Hiking

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Hiking

Limpopo, with its magnificent scenery and prolific wildlife, provides endless opportunities for the hiking fraternity. Not only do Limpopo's trails cater for the nature-lover, they also open up a vast new world of culture, as some of the routes travel past old rock-art sites or mythical places such as the sacred forest where vhaVenda royalty is buried.

Various landowners and private nature reserves offer day and overnight hikes on their properties. The mountainous terrain of the Soutpansberg range and the Blouberg to the west of it are ideal for hiking - the Soutpansberg Hiking Trail takes hikers 75 km across magnificent countryside from Hanglip to the Entabeni State Forest along the range's rocky spine.

Hiking options are also offered by the Kruger National Park and adjacent private game reserves. Along the borders of the park hikers can encounter the 'Big Five' while on foot. One of the best hiking experiences lies within the Wolkberg where the Iron Crown Mountain and Serala are situated. The Iron Crown Mountain (so-called because of the ring of ironstone around its peak) is still reachable by vehicle but Serala is the largest true wilderness area in the province. Here you have to rely on your own bush and map-reading skills to survive the often adverse terrain and weather conditions.

Close by in Magoebaskloof is the Rooikat Trail in the New Agatha plantations, some 18 km from Tzaneen. The trail follows a circular route of 11 km and takes about five hours to complete. In the same area Safcol's 'Big Five' Magoebaskloof Trail Network leads through the beautiful indigenous forest of Magoebaskloof, following mountain streams and rock pools, in the process opening up this scenic area, with its excellent birding opportunities, to the nature connoisseur.

The western part of the province is also very popular with the hiking fraternity, with various hiking opportunities existing in the Waterberg between Thabazimbi and Mokopane. There are no huts or marked trails in the scenic Wolkberg Wilderness Area but it is a treat for the experienced self-sufficient hiker. The reserves and private farms offer good day-hiking and bush-walking, but hikers are advised to take precautions against ticks and malaria.

Service providers: Hiking

  • Adventure LifestylesMopani Region - Ba-Phalaborwa

    Sure, you may want to visit the Limpopo's region. But you also have certain lifestyle preferences that you  want to experience at Limpopo, Make adventure your lifestyle in Limpopo.

    Adventurers in the province, will have a tale to tell about the magical ‘Land of the Silver Mists’. They will be able to explore the majestic Wolkberg Mountain Range, the Magoebaskloof valley and surrounding areas of the Limpopo province- The eden of Africa. To make sure you have the best adventure, the best sights to see and the best accommodation, make Limpopo your home.

    More info's

    PO Box 21, Magoebaskloof Hotel 731
    Tel.: 15 276 5076, Mobile: 82 321 5430, Fax: 15 276 5076
    E-mail: info@adventurelifestyles.co.za, Website: www.adventurelifestyles.co.za
  • Ant's Nest & Ant's Hill Waterberg Region - Modimolle
    ant nest

    Both Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill offer the opportunity for some of the greatest game viewing in the African bush, from horseback.

    You can canter along open sandy tracks or traverse high ridges with spectacular vistas. The pace can be as fast or relaxed as the riders would like.

    Often we can get so close to the game that the experience remains unforgettable. Accommodation is also available!

    More info's

    PO Box 441, Vaalwater 0530
    Tel.: 14 755 3584, Fax: 14 755 4941
    E-mail: reservations@waterberg.net, Website: www.waterberg.net
  • Cheerio Trout FishingMopani Region - Tzaneen
    Cheerio Trout Fishing

    Rainbow Trout. Trout Farms and Fishing Lodges for the fishing enthusiast. Limpopo offers some excellent fishing opportunities for lovers of nature and the outdoors.

    Cheerio Trout Fishing Lodge is situated in the beautiful Cheerio valley, home of the annual Magoebaskloof Spring cherry blossom and azaelea show. It is surrounded by the Wolkberg mountains and pine and indigenous forests. It lies between Polokwane and Tzaneen and is an excellent stop over to the Kruger National Park and other private game parks.

    Accommodation is also available.

