Closest Town: Graskop
Grading: Intermediate | Duration: 4-7 Hours
Location (Area/Province): Highlands & Lowveld and Mpumalanga
Start Point: Corner of Bloed Rivier & De Lange Streets on the grass trail heading into the canyon
Access: Permits plus guide
Beware of: Please take along rain jacket as the weather is very unpredictable, plus trail can get extremely slippery and muddy in wet conditions.
Facilities: None except toilets at huts for day visitors
Cell Reception: Yes
Graskop is surrounded by mountains, valleys, forest and waterfalls and located at the beginning of the famous Panoramic Route along the Blyde River Canyon.
On your bike
A well balanced 26km route from the town of Graskop. The trail starts off on the west side of Graskop, making its way through the forest and valleys down to the hidden Forest Falls, Maria Shariah and then climbing back up the escarpment, joining the Fanie Botha Hike coming back into Graskop. This trail can be very slippery and wet, semi-slick tyres are not recomended. The trail is well balanced BUT it starts off at 1400m goes down to 1100m and comes back up, so this trail works the other way around.
Off the bike
You are totally spoilt for choice of stunning sites in the area with site such as MacMac Pools & Falls, The Pinnacle, God’s Window, Berlin Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Lowveld Viewsite, the Three Rondavels and Lisbon Falls.
Permits and route guide available from: Valley View Backpackers
Telephone: +27 (0)13 767 1112 / +27 (0)84 299 0423
GPS: 24°56’7.81″ South / 30°50’15.36