Fanie Botha Hiking Trail

Sabie, Mpumalanga

Location
The Fanie Botha Hiking Trail is situated in the Sabie area in Mpumalanga.  It is located on the Drakensberg escarpment and provides hikers with marvelous views over a variety of landscapes far below.

How to get there
From Gauteng, take N4 to Mpumalanga, turnoff at R539 to Sabie – or alternatively via Schoemanskloof.  Traveling Belfast via Lydenburg – is also an option.  From Lydenburg, take the Longtom Pass route to Sabie.  When entering Sabie follow the signposts in the direction of Graskop.  Mac Mac Forest station is situated 15km from Sabie on the Graskop road.

General information
Some highlights on the this delightful trail include Lone Creek and Mac Mac Falls, both national monuments, Mount Moodie and Mac Mac Pools

Starting at Mac Mac, you park and walk ±400m to the President Burger Hut.

Special precautions
Hikers must carry their own first-aid kit
For assistance during emergencies, contact the police at 10111 or 083 677 0904

Hut facilities
All the Huts, Ceylon, Maritzbos, Stables, Mac Mac, President Burger and Graskop have in common:

24 bunkerbeds, no hot water, no pots and pans, undercover braai area, firewood and toilets.

Ceylon hut however, has electricity and hot water, and Mac Mac hut has no shower while the rest have a shower.

Starting points        (Parking is only available at these points)

Ceylon Forest Station (Ceylon Hut)
Mac Mac Forest Retreat (President Burger Hut)
Graskop Hut

Trail options
2 Night Options

  • Mac Mac 2 night trail
  • Graskop 2 night trail
  • Hartbeesvlakte 2 Night Trail
  • Mac Mac / Bonnet 2 night trail
  • Burger 2 night trail
  • Maritzbos 2 day trail

3 Night Options

  • Burger 3 night trail
  • Lone Creek 3 night trail
  • Hartbeesvlakte 3 night trail
  • Maritzbos 3 night trail
  • Mac Mac 3 night trail

4 Night Options

  • Ceylon 4 night trail
  • Maritzbos 4 night trail
  • Mount Moodie 4 Night Trail

5 Night Options

  • Burger 5 night trail
  • Graskop 5 night trail

Trail Options
2 Night Options
Mac Mac 2 Night Trail

Parking:
Park at the Pres. Burger Hut and start hiking immediately to Mac Mac Hut
Distances:
Pres. Burger – Mac Mac Hut – 6km
Mac Mac Hut – Graskop Hut – 13.6km
Graskop Hut – Pres. Burger Hut – 23.1km
Difficulty:  Moderate to difficult

Graskop 2 Night Trail

Parking :
Park your car at the Graskop Hut
Distances:
Graskop Hut – Pres. Burger Hut – 23.1km
Pres. Burger – Graskop – 13.6km
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Hartbeesvlakte 2 Night Trail

Distances:
Ceylon Plantation Office  – Maritzbos – 8.7 km
Maritzbos – Stables – 13.3 km
Stables – Ceylon Plantation Office  – 8 km
Difficulty: Difficult.

Pres. Burger 2 Night Trail

Distances:
President Burger – Graskop – 19.6 km
Graskop – President Burger – 23 km (via the Mac Mac Pools and Falls)
Difficulty: Difficult

Bonnet/Mac Mac Pools 2 Night Trail

Parking:
Park your car at Graskop Hut
Distances:
Graskop – Mac Mac – 23 km (via the Mac Mac Pools and Falls)
Mac Mac – Graskop – 19.6 km
Difficulty: Difficult

Maritzbos 2 Day Trail
Parking:

Park at the Ceylon hut
Distances:
Ceylon – Maritzbos – 8.7 km
Maritzbos – Ceylon – 9 km
Difficulty: Easy

3 Night Options

Pres. Burger 3 Night Trail
Parking:
Park at the Pres. Burger Hut
Distances:
President Burger – Graskop – 19.6 km
Graskop – Mac Mac Hut – 23.1km
Mac Mac Hut – Pres. Burger Hut – 6km
Difficulty: Difficult

Lone Creek 3 Night Trail
Parking:
Park at Ceylon Hut and start hiking immediately to Martizbos
Distances:
Ceylon Hut – Maritzbos Hut – 8.7km
Maritzbos Hut – Stables Hut – 13.3km
Stables Hut – Mac Mac Hut – 16.3km
Difficulty: Difficult

Hartbeesvlakte 3 Night Trail
Parking:

Park at Ceylon Hut
Distances:
Ceylon Hut – Maritzbos Hut – 8.7km
Maritzbos Hut – Stables Hut – 13.3km
Stables Hut – Ceylon Hut – 8.5km
Difficulty: Difficult

Maritzbos 3 Night Trail
Parking:
Park your car at Ceylon Hut
Distances:
Ceylon – Maritzbos – 8.7 km
Maritzbos – Stables – 13.3 km
Stables – Ceylon – 8 km
Difficulty: Difficult

Mac Mac 3 Night Trail
Parking:

Park your car at Pres. Burger Hut and start hiking immediately to Mac Mac Hut
Distances:
Pres. Burger – Mac Mac Hut – 6km
Mac Mac Hut – Graskop Hut – 13.6km
Graskop Hut – Pres. Burger Hut – 23.1km
Difficulty: Difficult

4 Night Options
NB:  Should you do a 4 or 5day route, please arrange your own transport from Graskop to Sabie, it is not a circular route

Ceylon 4 Night Trail
Parking:
Park your car at Ceylon Hut
Distances:
Ceylon Hut – Stables Hut – 22km
Stables Hut – Mac Mac Hut – 16.3km
Mac Mac Hut – Graskop Hut   – 13.6km
Difficulty: Difficult

Maritzbos 4 Night Trail
Parking:
Park your car at Ceylon Hut
Distances:
Ceylon Hut – Maritzbos Hut – 8.7km
Maritzbos Hut – Stables Hut – 13.3km
Stables Hut – Ceylon Hut – 8.5km
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Mount Moodie 4 Night Trail
Parking:

Park your car at Ceylon hut and start hiking to Maritzbos Hut immediately.
Distances:
Ceylon Plantation Office – Maritzbos (Sleep first night at Maritzbos not Ceylon) – 8.7 km
Maritzbos – Stables – 13.3 km
Stables – Mac Mac – 16.3 km
Mac Mac – Graskop – 13.6 km
Graskop – Depart
Difficulty: Difficult.

5 Night Options
NB:  Should you do a 4 or 5day route, please arrange your own transport from Graskop to Sabie, it is not a circular route

Pres. Burger 5 Night Trail
Distances:

Ceylon – Maritzbos – 8.7 km
Maritzbos – Stables – 13.3 km
Stables – Mac Mac – 16.3 km
Mac Mac – Pres. Burger – 6km
Difficulty: Difficult

Graskop 5 Night Trail
Distances:
Ceylon – Maritzbos – 8.7 km
Maritzbos – Stables – 13.3 km
Stables – Mac Mac – 16.3 km
Mac Mac – Graskop – 13.6 km
Difficulty: Difficult

Rates

  • R130.00 per person per day
  • R55.00 once off admin fee