    More info's

    Cheerio Farm L41 Road Haenertsburg, Magoebaskloof, 0731
    Tel.: 15 276 1804 , Mobile: 82 374 2818, Fax: 15 276 1117
    E-mail: cheerio@cheerio.co.za, Website: www.cheerio.co.za
  • Elephant SpringsWaterberg Region - Bela-Bela
    Elephant Springs

    Has a restaurant on site serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Ladies bar with pool table, casino slots and street side deck to enjoy sundowners.

    We also  have 3 conference venues.  Mobile spa services on offer.

    More info's

    Tel.: +27 (0) 14 736 2101,
    E-mail: info@elephantsprings.co.za, Website: www.elephantsprings.co.za
  • Elephant SpringsWaterberg Region - Bela-Bela
    Elephant Springs

    Has a restaurant on site serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Ladies bar with pool table, casino slots and street side deck to enjoy sundowners.

    We also  have 3 conference venues.  Mobile spa services on offer.

    More info's

    Tel.: +27 (0) 14 736 2101,
    E-mail: info@elephantsprings.co.za, Website: www.elephantsprings.co.za
  • Friends Of The Haenertsburg Grasslands Capricorn Region - Polokwane
    Haenertsburg Grasslands

    Friends of the Haenertsburg Grasslands - FROHG - is a volunteer group dedicated to the conservation of the unique grasslands and related ecosystems near Haenertsburg, Limpopo Province.

    FROHG is a registered member of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), which operates a network of Friends Groups around the country.

    FROHG finalised its constitution in August 2007 and was officially launched on 24 September 2007

    FROHG arose from a small group of volunteers called HEMAG - Haenertsburg Environmental Monitoring and Action group. This informal grouping has agreed to give way to FROHG as it has the benefits of a formal constitution, and the backing and fund-raising experience of WESSA.

    The Haenertsburg Grasslands are situated in the lovely Magoebaskloof region - next time you are in the area, why not stop at Haenertsburg and check out our wonderful grasslands and forests. You will find information on hiking trails and events at the tourist office in Haenertsburg, at the Environmental Centre in Rissik Street, and at most B&Bs.
     

    More info's

    Tel.: 83 388 3861,
    E-mail: frohg@haenertsburg.co.za, Website: www.haenertsburg.co.za
  • Hanglip Hiking TrailCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Hanglip Hiking Trail

    Hanglip Hiking Trail is a beautiful trail, especially since sections of it have now been rerouted to take in more indigenous forest. The facilities have also been upgraded to provide for the needs of the hiker.

    More improvements are planned for the months ahead in line with Komatiland Forestry's commitment to ecotourism. Some of us older hikers will remember the old Soutpansberg Hiking trail in the days when it was established as a five day backpack trail which stretched from Hanglip over to Ou Entabeni Hut.

    More info's

    Tel.: 13 754 2724, Mobile: 82 957 0102, Fax: 13 754 2790 Website: www.footprint.co.za
  • Hlakula Lake ResortMopani Region - Maruleng
    hlakula lake resort

    Hlakula Lake Resort founded in 2012 by indigenous rural boys who grew up catching fishes and birds around the Drakensberg mountains.

    Hlakula Lake Resort is a place of peace of mind and relaxation founded by Mabatla Seokoma in 2012. Our resort is situated along blue mountains of  Drakensburg between Tzaneen and Hoedspruit east of Limpopo province at Mopani district ,sekororo village. Hlakula Lake Resort is surrounded by game reserves and tropical fruits farms, mountains whilst is built next to a big dam of approximately 2km across.

    More info's

    R36 road, Metz Ext 4,Mopani,Hoedspruit,Maruleng Moetladimo,0891
    Tel.: 0861115859, Mobile: 0724179065 / 0844493904, Fax: 0866684415
    E-mail: info@hlakula.co.za, Website: www.hlakularesorts.co.za
  • Hlakula Lake ResortMopani Region - Maruleng
    hlakula lake resort

    Hlakula Lake Resort founded in 2012 by indigenous rural boys who grew up catching fishes and birds around the Drakensberg mountains.

    Hlakula Lake Resort is a place of peace of mind and relaxation founded by Mabatla Seokoma in 2012. Our resort is situated along blue mountains of  Drakensburg between Tzaneen and Hoedspruit east of Limpopo province at Mopani district ,sekororo village. Hlakula Lake Resort is surrounded by game reserves and tropical fruits farms, mountains whilst is built next to a big dam of approximately 2km across.

