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Sediba Hiking Trail is situated 16 km from Memel, a tranquil village in the corner of the North Eastern Free State. Approximately 240km from Jhb, 47km from Newcastle and 60km from Vrede.

The name Sediba means "fountain water" and gives a good indication of what can be expected on the trail. The grasslands and Seekoeivlei Wetlands are host to an estimated 350 bird species (230 species already recorded of which 15 are Red Data Species) The green rolling hills, numerous picturesque mountain streams and weathered rock kranses make the area around Memel very interesting.

Sediba Hiking Trails have been well laid out to take full advantage of this beautiful area of the Eastern Free State. The two day trails are well constructed and well suited for the novice and beginner, young and older hikers.

The accommodation is superb in the context of what hikers are normally used to and the kitchen facilities well above the average. The Sediba Base Camp offers a breath-taking view and consists of 3x thatched roof chalets (12 beds in each) nestled in the mountains and accommodates up to 36 hikers. The camp has a wooden deck overlooking the beautiful valley, a lounge with a kitchen area with fridge, stove, pots and pans and a sink. The lounge has lovely handmade furniture (chairs and tables.) There are 2 separate bath rooms for gents and ladies with flush toilets, hand basins and showers with hot water from a donkey boiler. There is no electricity, a solar panel for lighting only.

There are 2x day circular trails from and back to base camp.

Day One: The "Khwela Trail" is 10.5km and has an interesting variety of scenery to walk through. The dominant tree species is the Ou Hout. The rocky terrain is negotiated with the help of several ladders and numerous bridges. A lot of work has gone into the trail to make sure it is safe for hikers. Along the trail there are some beautiful streams and rock pools to cool off in. There are also some lovely waterfalls in the kloofs.

Day Two: The "Ou Hout Trail" is 6km and is a relatively easy walk. The trail also takes in all the different aspects of the environment and it is well worth taking it at a slow pace to savour the beauty of the area. The Sediba Hiking Trail is well worth a visit and once you have visited it, it is sure to become a favourite. It is important to take your time with your walk though, as the trails are not difficult and are relatively short but offer something very special that will be remembered for some time to come.

Adults R220 pppn U/12 R180 pn
One night bookings R290 pp U/12 R170

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