Machadodorp/Badplaas

This is a two-day circular hiking trail route on the scenic eastern Drakensberg escarpment. Each day hikers return to the same base camp.

The camp offers more than basic trail conveniences in the form of stone under thatch chalets with Eskom power, standard single beds with proper 150mm thick Ericssons high density foam mattresses. The four chalets can accommodate a maximum of 20 persons. A couple of mattresses can be added though. Groups less than 12 may share the camp with other guests, however, you will not share chalets, each group will have their own.
A separate kitchen is equipped with a four burner gas stove & oven, fridges, a chest deep freezer, pots, pans and probably all the crockery and cutlery and other utensils that you will need.

Guests also have access to a centrally situated stone & thatch lapa / lounge and bar area for relaxing and dining, with internal braai facility in case of adverse weather conditions.

Two chalets have en-suite conveniences while the other two use an outside ablution consisting of 2 toilets, 2 basins and 2 showers.

Trail Description:

Day 1 = 13,5km
Your walk starts alongside the Komati River, but soon begins to rise towards the slopes of the mountains which includes Skurweberg peak which is one of the highest points in the area. You cross several small gorges that hide beautiful cascading waterfalls until you reach the base of ‘Aasvoëlkrans’ from where you rise to the top of the escarpment to take in the stunning views of the valleys and almost as far as Swaziland in the east. Your trail takes you past beautiful weathered sandstone formations as it reaches the highest point on the farm at 1830m. From here the trail starts its descent, taking you down the mountain side back to the Komati River and basecamp 1230m.

Day 2 = 4,5km
The second day of the trail is surprisingly different from the first day and takes you on a lower route across the mountainside and explores beautiful patches of indigenous forest that hide some exquisite examples of water cascades. Care needs to be taken as when wet; the stream crossings can be slippery. Once out in the open above the patch of riverine forest, beautiful views of the Komati River Valley come into view. After pausing to take a few pictures it is time to wend your way down and back to base alongside the Komati river.

Accommodation:

Ietermagog Camp
Tarentaal Chalet: Sleeps 4 persons

Separate with own amenities. Fully equipped:

  • 1 Private bedroom (double bed, linen & towels included, bring own towels for the river)
  • Own private bathroom with shower, toilet & basin
  • In the lounge are 2 extra single beds
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen with all cutlery & crockery, appliances, cooking utensils, oven & microwave
  • Wooden deck overlooking the garden, river, and mountains
  • Extra mattresses can be put in lounge / on the loft
Mojaji Hut:

Sleeps 4 persons. Private en-suite hut for 2 persons only. 2x Bunk beds with fitted sheet – no bedding. Own private bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Communal braai, lounge and fully equipped kitchen facilities.

2 x “Hiker’s huts” (Wildebees & Idube):
Wildebees Hut:
  • Sleeps 6 persons
  • 3 x bunk beds with fitted sheets – no bedding

Idube Hut:

  • Sleeps 6 persons
  • 3 x bunk beds with fitted sheets – no bedding

Share an ablution block: Electric geezers with hot & cold water showers, flush toilets, hand basins

Share an undercover braai lapa and well-equipped kitchen facilities: 4 plate gas burner & oven, 2 fridges, chest freezer, cooking utensils, cutlery & crockery.

There is an outside braai area & also an African Style boma, “Die Bosvark”, for “lekker kuiers”.

What should I know about security?

The trails are on private land and no security problems should be encountered. Minimum group size should be 3 hikers.

Background information:

The area forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment and there is a mean difference in altitude of just over 600m. The area is the birthplace of countless small streams that flow into the Komati River. The owners are committed conservationists and they are busy with a program of reintroducing a wide spectrum of wildlife to the area. Almost all black wattle has been eradicated and the new growth is continually cleared, which makes for a very natural and beautiful indigenous environment, especially in this area where wattle has unfortunately taken over many properties and natural habitats. Here a massive range of indigenous plants and forest can still be enjoyed, a true nature lover’s paradise!

Rates:

Ietermagog Camp:

Mojaji Cottage: (en-suite room):
  • R250.00 pp.pn, fitted sheets only
Wildebeest Cottage: (Dorm style room):
  • R250.00 pp.pn, fitted sheets only
Idube Cottage: (Dorm style room):
  • R250.00 pp.pn, fitted sheets only
Tarentaal Chalet: (Family style self-catering unit):
  • Main bedroom with double bed @ R385.00 pp.pn, pillows, duvet, face- & shower towels included for only 2 people booking Tarentaal.
  • 4 people booking Tarentaal. Open plan room, first 2 people at R330.00 pp.pn and R265.00 pp.pn for the other 2 people.  Pillows, duvets, face- & shower towels included.

Other Rates:

  • Children U/12, R50.00 off normal rate
  • Children under 3 stay for free.
  • R55.00 per once off reservation
Day Visitors:
  • R70.00 pp.pd
    Day hikers make use of “Die Bosvark” African style boma and communal ablutions.

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