Guided hiking trips in other parts of South Africa

In February 2010 Philip Grant qualified as a National Mountain Guide with unlimited scope, which enables him to guide hiking trips in any mountainous part of the country. Prime areas would be wilderness mountain areas, such as the Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town, the Wolkberg Mountains near Tzaneen, in Limpopo Province and the Magaliesburg near Johannesburg and Pretoria.

It is envisioned that such trips would be extensions of Drakensberg hikes, where clients would like to experience other mountain wilderness areas accompanied by the same guide or guides as they had used in the Drakensberg.

The wolkberg Wilderness Area

Situated south of Tzaneen in Limpopo Province, the Wolkberg Wilderness Area is part of the far northern Drakensberg and Strydpoort ranges. It comprises great vertical quartzite outcrops, countless steep valleys and densely forested ravines. Vegetation is typically grass covered slopes, savannah type Bushveld, and indigenous forest pockets in the deep wet valleys. The Wolkberg was declared a wilderness area in 1977.

Wolkberg hiking trips would be multi-day trips from 3 to 5 days carrying all kit and food and sleeping in tents. It is possible that such a hiking trip could be combined with a visit to the Kruger National Park.

The Cederberg Wilderness Area

Situated about 250kms north of Cape Town in the Cape Fold Belt, the Cederberg is renowned for its spectacular weathered sandstone formations, endangered fauna and flora and San or Bushman Rock Art. Vegetation is predominantly mountain Fynbos, with spectacular displays of flowers in the spring. The Cederberg was declared a wilderness area in 1973 and received World Heritage status in 2004.

Cederberg hiking trips could include day hiking from suitable accommodation establishments and / or multi-day hiking trips from 2 to 5 days carrying all kit and food and sleeping in tents. It is possible that a hiking trip to this area could be combined with a visit to Cape Town and its surrounds.

The magaliesberg Wilderness Area

The Magaliesburg Natural Area provides the closest unspoiled hiking to the metropolis of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Made up of hard, resistant quartzites, and rising an average of 330metres above the surrounding plains, the Magaliesburg harbours a considerable diversity of indigenous species of plant and is home to more than 150 species of birds. The Magaliesburg was declared a Natural Area in 1977.

Magaliesburg hiking trips would comprise day hikes from a suitable accommodation establishment or campsite. It is possible that such trips could be combined with a stay in the Johannesburg area, when arriving or leaving the country.

All the above trips would be ‘tailor made’ to suit the clients personal requirements, interests and fitness levels.