Hiking

Giants Cup Hiking Trail :

4 nights / 5 days

Day 1 : 6 hours 13.3km

The starting point is at the foot of the famous Sani Pass, highest mountain pass in South Africa. The Ngenwa pool is suitable for a lunch break on a sunny day or, if it is raining, there is a cave a little further along the trail. After this the trail ascends through attractive country into the Pholela valley, crossing a suspension bridge to the Pholela Hut. The Pholela Hut is one of the original farmhouses and its design has been altered as little as possible. The trees in the vicinity were planted by the early settlers and are mainly exotic, incl. Snow Gum, Cypress, Pines and Pin Oak.

Day 2 : 3.5 hours 9 km

The trail ascends the long slope past Tortoise Rocks before dropping into the valley. The Mzimkhulwana Hut nestles alongside one of the tributaries close to a pool. A good lunch spot is Bathplug Cave, named after a hole in the cave floor through which water disappears. Please do not deface/write, scratch, pour water on, or touch the Bushmen Paintings on the walls. A variety of indigenous trees and flowers may be seen along the trail, incl. Cape Holly, Yellowwood, Cabbage Tree, Proteas, Tree Ferns, Watsonias and Gladioli.

Day 3 : 5.5 hours 12.2 km

Pleasant vistas present themselves on the long climb towards the Little Bamboo Mountain, named after the indigenous bamboo found here. Blue Cranes frequent the area around Crane Tarn and Scottish names such as Inverness and Stromness have been given to farms by the early Scots settlers. The Killiecrankie pools tempt one to swim in the clear, fresh mountain water. The lovely old oak trees around Winterhoek Hut were probably planted at about the turn of the country.

Day 4 : 6 hours 12.8 km

Be sure to fill your water bottle as few streams flow along this section of the trail during the dry season. There is a steep climb up the slopes of Garden Castle, after which the trail is relatively level to Swiman Hut.

Day 5 : 4 hours 12 km

From Swiman Hut the trail crosses into the wide Mzimude valley, climbs again towards the fire look-out post passing Langalibalele cave which has Bushmen Paintings. Here again please do not deface/write, scratch, pour water on, or touch the paintings. Sleeping in Langalibalele cave is prohibited. The Bushmen’s Nek Hut is on a short spur off the trail and can be by-passed by those not spending the night there. The trail ends at the parking area close to the Reserve entry point.

Included:

  • Qualified Guide
  • Transfers to/from starting/ending points
  • Accommodation costs
  • Entry Fees
  • Gas cooker, cooking utensils, etc.

Excluded:

  • Food, Beverages & Alcohol
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurances
  • Sleeping bags
  • Towels, etc.

2 nights / 3 days

Day 1 : D

Arrival in Underberg and departure for the tour up the Sani Pass to the “Highest Pub in Africa” at 2.874m. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 2 : B,L,D

Full day guided tour up the highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana (3.484m). Picnic lunch on route. Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 3 : B,

Departure for Underberg via the legendary Sani Pass.

Valid passport essential!!!

Included:

  • Accommodation & Meals as indicated
  • Specialized (high altitude) Guide Fees
  • 4x4 Transport
  • Guided Walk

Excluded:

  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurances
  • Mineral water

3 nights / 4 days

Day 1 : D

Arrival in Underberg in the morning. At 09:00 departure for the tour up the Sani Pass to the “Highest Pub in Africa” at 2.874m. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 2 : B,L,D

Full day guided tour up the highest mountain in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana (3.484m). Picnic lunch on route. Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 3 : B,L,D

Full day guided tour up Hodgons Peak South (3.250m). This walk takes about 4 hours. On the way back guests climb the Hodgons Peak North with 3.256m for an additional 2 hours. Picnic lunch on route. Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 4 : B

Departure for Underberg via the legendary Sani Pass.

Valid passport essential!!!!

Included:

  • Accommodation & Meals as indicated
  • Specialized (high altitude) Guide Fees
  • 4x4 Transport
  • Guided Walk

Excluded:

  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurances
  • Mineral water