Having been made popular by the fabulous and famous venturing on the Hollywood Hills hikes, hiking has become a favoured pastime for the health conscious and nature enthusiasts alike. Offering some of the provinces most idyllic hiking trails, De Voetpadkloof just 40km’s north of Middelburg makes for an easy to access break away for families, couples and group getaways.
Located on a 600 hectare reserve en route to the Loskop Dam, the De Voetpadkloof offers a variety of self-guided hiking trails made up of varying degrees of length and difficulty. With up to seven hikes to select from, trails have been clearly demarcated and designed by hiking experts to offer a variety of walks while ensuring the safety and accurate technicality of each trail.
To follow, find the various hiking trails offered by De Voetpadkloof
Moderately difficult, routing hikers on a 4.5 km Waterfall Loop past the reserves resident waterfall, the Waterfall Loop is the reserves most popular hiking trail, taking around 2 hours to complete and ideal for the whole family to participate on.
Longer and more technical than the Waterfall Loop, the Wildebeest Route is a 4 hour, 9 km hike that treats hikers to a stunning lookout point to catch your breath at. Resulting in moderate exertion the Wildebeest Route required a reasonable level of fitness in order to complete comfortably.
Perfect for beginner hikers, younger children and family groups, the Ribbok Trail is a brisk 5 km hike with a picturesque look out point and rest area.
4 km’s in length taking approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the Duiker Route is a moderately graded trail ideally suited to beginners and family hiking groups.
Moderate in technicality but more challenging in length, the Koedoe hiking trail is 8 km’s long and will take more experienced hikers and fitness enthusiasts around 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. A lovely hike for birding enthusiasts but perhaps a little too challenging (by way of distance) for younger children and beginner hikers, the Koedoe trail makes for a good benchmark to scale your progress against.
9.5 km’s in length and requiring at least 4 to 4 and a half hours to complete, the Klipspringer hiking trail satisfies the experienced hiker in seek of adventure, adrenaline and technicality.
Short (only 1.5km in length) but technically challenging for the advanced hiker, the Kuil Trail offers magnificent scenery and an abundance of wildlife viewing, worth every drop of sweat and physical exertion required to complete the trail.
Whether you are looking to take your hiking skills to new heights or simply for a long weekend hideaway just a few hours outside of surrounding cities, the De-Voetpadkloof reserve offers an abundance of adventure, activity, rest, relaxation and retreat amidst wildlife, nature and the untouched countryside.
Find De-Voetpadkloof at Farm 1, Toevlugt 269, N11 in Middelburg or contact 013 245 8500 / 082 464 0718 for more or to make reservations.