Num-Num Trail

Between Badplaas and Machadodorp, Mapumalanga

New five day hiking trails are a bit of a rarity, especially as a development of private landowners. So we need to take our hats of to three intrepid owners in the Badplaas area who have joined together and at considerable expense developed the Num-Num trail. The trail is centred around the Skurweberg mountain pass with its spectacular mountain scenery.


Day1 Die Bergbas Route

The first night of the trail is spent at the Pongola Express, two vintage 1934 railway carriages in a fenced off area close to the R541. After a good nights rest, those that choose the slackpacking option leave their bags at the carriages for the 'Magic Carpet' to take to the next hut.

The first day of the trail skirts the Skurwerand and takes the hiker past many curios rock formations and ridges on its way to the Gods Window Hut which, as the name implies, is perched on a ridge edge with stunning views of the Komati valley below.



God's Window camp is another unusual place to spend the night. The owner who is also an artist, has made good use of the rock pillars of the area to create an interesting but functional camp.


Day 2 The Bladdernut Track

This route takes one from God's Window Camp to Bermanzi Camp and is about 9,4km long and traverses a mixture of mountain grassland and deep gorges. The Bankspruit provides a spectacular backdrop to the day's walk.

Bermanzi provides another different but special overnight camp at the end of a special day.


Day 3 The Milk Plum Path

This day of the Num-Num trail is the day for the swimmers among your party. Much of the route is spent close to cascading perennial stream through thick riverine forest. About 30 min before the end of the day one reaches the foot of the second highest waterfall in Mpumalanga.


Stunning is really inadequate to describe the feeling as one looks in awe as the water plunges over the vertical cliff edge.

Reluctantly one leave the river and makes the steep ascent up to Candlewood Camp.


Candlewood camp is a newly built construction that surveys the magnificent gorge below and the waterfall that provided the splendour of the previous day.

Day 4 The Pom Pon way

The route from Candlewood Camp to Bottlebrush Haven starts off with a walk through highveld grasslands with views down into the valley below. Before long the trail once more plunges down into a gorge with its rich variety of indigenous trees and ferns.


Bottlebrush camp is at the popular Wathaba Trail and is the last camp on the Num-Num Trail. It is also an exceptional camp in beautiful surroundings.

Day5 Bottlebrush Haven to Pongola Express carriages

The final day of the trail is just over 7km long but is as spectacular as the others. More pools and cascades greet the hiker as one completes the last stretch back to the awaiting cars and the route home.



The Num-Num trail is a welcome addition to the South African Trail scene. It is spectacular and well planned. Days are relatively short so the hiker can take his time and enjoy the magnificent scenery and many pools that bountifully occur. It is worth taking the slackpacking option. Two and three day options are available for those who want a shorter trail.

Trail designed and laid out by Albert Bossert


Bookings for the Num-Num Trail can be made through

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