Did you know?Loteni, which means 'in the ashes' in isiZulu, was so named due to the burnt appearance of the shale found in the river valley.
Animals like the oribi, mountain reedbuck, zebra, warthog, bush pig, duiker and baboon roam freely in the upper reaches of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands where the Poplar Grove and White Rocks hiking trails take you close enough to see these species in their natural habitat.
Poplar Grove and White Rocks are farms in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, each of which features a distinctly different hiking route.
The 6km Porcupine Trail from Poplar Grove takes about three hours and passes through a wooded region, across a series of suspension bridges, up a mountain ladder and over the Mooi River more than once.
At 9km, the Oribi Trail from White Rocks takes a day and traverses open grassland along an undulating route featuring many waterfalls.
By request you may also detour to take in San rock art, and there’s ample opportunity to cast a line into a river or dam along the way.
Hikers are provided with a picnic basket containing water, cool drinks and snacks. Should you prefer to take your own refreshments, costs will be reduced accordingly.
Hiking in the summer heat can be a hot and tiring experience so you’ll be glad to hear that provision is also made for a spot of canoeing and swimming along the way.
For safety reasons children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on full-day hikes and children under the age of nine are not allowed on the half-day hike.