Magalies Voetslaan Federasie awarded Wathaba Hiking Trails the Best Trail for 2015.
Wathaba also won the Best Trail in 2007 and 2012
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 tranquility and beautiful surroundings.
Wathaba is a wilderness area in the Skurweberg Mountains boasting magnificent waterfalls, fauna and flora like wild flowers, mushrooms and lichens. Its indigenous kloof vegetation with over a hundred different identified and marked tree species (some of record size) is home to an array of some of Mpumalanga's most spectacular bird life. 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.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
A three minute walk upstream from the base camps brings you to the stunning WATHABA RAINBOW FALLS and a natural pool surrounded by wild flowers 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, wild flowers and plenty of waterfalls. The BOSBOKROETE is 4km and the LYNX LOOP is about 10km.