The 120km, six-day Amathole Trail starts at the Maden Dam, 23km north of King William’s Town, and ends at the Tyumie River near Hogsback. It ranks as one of South Africa’s top mountain walks, but it’s pretty tough and in poor condition. Only attempt the walk if you are reasonably experienced and fit, and seek local advice before doing so. About a third of the route crosses dense forest and numerous streams with waterfalls and swimming holes.

Accommodation is in huts and it is possible to walk a shorter section of the trail. Contact Amatola Trails, who will book the trail on your behalf and can arrange shuttles at either end of the hike.