If you instantly form a picture of backpacks and tents the moment someone mentions hiking, then you are in for a pleasant surprise! Day hikes are a big feature of the South African outdoor landscape with many venues and destinations catering to walkers who want to get out of the city for a few hours and breathe the soot out of their lungs.
Day hikes are generally within the city limits themselves, or just a short drive away so that urban residents can still get home before dark. The Magaliesberg, just outside of Johannesburg is a perfect example of a day hiking destination. A mere 45-minute drive from Johannesburg, this mountain range has a number of day hikes and caters specifically for the day visitor.
In Cape Town, Table Mountain is another excellent example. Overnight camping is prohibited within the reserve, which means that all of the 500 odd trails on the mountain are in fact day hikes that you can try out
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