A fresh year means a fresh start – and if you feel like 2021 needs the biggest reboot of all time, you’re not alone. Luckily, South Africa is home to the most gorgeous hiking trails. Bring your crew, leave your worries, and get ready to soak up the sun.

Here’s what you need.

Skin Protection

Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, so protect it from harmful UV rays with a good SPF from Clicks. Add more protection with a hat from Sportscene, Total Sports, or Cape Union Mart.


The most important part of your hiking get-up is your shoes, as the wrong ones can leave you with painful blisters.
Put your best foot forward (or upwards, depending on how challenging your hike is!) in footgear from Cape Union Mart, Sportsmans Warehouse, Adidas, Footgear, New Balance or Total Sports.


The next part of your gear is the actual clothing. You want lightweight, breathable material for the day, and clothing that offers insulation for overnight or evening hikes. If you mean business, Cape Union Mart and Sportsmans Warehouse are your go-tos, while Cotton On and Factorie will have you taking on the elements while looking slick and stylish.


Everyone knows that the best part of a hike is the picnic at the top. Bring some delicious superfood smoothies along in these practical, stylish water bottles, along with some fresh, wholesome salads. And don’t forget to bring lots of water.

The Finishing Touches

Once you’re all kitted up and food prepped, chuck all your goodies into a backpack (browse options from Cape Union Mart, Puma, Adidas, or Typo and Cotton On) along with your favourite sunnies and hit the road (well, the gravel).

Remember to hike in numbers for safety, practise COVID-19 safety measures such as social distancing, and always map out a clear route.