Hiking in Waterberg Region

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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,