Walking is one of the best ways of getting close to nature in the Western Cape. If walking is high on your agenda and you also enjoy quality leisure time, book yourself a luxury getaway in Western Cape where scenic walks and trails are par for the course.

BUSHMANS KLOOF is a luxurious and glorious base in the Cederberg. There are many wonderful outdoor activities, with walking among them. Whether you enjoy an undemanding trail, or something a bit more challenging, the Bushmans Kloof reserve has much to offer. Set off on a trail, with a backpack stocked with goodies by the lodge, and a guide if you would like one. The Mountain Trail at Bushmans Kloof is an easy 1 – 2 hour hike close to the lodge. The Ravine Trail is a more adventurous hike of 2 – 3 hours, winding over steep ravines. The Crystal Pools Trail is for seasoned walkers, and for this one it is best to have a guide to accompany you. Along the way you will swim in clear waters, surrounded by enormous rock formations. Mail us.

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Hiking in the Cederberg, when staying at Bushmans Kloof.

GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE is a paradise for hikers. Walk in Milkwood forests and on fynbos-covered mountainsides in the reserve, and ramble along the nearby coast. There are numerous stunning walks to do, to suit different levels of fitness. The guided Cave Experience is along the dramatic cliffs of De Kelders, where you will meet a Stone Age World when Khoi bushman once lived. Mail us.

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a pristine and beautiful fynbos area for walking
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The Grootbos Cave Experience will reveal exquisite scenery and a Stone Age World.

KAPENSIS GUESTHOUSE is set on an fynbos farm on the edge of Pringle Bay. The coastline and fynbos create brilliant views. Walk on the farm and in pretty Pringle Bay. The nearby Kogelberg Biosphere is a beautiful place for hiking, as is the Harold Porter Botanical Garden in neighbouring Betty’s Bay. Mail us.

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Hiking in Kogelberg. Image credit: hikingsouthafrica.co.za

AGULHAS COUNTRY LODGE  is situated at L’Agulhas where two oceans meet. The L’Agulhas Nature Reserve offers various scenic trails. Spookdraai (Ghost Corner) Hiking Trail is a 2-hour circular trail along the coast and up to the look-out on top of the hill behind Agulhas Country Lodge. Scenery includes fynbos and vlei areas. Be sure to also do the 3 km walk called the Lighthouse Trail.  And if you drive to nearby Arniston, there are wonderful coastal walks to be done there too. Notable is Sterna Hiking Trail in De Mond Nature Reserve, Arniston. Mail us.

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Stay at Agulhas Country Lodge and be well placed for some great walking at the southernmost tip of Africa and vicinity.

DE HOOP COLLECTION is a great option for walkers and nature lovers, because its accommodation options (both catered and self-catering) give you immediate access to the pristine De Hoop Nature Reserve. Among the guided activities that De Hoop Collection offers, is a 2-hour guided Bird Walk, with a qualified field guide to show you the prolific bird life in the reserve whilst you cover some ground on foot. Another guided walk id the 2-hour Interpretive Marine Walk, on which walkers explore coastal rock pools and beaches to see interesting marine life forms. Mail us.

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A dune walk in De Hoop Nature Reserve offers fantastic scenery and superb whale watching during whale season.

For fit and serious walkers, Cape Nature offers the legendary Whale Trail, with lots of magnificently scenic walking in De Hoop Nature Reserve and 5 overnight stops. The accommodation on this trail does not form part of De Hoop Collection. The Whale Trail can be booked directly with Cape Nature. Call 021 483 0000.

Mail us to book your next luxury getaway, or call +27 21 797 7122.