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Yosemite National Park, a hiker's paradise!

Linda Willemse on 22 June 2019

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Lace up those hiking boots and head on over to the Yosemite National Park in California to enjoy fabulous day hikes (or overnight hikes if you wish). Yosemite is an all-round family destination with accommodation options from camping to hotel stays, but be sure to book at least 6 months in advance if you want to stay in, or near the iconic Yosemite Valley! Most of the facilities are wheelchair & pet friendly. There are a number of shops to either get food supplies or get specialist outdoor clothing & gadgets in the Yosemite Valley. From the moment you enter the Yosemite Valley you are rewarded with breath-taking views of the towering El Capitan, Half Dome and other famous mountains along with waterfalls, river and lakes. Elk antelope, various birds, squirrels etc are common sights here. Be sure to follow the very strict Bear food storage policies here to avoid a hefty fine. There are around 500 bears in Yosemite who are more active in summer months. Rent a bicycle to make your way around or use the free of charge Yosemite shuttle busses between points. These shuttles can get very busy, especially in the summer months. Personally, I can recommend the hike up to Nevada Falls and taking a drive to the south of Yosemite to view the giant Sequoia trees near Wawoma camp! A short wheelchair friendly walk between the Sequoia trees will leave you feeling like a ‘tiny ant’ as one of my friends described it. If you are heading to California and enjoy the great outdoors, this should be on your itinerary for sure!

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