Hiking in South Africa

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In previous posts, I’ve explored the joys of sundowners and wine country in Cape Town. South Africa is also paradise for outdoorsy types. Whether you love a long walk in botanical gardens or a strenuous uphill climb, Cape Town will have something that appeals to you.

 

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

My favorite place in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch is a sprawling garden that highlights the varied beauty of South African flora. This is the only region of the world that grows fynbos, a bushy plant that comes in innumerable shapes, sizes, and colors. Kirstenbosch recently opened a tree canopy walkway where you can get a unique perspective on the scenery (and test your tolerance of heights).

 

Boulders Beach

Did you know that South African penguins live on the beach? At Boulders Beach, we walked along a raised boardwalk and admired a huge colony playing, napping, and waddling in the sand. There were even little adolescent penguins shedding their baby down and growing their first grown-up feathers!

 

Cape Point

My sister promised this walk would be flat. It was not flat. But it was worth every hill and bend we had to climb to see the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. It felt like being at the tip of the world with the unbelievably vibrant blue waves crashing into secret coves of white sand.

 

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of the most visited sights in South Africa, and it’s easy to see why. You can hike the mountain. This can be treacherous for the underprepared. We stuck to the cable car. We saw a wide sampling of the dramatic vistas that characterize Cape Town. Everywhere you look is a valley or mountain or the sea. Locals bring picnics up here and explore the mountain top along with the tourists. That’s a sign of something special!

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