SA Active: Whale Trail closes for maintenance in 2019 + trails to do now

2017-12-21 15:35 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - The famous Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve is set to close from January 2019 to April 2019 for maintenance. 

Due to the maintenance period, CapeNature, the public institution with the responsibility for biodiversity conservation in South Africa's Western Cape, will therefore not be taking advance bookings for the Whale Trail as of January 2018. 

According to the institution, bookings for 2019 will resume on 01 May 2018.  

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Planning a hike? Here are some trails to check out in the meantime.

The Upper Tokai section of the Table Mountain National Park will be re-opened to the public on weekdays from 29 December.

Instead of operating just on weekends as per the current status, Table Mountain National Park Management has decided that the area can be re-opened 7 days a week from the above date.

SEE: Cape's Upper Tokai trails re-open for 2018

If you are in the Garden Route, the Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival is returning for a third year, with an offering of over 50 different walks to choose from between Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Natures Valley from 30 March - 02 April 2018. 

The festival encourages all to participate. The not-to-be-missed walks include the Moonlight Meander and the brisk hikes up the region's highest peaks, such as the George Peak Challenge and the Peak Formosa Adventure in the Tsitsikamma region. 

Traditional walks include the Brown-Hooded Kingfisher Trail or Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk, and for the more intrepid, there is a Keurbooms to Nature’s Valley walk.

SEE: PICS: Garden Route Walking Fest a mix of secret forests and cascading waterfalls

More of a marathon enthusiast? You can already start planning your 2018 New Year resolutions with SANParks' Marakele Marathon.

A Comrades qualifying race, this sprint through the Marakele National Park will take place on 3 March 2018, in partnership with SANParks Honorary Rangers and Thabazimbi marathon club.

And if you are not ready yet for the big marathon, there will also be a half marathon, and 10km and 5km fun run. 

Each race has a 300-person limit, except for the shortest race which is also great for kids and the walkers.

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