Hiking: 10 fantastic trails in the Western Cape

Justin Hawthorne


Justin Hawthorne

I love mountains. So naturally it is the place I go to feel good. To just walk, allowing my mind to run wild like a klipspringer moving over rocky mountain peaks.

My idea of a good day on the mountain is the longer the better. I’m not heading there to get off quickly. Lengthy pathways, numerous distractions, and a flask of hot brew that requires at least 3 sittings. I want to see the mountain, smell the mountain, listen to the mountain, feel the mountain, taste the mountain…I want to truly understand the mountain.

To achieve this:

  • walk slowly – you’ll allow your eyes to wander. Take breaks, and when you do, sit.
  • takes deep breaths – fill your lungs with crisp, pure mountaintop air. Let your fingers run through the leaves of vegetation you’re passing – some will release their aroma.
  • hike silently…

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