Take a Hike! And discover the Makana region with a nature escape

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Wednesday, 18th November 2020

The Makana region is an outdoor birders and hikers paradise – with a diversity of bird habitats, trails of flora and fauna, river estuaries, breath-taking views and so much more.

It has the perfect landscape for hiking - allowing you to relax and enjoy the natural and unspolied beauty of the Eastern Cape while ensuring there is plenty of space between you and others, in this new world posing COVID-19 challenges. 

So let’s get hiking!

Oldenburgia Day Trail: The hiking club has marked a one-day trail on the city’s southern commonage. The 17km circular and clockwise route begins and ends at the top of Mountain Drive, not far from the toposcope. The start is just a few kilometres from the town centre and can be reached by car from the caravan park off Grey Street. For more information, you can visit the club's Facebook Page.

Two River Trail: https://tworivertrail.co.za/

Assegaai Trails: http://www.assegaaitrails.co.za/hiking/

Cannon Rocks Nature Trail: https://cannonrocksvillage.co.za/nature-trail#start

Alexandria Trail: https://www.sanparks.org/tourism/activities/hikes_walks_trails.php

Waters Meeting Nature Reserve (Bathurst): Ranger/Manager: 079 496 7979 or 076 423 3492. 

Albany Trails (Near Port Alfred): https://www.facebook.com/albanytrails/

Looking for more outdoor fun? Check out the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency’s Nature Reserves guide. It’s packed with ideas for family and eco-adventure holidays. You can experience the great outdoors at Great Fish River to Wild Coast nature reserves. The guide has comprehensive information on well positioned campsites, hiker’s huts, forest huts or farm-style lodges that offer the very best in affordable and comfortable nature escapes. 

Disclaimer: Please note that there is always a risk attached to outdoor activities. The use of any of the trails mentioned in this article or Makana Tourism website is done at your own risk. Please exercise caution and familiarise yourself with the necessary skills for safe walking, running or cycling on the trails especially during unpredictable weather conditions and when coming into contact with wildlife such as baboons or snakes.

Information in this article may change without notice.

Photo courtesy of Sibu Moyakhe

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