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How to Become More Active in Nature

Date : 10 February 2021

Starting to feel a little stir crazy? Are you tired of being cooped up at home? Thankfully, South Africa has plenty of wide-open spaces to visit and enjoy. And, on the upside, you get to spend time with Mother Nature.

South Africa is well-known for its diverse number of ecosystems containing various species of fauna and flora. In fact, South Africa’s is ranked sixth in the world for the level of biodiversity in the country.

From the green, lush Tsitsikamma forests in the Western Cape to the great open veld in the Free State – South Africa has some of the best natural vistas to offer with thousands of hiking trails, mountain ranges and natural attractions to visit.

If you’re tired of being stuck at home, then the last month of summer is an opportunity as ever to get in touch with the natural side. Here are 6 ways to become active in nature and to discover what our great country has to offer.

1. A Walk in the Mountains

Did you know that South Africa is home to five epic mountain ranges?

What better way to escape reality and engage with your love for nature than to take on an epic hiking trail in one of these epic mountain ranges. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to get into some bird and animal watching too!

The Drakensberg Mountain Range

Not only is the Drakensberg Mountain Range the highest mountain range in South Africa at 3,482m at its peak, but it also stretches on for more than 1,000km from Mpumalanga all the way to the Eastern Cape featuring spectacular rivers, animals and plants along the way.

Table Mountain Mountain Range

This iconic mountain range overlooking Cape Town needs no introduction and is well-known as one of the best-known landmarks in the Western Cape and the whole of South Africa. Not only is Table Mountain classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but it is also famous for the fynbos and unique fauna and flora which grow in the region.

The Pilanesberg Mountain Range

The Pilanesberg Mountain Range, while a little less-known, has quite an interesting history. This mountain range, located in the North West province, is actually a volcanic structure created after a volcanic eruption which took place thousands of years ago. Pilanesberg is now home to a variety of unique rock types as well as over 7,000 animals including South Africa’s Big Five.

Baviaanskloof Mountain Range

Situated in the Eastern Cape, the Baviaanskloof Mountain Range is only 1,625m high at its peak but offers a striking view of the Baviaanskloof river valley. The winding mountain passes and tree canopies offer unforgettable views and photographic moments.

The Amatola Mountain Range

Also located in the Eastern Cape, the Amatola Mountain Range is best known for its dense forests and picturesque towns, magnificent waterfalls and also offers a six-day-long hiking trail.

2. Outdoor Yoga

If you are feeling less inclined to become directly in touch with the greater outdoors, there’s always your very own piece of nature outside!

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of time outside to soak up the sun and listen to the sounds of nature. Getting fit doesn’t always mean going to the gym or running up the side of a mountain which is why many people love outdoor yoga.

Grab your yoga mat, queue some relaxing music on your phone and enter your state of tranquillity in the comfort of your own backyard! If you’re not really one for yoga, you can also do Pilates or your regular exercise routine.

The important part is to get outside, to get moving and to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us.

3. Gardening

If your yard is not quite the natural attraction that you can see yourself relaxing in, then gardening is also a fantastic way to get active in nature straight from home.

Head to the store, buy some seeds or some plants and start digging! Not only is gardening proven to be very therapeutic and pro-relaxation but it is also a great way to get some exercise.

The time spent in nature, and the feeling of accomplishment from creating something beautiful, is a great way to create a more positive living atmosphere. On the plus side, you can also start doing some outdoor exercise now that you feel better about your backyard!

4. A Trip Around the Neighbourhood

If all else fails, you can always start jogging or cycling in your own neighbourhood. Sometimes we become so accustomed to the streets that we drive through on the way home that we forget to look at what we loved about our neighbourhood in the first place.

Put on your running shoes, grab your mask and head out for a walk around your block and maybe the next and the next. Being active in nature doesn’t require you to be an athlete – sometimes all it takes is a 30 min walk in your area to open your mind and get some much-needed exercise.

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