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Rhebok Hiking Trail

For the hiking enthusiast, there’s Rhebok Hiking Trail. It’s the hiking trail to take if you’re looking for something energetic and arguably some of the most incredible mountain scenery in the country.

In the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains, north eastern Free State and including some of the best views out over Mont-aux-Sources. It’s a two-day trial, which involves trekking up to the highest point in the Golden Gate National Park known as Generaalskop, giving one a wonderful way to see the park.

The Rhebok Hiking Trail takes place in one of Lesotho’s nearby attractions the world-renowned Golden Gate National Park Highlands. This is situated in the Eastern Free State just 22km from the town of Clarens. It has a quality or appeal of accommodation offering accommodation of hotel room, suites or chalets.

The Glen Reneen Rest Camp at the Golden Gate Park is where the hiking trail starts. Day one the trail starts with a climb up Brandwag and past some of the best sandstone cliff formations in the province. The trail evens out past rock pools perfect for swimming (do not tarry too long) and through grasslands when it descends to the overnight hut.

Day two is 14km and is a difficult walk, taking up to 8 hours to complete. The start includes heading up a waterfall to where the trail heads up Generaalskop with some steep sections. After the ascent, there’s the descent (very steep in places) before venturing down a rather picturesque kloof and down back to Glen Reenen Rest camp (hot showers all round).

If you want sweeping views of Lesotho’s mountains the trek will be well worth it

A number of other day trails are available at the Golden Gate National Park, for those after a shorter walk. Possible sightings at the park to look out for include black wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and the rare bearded vulture, or Lammergeier.

Rebellie 4×4 trail

For a taste of extreme head out to Rebellie 4×4 Trail, just 15km from Clarens is one of South Africa’s top 10 4×4 trails.

The Rebellie 4×4 Trails offer different routes which are there if you’re demanding a challenge. As well as the bonus of game-viewing opportunities as wildlife is often encountered on the trails.

The trails are a difficulty grading of 3 to 5. As the terrain is varied with rocks, mud, river crossings, sand and sandstone, steep or slippery you’ll get to know just how big the obstacles are.

But if you’re looking for a tamer mountain trail, Rebellie offers that too with mountain trails that are (rated 3-4). It’s beautiful mountain drives that offer spectacular mountain scenery over the Eastern Free State. Or, even easier, the six-kilometre winding dirt road that leads to Rebellie from the turn-off.

Then there’s the trail that’s known as one of the highest obstacle course trails in the country. That’s in the Golden Gate Rooiberge close from the Lesotho border where if you’re smack bang at the lookout point to your right you’ll look straight down into Lesotho. While to your left you’ll see the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

The route is technically tough requiring 4×4 experience as there are some serious rock climbs and steep ascents on the route to take you to the top of the world at 2,200 m above sea level.

At the end of the trail is where you can park and pitch your tent providing for a campsite in the mountains. Here there are no facilities and you need to be self-sufficient. But for the day visitor this is their turnaround point and the trail follows the same way back to the farm.

If you’re the type who’d rather go glamping Rebellie 4×4 trail boasts a quality or appeal of more formal accommodation. Either than the basic campsite, there’s also chalets and self-catering bungalows and luxury lodges that can accommodate up to 35 persons together.

There’s also ample space for tents and stands for caravans around a large barn. It’s a camping space for those who prefer pitching a tent around the Shed with its ablution facilities, kitchen, bar and hall.

Check out this YouTube video of an obstacle at Rebellie Game Farm

Maluti Footprints and Tours

Clarens is a key point along the scenic Highlands route, which includes the Golden Gate Highlands National Park – linking the towns of Harrismith, Bethlehem and Fouriesburg, all along the Lesotho Highlands, the Maluti’s and the Drakensberg.

If you’re looking for experiences and memories that you’d never had thought about or recommendations about the kingdom of Lesotho there’s Maluti Footprints and Tours. It’s a specialist travel and tourism firm which focuses on cultural tours into Lesotho or even just a relaxing getaway around the area.

It’s based in Clarens, Eastern Free State, Maluti Footprints and Tours offers tours to Lesotho, Katse Dam and Afriski. A steep drive up is worth it, as you get to enjoy lovely views and informative drives about the area. You may purchase lunch at the Katse Lodge before heading back down the mountains.

