Boksburg Hiking Club Web Site

Medium Hikes

Kloofing
Drakensberg hike
Sterkstroom Tent Route

 

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In the kloof

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Natal Spa warm springs

 

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Shady camping at Natal Spa

Kloofing - a new experience (Stan)

All participants are warned to bring life jackets and make sure their day packs are waterproof. Friday nigh will be spent in Paulpietrsburg, 360 km from Boksburg. On Saturday morning we pack-up and drive into the hills to the kloof. This is a one day circular trail and actual kloofing takes 4 hours. Only short stretches is possible to walk on dry land. Normal hiking boots must be warn all the time as sandals are not good enough. For hiking boots and other equipment visit Outdoor World. (Anton)
On Sunday we lick our wounds and relax at Natal Spa warm spring resort.

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This hike is developing into an adventure. On Saturday morning we'll move to Natal Spa where we leave all our things in tents and all of us drive to the kloof in two 4 x 4 vehicles. After kloofing we return to Natal Spa via an interesting 4 x 4 trail. That makes it a total round trip of about 100 km.
Due to the nature of the trail, no children are allowed.

Note: Natal Spa gate closes at 18h00. Paulpietersburg camping is opened all night.
          Cost of hike is R60 all inclusive.

Get to know Paulpietersburg.
This is a small town, but important center for agriculture and timber cultivation. All supplies for the weekend can be bought there and prices are low. Situated below a bulky mass of rock known as Dumbe, Paulpietersburg was named after two famous South African figures - President Paul Kruger and Commandant Pieter Joubert. It was first known as Paul Pieters Rust, then Paul Pieters Dorp and got its present name in 1910. The area around is the home of surprisingly large German community. This group are mainly descendants of missionaries and craftsmen who established themselves in this area in 1848.
Natal Spa is situated outside town. After our kloofing, it's a marvelous place to relax and soak away the fatigue of a long hot day. Hotel is in the resort.



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Drakensberg hike: Ndumeni - Monk's Cowl traverse

 Strenuous hike but well balanced as first day we only walk uphill and last day we only walk downhill. Middle day is relatively easy walk on top of the escarpement. Friday night will be spent at already very familiar camping site at Cathedral Peak, 430km from Boksburg.

Hike calls for an early start, as any possible afternoon thunderstorm would better be survived in our overnight cave rather then in the open.

Day 1 (12km): From the top of Mike's Pass we follow the jeep track to the Contour Path and without hesitation continue from there straigt up towards an old forestry lookout and on through Organ Pipe's Pass to Lower Ndumeni cave, our first night home. This is a large cave that can accommodate 12 people.

Day 2 (18km): We are on top of the escarpment now and on our way to the Didima Dome we'll be conquering one peak after the other. Walk on the front side of the Sphinx is one of the most scaring experiences. Didima Dome at 3337 m is the highes point on our trail and we'll be spending night near this top.

Day 3 (24km): Today is only downhill so we can easily cover large distance involved. But an early start is advisable. After descending Gray's Pass we'll be on a familliar path that'll take us to Monk's Cowl forestry station parking place. Transport from there will be organized before we start hiking.

Cost of hike: Camping R35
                    Entrance fee R20
                    Cave overnight R20

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Organ Pipes Pass

 

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Stan, your hike leader. Tel. 011 826 4743


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STERKSTROOM TENT ROUTE

DOORNDRAAI DAM NATURAL RESERVE

In this nature reserve between Naboomspruit and Potgietersrus, you can embark on a challenging hiking trail, the Sterkstroom Tent Route.

The trail affords nature lovers an opportunity to see quite a variety of animal and plant life in the Waterberg.

The route begins in a relatively flat area and passes through about 4 km of acacia trees and veld before hikers climb Grootberg. From the top of this mountain you'll have excellent views of the Springbok Flats and Hangklip Waterberg.

From Grootberg the trail enters the sandveld and crosses the main road through the reserve. The camping site is about 1 km further on. The total length of the route for the first day is 18 km.

Day two of the hike is 11 km and begins when you cross the Stern River and climb the hills, from where you'll have a view of the dam.

Although the reserve is the natural habitat of duiker, klipspringer, impala and warthogg, species such as giraffe, tsetses and sable antelope were also introduced to the reserve for breeding and resettling and we saw couple of giraffes.

You may also be lucky enough to encounter brown hyena, leopard, charcoal and black-backed jackal, while the primates are represented by busybody, baboon and velvet monkey.

About 290 bird species have been recorded, including Wallboard's, martial and fish eagles.

The reserve makes provision for organised groups of hikers wishing to visit the reserve, and there's a group camp available for this purpose. It has a shelter, toilets, water and a lapa. A tent is needed for both nights, as no other accommodation is available for the hikers on this route. The first night the hikers have to overnight in the Boekenhout campsite. Wood for fire can be bought at the main gate for the first night. At the overnight point 9 km the route, very basic facilities are available. Drinking water is provided at both sites. For short periods during the rainy season there will be run-off water available on route, but hikers are advised to carry enough water on both days.

Various aquatic sports can be enjoyed on the dam.

The size of hiking group is limited to 10 people.

Parking is available at the Makoppa base camp or vehicles can be left in the main camp.

Stan (tel. 826 4743)

 

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