April 18, 2021

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Five hiking trails to explore in KwaZulu-Natal this spring

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After a surprisingly cold winter, September is perfect for hiking trails in KwaZulu-Natal.

This coastal province is often appreciated for its rich culture, ocean views and naturally beautiful inland scenery.

However, as much as the lockdown restrictions are lighter now than over the last few months many are still choosing to avoid crowds.

If you want to stay away from large numbers of people and stick to social distancing, you may like to go for a walk in nature. Here are five Kwa-Zulu-Natal hiking trails to add to your adventure list.

hiking trail kranzkloof
Kranzkloof.
Image: Chanelle Lutchman

Kranzkloof Nature Reserve

Kranzkloof is in Kloof along the Kloof Falls Road between Kloof Falls and the Molweni River. The reserve has self-guided walks with route markers as well as a braai area and two picnic sites.

There are also rock climbing sites for adrenaline junkies.

The entry fee for Kranzkloof is R50 per adult and R20 per child

uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

The uMhlanga Lagoon Nature reserve is in uMlhanga near the Ohlange River. The reserve is known for its scenic wooden boardwalk.

This little sanctuary also has beautiful trails that cut across the lagoon and beach with promising views.

There is no entrance fee.

Oribi
Oribi.
Image: Diren Annama

Oribi Gorge

Oribi Gorge is in the south of KwaZulu-Natal. It covers bushveld, grassland, coastal forest and wetland.

Visitors can do their own game drive at Lake Eland. Physical thrill-seekers can tackle the Wild Five adventures which are:

  • Wild swing jumps;
  • Wild slide;
  • Suspension bridge;
  • White-water rafting, and
  • Paintball shooting,

The entry fee to Oribi Gorge is R10 per person, payable at the gate. Adventure prices vary.

Palmiet hiking trail
Palmiet.
Image: Yashil Govender

Palmiet Nature Reserve

Palmiet is a low-key hiking spot with a beautiful trail in Westville. From forests to grasslands to the Palmiet River, there are guided and self-guided trails for visitors to enjoy.

There is no entry fee for self-guided walks.

Paradise Valley

A common spot for most Durban nature lovers, Paradise Valley is a safe and secure nature reserve.

It is popular for the hike it offers to a waterfall which is so beautiful that you cannot help but want to get in the water.

Paradise Valley’s entry fee is R15 per adult and R11 per child.

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