Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail

Tzaneen, Limpopo

Location
The Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail is near the town of Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province.

 
How to get there
To Woodbush Hut. From Gauteng, take the N1 North towards Polokwane (Pietersburg). Turn off at the R71 to Tzaneen and drive for about 70km. Follow the signposts to the Woodbush Plantation. Turn left from the R71 onto a gravel road (also marked Houtbosdorp). The signpost says: Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail (Woodbush Entrance). Follow the signpost to the Woodbush Hut.


How to get there
To Broederstroom Hut. From Gauteng, follow the N1 north towards Pietersburg.  Turn off to Tzaneen on the R71 until ±77km from the N1.  Follow the signpost to the Woodbush plantation – turning left from R71 onto a gravel road.  (Also marked Houtbosdorp).  Sign is marked: Safcol Ecotourism – Magoebaskloof Hiking Trial, follow indicators to the different huts.


How to get there
To De Hoek Hut. From Gauteng, take the N1 North towards Polokwane. Turn off at the R71 to Tzaneen and drive for about 77km. To get to the De Hoek Plantation, turn off at the signpost: Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail (De Hoek Entrance). Follow the gravel road past the Debegeni Falls for about 7km, until you arrive at the De Hoek Hut on your left.


Trail options

2 Night Trail Options:

  • Woodbush 2 night trail total distance 20.5km
  • De Hoek 2 night trail total distance 20.5km
  • Seepsteen Stables 2 night trail total distance 23.5km
  • Dokolewa Pools 2 night trail total distance 20.5km
  • Dokolewa Waterfall 2 night trail total distance 43km

3 Night Trail Options:

  • Broederstroom 3 night trail total distance 39.9km
  • De Hoek 3 night trail total distance 39.9km
  • Dokolewa Waterfall 3 night trail total distance 40.2km
  • Dokolewa Pools 3 night trail total distance 40.8km
  • Magoebaskloof 3 night trail total distance 41.4km
  • Woodbush 3 night trail total distance 20.1km
  • Waterfall 3 night trail total distance 41.4km

4 Night Trail Options:

  • Woodbush 4 night trail total distance 41.4km
  • Seepsteen Mules 4 night trail total distance 44.5km
  • Waterfall 4 night trail total distance 53.1km
  • Dokolewa Pools 4 night trail total distance 42.3km
  • De Hoek 4 night trail total distance 41.4km
  • Magoebaskloof 4 night trail total distance 43.8km

5 Night Trail Options:

  • Seepsteen Mules 5 night trail total distance 61.2km
  • Woodbush 5 night trail total distance 52.5km
  • Dokolewa Pools 5 night trail total distance 59.3km
  • Magoebaskloof five-night trail, total distance 61.5km
  • Magoebaskloof big five trail, total distance 62.4km.



General information

  • You will need to be fit to complete the five-day route. The two-day routes are less demanding and are suitable for families. The trail has three different starting points, namely Woodbush Hut, De Hoek Hut or Broederstroom Hut
  • The trails are laid out on the forestry estate, but most of the walking is through magnificent sub-tropical, indigenous forest, over craggy ravines and alongside cascading waterfalls, pristine mountain streams, rivers and dams.
  • The summers can be misty and rainy (rainfall occurs mainly between October and March) but be prepared for rain at any time of the year. Temperatures range from 15.3°C to 19.2°C with higher temperatures in the lower-lying areas.
  • Permits for trout fishing in the Dap Naudé Dam are available at the Woodbush office. Angling is not allowed.
  • The trail is free from malaria and cholera.


