Where is it?

The Uitsoek Hiking Trail is located 80 km from Nelspruit, near the Sudwala Caves, in Mpumalanga.

 
How to get there

Follow the N4 towards Nelspruit. Continue on the N4 until you get the Sabie turn-off (R539). Turn left at the R539 and follow the road until it becomes a dirt road. After about 10 km, turn right at the Uitsoek Hut sign. Keep on this road until you reach the Uitsoek Forest Plantation.

 
General information

The trail starts at the Uitsoek Hut.

There are two huts on this route

  • Uitsoek Hut. This hut has 36 bunk beds, two ladies' toilets and one toilet for the men, electricity and hot water. Firewood and braai facilities are available.
  • Lisabon Hut. The hut has only 12 bunk beds, no electricity, no showers, and only one toilet. Hikers must provide their own utensils and gas stoves. Firewood is available.

Parking

Shaded parking is available at the Uitsoek Hut.

Please note: To avoid heat exhaustion, especially on hot days, hikers must drink water regularly. Owing to the low night-time temperatures at Lisabon Hut, hikers are advised to pack warm clothes.

 
Trail options

 

Houtbosloop two-night trail
The trail starts at the Uitsoek Hut where you can park your car. The trail is very difficult. Hikers walk through an indigenous forest, lowveld and sour bushveld. The first day's route is demanding and includes a climb from the foothills to the plateau. Although the start is relatively steep, the trail later descends into a gorge with clivias – the perfect place to enjoy lunch. To get to the plateau edge from the gorge is a stiff climb. The second day's hike is downhill or level. The trail also takes hikers past the Bakkrans Waterfall.

 

How to get there:

Take the N4 to Mpumalanga and turn off onto the R539. Drive past the Sudwala Caves. The tar road becomes a gravel road. Drive for about 10 km on the gravel road and then turn right into the Uitsoek Plantation (a tar road starts again). After reaching the pond on the left-hand side, turn left onto a gravel road. Follow the signs to the hut of the hiking route.

Parking:

Park at Uitsoek Hut.

Distances:

Uitsoek Hut to Lisabon Hut – 15 km.

Lisabon Hut to Uitsoek Hut – 14.5 km.

Hut facilities:

Uitsoek Hut has 36 bunk beds, two ladies' toilets and one toilet for the men, electricity and hot water. Firewood and braai facilities are available. Lisabon Hut has only 12 bunk beds. There is no electricity or showers and only one toilet. Hikers must provide their own utensils and gas stoves. Firewood is available.

Difficulty:

Very difficult

 

 

Beestekraalspruit day trail: The Beestekraalspruit is a circular trail of 11 km and takes about five hours to complete. The trail takes you to the edge of Beestekraalspruit and into the spruit itself. The trail then gradually descends into Beestekraalspruitkloof with its indigenous forest.

 

How to get there:

Take the N4 to Mpumalanga and turn off on the R539. Drive past the Sudwala Caves. The tar road becomes a gravel road. Drive for about 10 km on the gravel road and then turn right into the Uitsoek Plantation (a tar road starts again). After reaching the pond on the left-hand side, turn left onto a gravel road. Follow the signs to the hut of the hiking route.