Rhebok Hiking Trail

CategoriesHiking, Trails

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.

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