Goedgedacht Hiking trails
Situated 23km north of Lydenburg on the Origstad road
Approximately 350km from Gauteng
The trails are situated on the picturesque farm of Goedgedacht. There are two day trails that radiate form a basecamp which is situated under an enormous River Bushwillow. The trails were planned by Gerhard van Greuning
A wide variety of game is to be found on the farm including Bushpig, Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Eland, Kudu, Leopard, Linx, Bushbuck and Brown Hyena. There are more than 75 bird species recorded in the area and about 80 tree species.
The farm is situated in a valley surrounded by rock krans. The trails have been developed to explore these krans and a neighbouring valley.
Day 1 – 10km
This trail begins by taking you along and then across the Kranskloof stream before taking you past the farmstead and then on a steep ascent to the top of the krans. From here the trail meanders through rocky savana until you descend into a kloof and an old stone house. Here a detour takes you through beautiful riverine forest along a stream to the base of a lovely waterfall. Returning to the old stone house, the trail now takes you on a slow descent, following the side of the valley, overlooking the course of the stream below. The trail now takes you south east eventually returning you back down the mountainside back to basecamp.
Day 2 – 4km
Almost immediately your trail leads you ste eply up the mountainside behind the hiker’s camp. Your path is rocky and through beautiful forest until after about 600m it evens out. After a while of clambering along this rock strewn path you arrive at a picturesque waterfall. Care needs to be taken as the rocks that you pass over at the base of the falls can be slippery and rope has been strategically placed to aid you over this difficult area. Further along the path you come to a fork in the path. The upper path is a cul-de-sac which takes you along the base of the high krans to where magnificent rock figs entwine themselves as they descend the vertical cliff-face. Back to the main path you now descend slowly through beautiful bush back to camp.
Three x four bedded huts - max 12 people (beds with thick mattresses)
Kitchen facilities: . 2-plate gas stove, pots & pans, Cutlery and crockery supplied for 12 people. NO FRIDGE
Lapa with braai place and grid, firewood provided for braai. Additional firewood can be purchase from farmstead.,
Ablutions: Flush t oilet and hot shower (gas geyser)
Solar electricity for lighting in camp
Security: The farm is well away from urban communities and is considered fairly safe. Care should be taken though when driving to the trail after leaving the highway at Belfast as there are many potholes.
Fitness: The trails can be considered as easy/moderate. Children from 12 should be able to manage the walks. As there is plenty of potentially dangerous wildlife, hikers, especially children, should not walk on their own
Background information on the area: The farm has been in the Dorey family for 6 generations and you will pass the ruins of the original farmhouse on the way to the overnight camp.