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.