Hike to The Tugela Gorge (Drakensberg Ampitheatre)

When I was a child, we used to go to the Northern Drakensberg every couple of months. My parents would attend meetings and work-related activities, and my sibling and I would roam around the resort. We played volley ball, rode horses, took the quad bikes for a spin and went on hikes.

This is where my love affair with hiking started…

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44 Stanley

Yesterday, we went to check out 44 Stanley for the first time – another place I’ve wanted to go to since I’ve been back in Johannesburg.

The photos on 44 Stanley’s website look gorgeous, and the place is pretty close to our flat, so our Saturday adventure was decided!

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James and Ethel Gray Park

Before I moved back to Johannesburg, I was confronted with the idea that I will be leaving my greenery behind. The idea of not hiking some stunning trail every second weekend made my heart heavy…

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Maboneng Precinct: Outings to ‘the Place of Light’

As a born and raised Joburger, I’ve always known the city to be unsafe and to avoid venturing there. But with the likes of Newtown and Maboneng, the city is in the beginning stages of an unbelievable transformation.

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Woodstock Cave: Cape Town’s Window

(Hike from Rhodes memorial)

Difficulty: Easy 

We reached the large and wide opening of the cave, peering down to see only white fluffy clouds. It seemed as if we were a lot higher up in the mountains than the actual location of the cave. As the warmth of the sun baked the earth, the building tops of the city started peeking through the white mass.

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This was the second time I’ve hiked up to Woodstock Cave – It was just as rewarding as the first time. The wide crack in the mountain is visible from Woodstock and surrounds and is one of the biggest caves in Table Mountain National Park. It is a relatively easy hike, even though I would not recommend to hike without proper trail shoes/takkies, water and snacks.

The trail to Woodstock Cave starts at Rhodes Memorial. Once parked at the parking lot you should make your way toward the mountain. On the left end of the parking lot the trail starts ascending up the mountain.  I must admit, this initial ascent is rather steep and leaves me red-faced and out of breath (or maybe I’m just unfit?!).

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Follow the zig-zag path upwards until you reach Kings Blockhouse. From there you continue to take the path that goes right (towards Cape Town city centre) and around the mountain. The path’s incline steadies as it contours around the mountain to the cave and offers many opportunities to stop and take in the views of the city, sea and mountains. Keep following the path until the cave is in site – you won’t miss it!

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Duration

The duration of the hike is about 45 minutes one-way, so be sure to set aside 2,5 – 3 hrs to have enough time to enjoy a packed lunch with some friends whilst taking in the terrific views.

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What to take:

  • Walking shoes – proper walking shoes have better grip and help to prevent injuries sustained by slipping and falling.
  • Water – stay hydrated when exercising, especially outdoors.
  • Food – to keep glucose (energy) levels up
  • Sunblock – protect your skin from the harsh African sun
  • Camera – you would not want to miss an opportunity to take some picturesque photos
  • Cellphone – always take a cellphone with you for in case of an emergency.

Please save the Mountain Rescue number +27 (021) 9370 300 before departing on the hike.

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Please note: Muggings have been reported along a number of trails in Cape Town. Always be vigilant and hike in numbers.

Warwick Picnic in the Winelands

Stellenbosch is synonymous with mountains, grapevines and wine-tasting, but if you have not attended a picnic at one of the Winelands’s luxurious wine estates, you’ve been missing out!

My and Ryan’s anniversary fell on a Sunday in September this year, and due to our Stellenbosch roots (The place we met and fell in-love), I immediately knew that I wanted to surprise Ry by taking him for a picnic close to our beloved little town.

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