A Guide to Hiking Etiquette: Part 2
Bermanzi is fast becoming one of Mpumalanga’s top hiking destinations and for a very good reason. With three trails and landscapes filled with stunning scenery, this is every hiker’s paradise. As a more remote location for hiking in Mpumalanga, Bermanzi is ideal for anyone looking for some peace and solitude when out on the trail. That being said, there might come a time when you encounter someone on your trail.
Having some hiking etiquette knowledge could be just what you need. In part 1 of this guide, we touched on who has right of way, when to walk in a group and when not to, who should lead the way and stay safe. In part 2, we’re going to talk about the other ways to show polite courtesy when hiking.
Leave no trace
When out in the beauty of the wild, for most it is common sense that leaving behind a mess is not acceptable. Sadly, this is the kind of common sense that you might find lacking in some. Whatever you bring with you on your hike should leave with you or end up in a dustbin. Don’t discard your rubbish just anywhere.
Don’t shun technology
Just because you are getting back in touch with nature doesn’t mean that you should forego all technology. There is plenty of hiking technology out there, including flashlights and GPS systems to ensure that you don’t get lost.
Quiet is better
Hiking trails in Mpumalanga are certainly a great place to do a little family bonding, but the ups and downs of the trails could leave you out of breath. This is not something to be too bothered by, staying mostly quiet while hiking is quite normal. It’s the perfect place to completely disconnect and soak up that quiet mountain air, well away from the car hoots, screeching tyres, party music and basic bustle of any city.
Hiking uphill can be a challenge for some. If you see someone struggling along the way, make space for them and let them go first. Slowing down their momentum by blocking the way will only make the hike more challenging. This is something to keep in mind when you are heading downhill. The up climb can often be more difficult than coming down. If you make way, your fellow hiker will have the opportunity to take a break.
We tend to be living in a very impersonal world these days and polite manners are taken for granted. When you come across a fellow hiker, a smile and a simple hello is the way to go. Being friendly and polite might brighten their day and put a smile on their faces.
Bermanzi is the ideal place for family and friends to retreat for a weekend. We have the best self-catering accommodation in the area and we welcome guests from all over South Africa to come and experience fresh mountain air, great hospitality and the best hiking in Mpumalanga!