(Photo: Supplied, SANParks)
Intrepid explorers, outdoor enthusiasts and hikers alike have another reason to head on over to Addo Elephant National Park with the extension of its walking trails in the Zuurberg section. The Doringnek Hiking Trail, a five-hour activity, will enable travellers to explore and see more of the rolling hills and mountains of the Zuurberg mountain range.
The hike is open to anyone who wants an adventure in the park, however, a conservation fee is charged upon entrance to the National Park:
- SA citizens: adults R69 and children R35. There are cash only facilities at Zuurberg.
- Operating hours are from 07:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 16:00 daily. Hikers need to undertake the activity by 12:00 so that they make it back in time for gate closure at 17:30.
Your hike starts at the Zuurberg permit office which is where you will embark on this new 12km circular route. Don’t worry if that sounds too taxing as the route includes a great place to picnic on the way and recoup spent energy. The route also passes “Otto’s Pool” wherein hikers may decide to cool off if they are so inclined.
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Home to four of Addo’s five biomes, the Zuurberg mountains are resplendent with the beauty of South Africa’s nature. Fynbos, grasslands, forest and subtropical thicket (also known as valley bushveld) are some of the biomes the Zuurberg mountains play host to. Beyond the biomic diversity, three cycad species and two yellowwood species - all of which are endangered - can be found in the area. Beyond this, 1 100 plant species have been recorded in the area.
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Visitors hiking up the route might potentially see an interesting variety of animal life too.
Look out for mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest, bushbuck, monkeys, baboons and dassies along with a vast assortment of birdlife in the Zuurberg mountains.
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