Main attractions

  • History: Sawpits from the woodcutting era can be seen along the route. Historical sites include the old mule path, bridges and the O' Connor memorial. Alexander James O'Connor played an important role in establishing the Woodbush and De Hoek plantations as the first commercial plantations in the region.
  • Fauna and flora. The eucalyptus trees are the tallest planted trees in the southern hemisphere, some being 83m tall and 115cm in diameter. Other trees include bluegum (the tallest planted by man), eucalyptus grandis, indigenous sub-tropical forest and ferns. There is an abundance of exotic fungi and plants including the spectacular clivia. Various animals are evident as well as butterflies, frogs and reptiles.
  • Birds. A variety of birds can be seen along this trail, including the black-fronted bush shrike, emerald cuckoo, olive woodpecker, Knysna lourie, wood owl, barn owl, giant kingfisher, white-throated swallow, Cape canary and forest canary. The dams provide opportunities to see birds such as fish eagles and ospreys.



Hut facilities
The six huts are either old forestry buildings or modern purpose-built wooden chalets.

  • De Hoek Hut. This hut has 24 bunk beds, two showers, one toilet, hot water and electricity. Braai facilities are available.
  • Dokolewa Pools Hut. This hut has 16 bunk beds, two showers (no hot water) and two toilets. There is an undercover braai area.
  • Broederstroom Hut. There are 24 bunk beds. The hut has two showers, one toilet, hot water and electricity. Braai facilities are available.
  • Waterfall Hut. This hut has 16 bunks, two showers (no hot water) and two toilets. There is an undercover braai area.
  • Woodbush Hut. The hut has 24 bunk beds, three showers and two toilets. There is no electricity and no hot water. There is an undercover braai area.
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables Hut. This hut has 16 bunks, one toilet and two cold showers. Braai facilities are available.


Parking is available at the De Hoek Hut, Broederstroom Hut and Woodbush Hut.
No parking at the Dokolewa Pools Hut, Waterfall Hut and Seepsteen Mule Stables Hut – these huts may NOT be accessed by vehicle.  Please enquire about slackpacking.

From the parking areas
Woodbush Hut parking area to the Seepsteen Stables Hut

  • From the Woodbush Hut, walk 1.5km, across the parking area, past the little cement dam on your right, through the pine plantation, to the Seepsteen Stables Hut.


Broederstroom Hut parking area to the Waterfall Hut

  • Walk along the plantation road in the direction of the Dap Naude Dam. Turn right onto a footpath that crosses several streams, to the Waterfall Hut.


De Hoek Hut parking area to the Dokolewa Pools Hut

  • Take a leisurely 1.5km walk on a gravel road to the Dokolewa Pools Hut.



Trail options:
 
2 Night Trail Options:
 
Woodbush 2 Night Trail:
This is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  Park at Woodbush ht
Distances:  Woodbush hut – De Hoek hut - 11.5km
                   De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 9km
Difficulty grading:  Easy
 

De Hoek 2 Night Trail:
This is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  Park at De Hoek Hut
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 9km
                   Woodbush hut – De Hoek hut - 11.5km
Difficulty grading:  Easy
 

Dokolewa Pools 2 Night Trail:
This is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek Hut.
Parking:  Park at De Hoek hut and hike 1.5km to Dokolewa Pools hut.
Distances:  Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen hut - 9km
Seepsteen Stables Mule hut – Dokolewa Pools hut -  12km
Difficulty grading:     Easy – Moderate
 

Dokolewa Waterfall 2 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush Hut.
Parking:  Park your car at Woodbush hut and start hiking to Waterfall hut
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut - 12.3km
Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut  - 18km
Dokolewa Pools hut – Woodbush hut - 10.5km
Difficulty grading:  oderate


Seepsteen Mule Stables 2 Night Trail:
This is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking: Park your car at Woodbush hut and hike 1.5km to Seepsteen hut
Distances:Woodbush hut – Seepsteen hut - 1.5km
Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 12km
Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut - 9km
Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Woodbush hut - 1.5km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate


3 Night Trail Options:

 
Broederstroom 3 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Broederstroom hut.
Parking:  You park your car at Broederstroom hut.
Distances:  Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut - 18km
                   De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 9km
                   Woodbush hut - Broederstroom hut - 15km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - difficult
 

De Hoek 3 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  You park your car at De Hoek hut
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 9km
                   Woodbush hut - Broederstroom hut - 15km
                   Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut - 18km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - difficult
 

