Hiking, Trails and Routes

ID #4655

Cycad Hiking Trail, Middelburg, Highveld, Mpumalanga.

There are several trails from which to choose:

o    Cycad Trail: Starts at mountain huts marked with white footprints and includes the species Encephalartos middelburghensis and E. lanatus that are more than 1000 years old. 9-km.
o    Baboon Trail: Starts at Scheepersdal House. Follow footprints to ravine huts. Includes cliffs, ravines and river trail – beautiful. Second day takes you from ravine to mountain huts. 9 to11-km.
o    Suikerbos Trail: Starts at Johan and Narisssa Smit’s home, past the dam and several big cycads to a lookout over the Olifants River Valley (Die Hel). Walk down a kloof to the river where you can cool off.  Walk up the kloof to Scheepersdal House where you can stop for some borehole juice, and walk back to the Smit’s home. 8-km, white arrows.
o    Tarentaal Trail: Starts at the office, passes some cycads to a beautiful view over the Klein Olifants River. Then to the banks of the Klein Olifants. White footprints, 7-km.

Facilities include:

•    Scheepersdal House: Water, field toilets, firewood, braai facilities, kettle and candle holder
•    Ravine Huts: Water, field toilets, firewood, braai facilities, kettle and candleholder.
•    Mountain Huts: Water, field toilets, firewood, braai facilities kettle and candleholder.
•    Private Camp: Water, field toilets, firewood, braai facilities kettle and candleholder. Swimming at own risk.
•    Private Huts:  (At Johan and Narissa Smit) Four per hut. Beds, braai facilities, firewood, warm and cold water showers and toilet facilities near the huts.
•    Hiring of iron pots.

Opens at 07h00 and closes at 20h00. Bring along sleeping bags, food, water bottles, torch and first aid kit.  Fill your water bottles at home or upon arrival. Middelburg is at the intersection of the N4 with the N11. AYCycad

Contct:            Narissa Smit   
            Box 1326 Middelburg 1050
            +27 (13) 282 6101 telephone
            +27 (13) 282 5752 fax
            +27 (13) 243 8763 telephone after hours
       


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Last update: 2014-02-15 20:13
Author: Alan McIver
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