weaver and Africa's smallest raptor - the pygmy falcon. In addition to a 3km nature trail through Kalahari veld, with 43 marked plant species, the entire reserve is open to hikers. (More...)

Words and photos courtesy of South Africa's Footprint Hiking Club
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