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Aasvoelberg Hiking Trail, Zastron

The Aasvoelberg Hiking Trail in the South Eastern Free State Xhariep Region is a 23km circular 2 day trail that takes you from Zastron in the scenic foothills of the Maluti Mountains up Aasvoelberg – the highest peak in the Maluti range at 2207m on the border with Lesotho.

The route of this hike is known for its sandstone rock formations – particularly a 9 metre hole in the rock face above Zastron called Die Oog (The Eye Of Zastron), but also Mushroom Rock, Face Rock and The Tunnel. The trail also takes you to natural springs and several waterfalls, and the views are beautiful and wide. The Zastron area is also known for its diversity of bird species, including a number of raptor species such as vultures, kites and eagles. The Free State’s only colony of Cape Vultures is found on the Aasvoelberg, after which the mountain is named. The Zastron area is also famous for San Rock Art.

Overnight accommodation is a hut equipped with basic amenities, bunks and mattresses and a braai area for cooking.

Starting at the Zastron Municipal Caravan Park, the trail is rated as tough, moving through different terrains, from grassland to mountains and is limited to 12 people. Permits are required.

For more Trail Info and to book: (no website) Zastron Municipal Caravan Park +27 (0)51 673 1018

Getting there: From Bloemfontein, take the R702 south to Dewetsdorp, then continue along the same road to van Rooyensnek. At van Rooyensnek, turn south again onto the R26 to Zastron.

More info on the quaint town of Zastron More info on the Xhariep Region area

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