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Go! Hiking Guide

South Africa’s number one travel and outdoor lifestyle magazine. We pay our own way and tell it like it is. We drive back roads and speak to real people, giving you practical information about affordable destinations in southern Africa. Each issue is crammed with excellent photography, honest gear reviews and delicious recipes to make at home or in the bundu. Whether you’re looking to escape for a weekend or a month, your journey starts here.

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South Africa
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English
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Media 24 Ltd
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do the legwork

On almost every hike, I reach a point of exhaustion where I feel like my soul is about to leave my body. I no longer pretend to be fit. I stop blaming my discomfort on the hip belt of my backpack, or how tightly my boots are laced. No mental mantra can motivate me. But my self-pity never lasts long. It’s impossible to feel down when you’re in nature, far away from the rat race, listening to the rhythmic crunch of your shoes on the ground. That’s why I enjoy hiking, despite my limited athletic ability. There’s no form of therapy better than walking. This is the first edition of go! Hiking. Come and join us on some of the most scenic trails, in South Africa and our neighbouring countries. Drink water…

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hiking

EDITOR GO! HIKING 2019: SOPHIA VAN TAAK ASSISTANT EDITOR: SUZAAN HALL COPY EDITORS: MARIJCKE DODDS, MARTINETTE LOUW ART DIRECTOR: LYNNE FRASER DESIGNER: ASHWELL PRINS CARTOGRAPHER: FRANÇOIS HAASBROEK CONTRIBUTOR: JON MINSTER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF (WEG & GO): PIERRE STEYN CEO MEDIA24: ISHMET DAVIDSON CEO PRINT MEDIA: RIKA SWART GENERAL MANAGER – LIFESTYLE: MINETTE FERREIRA GENERAL MANAGER – MONTHLIES: NERISA COETZEE COMMERCIAL MANAGING EDITOR: GERDA ENGELBRECHT PRODUCTION MANAGER: KERRY NASH FINANCIAL MANAGER: MUNEEB ADAMS CIRCULATION MANAGER: RIAAN WEYERS riaan.weyers@media24.com ADVERTISING SALES BUSINESS MANAGER – SALES: DANIENELL danie.nell@media24.com JOHANNESBURG JEANINE KRUGER 082 342 2299 jeanine.kruger@media24.com LIZEL PAUW 082 876 8189 lizel.pauw@media24.com SHARLENE SMITH 083 583 1604 sharlene.smith@media24.com THEA THOMAS 078 450 7771 tthomas@media24.com CAPE TOWN NICK FITZELL 071 430 6311 nick.fitzell@media24.com SANETHA MEINTJIES 084 416 5797 sanetha.meintjies@media24.com COMMERCIAL HEAD OF EVENTS: FRANCOIS MALAN COMMERCIAL MANAGER: LISE COETSEE lise.coetsee@media24.com MARKETING AND EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR: ANDILE NKOSI andile.nkosi@media24.com RETOUCHER: SHIREEN ALLIE WHERE TO FIND US POSTAL ADDRESS: PO Box 740, Cape Town, 8000 STREET ADDRESS: 19th floor, Media24 Building, 40…

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super hikers share the love

DANIA PETRIK Part-time hiking guide, climate change consultant and co-founder of hikingsouthafrica.co.za @daniapea How did you get into hiking? My parents were avid hikers. Before the age of 10 I’d already done the Harkerville Trail, the Otter Trail, the Groot Winterhoek Trail (twice), plus lots of other day trails. I also had plenty of experience camping in the wilderness. And you’re still a fan? Absolutely! When hiking, you experience a sense of peace that only comes from spending time in the wilderness, and the deep satisfaction of using your body as a vehicle to transport you to some of the most magical places in the world. I believe hiking is one of the most accessible activities that any person with the right mindset can enjoy. Every hiking trail has its own appeal and challenges. As with…

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walk because you can

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are in life. We quickly forget the good things when persistent problems threaten to drown out everything else. It’s understandable if you feel despondent about load shedding, potholes and dropped catches, but you can’t let those things consume you. As South Africans, we have many things to be proud of. Not only when Caster, Giniel and our sport teams are victorious, but also the less obvious things that take place every day:a sunrise in the mountains, the weight of sliced biltong in your hand, your mother tongue in your mouth, bakkie rides, sitting on the stoep… And then there is the wonder of an able body. Many of us take it for granted that we can stand up when we swing our legs off…

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planet waterfall

Location: Between King William’s Town and Hogsback Distance: 100 km Duration: 6 days Terrain: Through indigenous forest and over grassy hills. Lots of steep climbs and river crossings. Eight backpacks and a bunch of hiking poles are standing out there in the hall. In here, Dan Cornick from Amatola Trails is pointing to a map of the Amatola Hiking Trail. “It’s a tough day with lots of hills, so make sure you get an early start,” he says. We’re gathered around a table at Away with the Fairies Backpackers in Hogsback. Dan is giving us an overview of the next six days, and the roughly 100 km we’ll be hiking. Every time he uses the words “tough day” (I count six in total), my eyes get a little bigger and I giggle nervously. The Amatola…

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ask the expert

Dan Cornick from Amatola Trails has been the owner of Away with the Fairies Backpackers in Hogsback for more than 20 years. He’s hiked the trail many times. How did Amatola Trails come about? As the Amatola gained in popularity, I noticed the hikers all needed the same things. I wanted to make this challenging trail a little easier by providing accommodation before and after the hike, permits, a shuttle service to the trailhead, and safe parking. I also assist hikers with an information session beforehand and I’m available on WhatsApp while they’re on the trail. What’s the best time to hike? It looks like the weather patterns are changing, but I’d still recommend March, April, September and October. Winter is dry, but the days are short and it might snow, which…

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