Six reasons to love hiking on the Meander
1. Get the blood moving! Couch potato? City slicker? Leave it all behind as you stride over hills, tread gently through silent, shady forests and splash though streams. Bring out your inner Bear Grylls. Your body will thank you for it.
2. Cost - hiking is one of the most awesomely budget-friendly activities out there. Water bottle and daypack? Check. Sturdy shoes or boots? Check. Sign in at the park office and leave the world behind.
3. The breathtaking views – Alan Paton wrote of the countryside of KwaZulu-Natal that “These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it."
4. The natural diversity of the Midlands – Nature is generous here in the Midlands. Not only do you get to experience the grandeur of the mountains and the grasslands, encounter wetlands filled with birdlife, but you can explore pristine mistbelt forest with rare species and be humbled by trees that are hundreds of years old.
5. Wildlife - the biggest kept secret of the KZN Midlands is the opportunity to encounter game while you are walking. At the famous Ezemvelo game parks you can hike in the Drakensberg and the Kamberg. There are game lodges and reserves with accommodation catering for all pockets – from budget to four star. Want to land your helicopter at one of the most sought-after game lodges for game walks on an exclusive weekend away? No problem.
6. Inspiration – hiking takes your mind to tranquil and peaceful places as each step leaves your stress and deadlines further behind. There is much to uplift you in the Midlands – from the towering mountains and murmuring streams to humbling encounters with rock art created by San people thousands of years ago.
One-day hiking trails in the Midlands Meander can be enjoyed all year around, weather permitting. Low to moderate fitness levels are required and are dependent on the trail concerned.
Day hiking trails are available at the following establishments:
- Picklepot Café (072 190 5548 - S29° 42' 54.4". . . E29° 57' 25.9")
- Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve (033 330 3941- S29° 28' 31.5". . . E30° 14' 21.4")
- Kamberg Resort (033 267 7251 - S29° 23' 13.5". . . E29° 40' 04.8")
Establishments that offer hiking trails on their properties for residents only: