Five Assegais Hiking Trail

Between Machadodorp and Badplaas

The popularity of hiking is South Africa has seen a rekindling of interest during 2008. Several new trails have appeared, among them is the Five Assegais hiking trail. It offers the hiker the option of basecamp or a backpacking Trail across the gorge to the neighboring Bermanzi Trail.

Dateline July 2010

Five Assegais introduce new 2 and 3 day routes to their popular trails



Day 1 - Waterfall Trail

This trail is 13,5km in length and needs a fair level of fitness. Starting from God's Window Hut the trail traverses grassland until it reaches the edge of the Bankspruit gorge, close to the top of the Uitkom falls. From here the trail descends through indigenous scrub forest to the foot of the falls. Care needs to be taken as the rocks can be slippery. The trail now follows the banks of the spruit down the gorge for some distance before rising steeply through grassland to the top of the escarpment and then meanders through impressive rock formations back to camp


The owner has gone to a lot of trouble to create comfortable and well planned accommodation for the hikers. Bunk beds and mattresses are provided to sleep up to 24 people, well thought out day areas and ablutions with hot showers and flush toilets.


Day2- Hells Bells Trail

Although only 7km in length, this trail provides the ideal opportunity to explore another part of the farm. Along the route one finds a beautiful waterfall and a spectacular wooded kloof.


For those hikers who prefer to backpack, there is also Oom Pual's Trail that leads across to Bermanzi and back.


'In a Nutshell'

Distance from nearest town Close to Machadodorp, Mpumalanga
Access road status The farm road needs to be taken carefully especially if arriving at night
Trail type Day Trails from a central basecamp or alternatively a backpack route to the neighbouring farm of Bermanzi and back.
Difficulty Moderate. A certain degree of fitness is needed especially in summer
Marking Well marked when last assessed
GPS Co-ordinates Turnoff Badplaas-Machadodorp road      S25 46.915   E30 20.934

Overnight camp                                           S25 49.053 E30 22.731

Lodge                                                           S25 48.985 E30 22.291

Cell phone reception On higher ground
Facilities Luxurious and well maintained camp.



Bookings for the Holhoek Trail can be made through

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