The Brook Hiking Trails

Near  Oshoek, Mpumalanga

Trail Closed


The Brook Hiking trail was developed several years ago by Bernard de Sousa of Lowveld Ramblers hiking club for HL&H mining timber. The land is now owned by Mondi Forests although the trails are run and maintained under private control. There are three trails to choose from, the Waterfall trail 14,5km, the Boulder Canyon Trail 5,5km and the Moon Rock Trail also 5km

         
 

The accommodation is provided in the form of Muzentu Hut, an old farmhouse, that will sleep up to 26 people. The hut has bunk beds and mattresses, hot showers and a bath and flush toilets. Braai facilities and wood is provided and also gas ranges with kettle, pots and pans. It is advisable to take your own drinking water with you.

 
 
         
 
 

The waterfall trail starts off with a relatively easy walk but the climbs after the 7km point make the trail quite strenuous and certainly those walking it will know that they have had a good days walk.

 
         
 

The path can be quite rugged in places and a good pair of hiking boots is advisable.

 
 
         
 
 

The area is well known for its rich flora and spring brings with it an incredible display of wild flowers. Despite it being a forestry area, the exotic vegetation such as the pine gum and wattle are not as intrusive as can be found in many other areas.

 
         
 

The area is full of surprises with picturesque little streams that always provide a good excuse for a well earned break.

 
 
         
 
 

The waterfall at about the 6km mark is an ideal place for a break and a shower if you are one of those hikers that enjoys a good water feature and a natural shower.

 
         
 

Water is always a popular feature on any hike and so also is rock shapes and erosions.

 
 
         
 
 

The dams along the Muzentu River make a beautiful feature that seems to act as a central pivot for the trails.

 
         
 

Back at camp Joseph, the camp attendant, has the donkey ready stoked for that welcome shower or bath before an evening around the fire.

 
 

Conclusions

The Brook makes a great weekend hiking excursion. The trails are well laid out and the accommodation well maintained. Joseph is an added bonus and well worth a tip at the end of ones stay.

'In a Nutshell'

Distance from nearest town 78km from Carolina, 60km from Badplaas, 300km from Gauteng
Access road status From the N17 there is a short forestry road that is passable with care by cars
Trail type  Day trails from the basecamp.
Difficulty  Moderate
Marking When evaluated the trail was well marked
GPS Co-ordinates N17Turn off  S26 10.028 E30 38.938

Base camp - S26 09.618 E30 38.315

Cell phone reception Base camp - Yes
Facilities Good and well maintained facilities and ablutions. Gas stove, firewood sullied. Take own drinking water

 

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