Hiking is rapidly becoming one of Mpumalanga’s major drawcards for visitors. There are literally hundreds of spectacular hiking trails on offer, lasting anything from several hours to several days.
- Day hikes at Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) sites, such as the Belvedere Day Hike from Bourke’s Luck.
This full-day trail takes in some hefty gradients and leads down to the Dientjie Falls in the foot of the Blyde River Canyon, where buck abound, baboon calls echo and eagles and ibises soar overhead.
- The Bourke’s Luck area also offers several other day trails and a 30-kilometre three-day overnight trail. All are self-guided.
- Another option is the newly reinvented Jock of the Bushveld Day Hike, running along the edge of the escarpment, taking in Paradise Camp from the book Jock of the Bushveld and offering great grassland bird sightings along the banks of the many streams. It even has its own geocache site.
- Sabie offers the popular Bridal Veil hike, a gentle wander along the Sabie River to this popular waterfall, with some challenging detours for the more adventurous, and the walk to the Forest Falls. known for being the only falls in Mpumalanga to be wider than they are high.
- Hazyview offers the popular Matumi Trail, a shady wander along the Mac Mac River, from its confluence with the Sabaan and Sabie Rivers. Cool off in the forest, chase butterflies and find a rare Narina Trogon or a red duiker among the manifold matumi trees.
- The Queen Rose Trail is arguably one of the most scenic hiking trails in South Africa. Situated in the Nelshoogte Forest Reserve between Barberton and eManzana (Badplaas). The two-day, 26km hike takes adventurers through indigenous forest, over mountain passes, through the Montrose timber plantation and along the Queens River. Spectacular scenery and rich in wildlife, including over 350 bird species.
- The Kruger National Park offers numerous trails with possibly the most exciting being the opportunity to backpack the length of the park in a rigorous hike broken up into 100-kilometre sections. The SA National Parks Honorary Rangers are offering this as a chance to ‘Follow in the Footsteps of the Giants’.