Amathole is an area with stunning scenic beauty and rich in history. Located in the Eastern Cape, it has diverse landscapes ranging from mountains, rivers, beaches, forests and estuaries. Hidden gems include the majestic rainforest, which is protected to date. Indigenous forest and breathtaking waterfalls are a must see in this region.
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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Queenstown, South Island, Otago New Zealand
The town is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu and the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, with spectacular mountains such as the Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Ben Lomond. Queenstown and the surrounding area was the setting for the legendary films Lord of the Rings and X-Men Origins. Despite the mountainous landscape, the climate is considered to be oceanic, with warm summers and temperatures that can reach up to 30°C/86°F, and cold winters with frequent snowfalls.
For the hill walking lovers, Queenstown is the perfect place to be! Take the Queenstown Hill Walking Track and get to the summit of the Tapunui hill, where you can enjoy the remarkable view of the Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River. Another hill track is up to Bob’s Peak.
Be ready to exercise your body, because this trail is demanding, but the view when you get there is breathtaking. For those who wish to walk 5 more hours and are fit and brave enough, you can continue the same track and get to Ben Lomond peak, where you will be rewarded with panoramic view of Wakatipu Basin. Don’t forget to take your camera with you!