Weekend Hike: Suikerboschfontein

Mar 21, 2019 to Mar 24, 2019 | | Contact on +27 83 656 5783

As arranged

Moderate
but tough in places

R 550 per person
for the weekend (3 nights) – no club fees

Mar 21, 2019 to Mar 24, 2019 | | Contact on +27 83 656 5783

We looked far and wide to bring you the best outdoor experience any hiker would drool over. The gorgeous unspoiled natural beauty will calm your soul, while the surprises around every corner will thrill even the most adventurous among us. Fern-rich indigenous wooded ravines with clear streams and waterfalls create a restful atmosphere. Ancient ruins and rock art, unique rock formations, rock pools to swim in – these trails offer everything a nature enthusiast could ask for.

Situated about 20 km northeast of Carolina, Mpumalanga, this 1244 hectare farm is only 250 km from Johannesburg. It was proclaimed the Paulina van Niekerk Nature Reserve in 1965 and has a large variation in terrain forms and flora.

There are more than 90 identified and marked tree species and a large variety of wild flowers. The Knysna Loerie, Bald Ibus and large eagles count among the 160 bird species recorded on the farm. Baboons, monkeys, bush pigs, warthogs, klipspringers, rhebuck and other small animals are frequently encountered along the trials.

The trails with GREENFLAG accreditation are scientifically designed and expertly laid out to meet the needs of hikers and also to conserve the area.

The Day Hikers are a group of people from the LGBTI community who, with their families and friends, enjoy spending time in nature and in each other’s company. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people and to get fit in the process.

When: Arrive Thursday, 21 March – depart Sunday, 24 March 2019 (You’ll need to take one day of leave for Friday, 22 March. Thursday, the 21st is a public holiday.)

Where: Suikerboschfontein near Carolina

Cost: R 550 per person for the weekend (3 nights) – no club fees

Difficulty: Moderate, but tough in places

Distance from Jo’burg: 274 km from Bryanston, 3 hours’ drive, own transport

Contact name: Hantie or Jenine
Email: hjvanvuuren@omnia.co.za or netjenine@gmail.com
Contact phone: 083 6565 783 (for enquiries only – please email, whatsapp or SMS any bookings or proof of payment)

Please note: full payment upfront to secure your booking – only 21 places available!

How to book

If you would like to join a group of awesome, likeminded people for a great weekend, contact Hantie to find out if there are any spots available. Then you need to pay the full R550 p.p. via EFT before your place is confirmed. Hantie will reply to your enquiry with the relevant banking details, and confirm your place once you’ve sent us your proof of payment. No cash payments can be accepted.

What to bring

Please bring the following with:

  • a small backpack for day hikes, or a full backpack with all your gear (if you prefer)
  • 2l water bottle or bladder
  • comfortable hiking shoes and clothes for three days
  • sunscreen and hat
  • all your food and drink for three days, breakfast, lunch and dinner – make sure it’s food that will stay fresh without cooling facilities (besides your own cooler box)
  • cooler box and ice bricks or packs – there’s no fridge and no electricity
  • a flashlight (make sure the batteries are fresh) and/or candles / a lantern
  • cutlery and crockery – camping stuff, if you have
  • cooking utensils in case you don’t feel like braai-ing every night
  • enough snacks and carriable food for lunch each day, as this may happen on the trails
  • sleeping bag or bedding and pillow
  • swimming gear and towel
  • toiletries and bath towel

The base camps have the following:
The units are self-catering and only beds, mattresses and cooking facilities are provided. The bathrooms have flush toilets and warm water is provided by “donkey” fired boilers. Fire wood, cooking facilities, hiking sticks, candles and small gas stoves are also provided. Hikers must bring their own sleeping bags, food and drinks and a torch to light the way to the bathrooms at night. Each camp sleeps 21 hikers in huts or rooms with 3 to 7 beds each.

  • NO ELECTRICITY

Have a look at the Suikerboschfontein website for hiking descriptions and routes to whet your appetite.

Please note: This is a fun, casual, rustic weekend away with friends – not a professional sports hiking weekend, a luxury break, or a guided field tour.

For more info about Suikerboschfontein, visit: http://suikerboschfontein.co.za

To book or ask questions: Email hjvanvuuren@omnia.co.za or netjenine@gmail.com

Directions from the N4

In Carolina take the R36 Machadodorp (left at MBT Garage) and continue for 5km. Turn right onto Kalkkloof road (grid) and continue for 15km up to the Suikerboschfontein board. To Rooikrans - turn left and continue for 2,7km.

You’ll also find Suikerboschfontein - Rooikrans on Google Maps or your GPS.

We can’t wait to spend the weekend with you!

Thursday: Arrive at Suikerboschfontein at your own time. We will go directly to our overnight accommodation, which will be at the Rooikrans camp. The afternoon will be spent unpacking and exploring the area. There are three short hikes (4.5, 3 and 2.5 km) which can be done for those who wish to.

Friday: We walk the 10 km trail to Oom Japie, where we will spend the night. Those that would like to can hike with all their supplies on their backs, but the rest of us will load our stuff onto the vehicles which will meet us at the overnight camp. The Fern Pool is situated half a kilometre from the camp for those who would like to swim.

Saturday: A different 10 km trail will take us back to Rooikrans camp, where we will spend the night. On this hike you can see rock art, a baboon hotel and ancient ruins. Hikers can also cool down in the Rock Pool before reaching the camp.

Sunday: Those who are not tired yet, can choose to walk one of the shorter trials before we head back home.