Sakabula Cottages and Hiking Trail

Heidelberg, Gauteng

Situated close to the small former mining hamlet of Poortjie about 40 minutes journey by car from Johannesburg lies this gem of a weekend getaway. Stay the weekend at these well appointed cottages and explore the area on foot. There is plenty of game to be seen including large numbers of the graceful Eland. The trail was laid out by Prof. Leon Hugo.

The two thatched roof cottages each sleeping 6-8 people. The cottages overlook a lovely dam and it is common to find the wild animals of the area coming to drink from it.


The hiking trail is approx 16km long but their are shorter options available. The trail passes a number of small exploration shafts but this certainly does not detract from the trail. There is a surprising amount of water on the trail and a large pool is ideally situated close to the end that is suitable for swimming in.

It is important to carry at least two litres of water.  It is essential to book in advance for day visits to walk the trail.

An old mine shalt


The Sakabula Cottages are well worth booking for a well deserved weekend break. They are well equipped and as they are only 40 minutes from Johannesburg ideal for those that can't get away from the office early. The trails that are kept separate from the cottages, are ideal for the hiking groups that are looking for something different and close to home.

If you are hiking the trail as a day visitor, please respect the privacy and quiet of the people staying at the cottages.


'In a Nutshell'

Distance from nearest town Just south of Heidelberg and about 40 min from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg
Access road status The internal road on the farm can get rutted after rain but the distance along this road is short
Trail type Day Trail with the option of staying at one of the beautiful cottages
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Marking When evaluated the trail was well marked
GPS Co-ordinates Sakabula Cottages       S26 31.845 E28 25.490

Gate to Farm -               S26 31.591 E28 25.275

Access gate on road -    S26 31.562 E28 25.418

Cell phone reception Intermittent
Facilities The cottages are extremely well equipped but are not accessible for day visitors


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