Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Forestry South Africa

Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map that provides a glorious guide into the activities and attractions found on state forestry-owned land that’s open to the public. The project was driven by Katy Johnson who is passionate about tourism, nature and conservation. She worked with the FSA to build a 2019 bucket list that captures some of South Africa’s most stunning spaces.

“South Africa has 1.2-million hectares of commercial forestry plantations which supply us with sustainably farmed wood for furniture, pulp, paper and a countless number of products we use every day,” says Johnson. “Yet around 30% of forestry-owned land in South Africa is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation.”

This includes vast swathes of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests that offer South Africans amazing recreational opportunities. Whether a person is passionate about trail running, hiking, mountain biking or just having a picnic surrounded by spectacular views, the Forestry Explained map has something to offer.

“The map makes accessing these activities easy,” says Johnson. “It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals on one user-friendly, recreational guide.”

Some of the most amazing spots on this clever bucket list include Mpumalanga’s waterfalls such as the Lisbon Falls, the Mac Mac Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls; the Big 4 forestry hikes in four provinces that include the famed Fanie Botha and Tsitsikamma hikes; the Kaapsehoop scooter tour that gives you a two-hour trip through the plantations; and the “trail-running triple” across three of South Africa’s best trail-running venues.

If you fancy visiting some of the most magnificent scenery in South Africa for (mostly) free, then this is the guide that you need. Not only does it tick plenty of outdoor and fresh-air boxes, but it is probably one of the most unusual and remarkable of the trailblazers in travel today. Where else could you stare down into a roaring gorge, stare up into a swaying canopy and stare inward as you contemplate nature, all in one outing?

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Tamsin Oxford
Tamsin Oxford
I am a professional editor, journalist, blogger, wordsmith, social junkie and writer with over 19 years of experience in both magazine publishing and Public Relations.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

The South African Bone Marrow Registry celebrates 30 years of...

‘It’s not drilling into bones!’: Misconceptions keep donors away, says SABMR, but a match outside of a patient’s family is a needle in a haystack

R500-million Covid-19 Gauteng hospital contract was irregularly awarded — SIU

The bank accounts of Pro Service Consulting and Thenga Holdings have been frozen

More top stories

With its industrial base decimated, SA’s economy needs real change...

Speaking at a book launch on Tuesday, the finance minister said a focus on manufacturing is critical to stem the country’s deepening unemployment crisis

Defence team cagey about Zuma’s health after state advised he...

The former president was absent from court, but his counsel argued that health matters be left aside, so as to hear his case for the removal of Billy Downer

The South African Bone Marrow Registry celebrates 30 years of...

‘It’s not drilling into bones!’: Misconceptions keep donors away, says SABMR, but a match outside of a patient’s family is a needle in a haystack

New clean fuel standards could be the end of refineries...

In the absence of mechanisms to recoup investment into cleaner fuels, refineries may be faced with tough decisions
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×