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Benefits Of Hiking

Benefits Of Hiking


There’s science behind the feel-good workout

With all of the trendy workout classes and pricey boutique fitness studios out there, you might feel the need to get back to basics (Daily Camera; 2014).

But don’t worry, simple activities can still get you in awesome shape: A recent study in the American Heart Association’s journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that moderate exercise, like walking, and vigorous exercise, like running or spinning, produce similar health benefits (Daily Camera; 2014).

Science, experts and hikers agree that the activity provides tried-and-true health benefits, inside and out. Here are four research-backed reasons you should hit the trail (Daily Camera; 2014):

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Lesotho a hiker’s paradise

Lesotho is without doubt a hiker’s paradise.

Lesotho mountain trekking with MalealeaAlthough very few dedicated hiking trails exist, the face that the entire country is a network of bridle and foot  paths. You will also not find a single fence in the mountains, meaning that you can hike pretty much anywhere you like.

A typical hike will include:
• Riverside walk, swim, caves, gorges and rock formations
• Bird and wildlife sightings
• Stunning views
• Bushman rock art sites
• Picnics and packed lunches can be provided on request

Some wonderful trails can be found in the various Lesotho national parks and nature reserves.

Sehlabathebe National Park is rough, rugged, yet incredibly scenic with rolling grasslands and wild flowers,  perfect for bird watching and hiking. Accommodation can be booked with Jonathan’s Lodge. Read more

Valley of the pools Tshelanyane National Park

Tsehlanyane Rock pool

One of the rock pools in Tsehlanyane National Park

In June 2010 I visited Tsehlanyane National Park in Northern Lesotho for a 2 week stay with my son. I had researched this area for some time from my home in Australia via Google Earth. I was keen on finding new undiscovered area’s within the park. An interesting valley 5k’s from Maliba Mountain lodge, (where we had been staying) was identified as worth exploring. None of the local rangers knew anything about this area and it is likely it had only ever been visited by local herd boys. Read more

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