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Wathaba next weekend?

Hancu Louw on the Lynx Loop, which takes you past waterfalls and offers big views over the Skurweberg range.
Hancu Louw on the Lynx Loop, which takes you past waterfalls and offers big views over the Skurweberg range.

Kick off your boots and dip your toes in the Schoonspruit as it burbles past your camp at Wathaba Hiking Trails. There are two day routes in the Skurweberg – a great weekend escape for friends and family.

Wathaba means “to be delighted” in isiZulu. What a great name for a hiking destination: Rambling along past waterfalls and trekking through forests also makes me happy! But what about Skurweberg, which means “rough mountains”? That one’s a bit of a misnomer: The hilly landscape in Mpumalanga between eManzana (Badplaas) and eNtokozweni (Machadodorp) is actually rather pleasant.

There are two circular day trails at Wathaba for moderately fit hikers: the 4km Bosbok Route and the 10km Lynx Loop. Accommodation consists of three rustic river “camps” next to the Schoonspruit, and two self-catering units a bit higher up the mountain that offer a little more luxury. A weekend backpack trail called the Bloutrein is also nearby, connected to a neighbouring farm.

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