Maluti Footprints and Tours endeavors to give visitors a genuine experience of Lesotho when you come on their tour. And when planning a trip to Lesotho, Maluti Tours comes strongly recommended by tourists and visitors who’ve used their services.

The beautiful rugged Lesotho, have a driver/guide impart you with so much knowledge about the area and the people (geology, archeology, history, biology). All things that you wouldn’t know about if you had driven yourselves.

Let the guide also take you to see the lifestyle of the locals, taste a couple variations of the local brew where you can sit in a dark room with a village made beer it’s a great experience you won’t forget. As well as meeting a local village doctor/healer.

Visit Liphofung cave as part of the day trip, and enjoy a picnic lunch in brilliant sunshine with others there as part of your tour for a great day. You can take a personalised tour which is a tour itinerary arranged according to your preferences and known knowledge of the country or you can even opt for the pre-planned ready to go tours. With Maluti Footprints and Tours, you’re assisted to book the best bed and breakfast establishments that Lesotho has to offer.

Cannibal Trail

Despite its name Cannibal, the hiking trail, just outside Clarens is an easy two-day hike that’s ideal for weekends and is easy enough for the whole family. And not some grueling hike for hiking enthusiasts as you’d think the name suggests.

Although it is named because of a period in time during the early 1800s when there were a series of wars in the area. Between indigenous tribes that saw a fair number of them seeking refuge in the caves in the mountains. And at the same time, there was a widespread drought, rumor has it that cannibalism was reinstated as a result.

But back to the hike that’s situated in the Rooiberge and Witteberg Mountains. It has a trail that’s a circular 16 km route and it’s considered to be one of the moderate to easy hikes for several reasons.

Day one is a relaxed 9 km that takes roughly 5 hours to complete with plenty to entertain you along the route. There are very few hills other than at the start of the hike, and the route takes one through grassy plains, dry river beds, forests, rock pools and past five or so overhangs.

Even the hike back is 7 km and easy to do, even if it starts with a climb up the mountain. As from up there, you are rewarded with incredible views. After following the plateau you head back down into the valley and along the Caledon River.

But the night time is the right time on this hike as after a day of wonderful scenery. You get to enjoy and experience an overnight in the cave. Where you’re given your own mattress and a groundsheet, tables, and benches to sit on and even cold water showers and flush toilets. It’s the closest you’ll get to luxury in a cave.

This overnight stay in the cave is relevant as you’re in one of the very caves known as Mike’s Cave, where indigenous tribes sought refuge from the war. And a bonus the hike ends with enough time to still explore Clarens.


Camelroc MTB Trails

A fun ride, stunning scenery, and a whole lot of challenges along the way make for an awesome Camelroc MTB experience.

It’s an MTB riding trail for MTB riders looking for a challenge.

There are two trails that are rated as an easy to technical level, one a figure of eight, the other a circular trail. Both trails are challenging but what makes these trails particularly attractive are the incredible views, that you literally climb to the top of a mountain for.

Therefore the trail comes highly recommended especially if you want awesome scenery. And want to take the road less traveled especially the part that takes you to the top of the mountain.

As the trail takes you past a pass that allows you to ride through trees, then alongside the Small Caledon River, up a mountain, followed by interesting plateau riding, and then the next minute you’re on a whole lot of long winding downhill’s.

This is included in the 30 km circular trail. A trail that’s aimed at highly conditioned riders as it’s considered a difficult to extreme route in its entirety with a tough climb to the mountaintop.

It’s the get-off and push variety. That despite it being 30 km will keep you going for a good three to five hours, depending on your fitness and strength levels. Although it does include two short-cuts that mean you can shorten the ride to a 10 km or 20 km trail.

If all of this sounds a bit daunting, you can opt for the other MTB riding trail. There’s a 10 km figure of eight lies in the lower regions of the farm. It’s not taxing and you’ll complete it in about an hour, ideal for beginners or those after a moderate ride.

The trails take place at Camelroc Guest Farm near Fouriesburg, Free State. Booking is essential and you pay an admission fee per rider if you’re not a guest on the farm.