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.