Tzaneen, Limpopo

Location

The Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail is near the town of Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province.

How to get there

To Woodbush Hut. From Gauteng, take the N1 North towards Polokwane (Pietersburg). Turn off at the R71 to Tzaneen and drive for about 70 km. Follow the signposts to the Woodbush Plantation. Turn left from the R71 onto a gravel road (also marked Houtbosdorp). The signpost says: Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail (Woodbush Entrance). Follow the signpost to the Woodbush Hut.

How to get there

To Broederstroom Hut. From Gauteng, follow the N1 north towards Pietersburg.  Turn off to Tzaneen on the R71 until ±77 km from the N1.  Follow the signpost to the Woodbush plantation – turning left from R71 onto a gravel road.  (Also marked Houtbosdorp).  Sign is marked: Safcol Ecotourism – Magoebaskloof Hiking Trial, follow indicators to the different huts.

How to get there

To De Hoek Hut. From Gauteng, take the N1 North towards Polokwane. Turn off at the R71 to Tzaneen and drive for about 77 km. To get to the De Hoek Plantation, turn off at the signpost: Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail (De Hoek Entrance). Follow the gravel road past the Debegeni Falls for about 7km, until you arrive at the De Hoek Hut on your left.

Trail options

2 Night Trail Options:

  • Woodbush 2 night trail –                 total distance –          20.5km
  • De Hoek 2 night trail –                    total distance –          20.5km
  • Seepsteen Stables 2 night trail –    total distance –          23.5km
  • Dokolewa Pools 2 night trail –         total distance –         20.5km
  • Dokolewa Waterfall 2 night trail –    total distance –         43km

3 Night Trail Options

  • Broederstroom 3 night trail –           total distance –         39.9km
  • De Hoek 3 night trail –                     total distance –         39.9km
  • Dokolewa Waterfall 3 night trail –    total distance –         40.2km
  • Dokolewa Pools 3 night trail –         total distance –         40.8km
  • Magoebaskloof 3 night trail –          total distance –         41.4km
  • Woodbush 3 night trail –                 total distance –         20.1km
  • Waterfall 3 night trail –                    total distance –         41.4km

4 Night Trail Options

  • Woodbush 4 night trail –                 total distance –         41.4km
  • Seepsteen Mules 4 night trail –      total distance –         44.5km
  • Waterfall 4 night trail –                    total distance –         53.1km
  • Dokolewa Pools 4 night trail –        total distance –         42.3km
  • De Hoek 4 night trail –                    total distance –         41.4km
  • Magoebaskloof 4 night trail –          total distance –        43.8km

5 Night Trail Options

  • Seepsteen Mules 5 night trail –      total distance –        61.2km
  • Woodbush 5 night trail –                 total distance –        52.5km
  • Dokolewa Pools 5 night trail –        total distance –        59.3km
  • Magoebaskloof 5 night trail –         total distance –         61.5km
  • Magoebaskloof Big 5 night trail –   total distance –        62.4km.

General information

  • You will need to be fairly fit to complete the five-day route. The two-day routes are less demanding and are suitable for families. The trail has three different starting points, namely Woodbush Hut, De Hoek Hut or Broederstroom Hut
  • The trails are laid out on the forestry estate, but most of the walking is through magnificent sub-tropical, indigenous forest, over craggy ravines and alongside cascading waterfalls, pristine mountain streams, rivers and dams.
  • The summers can be misty and rainy (rainfall occurs mainly between October and March) but be prepared for rain at any time of the year. Temperatures range from 15.3°C to 19.2°C with higher temperatures in the lower-lying areas.
  • Permits for trout fishing in the Dap Naudé Dam are available at the Woodbush office. Angling is not allowed.
  • The trail is free from malaria and cholera.

Hut facilities

The six huts are either old forestry buildings or modern purpose-built wooden chalets.

  • De Hoek Hut. This hut has 24 bunk beds, two showers, one toilet, hot water and electricity. Braai facilities are available.
  • Dokolewa Pools Hut. This hut has 16 bunk beds, two showers (no hot water) and two toilets. There is an undercover braai area.
  • Broederstroom Hut. There are 24 bunk beds. The hut has two showers, one toilet, hot water and electricity. Braai facilities are available.
  • Waterfall Hut. This hut has 16 bunks, two showers (no hot water) and two toilets. There is an undercover braai area.
  • Woodbush Hut. The hut has 24 bunk beds, three showers and two toilets. There is no electricity and no hot water. There is an undercover braai area.
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables Hut. This hut has 16 bunks, one toilet and two cold showers. Braai facilities are available.

