Does 4 days of hiking in some remote place with nothing but the company of nature and your favourite people sound like a small slice of heaven? Then finding the perfect place to go hiking this long Easter weekend is a must.

There is nothing like a weekend of hiking to get you out of your mind and connected back to your soul, and that is because hiking has a magical way of reconnecting you with nature and helping you to remember what really matters in life, and who you really are.

As we get into the first real break of the year, hiking is something that is going to be on many an outdoor enthusiasts list of long weekend ideas and we truly couldn’t be living in a better country to do it. South Africa is such a scenic wonder, and there are some pretty fantastic hiking spots all over the place. All you need to do is imagine your perfect weekend hiking trip destination, and then check out our top 5 list of places to hike this Easter.

  1. The Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail, Limpopo

This is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of Limpopo and what is really so special about this place is that it is still somewhat of a hidden gem, even in the hiking community. This trail starts just outside of Tzaneen, and it takes hikers on an epic journey through incredible ravines and lush sub-tropical forests.

For a long weekend trip away from the city, it is the perfect destination to feel a bit disconnected for a while.

  1. The Bermanzi Hiking Trails, Mpumalanga

Bermanzi’s hiking trails in Mpumalanga are pretty legendary among hikers looking for a more all-inclusive type of experience. There is not only a couple of hiking trails of various difficulties to choose from but the accommodation is the starting point of the trails, so you are close to “home” whichever trail you choose.

The Bermanzi hiking trails are close to Machadodorp.

  1. Hole in the Wall, Eastern Cape

With 4 days off, and perhaps sometime before or after if you put in the extra leave, going down to the Eastern Cape from the city is not as long a drive as you might think. Much like Mpumalanga and Limpopo, the Eastern Cape is a remote, almost people free destination. Hiking in this destination provides unbelievable views, and you will be at the beach! Hard to beat that.

  1. Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail, Mpumalanga

If you are a fan of nature and you’d like to take a step back in time, a weekend hiking trip to the Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail is a great idea. The canyon is one of the oldest in the world and it is also the only canyon with lush greenery. The canyon is absolutely gorgeous and a great place to unwind. Remember to bring along your camera, the sights here are worth photographing.

  1. Mphongolo Trail, Kruger National Park

The Kruger is a very popular Easter weekend getaway and if you are headed to the park and you’d like to go on a hike, then this trail is definitely a great option. The trail starts at Shingwedzi Camp and it covers the wilderness area between the Shingwedzi and Mpongolo Rivers.