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NEW COMMUNITY-BASED HIKING TRAILS

Three new hiking trails have opened this past festive season, developed by Open Africa in association with the surrounding communities in Howick, the Drakensburg and Limpopo.

The trails encourage tourism to the areas and allows people to learn about the culture and heritage of the communities, said Siviwe Kakana from Open Africa

The Howick Falls Gorge walk in KwaZulu Natal is a 1km walk that zigzags down from the top of the falls to the bottom to a view point. People of all levels of fitness can walk the trail. “Elderly people have completed the trail with ease”, said Kakana.  

The Drakensberg community-based hiking trail begins in the area of Zingela and ends at a local village called Mankandane. The trail is 2-3km depending how far into the village hikers want to explore. The terrain is fairly rough and requires a certain level of fitness as there are plenty of steep sections. 

The hiking trail in Northern Limpopo is at a village called Blouberg and covers many villages part of the African Ivory Route. The African Ivory Route has eight camps throughout Limpopo where traditional houses have been built, offering people the opportunity to learn about village culture and traditions. The trail is 3km to the top of the Blouberg Mountain, where a community stays. The hike needs a higher level of fitness as the landscape is rocky and steep and requires scrambling. “Those three kilometres can take up to three hours,” Kakana said. The Limpopo hiking trail will officially open on February 1. 

Source: traveller24






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