Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail


The Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail is situated on the escarpment close to the Limpopo Province town of Tzaneen. The trail offers several options for the hiker from two days up to five days duration. Trail huts along the route take the form of old forestry buildings or modern purpose-built wooden chalets. The area is rich in indigenous forest through which sparkling mountain streams descend.

There are six hut on the Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail. They are positioned in groups of two, Woodbush Hut/Seepsteen Hut, Broederstroom Hut/Waterfall Hut, De Hoek Hut/Dokolewa Hut. For instance, the five day trail option could involve the following combination of huts. Starting at Dokolewa Pools to Seepsteen Stables(9Km), Seepsteen Stables to Waterfall(13.8Km), Waterfall to Dokolewa Pools (18Km), Dokolewa Pools to Woodbush(9Km), Woodbush to De Hoek(11.7Km)

 
Seepsteen Stables Hut
     
Woodbush Hut
Parking is available at De Hoek, Woodbush and Broederstroom huts.
Woodbush Braai area and parking
     
 

Setting out on the trek from Seepsteen Hut

     

Along the route one passes some of the largest gum trees in South Africa. The Dap Naude Dam lies close to Waterfall hut.

 
     
A wet afternoon at Waterfall hut
  The annual rainfall in the area is high and it is advisable to be prepared at any time of the year.

 Because of the presence of moisture there is an abundance of beautiful Fungi along the way.

     

The forests are lush and ferns are plentiful along the way.

 
     
 

The trail, especially the five day trail can be quite tough. The route from Waterfall to Dokolewa pools can be strenuous and long after heavy rain.

     

Conclusion

The Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail is a very beautiful trail. It needs a certain degree of fitness to complete the trail especially the five day route. The two day routes are less demanding and suitable for family hikers.

Trail accredited by Southern Africa Trail Owners Association

The trail is bookable through

 

Komatiland Forestry (Pty) Limited (a subsidiary of SAFCOL)

Telephone +27 12 481 3615 Fax +27 12 481 3622

e-mail ecotour@safcol.co.za

or

Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations

Telephone  0861Jacana (0861 522262)

Direct phone: Port Elizabeth 041 378 1439

Pretoria: 012 803 9109

Direct fax: PE 041 378 2548

Pretoria: 012 803 4144

 PE e-mail  bookings@jacanacollection.co.za

Pretoria e-mail: rosa@jacanacollection.co.za

 


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