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PPoplar Grove Farm House offers a hiking trail that takes in the lush beauty of KwaZulu-Natal province and the Drakensberg Mountains. Waterfalls, forests and a series of suspension bridges add to the fun.
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 Poplar Grove’s hiking trail takes you close enough to see these species in their natural habitat.
Poplar Grove is a farm in the Midlands where the route starts: the 6km Porcupine Trail 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.
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 9 are not allowed on the half-day hike.
TTravel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Poplar Grove Farm House
Tel: +27 (0)74 333 1508
How to get here
Fly to Durban and head into the KZN Midlands on the N3. Take the Southern Drakensberg resorts turnoff (Exit 132) from the N3. Poplar Grove Farm House is located 24km outside Nottingham Road on Lower Lotheni Road (the Loteni/Sani Pass road).
Tours to do
The Midlands Meander arts and crafts route.
What will it cost
See the Poplar Grove website for rates.
What to pack
Hiking boots, windbreaker, water bottle, hat, sunscreen and camera.
Where to stay
There is a self-catering guesthouse on the property that sleeps six.
More than 200 outlets on the Midlands Meander offer an enormous variety of home-baked, home-sewn and home-crafted goods that are not found in conventional shopping centres.