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Elandsvallei Hiking Trail

Near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Trail re-routed and re-named Lindenau Trail. Now a basecamp trail


Nestled in the valley gorged out by the Elands River over millions of years lies this beautiful hiking trail. It is on the 1800ha farm Lindenau which has been in the same family for several generations. This is a backpack trail and should be regarded as quite difficult especially in hot weather.

Old School House Braai Area
Comfortable Beds Our Group

The base camp from which the trail starts is a converted old school house. It is equipped with bunk beds and mattresses, hot showers and flush toilets. An outside braai area is also available and is supplied with an ample supply of wood.

Lindenau Lodge is an alternative if non hiking family wish to accompany your party and require home comforts.

From the Old School house, the trail follows the course of the Elands river for some distance passing a beautiful waterfall and some lovely views into the gorge.

The Waterfall The Elandsriver gorge
Old hydro-electric generator Looking down into the gorge
Aother View of the gorge The trail ascends steeply
View of the mountains Looking towards Nelspruit

The trail eventually leads away from the river and climbs steeply towards the mountain tops.

The overnight accommodation on the second night is a very beautiful thatched stone house. At the moment it only has cold showers but there are plans to install hot showers. An open air braai facility with plenty of wood is also provided. Paraffin lanterns are provided and kettle and cast iron pots.

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Tricky descent Lovely waterfall

The second day of the trail starts off with a scramble through a lovely indigenous riverine forest. There is a lovely waterfall and some beautiful rock pools.

More of the forest and an inhabitant

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Elandsvallei023.jpg (26388 bytes) Can be a little tricky at times
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Eventually the trail leaves the forest and ascends steeply until views of the Elands Valley come into sight once more

The final part of the trail takes the hiker underneath a rocky krans before a steep descent back to base camp.

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Conclusion

The Elandsvallei hiking trail is the sort of trail that one can say afterwards that one knows that one has had a hiking weekend. It can be strenuous especially under hot conditions.

This trail can be booked through either

Jacana Marketing and Reservations

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Telephone +27 11 656 0606 or 012 734 0159

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