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Sporekrans Hiking Trail

Our motto: Hike more, worry less…



Between Bethlehem and Fouriesburg, Eastern Free State, approx. 310km from Johannesburg, 280km from Bloemfontein and 45km from Bethlehem

Type of Trail

Two-day Backpack Trail

Slackpack option is available, but luggage is left at the bottom of the cave. You have to carry up your own luggage, approximately 150m climb to the cave. Pack light.

The area is known for its spectacular sandstone formations, caves and overhangs, rock pools, gorges and fabulous views.


The trail is rated as moderate but those scared of heights, climbing up and down long ladders and crossing bridges must take care

Day 1:

Day 1 is a 12km hike through the Bergdeel Private Nature Reserve. Be prepared for climbing up and down long ladders and crossing steel and wood bridges as part of the Sporekrans adventure. Be on the lookout for game, birds and if you lucky you may spot the ever elusive and rare Bald Ibis. The hike is known for its famous and fabulous sandstone formations, caves, gorges, rock pools and stunning views. Hikers will have the pleasure of hiking through the ‘Marriage Corner’ and up to ‘Caracal’s Ladder’ to the well- known sandstone formations ‘Guardian Angels’s Post” and ‘God’s Little Finger’ to the ‘Bushmen’s Baths’. In good weather and warmer climate, have a picnic/lunch and swim at the ‘Mermaid’s Pools’ before going up the Bushman’s Cave where you will spend the night. It’s is a stiff climb of approx. 150 meters to get to the cave.

Day 2:

A much shorter route of 6km back to basecamp


Can accommodate up to 24 hikers.

Basecamp has 4 bedrooms, electricity. Kitchen with a fridge, hot plate, pots, pans and electric kettle. Hot showers, bath and flush toilets. A Lapa with braai facilities

Overnight Cave with log beds and mattresses. Water is supplied in cans. Braai facilities. Long drop toilet with a spectacular view. The cave offers beautiful views and star gazing at its best