Day hikers welcome! (See Day Hiker's Info here below)
Mount Komati – The "Something of Everything" Hiking Trails
This is a two-day circular hiking trail route on the scenic Drakensberg escarpment of Mpumalanga.
Each day hikers return to the same base camp. The camp offers more than basic trail conveniences in the form of stone under thatch chalets with Eskom power, standard single beds with proper 150 mm thick Ericssons high density foam mattresses. The four chalets can accommodate a maximum of 20 persons. A couple of mattresses can be added though.
A separate kitchen is equipped with a four burner gas stove & oven, 2 x fridge/freezers, a chest deep freezer, pots, pans and probably all the crockery, cutlery and other utensils that you will need. Own portable fridges not allowed.
Guests also have access to a centrally situated stone & thatch lapa / lounge and bar area for relaxing and dining, with internal braai facility in case of adverse weather conditions.
Two chalets have en-suite conveniences while the other two use an outside ablution consisting of 2 toilets, 2 basins and 2 showers.
Minimum group sizes do not apply, however, different groups may then share the camp. If you want the camp for yourself, minimum group size might apply, please enquire.
Day 1: Round the Rock route
This is a pleasant, lingering first day hike of +- 13.7km with a great variety of topography, landscape fauna and flora. Start at the base camp next to the Komati river (altitude 1230m). Experience lush riparian growth, rolling hills, middle and Highveld plains, wind through ancient settlements and kraals, be on the lookout for bushbuck, zebra, kudu and wildebeest. For the twitchers among you, try to spot exceptional species seen on the route before – knysna loerie, nerina trogon, katakuru, fish eagle, black eagle, bald ibis, Cape vulture and many more. Rare and varying vegetation will be along the route all the way. Pay tribute to an enormous cabbage tree (Cusonia spp). Enjoy the cliffs and overhead krantzes with with cataracts and clear mountain streams to quench your thirst. Wind your way up the escarpment, enjoy the shapely sandstone formations and at the highest point (altitude 1830m) admire an amazing view of mountains and rolling planes. Oh yes, on the upper parts, expect to see mountain rhebuck and even the scarce oribi. After a good rest, zig-zag down to the Komati where a hippo pool of clean and healthy water awaits you no more than 500m from the camp.
This trail is rated as of medium difficulty with some technical aspects. Medium since it is quite a long hike and with a total climb of 680m. With technical aspects because climbing over the odd bolder or crawling underneath a fallen over tree trunk is necessary. However, there are no chain ladders or other scary obstacles. A fair amount of fitness is needed to ensure you enjoy the trail.
On average hikers complete this trail in about 8 hours, most of them in there 60's and even early 70's.
Day 2: Little Paradise route
After a stiff hike on day one, Little Paradise allows for a later morning to line up for a short 4.5km route with focus on the sheer beauty of the Komati river and surrounds. This route takes you through yet different topography, however as scenic as the first day’s route. It ends 100m downstream from the camp where you can rest your feet on the river edge embankment, plunge in a cool pool or enjoy a natural Jacuzzi on the rapids. By midday you should be ready to pack and depart with fond memories of your visit to Mount Komati.
The trail as a whole has been designed by one of the legends in the hiking industry and we are often complimented on its layout. It is new and built on a farm that has been conserved for its natural beauty and pristine. The owners are intent upon keeping the farm unspoilt and not to over-commercialise it. Maintenance of both trails takes top priority to ensure our guest's total enjoyment.
The escarpment is known for its moderate climate throughout the year, with wind still evenings for outdoor braais under sparkling stars seen in few other places as well as here.
For a better idea of what it looks like here by us, do visit the pictures on our website or refer to our Facebook Page: Mount Komati Voetslaan Hiking & Lodge
You are extremely welcome to contact us for further enquiries or reservations, we gladly assist!
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We are looking forward to welcoming you here by us!
Day hikers welcome!
Day hikers make use of "Die Bosvark" African style boma and communal ablutions.
Cleaners are optionional at minimal extra cost. Please book in advance.