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Wild Hikes at De Voetpadkloof

 
04 January 2016 by Katy La Grange

If you are a lover of nature, enjoy escaping the city for the peace and quite of wild open spaces, and are looking for adventure. The numerous wild hikes at De Voetpadkloof are just the thing for you.

Set in a 600 hectare reserve 40km north of Middelburg, on the N11 towards Loskop Dam. De Voetpadkloof is set in the spectacular rolling Highveld grasslands and Loskop Mountain bushveld this region is famous for.

This picture perfect paradise is the ideal place to relax and unwind, allowing the worries of the world to simply fade away. As you soak up the scenery and awaken your senses with the smells, sounds, sights and feels of nature at its best.

The seven beautifully designed hiking trails make the most of this magnificent reserve. Incorporating look out points, with spectacular natural features like the superb waterfall, dams and beautiful bushveld. The trails themselves have been expertly put together to ensure there is something for everyone, from the novice walker to the expert hiker, to suit all fitness levels.

By far the most popular trail is the moderately difficult Waterfall Loop that guides you on a 4.5km circular route to the reserves gorgeous waterfall. Which, while it might not be the largest in the region has a unique character and charm that makes it a firm favourite amongst people who really know the area. This 2 hour ramble is perfect for the whole family to enjoy, although really small children may need to be carried part of the way.

For those seeking a longer walk, the 4 hour 9km Wildebeest Route also passes the Waterfall, but combines this with a showstopping lookout point that will really take your breath away. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete this comfortably, but it is certainly worth any exertion made!

For those looking for something a little easier the 5km Ribbok Trail is the perfect beginners hike. It too has a spectacular look out point and is suitable for family groups or people not ready for the longer moderate trails. 

The reserve has two more moderate trails, the 4km Duiker Route that also has a great look out spot and takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and the much longer 8km Koedoe trail that takes around 3 hours 30 minutes to complete, but is a fantastic route for birding enthusiasts. 

Finally, for the adventurous, the 9.5km Klipspringer Route and the short but challenging 1.5km Kuil Trail are a test for even experienced hikers. However, with hot and cold swimming pools waiting back at the camp, and magnificent scenery and fabulous wildlife encounters around every corner. These two adventures are worth pushing yourself for.

A birders paradise, De Voetpadkloof has both resident and migrant grassland and bushveld species as well as a host of waterbirds attracted by the dam. With the array of other activities found in the reserve, this is certainly somewhere you need to stay for more than just a day. Although day visitors are more than welcome they do need to book in advance and we full recommend staying for a long weekend – you wont be disappointed!

 

For more information check out: www.devoetpadkloof.co.za , or contact: +27 (0)13 245 8500 GPS Coordinates: -25.462278, 29.455503