Alexandria Hiking Trail
Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape
There are many aspects of Southern Africa's natural beauty that can only be described by such words as stunning and magnificent. To discover such a place as Alexandria is like discovering a new chapter in a book that you thought you had finished. The dunes, the coastal dune forest, and the seascape is quite simply breathtaking. It is the only trail that I know that sand goggles should be carried as part of your pack contents and that you could quite expect a Camel Train to be encountered in some Mirage. I know that when I did it I started singing the theme song to the film Caravan.
Alexandria has been proposed as a new World Heritage Site
The Alexandria Duneveld is the largest Duneveld in the Southern Hemisphere and forms part of the 145,000 hectare Addo Elephant National Park.
Map of Addo Elephant National Park (PDF).
The Alexandria Trail is not an easy trail as the distances are long each day. However the trail is well worth the extra effort. Those hikers who have to travel a long way to reach the trail should maybe look at doing it in conjunction with one of the other long distance trails in the area such as Tsitsikamma or Amatola. Coastal trails are always popular and this is one of the best.
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