Thabaphaswa Hike

September 16th, 2005 by Thinus Leave a reply »

Thabaphaswa Hiking Trail
Where: Mokopane, Limpopo, South Africa
GPS: -24.063696, 29.051166
When: 2005-09-16 to 2005-09-18
Who: ThinusStefan, Mariaan, Naas, Elizna, Machiel, PJ, Ruan, Ester, Petronel, Laetitia, Madelyn

Thabaphaswa HikeAnother hiking trip in Limpopo. We are getting used to this massive long stretch of N1 highway straight up north, with its many expensive toll roads.

This hiking trail is on a farm near Mokopane (the old Potgietersrus). The owner of the farm stays close by and makes sure that everything is very neat and working – he has someone to bring wood to the campsites, there is running water, electricity for kettles, a refrigerator to use and maps put up at both camps.

The first campsite’s bedrooms is built into the rock face, with little caves cut out and fitted in the front with floor to ceiling glass windows. This gives the impression of sleeping outside under the starts, while you are little bit more safe from mosquitoes and other nasties. We got woken by White-bellied Sunbirds and was greeted to a majestic view over the valley of bushveld landscape.

Thabaphaswa HikeThe hike itself was quite easy, with the first day being 6.6km and the second day just over 5km. The scenery along the hike, especially day 1, is quite dry for this time of year, and we covered a large area presenting just dust and burned grass. You do traverse along a nice little cliff for a while until you reach the local highest point, complete with rock beacon (1690m above sea level – a 433m climb in 3km).

The best part of this hike is the second camp site, with a wooden den built high on the side of a straight up rock wall, suspended only by cables. From here one looks down into the valley below. Great, but the bush toilet gets even better! The toilet, adequately labeled ‘Loo with a view’ is only fenced off on the 2 sides facing the camp, leaving the front side, and the visitor, with no wall open to a breathtaking view over the valley and kilometers far into the distance!

Thabaphaswa HikeEvenings around the campfire was great, we roasted meat the good old South African way, and added to that a pot-bread that was successfully made on the fire.

The last day we took a swim in the cement farm dam on the way back to our cars. As it was getting late, we trusted the GPS and took straight for them, over the last hill we were supposed to go around. This left us full of thorns and dry seeds, but we made it eventually.

1 comment

  1. Ester says:

    AWESOME STAP GEWEES!

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