About McFab Slack Pack Hiking Trail

Holiday accommodation in the Free State is plentiful, and invites visitors from all over the world to come to this vast province, where the landscapes exude a unique touch of magic. But, the best way to make the most of these landscapes is to explore them on foot. Engage all of the senses as you smell the bush, taste the sunshine, and feel the rhythm of the earth rising through the soles of your feet.

The McFab Slack Pack Hiking Trail is a three-day adventure (two of the days are spent on the actual hike) through some of the prettiest parts of the Free State farmlands. It was inspired by a tradition that hails from 1925, where a triple challenge is rewarded with a major celebration at the end. Along the way, hikers visit three working farms. They will be able to observe the day-to-day running of the farm and will even be involved in some of the fun stuff. This will include watching tractors doing their thing and the animals being herded in a choreographed cacophony of their own.

The itinerary includes

Day one
Arrive at the first farm and enjoy a little welcome treat with the host and a relaxing evening with friends.

Day two
Start the first 20-kilometre hike early in the morning, exploring the maize and soy plantations, traipsing over golden grass fields, and even stopping by the old farmhouses of the Boer War. Once you arrive at the second farm (the restored farmhouse of Beukusrus, which dates back to 1884), you can tour it and get to know the host, or you can relax with a hot cup of coffee or a cold beer. That evening, a moreish home-cooked meal will be served.

Day three
Follow the scenic Beukusrus roads and head past a camp at which the exquisite and endangered African grass owl can often be spotted. This route is 17 kilometres long and culminates in a spectacular high tea under the willow trees, with the back-track of the crashing waterfall. Then, as the icing on a very special cake, hikers will be treated to a massage to ease tired muscles, and a bonfire under the African skies.

This adventure includes the meals, your slack pack, the high tea and the indulgent massages as part of the package.

Need to Know

WhereFarm Beukusrus Frankfort, between Frankfort and Vrede, Free State Province, South Africa

WhenBy appointment only. Please phone to book.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+28 (0)82 928-5358

OvernightStay nearby in Vrede, in Free State


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