Spring is springing. Time to get up and out and do stuff. Whether it's gentle picnicking or extreme hiking, there's something for everyone on the Mountain. Please note that where possible we have numbered the establishments where the activities are taking place. See map on page...
• The Louis Changuion Trail Explore the grasslands and pockets of indigenous forest. This 10km-long trails has gorgeous views of the Wolkberg Wilderness area, Ebenezer Dam and the Iron Crown. See natural springs and one of the oldest rock formations in the world, greenstone boulders dating back over 3 million years. Info at the Pennefather bookshop.
• The Lesodi or Swartbos Trail Wind your way gently through indigenous forests on this medium to difficult trail which has amazing views of the Magoebaskloof. Visit the Cathedral Tree, the Nose, the Pipe and the Knoll. Maps at Sandford Heights Nursery and Magoebaskloof Hotel.
• Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail Head into thick forests with waterfalls and streams. This 50km circular trail takes three days and goes through extraordinary scenery especially in the Grootbosch forest. www.komatiecotourism.co.za
• Guided hikes- Head out with a guide and explore the wilder, remoter parts of the mountain like the Wolkberg Wilderness and Iron Crown. The Hike Tribe does catered and guided hikes to suit; call Sandi Leigh Moore on 082 441 8088, see their Facebook page.
Hiking at Boscobel a marked three-hour lovely winding trail has just been opened by Boscobel. A small fee is charged for the upkeep of the trail. Bookings is essential 083 452 2418
• Magoebaskoof Canopy Tours Take a guided foefie slide ride through the forest on a two-and-a-half hour Tarzan and Jane style adventure! Ride high above the sparkling river, waterfalls and forest floor, move between platforms in the indigenous forest and mountain cliffs.
• Magoebaskloof Adventures offers the full spectrum of adventure activities. Gecko-tubing; Climbing wall; Abseiling; Paintball; Team Building and activities for school groups.
• Mountain Biking Magoebaskloof Tourism has developed and signposted five mountain biking trails of varying strengths and lengths. The routes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced riders. Downloadable maps and route descriptions available on www.magoebasklooftourism.co.za
• Slackpacking Step out of the ordinary and do something spectacular and different. Roots to Rivers Slackpacking Trail takes you on a comfortable hike through the beautiful and varied landscapes of Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge, 082 400 4596 and Graceland Eco Retreat |083 277 5553.
www.gracelandeco.co.za | www.krm.co.za
Horse Riding and Quad Biking at Silvermist Resort. Explore this amazing property. On offer is also paint ball, hiking and game drives. Certainly the full package for adrenaline junkies.
www.silvermist.co.za | 063 117 2629
- Stanford Lake/ Ebenezer Dam (Blue) Take the whole family out on this 3km route that follows the edge of Stanford Lake and Ebenezer Dam on well used roads and is fairly flat. Accessed from Stanford Lake Lodge;
- Cheerio/Sequoia (Orange) This lovely single track 5km route takes your through pine plantations, avo orchards and the beautiful gardens of Cheerio and Sequoia along grass paths and roads. The climb to the top of the hill rewards you with spectacular views of the Wolkberg and Cheerio Valley.
- Magoebaskloof Adventures (Black) Experienced mountain bikers this is for you! A tough 10km route with 5km of technical single track that hugs the contours through Letaba Gorge and forest; a steep climb with amazing views and a steep descent. www.magoebaskloofadventures.co.za
- Cheerio/ Sequoia/Bramasole/ Stanford Lake College (Green) Head out through plantations, gardens and natural forest, pass dams andstreams. Steep climbs and amazing views, this 20km route is a good test of strength and stamina.
- Ebenezer/ Broederstroom (Yellow) An easy route that goes for 30km – along the edge of Stanford Lake and Ebenezer Dam, over the R71 and then along the Broederstroom river towards Cheerio, lovely birding and river sounds. Acess from Stanford Lake Lodge, Stanford Lake College, Sequoia, Cheerio Trout Lode and Cheerio Gardens. There is also a 50km route (yellow and green) that follows the yellow route, links to the green route and back again.
Detailed maps on www.magoebasklooftourism.co.za