War Hike KwaZulu Natal
|Duration: 5 Days*
Grading: C (see Grading)
Day 3 After breakfast, set out on your hike – a more challenging walk awaits you as you climb from Pitlochrie over to Balloch, which is a natural heritage site.
Take in the stunning sandstone formations, home to Bushman paintings, dassies, waterfalls and sparkling pools inviting you for a swim. Walk along a gurgling trout river to Glenshee Homestead or Willowstream Cottage, your accommodation for the night, nestling in one of the prettiest valleys in the area. Meet your hosts, Margy & Graham, before settling down to a delicious farm dinner.
Day 4 Today you are rewarded with glorious views over the rugged scenery of the Transkei and Lesotho. There is plenty of time to stop and take in the beautiful alpine wildflowers. Perhaps you are lucky enough to see a Lammergeier accompany you on the walk.
There is the choice of a challenging hike, which ascends The Wall, aptly named by the Sky Run participants, to 2700m and then descends down to Reedsdell, or a more moderate countour hike around the mountain for the less energetic. Spend the evening in Reedsdell’s comfortable sandstone farmhouse with Chris & Kath.
Day 5 A steep climb through Edgehill brings you out on top of the world as you admire the breath-taking views over the Wartrail & New England valleys, before descending to Bidstone Guest Farm where Andrew & Janet invite you to rest for the night. Reminisce over the past 5 days before climbing into a welcoming bed, resting before your trip home tomorrow.
Total tour price (per person)
R4,395 – 4 hikers
R3,845 – 6 hikers
R3,575 – 8 hikers
• Farmhouse breakfast and 3 course dinner
• Accommodation in quality guest farms selected for their beauty and tranquility
• Packed lunches
• Transportation of luggage between overnight stops
Wartrail Skytrail Guides
You will have the privilege of being guided by each landowner (and/or his/her staff) over whose property you hike.
Philip Harrison: Runs Wild Mountain Adventures with his partner Kate. Phil is an experienced mountain guide and has a good knowledge of the highveld wildlife.
Joe Sephton: farms Pitlochrie with his wife Clare. Joe is a qualified guide and is also an experienced mountain athlete, having participated in most of the mountain races in our area.
Margy Frost: farms Balloch with her husband Graham. Margy ran her trout hatchery until recently. “I love walking over our mountains and am passionate about our magnificent scenery”
Tskholo Mojaki: farms with Chris & Kath on Reedsdell. Tskholo has trained to be a nature site guide. He is young, enthusiastic & extremely knowledgeable of the area. He especially enjoys sharing his cultural background with you & he converses in English, Xhosa & Sesotho.
Andrew Viedge: farms Bidstone with his wife Janet. Andy is an experienced Skyrun participant – this 100km trail run includes much of the route of the Wartrail Skywalk.