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Five Assegais Country Estate is a hiker's paradise. There are a number of 1 and 2 day hiking trails that take you into the hidden beauty of the Highveld Escarpment. Explore red cliff gorges, dense indigenous forests, sandstone labyrinths and fragrant grasslands. Waterfalls galore! The Uitkomst Falls are the second highest in Mpumalanga. Home to a stunning array of game, birds and trees. All our trails are rated by HOSA as Green Flag (pristine landscape) and moderate to difficult.
Aloe Kaya is the base camp for the following trails:
ESCARPMENT TRAIL - 13.5km, self-guided circular route. Enjoy the Uitkomst Falls, Bankspruit Gorge, sandstone mazes and plenty of game spotting opportunities.
HELL'S BELLS TRAIL - 6 to 8km. Plunge into the depths of the Helskloof to enjoy peaceful indigenous forests that are home to a plethora of birds. Lots of waterfalls to enjoy.
OOM PAUL'S BACKPACKERS ROUTE - A two day, 20km circular route that gives you plenty of time to explore the magnificent Bankspruit Gorge, ancient grasslands and moonscape sandstone formations. You can start at either Bermanzi or Aloe Kaya. You spend one night in each camp.
Pongola EXPRESS TO ALOE KAYA LOOP - A two day, 15km circular route. You enjoy stunning gorges and red stone cliffs through indigenous forests. Keep an eye out for the caves, birds and game. A circular route starting and finishing at Pongola Express Camp. Spend your second night at Aloe Kaya.
ALOE KAYA - CAMP DESCRIPTION
This quirky and creative hiking camp is snuggled into spectacular sandstone formations. You will have to forget any romantic notions you have as all facilities are shared. There are four wooden sleeping huts that accommodate 8 people in single bunk beds. Enjoy the 'loos with a view' and stunning canyon showers. There is electricity and hot water.
The kitchen is well equipped with cutlery, pots, pans etc. There are indoor and outdoor braai areas. There are two fridges, kettle and a gas stove top plate.
WHAT TO BRING
To ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable please bring with you:
. Hiking boots and socks. Flip-flops and tekkies are not appropriate for any of the trails.
. Sleeping bag, pillow and a towel
. Food and drinks for your stay. There are no nearby shops or restaurants.
. Walking stick
. Rain gear it is possible to experience ALL weather conditions in one day
. Fleece, especially in winter
. Swimming costume
. Water bottle. It is safe (and delicious) to drink the water at the camps and on the trails. Do not refill or drink from stagnant pools!
. First aid kit (including plasters and antiseptic), sunscreen, insect repellent
. Matches / lighter
. Extras - camera, binoculars, batteries, mobile chargers, book, cards etc.
You do NOT have to bring:
. Kitchen equipment (i.e. cutlery, crockery, pots and pans)
. Cooking stoves
. Toilet paper
. Firewood (available for R20 per bundle at each of the camps)
. Tables and chairs
BEST TIME TO GO
This is a good trail to do all year around. Summer months are warm but there is a high chance of rain. Winter months are cold in the evenings but dry during the day.
On the R541 between Machadodorp and Badplaas in Mpumalanga. We are 3 hours from Johannesburg and 1.5 hours from Nelspruit.
FLORA AND FAUNA
After a massive land restoration program (that continues today) this 1,500ha nature conservancy is now home to 109 different species of trees, game (wildebeest, blesbok, jackals, baboons, civets, hartebeest and zebra) and birds (bald ibis, louries, fish eagles and vultures to name a few). There is a stunning display of aloe flowers from June to August.
Two double story huts snuggled into sandstone rock formations. Each hut sleeps 6 people. This is a hiking destination for hikers, the accommodation is basic communal bunk beds, the kitchen is fully equipped with internal and external braai's. There are various hiking packages on offer from day walks to 5 day hikes.
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Portion 1&2 Bermondsey 391 JT, Machadodorp, Mpumalanga, 1195