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Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations Your Gateway To Nature

Jacana News

Jacana Travel and Marketing Reservations is proud to announce

that the owner Tim Hartwright has brought out a fabulous book

about hikes and walks in the Gauteng Province... Well done Tim

and thank you for your hard work...

The book “Gauteng hikes and trails” written by myself, covers practically all the trails

available in Gauteng Province and a few just across the borders in Neighbouring provinces. The book is designed to help people in deciding on which walk to do, fitness requires, where to book if necessary, advice on any security issues, maps and photos and how to find the place plus much more. It also gives details of some of the local hiking clubs and organisations.

The cost is R220 and the book is available through our booking office and once payment is made arrangements can be made to collect from our offices in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Alternatively books can be obtained from some local branches of Exclusive Books, Estoril Books and CAN April/May 2014 1 Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations Your Gateway To Nature Bizarre and Unique Holidays National Humor Month Date Your Mate Month International Guitar Month Foster Care Month Keep America Beautiful Month National Barbecue Month Lawn and Garden Month National Bike Month National Poetry Month National Blood Pressure Month National Pecan Month National Hamburger Month National Welding Month National Photograph Month Records and Information Manage- National Recommitment Month ment Month National Salad Month Stress Awareness Month Older Americans Month Sexual Assault Awareness Month April/May 2014 2 Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations Your Gateway To Nature Goedgedacht Hiking Trail Situated 23km north of Lydenburg on the Origstad road MPUMALANGA Approximately 350km from Gauteng The trails are situated on the picturesque farm of Goedgedacht. There are two day trails that radiate form a basecamp which is situated under an enormous River Bushwillow. The trails were planned by Gerhard van Greuning A wide variety of game is to be found on the farm including Bushpig, Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Eland, Kudu, Leopard, Linx, Bushbuck and Brown Hyena. There are more than 75 bird species recorded in the area and about 80 tree species.

April/May 2014 3 Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations Your Gateway To Nature The farm is situated in a valley surrounded by rock krans. The trails have been developed to explore these krans and a neighbouring valley.

Day 1 – 10km This trail begins by taking you along and then across the Kranskloof stream before taking you past the farmstead and then on a steep ascent to the top of the krans. From here the trail meanders through rocky savana until you descend into a kloof and an old stone house. Here a detour takes you through beautiful riverine forest along a stream to the base of a lovely waterfall. Returning to the old stone house, the trail now takes you on a slow descent, following the side of the valley, overlooking the course of the stream below. The trail now takes you south east eventually returning you back down the mountainside back to basecamp.

Day 2 – 4km Almost immediately your trail leads you ste eply up the mountainside behind the hiker’s camp.

Your path is rocky and through beautiful forest until after about 600m it evens out. After a while of clambering along this rock strewn path you arrive at a picturesque waterfall. Care needs to be taken as the rocks that you pass over at the base of the falls can be slippery and rope has been strategically placed to aid you over this difficult area. Further along the path you come to a fork in the path. The upper path is a cul-de-sac which takes you along the base of the high krans to where magnificent rock figs entwine themselves as they descend the vertical cliff-face. Back to the main path you now descend slowly through beautiful bush back to camp.

April/May 2014 4 Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations Your Gateway To Nature

Accommodation:

Three x four bedded huts - max 12 people (beds with thick mattresses) Kitchen facilities:. 2-plate gas stove, pots & pans, Cutlery and crockery supplied for 12 people. NO FRIDGE Lapa with braai place and grid, firewood provided for braai. Additional firewood can be purchase from farmstead.,

Ablutions:

Flush t oilet and hot shower (gas geyser) Solar electricity for lighting in camp

Additional information:

Security: The farm is well away from urban communities and is considered fairly safe. Care should be taken though when driving to the trail after leaving the highway at Belfast as there are many potholes.

Fitness:

The trails can be considered as easy/moderate.

Children from 12 should be able to manage the walks. As there is plenty of potentially dangerous wildlife, hikers, especially children, should not walk on their own Background information on the area: The farm has been in the Dorey family for 6 generations and you will pass the ruins of the original farmhouse on the way to the overnight camp.

April/May 2014 5 Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations Your Gateway To Nature Check in is any time 2:00PM at the GRNP - Tsitsikamma Section Reception. Be sure to have your booking form available as this includes your entry to the Park. After moving into the quaint Dolphin Trail chalets you are free to enjoy what remains of the afternoon at your leisure. There are a number of bird and hiking trails, including the start of the Otter Trail, that are well worth walking, or you can take time to put your feet up and relax in one of the most beautiful spots on earth! Lunch is not included in the package but if you are hungry there is a lovely outside pub area that serves a variety of meals.





7pm - Please be at the Restaurant to meet your Dolphin Trail host who will answer any questions you may have, and will give you information regarding the trail. Enjoy your dinner to the sound of pounding waves with a myriad of stars shining above you.

Hiking Day 1 Early risers can enjoy the stunning view of their surroundings and are welcome to go bird watching or walking before breakfast which is served from 8am. Your luggage will be collected any time after 8:45am at your chalets, and you will meet your guides who will be with you for the two days of hiking.

When the group is ready and all drink bills settled, you depart along the boardwalk to Storms River Mouth. After crossing Storms River on the suspension bridge, you follow a steep and rocky path to the Lookout Point with a magnificent view of the coast towards Plettenberg Bay. Relax here and enjoy the endless view of the Indian Ocean while keeping your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins.

