On the three-day Klipspringer Trail in Augrabies National Park you’ll get a dassie’s-eye view of the Orange River and the surrounding Kalahari moonscape. But it’s not for sissies…
Klipspringer Trail 101
Distance and duration: 39,5km; three days.
Where? Augrabies National Park, Northern Cape.
When? The trail is open between 1 April and 14 October; it’s too hot to hike here in summer.
Degree of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous.
Number of hikers: Minimum two, maximum 12.
Facilities: Each hut has bunk beds with mattresses, a toilet, drinking water, firewood, and cooking utensils such as a potjie, a kettle and a braai grid.
The downside: The miggies are a bother, especially on the first and last day of the hike. Wear protective clothing and apply insect repellent generously.
Cost: R175 per person for the trail.
Contact: SANParks booking office
012 428 9111;
(Note: Prices accurate in May 2011)