Hiking Trails: Overnight and Backpacking Camp to camp backpack trails. Situated between Machadodorp and Badplaas in Mpumalanga, two and a half hours drive
from Johannesburg. It is in the Skurweberg on the lip of the mighty African Escarpment. It has vast views over the Komati River valley all the way to Swaziland.
The estate is over 1250 hectares and boasts the finest still water trout fishing, game and hiking trails.
The paths/trails are well constructed with steps and ladders to allow hikers to easily and safely explore the mountains and valleys. 3x new 2 day backpack "CAMP TO
CAMP" options for the more experienced and adventurous hiker!
ALOE KAYA - PONGOLA EXPRESS LOOP: This trail can start at either camp (Aloe Kaya or Pongola Express) it is a clockwise hike, traversing the edge of the Skurwerand
before plunging down the valley through the 'Cathedral' and along the river and past the Mac Falls amongst many others. The Aloe Kaya to Pongola trail (recommended
day 1) is 10km. The Pongola to Aloe Kaya section (recommended day 2) is a shorter, steep and stunning 6km.
ALOE KAYA - CANDLEWOOD LOOP: This loop goes in an anti clockwise direction from either camp both sections are about 10km with steep climbs and falls. Excellent hike
for the more experienced hiker! Stunning views and lots of opportunities to swim in rock pools.
PONGOLA EXPRESS - CANDLEWOOD LOOP: This loop consists of two equal sections from either camp. Both sections are 8km long and include some steep climbs, very dramatic
with a wide variety of terrains.
ALOE KAYA BASE CAMP: 2x Double storey wooden pagoda's, but rock and wooden houses, built into the extraordinary canyons, with bunk beds and mattresses, 8-10pers.
(max of 20 hikers.) Communal equipped kitchen dining area, braai facilities indoors and outdoors and kitchen utensils. Electrified and equipped with hot showers
and "loo’s with a view". Ladies bathroom! Safe parking at the camp.
CANDLEWOOD CAMP: This is the most recent addition to the estate. It is built on the most spectacular site with views over the Bankspruit gorge and the dramatic
waterfall that falls 275 feet. This "green" camp is not electrified and a donkey geyser supplies hot water. Accommodates 20 persons in two romantic corrugated iron
construction style dormitories from the days of the gold rush with a well-equipped kitchen with an internal braai as NO exterior fires are allowed during the
wintertime to prevent fires in this pristine grassland.
PONGOLA EXPRESS CAMP: This Camp consists out of old train carriages, beautifully renovated and can accommodate up to 20 hikers. There is electricity, ablutions with
hot water showers. Equipped kitchen, braai area, big social lapa and deck overlooking the valley. These historic 1934 SAR carriages were brought to this spot in the
60’s as a weekend retreat. They have been renovated and now form the hub for the Num-num and other hiking trails on the estate. This is the ideal start or end to
Hiking Trails: Basecamp Trails Two spectacular new day trails in the Skurweberg mountains.
Aloe Kaya Base Camp: 2x charming double storey wooden pagodo's (rock houses), built into the extraordinary canyons, with bunk beds and mattresses, each sleeping 6 -
12 (max of 24 hikers). Each pagodo has a fridge, 2 plate stove, braai facilities and kitchen utensils. It is electrified and equipped with hot showers and loo's with
a view. Ladies bathroom!
Hikers will be treated with excellent hiking trails.
Trail one: Escarpment Adventures All Day trail: 13.5 km - Medium to difficult through a variety of eco biomes (Highveld and middele veldt), down into the Bankspruit gorge
with crystal rock pools and the second highest waterfall in Mpumalanga (Bride's Leap).
Trail two: Hells Bells Half Day trail: +-8km - Less strenuous but a spectacular and intimate walk, down Hells Kloof, through a magic old forest of yellow wood and
huge stink hout and tree ferns. Past smaller waterfalls and panoramic views on Swaziland. A lot of game species to be seen!
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