Situated 30km from Barberton and about 380km from Johannesburg lies this beautiful hiking trail, tucked away among the beautiful mountains of the eastern escarpment and at the confluence of the Queens and the Montrose rivers. The trail runs mostly across Komatiland forestry land although it is run and maintained privately. It is a backpack trail and needs a moderate degree of fitness.
There are two overnight hikers huts, the Queens View and the Delfonte. It’s possible to start the trails from either one or other. We started our trek from Queen’s view. Queens view hut is an old forestry house and caters for up to 20 hikers at a time. It has electricity, beds and mattresses and modern ablutions inside and in a nearby ablution block. There are braai facilities.
The trail to Delfonte Hut is 16km long and is predominately downhill. However to start off with, there is quite a steep uphill, through Pine Plantations. This eventually gives way to a descent to Alvin’s Falls and an ideal spot for a morning swim.
The trail continues along the river banks, sometimes on the left and sometimes on the right bank. Be careful off the river crossing as the stones can be very slippery.
Delfonte Hut is situated on the Delfonte Estate and has 20 single beds and mattresses. It has no electricity but solar powered lighting and battery operate fridge. The hut has flush toilets and a shower heated by gas. Braai facilities are provided.
The second day of the trail is 10km long and consists mainly of a climb through indigenous bush and riverine forest up along a valley back to Queens View Hut. An early start is advised as the walk can be very hot and humid.
The 14km trail can be done in one day or can be split into 2, 7km circular hikes.
- R265.00 pp.pn (2 nights)
- R110.00 pp – Day Visitors
- R390.00 pp.pn (1 night)
- R100.00 pp – Slacpacking
- R50.00 per wheel barrow of wood
- R55.00 – Admin fee once off per resevation