Hanglip Hiking Trail
Hanglip Forest Station, Makhado (Louis Trichardt), Limpopo Province
The Hanglip Hiking Trail is a beautiful trail, especially since sections of it have now been rerouted to take in more indigenous forest. The facilities have also been upgraded to provide for the needs of the hiker. More improvements are planned for the months ahead in line with Komatiland Forestry's commitment to ecotourism.
Some of us older hikers will remember the old Soutpansberg Hiking trail in the days when it was established as a five day backpack trail which stretched from Hanglip over to Ou Entabeni Hut. It then formed part of the National Hiking Way Board system that was intended to link the Soutpansberg with the mountains of the Cape. However, the plans of the then government never materialized and first the middle section of the trail was closed and then more recently the eastern section was closed due to widespread fire damage. This left Hanglip as the only part of the Soutpansberg trail for a number of years until the recent reopening of the Entabeni section.
This is a trail that is well worth doing. Consideration should be made to doing Hanglip in conjunction with Entabeni, thus making the journey more worthwhile especially as the tolls en route are quite high. During summer, the weather can be very hot and shortage of water along the trail can be a problem. Take a minimum of 2 litres but preferably more.
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