    More info's

    R36 road, Metz Ext 4,Mopani,Hoedspruit,Maruleng Moetladimo,0891
    Tel.: 0861115859, Mobile: 0724179065 / 0844493904, Fax: 0866684415
    E-mail: info@hlakula.co.za, Website: www.hlakularesorts.co.za
  • Kudu Bush LodgeWaterberg Region - Vaalwater

    Kudu Lodge is located on a cattle farm in the beautiful Waterberg bushveld, one and a half hours from Gauteng, close to Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) in the Limpopo Province. the activities nearby:  Bird Watching , Fishing' Canoeing / Kayaking, Horse Riding, Paddling - Canoeing, Walking, Hiking / Backpacking.

    Accommodation is also available!

    More info's

    Kudu Bush Lodge, Waterberg, Vaalwater
    Mobile: 082 260 4234, Website: www.kudulodge.co.za
  • Kwenga Safari LodgeMopani Region - Maruleng
    kwenga safari lodge

    Early morning and evening game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Safari vehicles and together with Guided foot Safaris are included in the quoted rates.

    Walks and drives are conducted by qualified Rangers. Sundowners are enjoyed at various breathtaking scenic spots.

    All of our staff at Umhlametsi are experienced, qualified and dedicated to the conservation of the Reserve. You are encouraged to experience a bush walk where you will be amazed by the intricate wonders of the African bush.

    This is where the Umhalmetsi experience is so different and dedicated. The Rangers point out not only the Big 5 but all the other fascinating components of the Fauna and Flora that are often overlooked.

    Accommodation is also available!

    More info's

    P.O. Box 435, Hoedspruit, 1380
    Tel.: 11 678 5771, Fax: 11 678 7725
    E-mail: umhlametsi@intekom.co.za, Website: www.umhlametsi.co.za
  • Makapansgat ValleyCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Makapansgat Valley

    The hills surrounding the valley are dotted with caves. Many of these are silting up or filled up long ago and are re-opened by local quarries in search of limestone.

    During one such search during mining operations in the 1920s, a large number of fossil bones were blown out of a particularly large cave in the area. It was not fully investigated until 1947, when it was confirmed that there were remains of Australopithecus africanus or early man.

    More info's

    Potgietersrus,Polokwane, 0700

    E-mail: k.l.kuykendall@sheffield.ac.uk,
  • Mashishi Valley ParkVhembe Region - Thohoyandou
    Mashishi Valley Park

    It is a place where trees reveal their names and educate visitors on topical issues. It is an exciting venue for retreats, team building, conferences and meetings, birthday and weddings including other activities of choice.

    More info's

    Tswera Village, thulamela municipality, thohoyandou 0984
    Tel.: +27 (0) 15 962 5009, Mobile: +27 73 486 8573, Fax: +27 (0) 15 962 5009
    E-mail: makondegateway@gmail.com, Website: mashishivalleypark.co.za
  • Mashishi Valley ParkVhembe Region - Thohoyandou
    Mashishi Valley Park

    It is a place where trees reveal their names and educate visitors on topical issues. It is an exciting venue for retreats, team building, conferences and meetings, birthday and weddings including other activities of choice.

    More info's

    Tswera Village, thulamela municipality, thohoyandou 0984
    Tel.: +27 (0) 15 962 5009, Mobile: +27 73 486 8573, Fax: +27 (0) 15 962 5009
    E-mail: makondegateway@gmail.com, Website: mashishivalleypark.co.za
  • Modimolle Funky StayWaterberg Region - Modimolle
    Modimolle Funky Stay

    Conference venue.  Mobile spa services on offer.

    Offers on site hiking trails on 32 hectare farm.  Has an abundance of prolific birdlife on site.

    More info's

    Nylstroom, Modimolle
    Tel.: +27 (0) 87 820 5974 ,
    E-mail: info@funkystay.co.za, Website: www.funkystay.co.za
  • Modimolle Funky StayWaterberg Region - Modimolle
    Modimolle Funky Stay

    Conference venue.  Mobile spa services on offer.

