The Eastern Cape is the second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces, with a diverse landscape of the Eastern Cape ranging from the desolate land of the Great Carrot to the wild coastal steam forests and the Kiskamma Valley. The area also embraces the fertile Langkulov, famous for its rich apple harvest, and is located in the southern climbers south of the mountains.
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Here, vast hills are lined with sandy beaches. This is where the small town of South Africa comes in handy – it offers hospitality and friendship slowly and does not want anything in return. This is where the “Big Seven” spin and the tropical forests share their space with birds and abundant nature in its most generous.
The province’s coastline stretches from the Umtamvuna River in KwaZulu-Natal to the mouth of the Storms River in a beautiful garden view, to the west, and inland, to the north, bordering Lesotho. Today, the Eastern Cape includes the formerly independent “Independent Territories” of Cisky and Transki. Despite its colonial past, the Eastern Cape is still home to the prosperous people of South Africa. The Eastern Cape, with a population of approximately seven million, has the third largest population in the province and lives on about 169,600 square kilometers of land.
The Eastern Cape climate varies considerably but has a year-round holiday climate. The east coast has warm summers and mild winters, and Port Elizabeth receives an average of 7 hours of sunshine a day. The northern regions are much colder. In some areas it rains irregularly throughout the year.
This hiking trail is located in the Amatula Mountains in the Eastern Cape, one of the most scenic mountainous areas in South Africa. If wildlife and different cultures are your favorite wildlife, then this is one of the best hiking trails in South Africa that you can not miss.
Amatola includes several exciting circular trails and a six-day main trail that is linear. Amatola hiking trails offer a variety of adventures for people regardless of age.
Although the Amatula mountain range does not reach great heights, it is a treasure for nature lovers. Indigenous forests, steeped in history, cover the mountains without suffocating them.
There are secluded peaks and dark hidden gorges, open grass springs and distant mountain views. Endless waterfalls, waterfalls and pools in broken mountainous areas, leaves the climber and wishes for more hours of the day.
Starting at the Maden Dam near King William Town in the Eastern Cape, the Amatula Route near Hogsback ends. However, this is not an easy walk, as the days are 20 km long and average 16.5 km per 100 km.
What makes this route interesting is that during the long border battles of the 1800s, between British forces and Xhosa, it passes through a point that was one of the natural fortresses of Ama Xhosa.
Some of the best hiking trails in South Africa can be found in the Eastern Cape. It is ranked as one of the best hiking trails in South Africa. Below we have a route description.
Maden Dam to Guilligoli 15.3 km 8 to 9 hours
To get the most out of this route, you need to get fit and start earlier each day. Starting in the beautiful environment of Maden Dam, you will walk along the edge of the paradise of these trout fishermen. Entering the aging forest, entering another world, in a forest immersed in the history of the border war (for more information about the historical tours we do, contact us). It is also one of two places where forest railways operated in South Africa, and the remains of an old wooden log are still visible. It was here that the giant golden dot, native to the Eastern Cape region, was first recorded. There is an optional shortcut, but you will miss the best day walk and a great swimming spot. Gwili Resort Gwili (Hut) with its magnificent views is located in the Buffalo and Keiskamma river basins. Many climbs at an altitude of more than 3 km have passed.
Gwili Gwili to Dontsa 19.6 km – 8 hours
The first and second day parts can be very slippery in wet conditions. Longer distances can make this day just as difficult, and some may take more than 8 hours. The downhill at Dantsa Forest Station cuts a distance and passes good ponds and waterfalls, but leaves some climbing stages at the end. The upper path follows the line more closely while being slightly longer. A few-day walk through the woods winds along a long ridge, connecting the poor Buffalo and the main slope of the Amatula. There is not much water in this part of the route and climbers have to carry a little more than other places here. Climbers, who have only a limited amount of time to enjoy the Amatula route, can start at Dantsa Forest Station. The Dontsa cottage overlooks what is called Anta’s Hole. Anta was the brother of the Sandil chief, a forest tiger buried at the foot of Mount Capmet.
Dontsa to Cata 18.9 km – 8 to 9 hours
The trail above Doorn Kop has lovely panoramic views, but there is less water along the trail. The lower route is not shorter, but passes through native forests, making it colder on hot days and with more streams along the way. When you get to Eseka Stream, there are other options, which is a good place to get to lunch time. Part of the waterfall forest, whether in the middle or down the path through the forest station, is a lovely walk, but those who find the path difficult should go to the hut from the top of the last part. The last part of the waterfall forest bites at its tail, because there is a steep ascent next to the last waterfall. If your group decides to break away and choose different paths, please make sure that each group has a sequence map with them and that each one knows what the other group is doing. Cata Hut accommodation is famous for its lightning, but a donkey boiler ensures that you can enjoy a hot shower at the end of the day. Take fire lights with you and use less wood.
Kata to Maniamani 13.5 km 7 to 8 hours
One of the best hiking days you’ve probably ever experienced is Day 4 of the Amatola Trail. One option is to make a short cut directly on the neck, a path that should be taken in bad weather. Otherwise, the long route will take you to Jeju Peak with wonderful mountain views. Beware of black eagles that nest in nests! This route is not designed to get you from A to B simply, but to get you through the most spectacular and spectacular places you want to see. On the way down, you will cross an icy area twice. The Minameni Strait has a number of spectacular waterfalls and several river crossings that can be challenging after heavy rains.
Maniamani to Zingcuka 18.2 km 8 to 9 hours
The day begins with a hard climb from another mesmerizing forest, but otherwise the day goes smoothly. To enjoy the many lovely dives you can have in the various rock pools, you need to start early. There is no optional route on this day, but there is an exit to Zingcuka Forest Station towards the end. The first pool near the 7 km mark is a good place to relax in the middle of the morning and the last pool at the 11 km mark is a pleasant place to stop late for lunch. The water here is not as cold as other pools!
Zingcuka to Tyumie River 15 km 7 hours
The final day begins with an optional trail nearby, where you can cling to an old landslide in the jungle instead of following the path under the Benz Falls. Although there is no optional route, some climbers chose the forest road to the end point in bad weather or if they did not have the energy to climb Hogsbek Peak. After the full route, there are as many waterfalls as the fourth day, including the tallest waterfall in Amatola and equally spectacular scenery. Fill your water bottle for a long time, you will not find any water along it. It is 3 km from the end of the trails to Hogsbek.
Long-distance mountaineers must arrange their accommodation before the first day. You should start the first day with as much as 15.1 km and this is not the easiest day to walk for 6 days. The nearest town is King Williams, where Amatola’s office is located.