Top 7 family-friendly hiking trails in South Africa

Top 7 family-friendly hiking trails in South Africa
Top 7 family-friendly hiking trails in South Africa

Want to spend some quality time with your family? Do yourself (and your family) a favor and plan a hiking trip. It is far healthier than going to a movie or amusement park.

You will appreciate all that nature has to offer. It will be a memorable trip for kids who will cherish it for life. However, not all hiking trails are suited for kids or elderly. So, you need to be on the safe side.

Luckily, we have more than a few places in South Africa that you can visit with your family. Let’s have a look:

  1. Kranskloof hiking trail (Magaliesberg Mountains):

 Take your children to an adventure of a lifetime. Plan a trail hiking trip tip to Kranskloof hiking trail in Magaliesberg Mountains. This child-friendly easy trail is near Rustenburg at the Bartlett’s Farm. The route contains various steady climbs, rocky paths and a dam.

Moreover, you climb up the Magaliesberg Mountains while passing through a mesmerizing valley along with pebbly river bed. Enjoy your time in rock-pool after a full run. You can avail the shower facilities back at the camp.

  1. Mountain Sanctuary hiking trail (Magaliesberg):

Hike up one of the most beautiful privately-owned nature reserves in Magaliesberg Mountains. Mountain Sanctuary Park is your escape into nature. Whether you are a beginner or an avid hiker, Mountain Sanctuary Park has something for everyone. This park consists of various short and long trails that can be covered within 15 minutes to 8 hours.

You can explore the mesmerizing oasis, enjoy in the mountain pool, lookout for wild animals and plant species and enjoy delicious food at the restaurant. You can stay for camping at the camping sites. All in all, Mountain Sanctuary hiking trail is all you need to make your vacations worth-remembering.

  1. Huddle Park Golf & Recreation:

Huddle Park Golf & Recreation is located in Linksfield, Johannesburg. This park is much more than a golf course. It has a number of beautiful hiking, running and dog-walking trails.

This park is heaven for fitness enthusiasts as it has 2.5 km to 5 km trails which are perfect for family hiking trips. Moreover, the mountain bike trails are ideal for the bicyclists who are training for the upcoming races. With its own Acrobranch, it is the perfect resort for the families who are looking for some outdoor adventure.

  1. Newlands Forest Walk:

Newlands Forest Walk is located in Cape Town. This beautiful trail is one of the most favorite family weekend picnic spots for the citizens of Cape Town. Enjoy your family time by the friendly river or take a walk through the most enchanting yet tranquil forests. You will have friendly encounters with various species of wild birds and animals on your way. Moreover, there is a plunge pool for the children to enjoy.

  1. Constantia Nek:

Constantia Nek is situated in Cape Town. This trail is a part of the Table Mountain National Park. When you hike up the mountain, you get to see five historic dams. This trail seems difficult to cross, but it is not that difficult especially for young kids and teenagers. Constantia Nek connects the forest (the starting point) to Helly-Hutchinson dam (the ending point).

  1. Cecilia Waterfall

Cecilia Waterfall is located in Cape Town. This beautiful trail is ideal for children who are always up for an adventure. The path is graveled which is ideal for the younger children. You get to cross one of the most fascinating waterfalls and stream on your way to the finishing point. Moreover, you need to hike through the Cecilia forest to finish the trail which is a magical experience.

  1. Chapman’s Peak, Cape Town:

Chapman’s Peak is located in Cape Town. This another worldly trail runs along the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. It offers various mesmerizing sites to see on the way. This trail is one of the most scenic trails not just in South Africa but in the entire world. Moreover, it is children friendly which makes it the perfect trail to hike with your family. It starts at the toll booth and is ideal for the hikers who love nature.

Outdoor activities and adventures are extremely healthy and hiking is one of the best outdoor activities for the entire family.