Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town – South Africa Reason why: Make your way along the edge of the wilderness in this enormous botanical garden at the foot of Table Mountain.
Mood: Get lost in the native fynbos – an eternally green paradise for nature lovers.
Styling: Technical clothing for a substantial hike in trendy outdoor colours, ranging from black and green to purple, red, and orange.
Our top five hiking routes in South Africa
Skeleton Gorge (6.2 km): This lively route will take you from Kirstenbosch to the top of Table Mountain. A unique urban panorama awaits you at the top and the cable-lift will take you back to the bottom.
Olifantsbos Shipwreck Circuit (5 km):This is an easy hike on the Cape Peninsula that will take you through the fynbos and over boulders to several washed-up, 20th-century shipwrecks.
Dolphin Trail (17 km): If the famous Otter Trail is a little out of your league, you can explore the Tsitsikamma National Park without a heavy backpack and spend the night in luxury accommodations along the trail.
Sentinel Peak Trail (6 km): Not afraid of heights? You’ll have to conquer steep rock walls with rope ladders to reach the top of the Drakensberg plateau.
Robberg (11 km): Brave hikers can climb up to The Point along the steep, rocky incline with a deep ravine along the path. Can you hear the fur seals barking already?