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Elangeni Hiking Trail

Our motto: Hike more, worry less…


 Dog Friendly

Elangeni Holiday Resort caters for hikers and school groups

School groups: They cater for school groups from 30 – 130 children. Literia course, obstacle course, river tubing, tug of war, paint ball, 4km “green flag” educational hiking trail

Hiking trail: 25 Km hiking trail with waterfalls, overnight hut at 14km with hot showers, flush toilets, braai facilities.

The resort offers fishing, bird watching, nature walks, a swimming pool, a jungle gym and trampolines.

Nearest Town:

Waterfall Boven - 18km




Elangeni Holiday Resort, 18 km east of Waterval Boven


Circular Route


25 km (2 Days)


Easy to Moderate


A slackpacker version of the hike is available, children over 10 who are fit will manage the hike, and dogs are welcome


Day 1 - 14 km

The route is well marked and the km’s are marked as you go along.

The trails starts along the bank of the Elands River. Prepare yourself for a steep climb of approximately 3km, up, up, up for about 600m (1706m above sea level). Once you get to the top you will forget about the steep climb as the views from the top is really worth the effort.

From here you walk along the escarpment before heading downhill (12km mark) to the overnight camp and a well-deserved rest at the Sonbesie Hut.

Take enough water on the 1st day as there is a shortage of water and water can only be found after about 13km.

Day 2 - 11 km

The 2nd day is an easy walk. Be prepared to star with a short climb, once again offering you beautiful views over the valley. From here you walk through the pine forest before reaching the Elangeni falls. Have a rest and breakfast before heading back.


1st Night: Klipspringer Hut

The camp can accommodate 32 hikers. 4 Wooden chalets, sleeping 8 per chalet in the caravan park/campsite, sleeping. The ablution facilities are well maintained and hot water is available. The kitchen is detached from the huts, equipped with cups, plates, cutlery, a fridge and an oven.

The resort is located next to the N4, so it can be noisy as you can hear the trucks passing on your first night.

2nd Night: Sonbesie Hut

Located close to the Sappi plantations. The hut is in good condition and is well maintained. Gas stoves, gas geysers and pots in the kitchen. 32 Hikers can be accommodated in four rooms. A big porch that overlooks the valley with stunning views and a huge fire place/braai area. Wood can be arranged through the owner at a cost.

The ablution facilities: Hot water is available through gas. (No electricity).
Flush toilets.