Wathaba Hiking Trails
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Wathaba Hiking Trails

The breathtaking Wathaba Hiking Trails, situated 20.8 km from Machadodorp on route to Badplaas, offers all hikers and nature lovers a piece of heaven, with its tranquility and beautiful surroundings. Wathaba is a wilderness area in the Skurweberg Mountains boasting magnificent waterfalls, fauna and flora like wild flowers, mushrooms and lichens. Its indigenous kloof vegetation with over a hundred different tree species is home to an array of some of Mpumalanga’s most spectacular bird life.

The breathtaking Wathaba Hiking Trails is situated 20.8 km from Machadodorp on route to Badplaas, a mere three hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. This hiking destination in Mpumalanga offers all hikers and nature lovers a piece of heaven, with its tranquility and beautiful surroundings. Wathaba is a wilderness area in the Skurweberg Mountains boasting magnificent waterfalls, fauna and flora like wild flowers, mushrooms and lichens. Its indigenous kloof vegetation with over a hundred different identified and marked tree species (some of record size) is home to an array of some of Mpumalanga’s most spectacular bird life. Birds such as the Bald Ibis, Knysna Loerie and Long-tailed Wagtail, to mention a few, occur here, as well as a variety of small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Take a walk on the wild side A three minute walk upstream from the base camps brings you to the stunning Wathaba Rainbow Falls and a natural pool surrounded by wild flowers 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. There are two well marked hiking trails with a variety of tree species, birdlife, wild flowers and plenty of waterfalls. The BOSBOKROETE, which takes you too some beautiful waterfals, is 4km and the LYNX LOOP is about 10km.  The Lynx Loop is very well marked. There are five waterfalls which can all be seen along the trail. Some of the waterfalls have beautiful pools where one can swim in the crystal clear water.  There are many steps, ladders and bridges along the trail.

Accommodation

Bottlebrush Haven, situated alongside the Schoonspruit Stream, is slightly primitive, but very convenient, accommodating minimum 6 adults, maximum 20 people and minimum 2 nights. There are three different sleeping rooms, sleeping 8, 8 and 4 people. The kitchen is very spacious and convenient with an under-cover ‘braai’ in case of rain. There is also an outdoor braai under the clear skies and stars. Bottlebrush Haven’s ablution has two spacious double showers, an unique zinc tub (don’t forget the bubble bath!) and two very spacious flush toilets which is also suitable for dressing rooms. We only supply matresses with clean covers, BUT you need to bring your own bedding i.e. sleeping bag or duvet or blankets and pillows, whichever is suitable for you. Bottlebrush Haven can also be wheelchair friendly. When notified in advance we can place the portable ramps in position before arrival. Ample fire wood is supplied for braai and the “donkey” geyser. If more wood is required it can be bought @ R20 a bundle.  Lanterns and candles are supplied as there is no electricity. It is advisable to bring your own extra lighting. Don’t forget your torch!

Kiepersol Kamp is situated alongside the Schoonspruit stream and accommodates a minimum of 12 adults, maximum 26 people, and a minimum 2 night stay.  It is a very comfortable and convenient camp, slightly primitive as there is no electricity.  The huge kitchen, with an undercover braai in case of rain, is very convenient. There are four different sleeping rooms, sleeping 5, 5, 5 and 11. The ablution has spacious and very clean flush toilets, double showers and a zinc tub. Ample toilet paper is supplied. Spacious kitchen with undercover ‘braai’ in case of rain! Kiepersol Kamp’s ablution facilities is “five star” for hikers! Three extra oudside wash basins with mosaic mirrors.

Contact details Wimpie Rauch 0834837753 | Fax no: Att: Wimpie Rauch 0866206843 | Email: wathaba@vodamail.co.za


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