You’ve booked your accommodation and you working out your itinerary for your duration of your trip. With so much on offer within this region, you must spend at least a day or two in the mountains hiking the different trails and taking in the very best nature has to offer. We’ve put together a list of some tips you can take into consideration when preparing for your time in the mountains.
Spend Time Planning the Trails You Want to Take
With having a wide range of mountain to cover, there are several trails for you to explore. Here are some of the most common trails you should try while staying here:
The Spruit Walking Trail – An easy walk to get you started on your day of hiking, you should consider taking the Spruit Walking Trail. This is an easy route along a stream. You will also navigate through some of the Oldwood forest and one of the popular plantations. Only 1km long, it will be a quick walk.
The Mallen Walking Trail – This route offers a more challenging route and ranges between 1 – 3 km long. You’ll start the walk at Berg street near the tennis court. As you navigate up the trial you’ll reach a path which overlooks the Maloti and Red Mountains.
Scilla Walking Trail – Offering guests some of the most picturesque views during the months of September to November – you’ll be able to see masses of the blue Scilla flowers blooming. This moderate walk covers 2.5km of ground and can be completed in one hour.
Maluti Viewpoint – If you plan correctly, this walk should be done in the late afternoon while the sunsets. This route can be found along the Scilla Walking trail and its difficulty has been described as easy and will only take you 30 minutes. The starting point of this trail can be found on Hill Street.
Ensure You Have Sunblock and Water Packed In
As part of your planning, make sure you have enough sun block packed in and apply it regularly, so you don’t end up with sunburn. Hydration is also an important factor when hiking and it’s for this very reason you should make sure you have sufficient water packed in.
Pack A Small Picnic Bag
Many of these walking trails are short and whether you plan to just continue walking or turn around to complete other routes, you’ll need to stop for food at some point. What better way to take in nature by having a picnic in the mountains? This gives you the perfect opportunity to stop on every trail and have a break.
Wear Comfortable Clothing and Shoes
To ensure you’re able to make the most of your time out in the mountains, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Depending on the time of day you plan to start and end, you should keep a warm jacket and a scarf with you as it can get quite cold. When choosing your shoes for the day, ensure they have sufficient support and grip underneath them in case the path is damp.
For a day activity like this, planning is essential. If you follow these basic tips, you’ll be guaranteed a good time. If you’re looking for more information on any of the routes, you can reach out to the Owner at Clarens Eddie’s for further assistance.