Rooikrans Hiking Trail

Near Loskop Dam, Mpumalanga


Rooikrans Hiking Trail is the latest trail to be developed by Tiaan and Reta Strydom of Discovery Trails who have become known among the hiking community for their trail construction. The trail has three circular day routes from a central hut, which makes it ideal for families and novice hikers. The farm lies between Witbank and Groblersdal;  which means that it is a relatively close weekend getaway from Gauteng. The area that the trails go though is really beautiful.

         
 

Facilities comprise of 3 neat sleeping areas providing for 22,14 and 6 people;  newly furnished with solid steel bunk beds and good mattresses with covers.

 
 
         
 
 

Ablutions supply 3 hot showers (donkey);   3 basins; and 3 toilets on each side. A beautiful thatch covered lapa adds comfort to mealtimes.  An open campfire place extends the social area.

There is no cellphone reception but in an emergency the farmhouse is close by and has a land line. Care must be taken on arrival as the road down to the hut is very steep. It has however been concreted.

 
         
 

The trails are Witpenskloof 7,6km, Job se kloof 11,4km and Draadkloof 11,1km.

Witpenskloof and Job se kloof can be combined to form a rather strenuous trail for experienced hikers of 15,8km

 
 
         
 
 

The trails are well defined and signposted.

 
         
 

The rock formations are magnificent.

 
 
         
 
 

The views towards the dam are spectacular.

 
         
 

Outstanding is the fact that no view from the top has any buildings, villages or roads in sight.  In the distance, Loskopdam can be seen, but no resort of any kind. The water in the kloofs is crystal clear and beautifully thirst quenching.

 
 
         
 
 

The pools and vegetation in the kloofs are very special

 
         
 

Pretty rock formations, open grassland areas, beautiful gorges, good climbing, and amazing red krantzes contribute to nice hiking variety.

 
 
         
 
  The two days start off on the same route, which initially makes you think disappointingly; but the second day is absolutely worthwhile doing and later on much different to day one.  
         
 

Many butterflies were our company, which is not the case on all trails. If in full bloom, the many aloes should be something to see.

 
 

Conclusion

Difficulty of a trail is always a very personal opinion;  I would grade it as easy to moderate;  a good walk in really lovely surroundings and definitely worth doing. 

 Many bridges, steps and chain assistance are the trade marks of Discovery Trails and can be found on this trail too.

Thank you to Petro Steyn for the photographs and trail description

'In a Nutshell'

Distance from nearest town 67km from Bronkhorstspruit and 50km from Witbank
Access road status Very steep concrete road leads down to farm
Trail type Basecamp hike 3 circular routes
Difficulty Day ((15,8km) Difficult to strenuous

Day 2(11,1km) Moderate

Witpenskloof route (7,6km) Moderate

Job se kloof (11,4km) Moderate

Marking When evaluated the trail was well marked
GPS Co-ordinates Turnoff provincial gravel road S25 29.981 E29 09.961

Base camp - S25 30.806 E29 10.181

Cell phone reception Base camp - No

Intermittent reception along trail mostly at top of mountains

Facilities Well maintained

 

Bookings

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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  booking@jacanacollection.co.za

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


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