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Thabaphaswa Hiking Trails

Near Potgietersrus, Limpopo Province


The Thabaphaswa network of hiking trails have been in existence for a number of years although they may not have been walked by and appeared on the calendars of most hiking clubs. They are relatively short and should be managed by most hikers with ease. The area is spectacularly beautiful with the dome shaped granite rock formations and the diversity of the flora forming the backdrop. The area is also rich in birdlife.

         
 

The Hiker's Accommodation

The accommodation at Dome Rock is quite unlike any other hiking trail that I have ever encountered. The huts are built among the large granite boulders and blend in well with the surroundings. A two plate gas stove is provided along with a few pots and pans. Each of the huts has its own braai area (outside). The mattresses are better than most found on hiking trails.

 
The hikers huts at Dome Rock
The kitchen area Well constructed footpaths
 
         
 
 

 In keeping with the the rest of the camp, the ablutions can also be described as unique. Water is heated through a wood fired 'Donkey boiler' which works very well. The toilet is of the flushing variety and despite being in the open is well maintained and kept clean.

Please supply own firewood or purchase from the camp attendant.

 
         
 

A network of hiking trails have been developed at Thabaphaswa. The trails can be done as day walks or as a backpack route, overnighting at Kanniedood overnight camp which can accommodate a maximum of 18 people

 
 
         
 
 

Along the trail there are some beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountains. The trails are well marked. The area has some fine examples of indigenous vegetation including some of the largest Common Tree Euphorbia (Naboom) that you will find anywhere.

Among the animals to be found on the farm are Leopard, Brown Hyaena, Kudu, Baboon and Jackal.

 
         
 

The climate consists of mild winters and hot summers. It is advisable to start early and carry plenty of water during summer months.

 
 
         
 
 

The granite rocks of the area form some beautiful domes and formations that are similar to those found in the Matopas of Zimbabwe

 
         
 

A cottage named 'Pomphuis' is also available for rent. It is suitable for two people and is supplied with linen.

 

Pomphuis Cottage

Kanniedood overnight camp

 

Conclusion

This is certainly a trail that is worth a visit, especially if you are looking for a relatively easy walk with beautiful scenery and the chance to see quite a bit of wildlife. The beginner should also enjoy this trail

Trail Map

Download PDF of Trail Map

Trail accredited by Southern Africa Trail Owners Association

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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