The Num-Num Trail, Mpumalanga
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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.