The Num-Num Trail, Mpumalanga
Did you know?
Thanks to land restoration efforts, plants, trees, animals and birds have proliferated along the Num-Num Trail.
The Num-Num Trail, opened in 2010, has already established itself as a favourite destination for both local and international hikers, earning Green Flag accreditation soon after opening.
Designed by a South African trails expert, this 36.5km-hiking trail is a five-day hike through three private estates that winds over, across and through some of Mpumalanga's loveliest landscapes. Expect mountains, gorges, indigenous forest, streams, grasslands and hundreds of waterfalls.
It's not a route march, but don't attempt it unless you're walking fit. Each night is spent in a rustic but comfortable camp. Hot water, indoor and outdoor braai areas, and shared ablutions are the order of the day.
The first night you'll stay at the Pongola Express Camp, which consists of renovated 1934 railway coaches. This is where you leave your vehicle. The next morning it's off on the 7.5km Bergbas Route to Aloe Kaya where you'll bed down in a double hut amidst red sandstone formations.
Day two takes you along the 9.5km Bladdernut Track to Bermanzi Camp, which has stunning views across the escarpment.
On Day three you’ll hike the 6.2km Milkplum Path to Candlewood Camp, an inviting 'green' camp. There’s no electricity but a wood-burning geyser assures you of a hot shower. Drink in hand after a satisfying day, you can sit and watch the spectacular Uitkomst Falls.
Day four traverses the 6.3km Pom-Pom Way to Waterbessie Camp where you can cool off in the Schoonspruit River at the end of the day. On Day five, you'll hike the 7km Kokoboom Pad back to the Pongola Express Camp.
Each of these scenic day trails takes its name from the indigenous plants and trees you’ll encounter en route. Over 109 trees have been identified and are marked along the way.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Num-Num Trail
Mobile: +27 (0)72 889 9284
How to get here
The entrance to the Num-Num Trail is on the R541 between Machadodorp and Badplaas, approximately three hours drive from Johannesburg.
Best time to visit
Any time is good, although winter is particularly pleasant as the days are cool and the aloes are in bloom. Enquire about Winter Warmer special offers.
Around the area
The trout-fishing village of Dullstroom makes for a pleasant weekend stay.
What will it cost
Approximately R1 000 per person for the five-day trail. A minimum of three and a maximum of 20 hikers is required.
What to pack
A comprehensive information pack will be sent to you on request. Slackpacking at an extra charge is available.
The annual Num-Num Trail Challenge marathon takes place in July.