Black Wildebeest Hiking Trail

Trail Closed


Pictures taken by Siggi Kindler

The Black Wildebeest Hiking Trail is a two day backpack trail situated at the bottom of the Van Reenan pass in KwaZulu Natal. The trail can be classed as moderate in difficulty and therefore suitable for people who are looking for a more leisurely trail. The trail is on a game farm and the viewing of animals along the trail adds to the experience of nature. The trail traverses prime Natal Acacia veldt and there are several streams that cross the land which are ideal for cooling off in.

Siggi's Base Camp

The trail starts off from Siggi's camp at which cars can be left in safety. Siggi's camp contains beds and mattresses, kettle pots and a stove. Outside there is an undercover braai area.

The trail rises along a kloof and then ascends to the plateau via a ladder. Here, Black Wildebeest can normally be seen.

     

The game on the farm is quite prolific and Zebra, Waterbuck, Kudu and Black Wildebeest are common sightings.

 
     
 

The terrain offers the hiker a variety of pleasant scenery with some quite unexpected highlights such as hidden waterfalls.

     

During most of the year there is plenty of water along the trail and swimming is definitely an option not to be missed.

 
     
 

More undulating grassland and water to feed the soul.

     

Close to the overnight camp the river frontage is beautiful and tranquil.

 
     
 

The overnight camp is comfortable and well laid out. A platform constructed among the trees is an ideal place to sleep out under the stars on warm summer nights.

     

After reluctantly leaving the overnight camp the hiker continues his journey through open grassland.

 
     
Ladder over a game fence
Looking over towards Siggi's Camp
 

The return route is just as beautiful as the outward trail

     

Conclusion

The Black Wildebeest hiking trail is a pleasant walk without being very difficult. The presence of game makes it enjoyable for the whole family.

 

'In a Nutshell'

Distance from nearest town 26km from Van Reenan, 35km from Ladysmith
Access road status From turnoff N3 care needs to be taken on gravel road especially after rain
Trail type Overnight backpack trail. Day trails from the basecamp also available. Mountain bike trail also available
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Marking When evaluated the trail was well marked
GPS Co-ordinates N3Turn off  S28 26.362 E29 29.439

Base camp - S28 28.274 E29 26.082

River camp -    S28 26.309 E29 24.958

Cell phone reception Base camp - No

River camp- No

Facilities Siggy's camp, flush toilets, borehole water, undercover lapa with firewood, gas stove, beds and mattresses

 

 

The Black Wildebeest Hiking Trail is bookable through

Jacana Marketing and Reservations

Telephone  0861Jacana (0861 522262) or +27 12 734 2978

or

011656 0606

Fax 012 734 0159

 e-mail info@jacanacollection.co.za

 


Footprint Hiking Club

To view other pages on this site please click on a hyperlink below