SUIKERBOSCHFONTEIN HIKING TRAIL
Situated about 20km north east of Carolina, Mpumalanga, Suikerboschfontein offers 38km of trails which include base camp, back pack, slack pack and day trails. The
farm of 1244 hectare is within easy reach of Gauteng (250km).
Suikerboschfontein offers an outdoor experience any hiker would like to share with other enthusiasts and experience again and again. The gorgeous unspoiled natural
beauty, with interesting variations offers surprises around every corner. Fern-rich indigenous wooded ravines with clear streams and waterfalls create a restful
Ancient ruins as well as rock art contribute to the large variety of experiences along the trails. Unique rock formations of weathered sand stone covered
with lichen create a fantasy world of form and colour. The seven streams encountered on the routes arise from fountains on the property and yield pure clear drinking
- The units are self-catering and only beds, mattresses and cooking facilities are provided. The bathrooms have flush toilets and warm water is provided by "donkey"
fired boilers. Fire wood, cooking facilities, hiking sticks, candles and small gas stoves are also provided. The two overnight camps (ROOIKRANS + OOM JAPIE) are
10km apart and linked by a circular route. Both camps can be reached by means of ordinary vehicles and the hike can start at either of the camps.
- Each camp sleeps 21 hikers in huts or rooms with 3 to 7 beds each.
- PICNIC SPOT FOR DAY VISITORS: The day trails have a flush toilet at the starting/finishing point. There is a lapa in the shade next to a stream about 2km from the
end of the 8km trail (Grootkloof). A gas braai is available at this picnic spot.
By including some of the day trails of 8km, 4.5km, 3km and 2.5km one can hike for 3 days in which case 2 nights would be spent at Rooikrans camp. The trails with
GREENFLAG accreditation are scientifically designed and expertly laid out to meet the needs of hikers and also conserve the area.
OVERNIGHT TRAILS – Backpacking
- ROOIKRANS to OOM JAPIE (10 km): The first part of the route winds through large rocks until it reaches the cliff (Grootkloof). The trail then goes along the edge
to Mooifontein waterfall. This part of the route is dangerous and hikers must be very careful. After crossing a grassland hill the trail descends to the S-draaikloof
with numerous waterfalls and shady trees. Leaving this kloof a long stretch of grass veld follows before Gladdekloof will be hiked upstream. The path leaves the
stream and goes over Suikerbosrand to Oom Japie. Hikers can have a swim at Fern Pool before reaching the house half a kilometer further on.
- OOM JAPIE to ROOIKRANS (10 km): This trail descends for 2km through grasslands into the valley to the foot of Geelhoutkrans. There is a beautiful resting spot in
the shade of large yellowwood trees. Rock art and Bobbejaanhotel will be found just a little bit further on. Hikers can leave their packs here and climb the steel
ladders to explore the "hotel". Others can stay behind and have a look at "Bushman paintings" behind the tree with the board on. Please note that these paintings
are vulnerable and may not be touched. From here the trail ascends to higher terrain and goes along the edge of the plateau until descending to the valley where it
crosses the stream after 7 km. There are ancient and also more recent ruins to be seen on this route. The trail to Rooikrans goes upwards through the Dying Sun
Chariot Temple, down to the valley and up through the Skeurkloof. Hikers can cool off at Rock Pool before Rooikrans appears as a surprise between the rocks.
Day hikes start about 300 meters from Rooikrans Camp on the way to Oom Japie. The four routes are marked with yellow markers and there is a flush toilet at the
- Grootkloof (8km) Difficult
- Tempelmurasie (4.5km) Easy
- Skeurkloof (3km) Moderately Easy
- Sederberg (2.5km) Easy
R180 p.p.p.n Kids U/12 R120 p.n
Day Visitors R100 p.p Kids U/12 R50