Balfour, Mpumalanga

Only 130km from Johannesburg this trail offers a surprising variety of terrain to walk through. There are two trails of 12km and 6km. Quality Hikers accommodation and ablutions are offered

This trail is situated on a farm in the Balfour district.  Rusfontein is mainly a cattle and sheep farm with some crops eg, maize, beans and corn.

The original farm house was used as a hospital during the First World War and was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.  On the trail one will see the “Kruisekrans”.  Quagga’s Pad offer the hiker unspoilt nature, peace and quiet.

  • Total 28 hikers per day.
  • House with 3 rooms.
  • 8 beds with mattresses per room.
  • Additional beds available in museum room.
  • Pots & pans
  • Stove plate.
  • Wood and braai grid supplied
  • Sun panel fridge/freezer
  • 4 flush toilets
  • Showers with hot water (donkey) and basins
Pertinent Information:
  • Kitchen: lapa with washing up facilities
  • Bring own:
    • Cutlery and crockery
    • Toilet paper
    • Washing up liquid and sponges.
    • Blitz and charcoal.


Day 1: 11 km

Over the hills, up the mountains.  Interesting rock formations, indigenous bush alternating with grass land.  Views over the game camp.  Fresh water available at some spots on the trail.  Hikers pass places of historical interest.

Day 2: 7 km (Mild):

Through the poplar bush, do some climbing, enjoy the views and return along the spruit and then through the orchard back to base.
Hikers can swim in the cement dam.

  • Overnight hikers: R100.00 pppd
  • Day visitors: R50.00 pp
  • Guest House – max 8 people, fully equipped : R200.00 pppd
  • Fully equipped for self catering , bed linen included.
  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

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Quagga's Pad Hiking Trail