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The Fanie Botha Hiking Trail, Sabie, Mpumalanga

Spectacular scenery along the Fanie Botha hiking trailThe Fanie Botha Hiking Trail is one of the pioneering hiking trails in South Africa. The network of trails here was originally meant to be part of the National Hiking Way System, that would stretch from the Drakensberg escarpment down to the Cape.

There are five trail options to choose from along the Fanie Botha route, ranging from 17.5km to 75km and two-to-five days. Trails are both circular and open-ended. The trail has three different starting points at the Ceylon Forest Station, Graskop and President Burger Huts. Trails rate from easy to difficult and can be enjoyed by families and hikers of all ages. For the more experienced hiker and those looking to experience the true adventure on offer in the area, the five-day trails are rated as some of the most difficult in the area and will challenge your hiking skills and determination for adventure.

No matter where you are along the trails, the scenery is beautiful. The Mac-Mac falls and Lone Creek Falls are both national natural-monuments and the wildlife on display at the Hartbeesvlakte will satisfy any nature lover’s eye. Trail options and info.

Getting there: from Johannesburg, take the N4 to Mpumalanga and turn off to Sabie at the R539. From Sabie, follow the signposts in the direction of Graskop. On the Graskop Road, 15 km from Sabie, is the Mac Mac Forest Station.

More info on the town of Sabie More info on the Panorama Route area

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