About Five Assegais Hiking Trails

Start: Five Assegais Country Estate
Finish: Five Assegais Country Estate
Duration: 1 and 2 day hikes
Fitness: moderate to difficult
Our tip: start early in the morning, as the walks are long and can get hot

A 50 km network of trails on this 1 500 hectare nature conservancy take hikers through incredible scenery that includes ancient grasslands, yellowwood forest, waterfalls and sand stone mazes.

The estate is already well known for the five-day Num-Num Trail that runs on both Assegai and Bermanzi country estates.

The network of trails has been built by Albert Bossert, Chairman of HOSA, in as conservative a way as possible, and markers have been kept to a minimum to reduce the eco footprint of the hikes (there are a series of pointers, which they supply, you can follow, if you are not sure of the path).

A dendrologist has identified and marked over 109 different species of tree on the estate. Game has been reintroduced and is often sighted along the routes.

There are two campsites – God's Window Camp and Candlewood Camp.

The Escarpment Trail is a one-day 13.5km hike that starts and ends at God's Window camp, passing waterfalls, the Bankspruit river, a sandstone maze and ancient stone terraces.

Hell's Bells Trail is a one-day 8.4 km hike, also circular, from God's Window camp the highlights of which are Helskloof Gorge, waterfalls and purplecrested louries. The short cut is advisable.

Pongola Express Trail is a one-day 15 km loop that passes Mac Falls and numerous gorges but is not sign posted – use a map and other path signs.

Oom Paul's Trail is a two-day 20 km circular route past Uitkomste Falls, along the escarpment, through indigenous forest and past sandstone formations.

Pongola Express and Candlewood Trail is a one-day 16 km loop past both Mac Falls and Uitkomste Falls, through ancient grasslands.

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WhereFive Assegais Country Estate, Machadodorp, Mpumalanga

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