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Mosamane Hiking Trail

Rosendal, Eastern Free State


Mosamane  (The Ground Squirrel) is an apt name for this trail as when I approached, the farm along the farm road, the Mosamane scurried playfully along in front of my car. Mosamane is situated close to the Moolmanshoek conservancy which is a popular venue for for hikers with its Waterkloof and Sphinx trails. The trail was developed by Tiaan Strydom who has been involved in the layout of several hiking trails in the area.


Mosamane consists of one single day trail of about 6 hours duration plus the option of doing a Geocaching route. What is Geocaching? It is a type of treasure hunt using a GPS.


Accommodation is in the form of a barn that can sleep 18 people on single beds, an ablution block with 6 toilets, 6 showers with warm water from a 'Donkey', an undercover sundowner area and braai facilities. A kitchen with fridge and gas stove aids the cooking of food.

A well known feature of the area is the 'Elephant Trunk' rock outcrop. Another feature is the weird shapes that the erosion forms in the dongas.


The flora of the area is quite special during spring and summer. Birds to be seen include the Bald Ibis and the Secretary Bird.


The trail has its ups and downs with surprises around each bend. You will find 'Owls Eyes', 'Cathedral', several natural showers and a fairy garden on route to the outlook of the 'old-old people'


There are several ladders along the way to help the hiker reach the more inaccessible parts of the trail.



A weekend spent at Mosamane is well worthwhile. The second day option of Geocaching is  certainly worth trying out as it seems to be a new craze that is catching on around the world



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