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Trails of life

Across the continent there are myriad opportunities to get into nature on foot, amid some truly impressive scenery. Build this into your itinerary and you’ll get to see a part of the country you wouldn’t otherwise, in a much more rewarding and intimate way. By Sarah Baxter

The mountains beckoned. They were intimidating in size and formidable in formation, yes. But they also welcomed us in. The Zulu call this highest portion of the Drakensberg range uKhahlamba — the ‘barrier of up-pointed spears’. But as I looked at the sweeping arc of the Amphitheatre, its turreted extremities rising to 3,000m-plus peaks, I didn’t see a blockade. Rather, I saw an invitation: come here, walk with me.

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