Parking is available at the De Hoek Hut, Broederstroom Hut and Woodbush Hut.

No parking at the Dokolewa Pools Hut, Waterfall Hut and Seepsteen Mule Stables Hut – these huts may NOT be accessed by vehicle.

Trail options:

2 Night Trail Options:


WOODBUSH 2 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – De Hoek hut – 11.5km
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 9km

Difficulty grading:

  • Easy
DE HOEK 2 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 9km
  • Woodbush hut – De Hoek hut – 11.5km

Difficulty grading:

  • Easy
DOKOLEWA POOLS 2 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Stables Mule hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 12km

Difficulty grading:

  • Easy – Moderate
DOKOLEWA WATERFALL 2 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut – 12.3km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Woodbush hut – 10.5km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate
SEEPSTEEN MULE STABLES 2 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 1.5km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 12km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Woodbush hut – 1.5km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate

3 Night Trail Options:


BROEDERSTROOM 3 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut – 18km
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 9km
  • Woodbush hut  – Broederstroom hut – 15km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – difficult
 DE HOEK 3 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 9km
  • Woodbush hut  – Broederstroom hut – 15km
  • Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut – 18km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – difficult
WOODBUSH 3 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Broederstroom – 13.8 km
  • Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut – 18km
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 8.4km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – difficult
DOKOLEWA POOLS 3 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 9km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – difficult
DOKOLEWA WATERFALLS 3 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – De Hoek – 16km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult
MAGOEBASKLOOF 3 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 10.5km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Woodbush hut – 10.5km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult
WATERFALL 3 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen – 10.5km
  • Seepsteen Mul  hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate to difficult

4 Night Trail Options:


WOODBUSH 4 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut – 15km
  • Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut – 16.5km
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 8.4km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult
SEEPSSTEEN MULE STABLES 4 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – 9km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult

WATERFALL 4 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – De Hoek hut – 12km
  • De Hoek – Woodbush hut – 9km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult
DOKOLEWA POOLS 4 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stable hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – De Hoek hut – 18km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult
DE HOEK 4 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut
  • Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut
  • Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult
MAGOEBASKLOOF 4 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 9km
  • Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut – 15km
  • Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut – 18km

Difficulty grading:

  • Moderate – Difficult

5 Night Trail Options:


SEEPSTEEN MULE STABLES 5 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – De Hoek hut – 12km
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 9km

Difficulty grading:

  • Difficult
WOODBUSH 5 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut – 15km
  • Broederstroom hut – De Hoek hut – 16.5km
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 8.4km
  • Woodbush hut – Dokolewa hut – 13.2km
  • Dokolewa hut – Woodbush hut – 10.5km

Difficulty grading:

  • Difficult
DOKOLEWA POOLS 5 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Dokolewa hut – Woodbush hut – 10.5km
  • Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – De Hoek hut – 12km

Difficulty grading:

  • Difficult
DE HOEK 5 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 8.4km
  • Woodbush hut – Waterfall hut – 13.8km
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 18km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – 9km
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – De Hoek hut – 12km

Difficulty grading:

  • Difficult
MAGOEBASKLOOF 5 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Seepsteen Mule Stables hut
  • Seepsteen Mule Stables hut – Waterfall hut
  • Waterfall hut – Dokolewa Pools hut
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Woodbush hut

Difficulty grading:

  • Difficult
MAGOEBASKLOOF BIG 5 NIGHT TRAIL:

Distances:

  • Woodbush hut – Broederstroom hut – 15km
  • Broerderstroom hut – De Hoek hut – 18km
  • De Hoek hut – Woodbush hut – 8.4km
  • Woodbush hut – Dokolewa Pools hut – 12.5km
  • Dokolewa Pools hut – Woodbush hut – 10.5km

Difficulty grading:

  • Difficult

Rates:

  • R130.00 per person per night.
  • R55.00 admin fee once off per reservation
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