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Fanie Botha 22 - 25 September 2017

The Fanie Botha Hiking Trail in the Sabie area of Mpumulanga on the Drakesnberg escarpment is considered to be one of the country's most iconic trails - and for good reason. The views over a variety of landscapes combined with trails through pine plantations, indigenous forests and the beauty of crystal clear waterfalls make it a perfect hiking venue. The entire trail is five days but a lot of hikers choose the two or three day options. There are six overnight huts, namely Ceylon, Maritzbos, Stables, Mac Mac, Graskop and President Burger and the trail can be started from either Ceylon, Graskop or President Burger with the shortest route being 17 km and the longest close to 60km. Our group o

Phefumula 3 September 2017

On our hike at Foothold we got a glimpse of the “hole in the wall” and the mysterious green world that was beckoning behind it. At Phefumula, we visited it. The hike began with a gradual slope of dense slippery grass which led us towards the sometimes familiar fence, and then steeply upward onto a mottled blend of rock , grass and fine pebbled ground. An all too brief catch of breath at the top, and suddenly one realises, that late braai evenings with good friends and little sleep accompanied by a nagging tingle in the tummy announcing that all is not as it should be, is not at all the ideal mix to begin a day's journey. This is where a fellow hiker armed with a can of coconut water came to