Wathaba Hiking Trails was awarded the Best Trail in 2007, 2012, 2015 and 2017 by Cycad hiking club


The breathtaking Wathaba Hiking Trails is situated 20.8 km from Machadodorp on route to Badplaas, a mere three hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. This hiking destination in Mpumalanga offers all hikers and nature lovers a piece of heaven, with its tranquillity and beautiful surroundings. 

Wathaba is a wilderness area in the Skurweberg Mountains boasting magnificent waterfalls, fauna and flora like wildflowers, mushrooms and lichens. Its indigenous kloof vegetation with over a hundred different identified and marked tree species (some of the record size) is home to an array of some of Mpumalanga's most spectacular birdlife. Birds such as the Bald Ibis, Knysna Loerie and Long-tailed Wagtail, to mention a few, occur here, as well as a variety of small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

A three-minute walk upstream from the base camps brings you to the stunning WATHABA RAINBOW FALLS and a natural pool surrounded by wildflowers and dense forest vegetation. During the summer the water is cool and refreshing, especially after a walk up the mountain. In the winter it is cold and only the bravest go swimming. There are two well-marked hiking trails with a variety of tree species, birdlife, wildflowers and plenty of waterfalls. The BOSBOKROETE is 4km (yellow trail) and the LYNX LOOP is about 10km (purple trail)