    Offers on site hiking trails on 32 hectare farm.  Has an abundance of prolific birdlife on site.

    More info's

    Nylstroom, Modimolle
    Tel.: +27 (0) 87 820 5974 ,
    E-mail: info@funkystay.co.za, Website: www.funkystay.co.za
  • Mphongolo TrailMopani Region - Maruleng
    Mphongolo Trail

    The Mphongolo Trail is a primitive Backpacking Trail which starts from Shingwedzi Camp and is conducted in the large wilderness area between the Shingwedzi and Mphongolo rivers. The trail stretches over 4 days and three nights, with departures every Wednesday and Sunday between 1 February and 30 November.

    This trail allows its participants to spend three nights in this wilderness area without having the constraints of having to get to the next point or of following a prescribed route. The trail allows the trail leader to decide when & where to camp and how far & which route to follow. Hikers can leave their cars at Shingwedzi Camp in the designated parking area.

    Source: www.parks-sa.co.za

    More info's

    Tel.: 12 426 5117,
    E-mail: bridgetb@sanparks.org, Website: www.parks-sa.co.za
  • Otter den White Water RaftingMopani Region - Maruleng
    Otter den White Water Rafting

    Otters Den is an ideal base from which to plan visits to attractions in the Hoedspruit area, but why go away if you can stay in your own island paradise?

    We offer fully catered accommodation and a variety of activities for nature lovers or adventure seekers. Whether you prefer more peaceful pursuits like birding and hiking, or the romance and excitement of Hot Air Ballooning, our qualified and experienced staff will arrange it.

    Accommodation is also available.

    More info's

    Hoedspruit, Drakensberg, Near To Krunger National Park
    Tel.: 15 795 5488, Fax: 15 795 5488 Website: www.ottersden.co.za
  • Shangri-La Country HotelWaterberg Region - Modimolle
    Shangri-La Country Hotel

    Shangri-La Country Hotel – two restaurants, namely the Heritage Restaurant serving dinner, and the Bellows Restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch. 

    The Diners Club award winning wine list is popular amongst visitors to Barry’s Bar.  Shangri-La has its own Wine Cellar.

    Shangri-La offers on site hiking trails on 32 hectare farm.  Has an abundance of prolific birdlife on site.

    We also have 3 conference venues.  Mobile spa services on offer.

    More info's

    Eersbewoon Road, Modimolle, Limpopo Province
    Tel.: +27 (0) 14 718 1600,
    E-mail: info@shangri-la.co.za, Website: www.shangri-la.co.za
  • Shangri-La Country HotelWaterberg Region - Modimolle
    Shangri-La Country Hotel

    Shangri-La Country Hotel – two restaurants, namely the Heritage Restaurant serving dinner, and the Bellows Restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch. 

    The Diners Club award winning wine list is popular amongst visitors to Barry’s Bar.  Shangri-La has its own Wine Cellar.

    Shangri-La offers on site hiking trails on 32 hectare farm.  Has an abundance of prolific birdlife on site.

    We also have 3 conference venues.  Mobile spa services on offer.

    More info's

    Eersbewoon Road, Modimolle, Limpopo Province
    Tel.: +27 (0) 14 718 1600,
    E-mail: info@shangri-la.co.za, Website: www.shangri-la.co.za
  • Teambuilding AdventuresCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    team building

    Need something different and exciting for your team? Come and enjoy a hassle-free day of fun and adventure… We have an extensive range of creative and challenging activities and a unique approach to fun interactive adventure teambuilding!

    Whether it’s a group of strangers or a team sharing the same office everyday, our fun filled activities are designed to motivate them to interact and combine their talents to perform better, individually and as a team.

    They will reduce their limitations without even realizing it and build team spirit, company morale, creativity and camaraderie!

