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HIGH FIVE TRAILS

This is a must for all fit, more experienced and adventurous hikers who love more challenging exciting hiking trails!

This stunning High Five Trail is in Mpumalanga on the R541 between Machadodorp and Badplaas. It is +- 3 hours from Johannesburg 2.5 from Pretoria and 1.5hours from Nelspruit. It is situated on the lip of the escarpment overlooking the Komati Valley and in the heart of the Skurwerberg Mountains.

The HIGH FIVE TRAIL is an upgraded Green Flag trail: 3 - 6 day, 36.5km- 52km hiking trail on private land in the Skurweberg Mountains. There is a range of stunning landscapes including open escarpment, yellow-wood forests, kloofs and sandstone formations. There is a lot of game, birds, indigenous trees and beautiful waterfalls. Hikers should be reasonably fit as the trail is rated moderate to difficult. The trail has been rated as moderate to difficult. There are steep ascents and descents, swing bridges and ladders to climb.

This is not a "walk in the park" so please come prepared with proper hiking boots and socks. The longest day is 10.5km and the shortest 6.2km but all sections of the trail are technically difficult. This is still not recommended for beginner and not so fit hikers.

This is a circular route and can be stared and finished at the "Pongola Express" or Aloe Kaya camps. It also includes the 2x brand new King's & Queen's High way trail sections. See the 4 and 5 day trail options.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION:
All the camps have indoor and outdoor braai areas and hot water. All the camps have toilet paper, mattresses, chairs, tables, kitchen equipment, gas stoves, hot water and braai facilities. Candlewood Camp does not have electricity and therefore no fridges.

Pongola Express Camp:
This camp is renovated 1934 railway coaches. It's like sleeping in an antique. There are 7 compartments that sleep 2 to 4 people. max. group of 20. A wide covered veranda and indoor dining area provide a good socialising space. It has a fridge, microwave and gas stove. Electricity.

Aloe Kaya:
This camp was previously called God's Window Camp. There are two double story huts with 2x rooms each, snuggled into the spectacular sandstone formations. Two rooms (one upstairs and one down stairs) sleep 8 people in bunk beds. There are "loos with a view" and a viewing deck. Electricity. There are two fridges, and a gas stove top plate.

Candle Falls Camp: (No electricity)
This green camp has a wonderful view of Uitkomst Waterfall. Hot water is supplied by a wood burning "donkey" geyser. There are two huts, sleeps 10 people in bunk beds each. No outdoor braai between May and October. There is a gas stove plate, temperamental solar lighting in the kitchen and lanterns.

Mount Komati Itermago Camp:
This is a cozy camp consisting of 4 separate stone and thatch chalets/ huts with bunk beds, mattresses, communal lapa, kitchen with all cutlery & crockery, appliances, cooking utensils, oven & microwave. Wooden deck with communal braai facilities, overlooking the garden, river and mountains. Ablutions: Electric geezers with hot & cold water showers, flush toilets, hand basins. There's an outside braai area & also an African Style boma, "Die Bosvark", for "lekkerkuiers" and stunning star gazing.

THE NEW UPGRADED HIKING TRAILS:
Hikers have the option of 3 or 6 days Back Packing and at extra cost also slack packing. The trail is self-guided. All sections/ options and links are clearly marked and easy to follow with your detailed map.

THE THREE DAY TRAIL:
Day One: Pongola Express to "Aloe Kaya" hikers follow The Bergbas Route: (8km)
Day Two: Hikers follow the Escarpment Route/ Oom Pauls route (4km) joining The Pom-pon Way, (4.5km) to Candle Falls. (Total of 8,5km)
Day Three: Hikers follow The Pom-pon Way, 8.3km back to "Pongola Express" where your vehicle is and depart.

THE FOUR DAY TRAIL:
Day One: Pongola Express to "Aloe Kaya" hikers follow The Bergbas Route: (8km)
Day Two: Aloe Kaya to Mount Komati: Hikers follow the new Queen's High Way Trail: Bladdernut route 3,5km up to the link to Mount Komati Camp, following the new trail for + 3,5km. (Total of 7km for the day)
Day Three: Mount Komati to Candle Falls: Hikers follow the new King's High way Trail: 4km which then links up with the Milk Plum Route for another 4,6km to Candle Falls camp. (Total of 8,6km)
Day Four: Candle Falls to Pongola Express: The Pom-pon Way, 8.3km back to "Pongola Express" where your vehicle is and depart.

THE FIVE DAY TRAIL:
Day One: Pongola Express to "Aloe Kaya" hikers follow The Bergbas Route: (8km)
Day Two: Aloe Kaya to Mount Komati: Hikers follow the new Queen's High Way Trail: Bladdernut route 3,5km up to the link to Mount Komati Camp, following the new trail for + 3,5km. (Total of 7km for the day)
Day Three: Mount Komati to Candle Falls: Hikers follow the new King's High way Trail: 4km which then links up with the Milk Plum Route for another 4,6km to Candle Falls camp. (Total of 8,6km)
Day Four: The Pom-pon Way, 8.3km back to "Pongola Express" where your vehicle is but stay the night.
Day Five: Doing the Kokoboom Day circular trail of 7km in the morning and depart after 14h00.

Details on the 6 Day trail will follow shortly.

Detailed maps available on request/ with all bookings.

RATES:
R220.00 per person per night. (VAT incl.) All ages.
NB: minimum of 3x night bookings, e.g. Pongola Express, Aloe Kaya, Candle Falls, Mount Komati and back.
SLACK PACK OPTION: R110.00 per person per crate per day.
If you want to book only for 2x nights, you can book the Escarp Adventures.

WHAT TO BRING
To ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable please bring with you:
- Hiking boots and socks.
- Walking stick, hat, Swimming costume.
- Rain gear, it is possible to experience ALL weather conditions in one day.
- Fleece, especially in winter, Sleeping bag, pillow and a towel
- Water bottle. It is safe (and delicious) to drink the water on all the estates. Do not refill or drink from stagnant pools!
- Sunscreen, Torch, Insect repellent
- First aid kit (including plasters and antiseptic)
- Matches / lighter, Firelighters
- Food and drinks for 3-6 days
- Extras - camera, binoculars, batteries, mobile chargers.

IF YOU WANT TO TEST YOUR HIKING SKILLS, ALL NEW HIKING EQUIPMENT AND IF YOU ARE PREPARING FOR THE OTTER, FISH RIVER CANYON AND KILIMANJARO - THIS IS YOUR ULTIMATE "TESTING GROUNDS"


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