Between Badplaas and Barberton

*Wathaba Hiking Trails was awarded the Best Trail for 2007, 2012, 2015 and 2017*

Wathaba is a wilderness area in the Skurweberg Mountains on the road between Machadodorp and Badplaas.   The beautiful scenery, many waterfalls and the indigenous kloof vegetation are topped only by the breathtaking views down the valley to the Komati River far below.

Trails:

There are two well marked and constructed trails, the “Bosbok Roete” is 4 km and the “Lynx Loop” about 10 km.

They centre around two of the most beautiful mountain streams you will find on the Mpumalanga escarpment. The beautiful scenery, many waterfalls and the indigenous kloof vegetation are topped only by the breathtaking views down the valley to the Komati River far below.  The Lynx loop has five waterfalls with beautiful pools where you can swim in crystal clear water.

A three-minute walk upstream brings you to the stunning Wathaba Rainbow Falls and a natural pool surrounded by wildflowers and dense forest vegetation.   During the summer the water is cool and refreshing, especially after a walk up the mountain.   In the winter it is cold and only the bravest go swimming.


Features on trial:

  • Waterfalls and rock pools are plentiful.
  • The indigenous riverine forest presents a myriad of African flora that would keep the botanist busy for days.  Many of the trees are marked.
  • Many examples of fungi add to the interest.
  • Abundant birdlife, wildflowers and 7 breathtaking waterfalls.
  • Ladders and bridges are well maintained.
  • Water in river safe for drinking
  • This lovely trail can be done all year round.  Summer months are spectacular and often wet.  Winter nights may be very cold but the days are sunny, cool and no chance of rain. 

*ALL OUR ACCOMMODATION IS MINIMUM TWO NIGHTS*

 

Accommodation:

The accommodation has been well thought out and the owner put a lot of effort into making sure that the camps are well maintained. The camps are wheelchair friendly.  Galvanized baths have been used to make ablutions a unique experience. Hydro electricity for lighting at the camps in the evening from sundown to 10pm.

Accommodation alongside the Schoonspruit stream:
“Bottlebrush Haven”:

Situated alongside the Schoonspruit stream, is slightly primitive, but very convenient.  There are 3 rooms accommodating 6, 6 and 4.
Kitchen:  a lovely kitchen and two ‘braai’ areas, double zinc, dining table, pots, pans, kettle and braai grid, paraffin lamps and candles.  
Please supply own gas lamps, cooler boxes and gas stove for a quick cup of coffee.
Please supply own cutlery and crockery.
Mattresses with clean covers is supplied but you need to bring your own bedding.
Ablutions: two flush toilets, two double showers and unique zinc tub. (Don’t forget the bubble bath!!)   Another 3 basins outside under cover
Donkey geyser for hot water
“Bottlebrush Haven” is wheelchair friendly – please request in advance so the portable ramps can be setup before arrival.
Minimum 6 adults, maximum 16 people / minimum 2-night booking.

“Kiepersol Kamp”:

Situated next to the Schoonspruit stream, can accommodate a min 12 adults and max of 24.  There are 4 rooms, sleeping, 5, 5, 5 and 8.
Kitchen: large kitchen (and under cover as well as outside braai area), double zinc, dining table, pots, pans, kettle and grid, paraffin lamps and candles.   
Please supply own gas lamps, cooler boxes and gas stove for a quick cup of coffee. Please supply own cutlery and crockery.
Ablutions: three double showers, 4 flush toilets and a zinc tub. (I’m reminding you again not to forget the bubble bath!!!)
Donkey geyser for hot water
Wood supplied.
Minimum 12 adults / max 24 people / minimum 2-night bookings


“Waterbessie Kamp”:

Situated next to the Schoonspruit stream, between Bottlebrush Haven and Kiepersol. This camp can accommodate a min of 6 people and max 12 people.  Open-plan, loft style, sleeping room (12m x 8m) has an indoor fireplace.
Kitchen: Large kitchen and outside braai area, 4 plate gas stove, double zinc, 2 gas lamps, 2 battery operated lamp, dining table, pots, pans, kettle and grids. 
CUTLERY AND CROCKERY PROVIDED
Please supply own gas lamps, cooler boxes.
Ablutions: showers, flush toilets 25m away from camp.
Gas geyser for hot water
Wood supplied, fireplace inside.
Minimum 6 adults / max 12 people / minimum 2-night booking.

Pertinent Information:

  • No pets allowed.
  • No music is allowed.
  • The crystal-clear water on the farm is safe to drink.
  • Please not littering on the farm.
  • It is compulsory for each and every person that enters the farm Wathaba to complete the indemnity form immediately upon arrival.  Even if you do not hike or swim.

Rates:

Minimum 2 night bookings over weekends
Minimum 3 night bookings over long weekends

Bottlebrush Haven
  • 6 – 16 people
  • Min 6
  • R270.00 pp/pn – Adult
  • R200.00 pp/pn – U/12

Kiepersol Kamp

  • 12 – 24 people
  • Min 12
  • R270.00 pp/pn – Adult
  • R200.00 pp/pn – U/12

Waterbessie

  • Cutlery and crockery provided.
  • 6 – 12 people
  • Min 6
  • R280.00 pp/pn – Adult
  • R210.00 pp/pn – U/12

Accommodation 1km from the river higher up on the mountain

Bloubos Retreat

  • 4 – 10 people
  • R390.00 pp/pn – Adult – With bedding and towel
  • R220.00 pp/pn – U/12 – With bedding and towel
  • R330.00 pp/pn – Without bedding and towel
  • R210.00 pp/pn – Without bedding and towel
Day Visitors
  • Booking essential
  • R100.00 – Adult
  • R50.00 – U/12
Admin Fee:
  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

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