The hike continues level for a short distance before beginning a long descent through indigenous forest to sea level. This is the perfect place for your picnic lunch, either in the shade of trees at the stream's edge, or on the rocks in the sun. Hikers should take a good break here as the climb up Steilkop (Steep Hill) is quite taxing and follows immediately. Remember that there is no rush so walk slowly and admire the beautiful views as you go. Once you have conquered Steilkop it is a comfortable forest walk to Misty Mountain Reserve.

Arrival time at Misty Mountain depends on the speed of the hikers and the amount of time spent enjoying the magnificent environment. You will be given a warm welcome and can enjoy an ice cold drink or a hot cup of tea before being shown to your luxury chalet with a 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean. At this stage hikers can collapse and relax, making use of the lovely swimming pool or spa bath, or you can take advantage of the opportunity to go bass fishing in the dam. A variety of exotic and local water birds, as well as ostriches, can be seen at close range around the chalets.

6:30pm - Meet at the restaurant for pre-dinner drinks and watch the sun setting over the sea, before dinner is served at 7:00pm.

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8:30am - Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the dining room 9:30am - Hikers follow a steep path from their chalets straight down to the rock pools. Today's route is mainly at sea level and the morning walk along the coast is magnificent. Enjoy the beautiful plant life and rocky scenery, and keep your eyes open for the spoor of the Cape Clawless Otter in "Otter's Alley". Swimming and snorkelling are possible in a couple of rock pools en route so please take your swimming gear with you. The guides will carry 2 sterilized snorkelling sets for the use of the group, but if you prefer you can request to purchase a new set at the onset of the trail.

At times you are required to clamber over rocks that are often damp from the sea spray, so please take care.

After a stiff climb up the cliff on to level ground, when you are tired and hungry, you will reach a beautiful spot in the forest - and lunch. Enjoy it and soak up the peace and tranquillity of the magnificent forest before setting off on the last 3 km through indigenous fynbos to Forest Ferns.

Mid-afternoon - Hikers arrive at the Fernery to a well earned drink and are then shown to their beautiful chalets nestled in fynbos along the river. Several activities are available for those who are still feeling energetic, such as boating, cycling and bird watching. A swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna are there for your use, and you are welcome to browse through the Fernery and nursery facilities if you wish.

6:30pm - Hikers will be told on arrival whether dinner is to be served in the Fernery restaurant or at the Lodge. Meet at whichever venue is applicable for pre dinner drinks followed by a delicious 4 course menu d’hôte.

Day of Departure The weary can sleep in and enjoy the peace of their chalets, and early risers are welcome to go bird watching or visit the fern export operation.

8:30am - Breakfast is served in the Fernery after which the luggage is loaded and you set off on a scenic 4x4 trip through the old Storms River Pass. Before leaving please make sure that you have settled any outstanding bills for the trail.

Noon - Arrival at the GRNP - Tsitsikamma Section from where hikers go their separate ways. We hope that you have enjoyed your brief stay in our Tsitsikamma Paradise and look forward to welcoming you back soon ~ The Dolphin Trail partners and staff.

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This trail is located on one of the most beautiful and renowned landmarks in the Free State, namely Rensburgkop. The mountain arises abruptly out of the north-Eastern Free State landscape, with massive sandstone kranzes on the sides. Rensburgkop is known not only for its unique location, but also as the site where the TV drama “The Mountain” was filmed, based on a true story.

After due consideration, the owners have decided to let hikers experience the area as a wilderness hiking trail. The trails are no longer marked and cleared. Hikers can hike the distance they prefer and sleep over where they like

BUT PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH FIRES.

Raptors that breed on the mountain include Cape vultures, crown and black eagles. Bald ibis and abdim storks are plentiful as well. There is abundant endemic game. The flora is very similar to

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Day trails:

• 3 and 5 hours respectively. These are distances of original marked trails. Map may be used for guidelines but please note that the trail is no longer marked and cleared.

Overnight facilities:

Basic hikers accommodation

Wessels Barn:

• Undercover dining and lapa areas;

• Restored barn with 30 beds/mattresses;

• Electricity.

Kitchen facalities:

• Potjies/pots/pans;

• Kettles;

• two-plate gas stove;

• braai facilities and wood;

Ablution facilities:

• 2 flush toilets;

• 2 showers;

• Donkey boiler geyser.

Base camp trails:

Luxury Hikers accommodation:

• Appin Farmhouse;

• 12 Twin bedrooms en suite;

• 5 bedrooms for 12 persons;

• Fully self contained.

Pertinent information:

• Do not tamper with the San paintings in the cave;

• Carry water during dry periods;

• Note the special Greyhound bus offer;

• Maximum number of hikers: 30.

Location of trail:

• 3 km from Swinburne;

• 25 km from Harrismith;

• 400 km from Bloemfontein;

• 350 km from Gauteng and Durban.

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Sugar Bush Trail The escarpment on the West Rand of Gauteng is well-known for its history, geology and nature. The Black Eagles that nest in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens have become a focal point of interest in the area but mining history and plant life of the area has drawn the attention of many people to the cliffs that shadow the main roadlink towards Tarlton and the west. The craggy rock walls also hide man’s attempt to enrich himself through his endeavour to discover gold. Much of the land forms part of The Cradle of Human Kind World Heritage Site and as such is now protected.



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