    More info's

    Limpopo Office, 294 Marshall Street, Polokwane 0699
    Tel.: 12 6612482, Mobile: 82 8232586, Fax: 12 6612482
    E-mail: boerjc@mweb.co.za, Website: www.teambuildingadventures.co.za
  • Thaba Nkwe Mountain Biking and HikingWaterberg Region - Thabazimbi
    Thaba Nkwe Mountain Biking and Hiking

    Thaba Nkwe located only 5km from Thabazimbi on the R510 offers 300 hectares of rugged rocky terrain for both extreme and amateur bikers and hikers, with mountains and “koppies” and some extreme uphill cycling through the private game reserve. The reserve has a wide variety of wildlife and bird species. Trails are clear and maps are available at reception. The trail can be done in various stages or as a circular loop. For long distance cyclist can exit the main lodge gate from the reserve and enjoy a stretch of tar road for distances up to 50kms

    Extreme steep, rocky routes to spectacular view points, are available to extreme experienced off road cyclists. There are also clear trails available for both novices and families with river crossings in wet months and opportunity to see game in natural surroundings. Thaba Nkwe has a wide variety of antelope, Wildebeest, Zebra and bird species for all nature lovers and there are plenty of shaded areas for stop offs. Extreme overnight bunking is available in the depth of the reserve

    More info's

    R510 Lephalale Road, Thabazimbi 0380
    Tel.: +27 (0) 14 772 2710, Mobile: +27 82 926 2693, Fax: +27 (0) 14 772 2710
    E-mail: info@thabankwe.co.za, Website: www.thabankwe.co.za
  • Thaba Nkwe Mountain Biking and HikingWaterberg Region - Thabazimbi
    Thaba Nkwe Mountain Biking and Hiking

    Thaba Nkwe located only 5km from Thabazimbi on the R510 offers 300 hectares of rugged rocky terrain for both extreme and amateur bikers and hikers, with mountains and “koppies” and some extreme uphill cycling through the private game reserve. The reserve has a wide variety of wildlife and bird species. Trails are clear and maps are available at reception. The trail can be done in various stages or as a circular loop. For long distance cyclist can exit the main lodge gate from the reserve and enjoy a stretch of tar road for distances up to 50kms

    Extreme steep, rocky routes to spectacular view points, are available to extreme experienced off road cyclists. There are also clear trails available for both novices and families with river crossings in wet months and opportunity to see game in natural surroundings. Thaba Nkwe has a wide variety of antelope, Wildebeest, Zebra and bird species for all nature lovers and there are plenty of shaded areas for stop offs. Extreme overnight bunking is available in the depth of the reserve

    More info's

    R510 Lephalale Road, Thabazimbi 0380
    Tel.: +27 (0) 14 772 2710, Mobile: +27 82 926 2693, Fax: +27 (0) 14 772 2710
    E-mail: info@thabankwe.co.za, Website: www.thabankwe.co.za
  • Thabphaswa Mountain RetreatWaterberg Region - Mokopane
    Thabphaswa Mountain Retreat

    Sheltered by enclosing hills, in a natural basin, lies a wonderful bushveld retreat, Thabaphaswa Mountain Retreat.

    Thabaphaswa provides an adventure experience for camping, four wheel driving, rock climbing and abseiling, hiking, mountain biking, trail or adventure running, tree spotting, birding, cultural tours, farm dam swimming and the farm experience all within 3 hours drive from OR Tambo International Airport.

    More info's

    Percy Fyfe road, 16 km North of Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
    Tel.: +27 15 491 4882, Mobile: +27 82 389 6631, Fax: +27 86 641 1977
    E-mail: thabaphaswa@telkomsa.net, Website: www.thabaphaswa.co.za
  • Wolkberg Cave SystemWaterberg Region - Mokopane
    Wolkberg Cave System

    The Wolkberg Mountains have a number of interesting and beautiful dolomite caves. The best- known,Wolkberg Cave, rivals Cango for scenic splendour.

    This cave system just outside Potgietersrus is more a cultural experience than a caving expedition. The caves provide a record of human development from the hominid Austrolopithecus africanus to stone age and iron age humans.

    It also has great historical significance as it was here that the Boers besieged the people of the Langa and Kekani tribes, led by Chief Makopane, after whom the caves were named. The Arend Dieperink Museum runs tours to the caves but they must be booked at least a week in advance. At time of writing, the caves were closed for maintenance but were due to reopen towards the end of 2000.

    More info's


    E-mail: reservation@golimpopo.com,