As South Africa emerges from an unexpectedly strange year, one of the best things that you could do to shake the cobwebs is to go hiking in Mpumalanga.

The weather is simply gorgeous at Bermanzi at this time of the year. The days are longer, the sun is warmer and the plants are sprouting new green leaves and stunning flowers. As we get into level 2 of the Coronavirus lockdown, South Africans deserve to treat themselves to an outdoor adventure, and we are inviting you to do just that at our family friendly hiking destination.

One of the best things you could do for yourself, and your loved ones, is to get some fresh air. Hiking in Mpumalanga is a popular way to get back in touch with your inner wild child, and the benefits of getting outdoors are going to leave you feeling revived and happy.

Why it is important to be outdoors more often?

After months of scary uncertainty, which saw most of us spending hours at a time glued to our technology, whether for work or to read up about the latest developments in the pandemic that has dominated the year, now is the time to go hiking.

Research has proven time and again that we spend far too much of our time looking at screens. And 2020 has probably been the worst year for being attached to our smartphones and laptops. But with too much time indoors, especially with the lockdown and isolation from our friends and family, our mental and physical health has been tremendously challenged this year.

So, now that we are free once more, it is time to get out there, and this is why it is going to make you feel so good to get hiking.

  1. Goodbye Stress

2020 has, so far, been a wild year in terms of stress. We’ve all taken a battering and stress levels couldn’t be higher than they are right now.

The cliché that time in nature does wonders for the soul certainly rings true. Whether it is the peace and quiet, or if it is the sights, sounds and a little physical activity, when in nature, stress levels drop. Literally. Cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, starts to diminish and if you are prone to anxiety and depression, you could notice a great improvement in both.

  1. Build Immunity

If there has ever been a year that we need to strengthen our immunity, it is 2020. Being locked away indoors actually has a harmful effect on your immune system, as it is not challenged enough.

Studies have shown that being in nature can increase infection fighting white blood cells, and this increase can stay in the body for up to 30 days after an adventure.

And since hiking, in Mpumalanga or anywhere else, is a great way to stay fit, you will be doing your body a favour.

  1. Improve Focus and Mental Health

As we come out of our bewildered state, our ability to focus and our overall mental health have both taken a terrible knock. Being outdoors will improve your focus and it is going to have a positive effect on your mental health.

Hiking and simply being at one with nature can also completely calm the mind and help you find inner balance once more.

Many people live with a mental illness that differs in severity from one person to the next. One thing that many people find in common, when it comes to treatment, is that being in nature and indulging in some physical exercise can improve your state of mind.

With spring in the air, there has never been a better time to go hiking at Bermanzi. Make sure you make a booking as soon as you possibly can, and come enjoy a weekend of fresh air and stunning sights.