Fanie Botha Hiking Trail


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Green Flag Trail

The Fanie Botha Hiking Trail has various trail options ranging from two – to five-night trails. The trail can be started from the Ceylon, Graskop or President Burger Huts. The shortest route on this trail is 17,1km and the longest route is 58.8 km

Area

Sabie area in Mpumalanga

More Information

The Fanie Botha Hiking Trail is situated in the Sabie area in Mpumalanga . It is located on the Drakensberg escarpment and provides hikers with marvelous views over a variety of landscapes far below.

As one walks along the pine plantations and indigenous forests and stand in awe at the sheer beauty of the various crystal-clear waterfalls, it becomes obvious why so many hikers describe this as the perfect hiking destination.

On this trail, hikers can admire the Lone Creek and Mac Mac Falls, both national monuments, or just get carried away by the scenic grandeur of the Drakensberg escarpment.

Some of the main attractions on this trail are Mount Moodie and the Mac Mac Pools.

The Fanie Botha hiking trail has various trail options ranging from two- to five-night.

There are six overnight hiking trail huts on the Fanie Botha Hiking trail, namely Ceylon Hut, Maritzbos Hut, Stables Hut, Mac Mac Hut, Graskop hut and President Burgers Hut.

The trail can start from the Ceylon, Graskop or President Burgers Huts.

The difficulty ratings of the trails range from easy to difficult.

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Starting Points (Parking Available Only at These Points)

  • Ceylon Forest Station (Ceylon Hut)
  • Mac Mac Forest Retreat (President Burger Hut)
  • Graskop Police Station

Trails

2 Night Options

Mac Mac 2 Night Trail

Parking : Park at the Pres. Burger Hut and start hiking immediately to Mac Mac Hut

  • Distances:
  • Pres. Burger – Mac Mac Hut 6km
  • Mac Mac Hut – Graskop Hut 13.6km
  • Graskop Hut – Pres. Burger Hut 23.1km
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Graskop 2 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at the Graskop Police Station

  • Distances:
  • Graskop Hut – Pres. Burger Hut 23.1km
  • Pres. Burger – Graskop 13.6km
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Hartbeesvlakte 2 Night Trail

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon hut – Maritzbos 8.7km
  • Maritzbos – Stables 13.3km
  • Stables – Ceylon Plantation Office 8km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Pres. Burger 2 Night Trail

  • Distances:
  • President Burger – Graskop 19.6km
  • Graskop – President Burger 23km (via Mac Mac Pools and Falls)
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Bonnet/Mac Mac Pools 2 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at the Graskop Police Station

  • Distances:
  • Graskop – Mac Mac 23km (via the Mac Mac Pools and Falls)
  • Mac Mac – Graskop 19.6km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Maritzbos 2 Day Trail

Parking : Park at the Ceylon Workshop

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon – Maritzbos 8.7km
  • Maritzbos – Ceylon 9km
  • Difficulty: Easy

3 Night Options:

Pres. Burger 3 Night Trail

Parking: Park at the Pres. Burger Workshop

  • Distances:
  • President Burger – Graskop 19.6km
  • Graskop – Mac Mac Hut 23.1km
  • Mac Mac Hut – Pres. Burger Hut 6km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Lone Creek 3 Night Trail

Parking: Park at Ceylon Workshop and start hiking immediately to Martizbos

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon Hut – Maritzbos Hut 8.7km
  • Maritzbos Hut – Stables Hut 13.3km
  • Stables Hut – Mac Mac Hut 16.3km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Hartbeesvlakte 3 Night Trail

Park at Ceylon Workshop

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon Hut – Maritzbos Hut 8.7km
  • Maritzbos Hut – Stables Hut 13.3km
  • Stables Hut – Ceylon Hut 8.5km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Maritzbos 3 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at Ceylon Workshop

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon – Maritzbos 8.7km
  • Maritzbos – Stables 13.3km
  • Stables – Ceylon 8km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Mac Mac 3 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at Pres. Burger Workshop and start hiking immediately to Mac Mac Hut

  • Distances:
  • Pres. Burger – Mac Mac Hut 6km
  • Mac Mac Hut – Graskop Hut 13.6km
  • Hut – Pres. Burger Hut 23.1km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

4 Night Options:

Ceylon 4 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at Ceylon Workshop

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon Hut – Stables Hut 2km
  • Stables Hut – Mac Mac Hut 16.3km
  • Mac Mac Hut – Graskop Hut 13.6km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Maritzbos 4 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at Ceylon Workshop

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon Hut – Maritzbos Hut 8.7km
  • Maritzbos Hut – Stables Hut 13.3km
  • Stables Hut – Ceylon Hut 8.5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Mount Moodie 4 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at Ceylon Workshop and start hiking to Maritzbos Hut immediately.

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon hut – Maritzbos 8.7km
  • Maritzbos – Stables 13.3km
  • Stables – Ceylon Plantation Office 8km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Pres. Burger 2 Night Trail

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon hut – Maritzbos 8.7 km (Sleep first night at Maritzbos not Ceylon)
  • Maritzbos – Stables 13.3 km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Bonnet/Mac Mac Pools 2 Night Trail

Parking: Park your car at the Graskop Police Station

  • Distances:
  • Graskop – Mac Mac 23km (via the Mac Mac Pools and Falls)
  • Mac Mac – Graskop 19.6km
  • Stables – Mac Mac 16.3km
  • Mac Mac – Graskop 13.6km
  • Graskop – Depart
  • Difficulty: Difficult

5 Night Options:

Pres. Burger 5 Night Trail

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon – Maritzbos 8.7km
  • Maritzbos – Stables 13.3km
  • Stables – Mac Mac 16.3km
  • Mac Mac – Pres. Burger 6km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Graskop 5 Night Trail

  • Distances:
  • Ceylon – Maritzbos 8.7km
  • Maritzbos – Stables 13.3km
  • Stables – Mac Mac 16.3km
  • Mac Mac – Graskop 13.6km
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Accommodation

All the Huts, Ceylon, Maritzbos, Stables, Mac Mac, President Burger and Graskop have in common:

  • 24 bunkerbeds, hot water (solar geyzer, except Mac Mac hut), no pots and pans, undercover braai area, firewood and toilets.
  • Ceylon hut and President Burgers hut has electricity and hot water, and Mac Mac hut has no shower while the rest have a shower.
  • Ceylon, Maritzbos, Stables, Mac Mac and Graskop huts have LED lights.
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