“What's your favorite thing about a long hike?” she asked.

He took a moment.

He knew the standard responses, the sense of exploration, immersed in nature, stepping away from your phone and job and daily stresses, the simplicity of just putting one foot in front of the other, space to breathe, long satisfying conversations, food and meals that take on new significance. But what's the cumulative effect of all of that?

“I know it might sound silly”, he said, “but it gives you the freedom to play. Hiking is the activity that brings out the inner children in my friends. They walk in wonder and shriek with laughter and run naked into the ocean. We bond over the uphill battles, backpack struggles and body upheavals, while also sharing in the thrill of what we discover.”

On the Otter trail we walked in awe for five days. The dappled forest trails and misty rivers and primal ocean were so epic that we were taken outside of our minds for the entire hike. We stopped thinking and just enjoyed the moment without the thought about the past or future, just like the joy of childhood.

 📸 and caption @sternejourneys 

To read more about the Otter trail follow the link in our bio.

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #ottertrail #gardenroute #tsitsikamma #tsitsikammanationalpark
Mornings done the right way...
Hike 》snorkel 》 breakfast
How did you start your day?

📷 @yogahike 
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#HikeMzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #southafrica #thisissouthafrica #meetsouthafrica #getoutstayout #visitsouthafrica #hiking #hikingadventures #hikemoreworryless #capetown
“My first photography trip was through Mpumalanga with @ramonmellet and @barry_socks . It was a trip that’s tough to rival, through an amazing part of South Africa. They’re good friends but bad models, so here’s a shot of @stephanierous a few years later.”

📸 @mattbouchphotography 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #blyderivercanyon #roadtrip #mpumalanga #motlatsecanyon
“ @brendon_wainwright surfing the clouds.”

📸 @tim4tune 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #tablemountain #capetown #thisiscapetown #daybreak
“I'm no landscape photographer…..I'm just a self-proclaimed crazy, badass lady hiker in training that enjoys snapping my adventures 🤣 I leave that up to the professionals.”

Well we think it’s a superb view and the picture ain’t too bad either. The mountains always deliver. 

📸 @fluffycpt_hikes

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #outeniquamountains #outeniqua #georgewesterncape #gardenroute #landscapephotography
Happy mother’s day to all the amazing moms out there!  Extra appreciation for the moms who introduced us and accompanied us in our first hiking experiences. Thanks for carrying the load, kissing bruised knees, and showing us how to be free 💚🇿🇦
 
Here’s some sage advice from @merylkas – “my top 5 hiking-with-kiddies essentials:
*A good carrier or sling
* Bring healthy snacks for both you and baby.
* Water! Water! Water! Staying hydrated is very important especially because you will have an extra load.
* Stop once in a while and let your child play and explore.
* Be present and enjoy the trail.”

📸 @merylkas 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #motherswhohike #mothersday #fearieglennaturereserve #babyhike
“This day definitely rates as one of my top 5 coldest experiences.

8°C  before factoring in the wind chill and howling winds. BUT….there's nothing quite like hiking in the mist and it makes for the moodiest, most romantic photos. So even though I could barely button up my raincoat due to losing the use of my icy little fingers, I still fumbled my phone out to snap a dreamy #lukeonthings.”

And caption @small_creature 

For more information on South Africa’s toughest hutted-trail, follow the link in our bio.

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #amatola #amatolatrail #extremehiking #easterncape #hogsback
“The Drakensberg really has a way of putting things into perspective.

Captured on the Tseketseke pass in the Drakensberg.”

📸 @arnopouwels 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #drakensberg #tseketseke #tseketsekepass #didima
“At some point in your life you just have to sit still and let go, and let contentment come to you....What better place than nature to do just that? 💚”

📸 and caption @hirome_shigeaki 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #mpumalanga #mpumalangagems #chasingwaterfalls #contentment
Goooood morning! 

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ― David McCullough Jr.

📸 @___sadiah 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #drakensberg #daybreak #goldenhour #earlybird
“Duiwelskloof, tucked away within the remote and rugged ridges of the Banhoek Conservancy. 1100m altitude gain within very few kilometres + a 30m scrambling section.”

An epic day out but not for the uninitiated! 

📸 @marco_oosthuizen @mcsa_hottentotsholland 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #duiwelskloof #banhoek #banhoekconservancy #hottentotsholland
“Forever chasing that adventure”

📸 @brendon_wainwright 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #tablemountain #capetown #thisiscapetown #tablemountainexperience #dawnpatrol
“My Saturday always looks something like this..... ❤️ We finally conquered the Rustig Trail, after listening to everyone saying it's veeeerryyyyyy difficult…. what I'm going to say is, always go find out yourself, you will be surprised…. 😉”

📸 and caption @blackcasegirl_za 

To read more about hiking the Rustig Trail, follow the link in our bio.

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #magaliesberg #rustigtrail #rustighikingtrail #hekpoort
Throwback to Freedom Day..... “What does freedom mean to you?

For me freedom is the ability to live a life that I desire, to follow my heart’s calling, freeing myself from limiting beliefs, negativity, and attachments. To walk along the path of my highest good, taking each step as it comes, embracing this now-moment and living my life to the fullest.”

📸 and caption @graeholliday 

To read about hiking the magnificent Wild Coast, follow the link in our bio.

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #wildcoast #coffeebay #cathedralrockwildcoast #freedomday #freedom #pondoland
“Off the grid”

When’s the last time you’ve been off the grid? 

📸 @no_dslr_no_problem 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #drakensberg #gardencastle #mountainphotography #kwazulunatal
“Ifidi pass definitely has left an impression on my mind; this is not a route for the fainthearted.

From the Mnweni Cultural Centre, we caught a lift along the 6km gravel road to the trailhead. A gradual trek through the valleys welcomed us to the base of the pass, from there we chose to follow the river course as the path was overgrown. A lot of boulder hopping, some rock scrambling and a bit of maneuvering through the narrow sections - we reached the top just in time to catch the sunset, still with enough light to find our cave for the night. We hiked about 20 kilometers in total with 1800 meters elevation gain, 8 hours on foot, difficulty rating: extreme.”

To read more about hiking Ifidi pass, follow the link in our bio. 

📸 @graeholliday 

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #ifidipass #mnweni #drakensberg #extremehiking
“One of the best things about living in Cape Town is being surrounded by beautiful mountains all the time.”

📸 @marjolip

#hikemzantsi #hikingsouthafrica #lionshead #tablemountain #tablemountainnationalpark #capetown #thisiscapetown