Woodbush 3 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  You park your car at Woodbush hut.
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Broederstroom - 13.8 km
                   Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut - 18km
                   De Hoek hut - Woodbush hut - 8.4km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate – difficult


Dokolewa pools 3 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  You park your car at Woodbush hut and hike 1.5km to Seepsteen hut.
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Seepsteen hut - 1.5km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen hut  - 9km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - difficult


Dokolewa Waterfalls 3 Night Trail:

This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  You park your car at De Hoek hut and hike 1.5km to Dokolewa Pools.
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Dokolewa Pools - 1.5km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – De Hoek - 16km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate – Difficult

 

Magoebaskloof 3 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  You park your car at Woodbush.
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 10.5km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Woodbush hut - 10.5km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - Difficult

 

Waterfall 3 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  Park your car at Woodbush hut and start hiking to Waterfall hut.
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 16.5km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Hut - 8.4km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate to difficult
 

4 Night Trail Options:
 
Woodbush 4 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  Park your car at Woodbush hut.
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut - 15km
                   Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut - 16.5km
                   De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 8.4km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - Difficult
 

Seepsteen Mule Stables 4 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Seepsteen Mule Stable hut.
Parking:  Park at Woodbush and hike 1.5km to Seepsteen hut
Distances:  Woobush hut – Seepsteen hut - 1.5km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stable hut - 9km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - Difficult
 

Waterfall 4 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  Park your car at Woodbush hut and start hiking to Waterfall hut
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – De Hoek hut – 12km
                   De Hoek – Woodbush hut - 9km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - Difficult
 

Dokolewa Pools 4 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  Park your car at De Hoek hut.
Distances:  Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stable hut - Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – De Hoek hut - 18km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - Difficult
 

De Hoek 4 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  Park your car at De Hoek hut.
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 8.4km
                   Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut - 5km
                   Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut - 16.5km
                   De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 9km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - Difficult
 

Magoebaskloof 4 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  You park your car at De Hoek hut
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 9km
                   Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut - 15km
                   Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut - 18km
Difficulty grading:  Moderate - Difficult
 

5 Night Trail Options:
 
Seepsteen mule stables 5 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  You park your car at Woodbuhs hut
Distances:  Seepsteen hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut - Seepsteen hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen hut – De Hoek hut - 12km
                   De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 9km
Difficulty grading:  Difficult
 

Woodbush 5 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at Woodbush hut.
Parking:  You park your car at Woodbush hut
Distances:  Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut - 15km
                   Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut - 16.5km
                   De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 8.4km
                   Woodbush hut – Dokolewa hut - 13.2km
                   Dokolewa hut – Woodbush hut - 10.5km
Difficulty grading:  Difficult


Dokolewa Pools 5 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  You park your car at De Hoek hut and hike 1.5km to Dokolewa Pools Hut
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 1.5km
                   Dokolewa hut – Woodbush hut - 10.5km
                   Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut  - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – De Hoek hut  - 12km
Difficulty grading:  Difficult


De Hoek 5 Night Trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  You park your car at De Hoek hut
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Woodbush - 8.4km
                   Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – De Hoek hut - 12km
Difficulty grading:  Difficult


Magoebaskloof 5 Night trail:

This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking  Park your car at De Hoek hut and hike 1.5km to Dokolewa Pools hut.
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 1.5km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Waterfall hut - 13.8km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Woodbush hut - 10.5km
                   Woodbush hut – De Hoek hut - 12km
Difficulty grading:  Difficult
 

Magoebaskloof Big 5 Night trail:
This option is a circular trail and starts at De Hoek hut.
Parking:  Park your car at De Hoek hut.
Distances:  De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut - 8.4km
                   Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut - 15km
                   Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut - 18km
                   Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mules hut - 9km
                   Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – De Hoek Hut - 12km
Difficulty grading:  Difficult


Rates:

  • R162.00 per person per night.


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  • R55.00 admin fee once off per reservation.

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