Penduka Trail

eZemvelo Nature Reserve, Bronkhorstspruit


Developed by the Friends of eZemvelo Nature, the Penduka Hiking Trail is a really beautiful trail and a relatively easy walk. It is within easy reach of Pretoria and Johannesburg and should prove very popular with day visitors and weekend guests to the reserve.

     

The trail starts from the Wilge River parking area and begins with an easy walk across grasslands where there is opportunity normally, to observe some of the wild game species that make this reserve so special.

 
The Trail markers Lavender tree
     
 

As one nears the gorge, so the rock formations become more spectacular.

     

The views from the lookout point are quite awesome!

 
     
 

The way down into the gorge passes a beautiful cascade of water. The route along the gorge passes some lovely rock formations.

     

There are also some lovely rock pools to rest by and ponder the tranquility of the beautiful setting.

 

Conclusion

This trail is sure to become popular among day hikers looking for a new venue for an outing. The trail is well laid out and there is ample opportunity for the future expansion of the trail with the possibility of an eventual overnight route. There is also braai and swimming facilities available at the main camp.

At this moment in time (March 2004) there is no need to book for this trail and the cost of the trail is included in with your entrance into the reserve; however those doing the trail should report to reception before commencement of their walk. A donation to the Friends of Ezemvelo would be very much appreciated. Enquiries about the trail should be directed to 013 680 1399

'In a Nutshell'

Distance from nearest town 20km from Bronkhorstspruit
Access road status Access is by way of a gravel road that leaves the Groblersdal road just outside town. The road can be bad especially after rain. Caution needs to be taken!
Trail type There are a network of trails through grassland with profuse wildlife and there is a short 1 hour walk along the Wilge River Gorge
Difficulty Easy
Marking Generally well marked
GPS Co-ordinates Turnoff R25     S25 41.453 E28 50.947
Cell phone reception Generally none
Facilities Overnight accommodation can be booked. Swimming and braai facilities available near the office

 


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