Adventure Activities in Magoebaskloof[ ]

Adventure by definition is an activity that has a (perceived or real) element of risk. Adventure activities include activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling and zip lining. The definition is subjective because everyone’s idea of what is risky differs but the widely accepted industry definition includes 2 of either physical activity, interaction with nature and cultural learning or exchange (Adventure Travel Association 2006). Soft adventure includes elements of risk but requires less expertise where as hard adventure requires specific expertise and has a high element of risk.

The Adventure Sport and Tourism sector in South Africa is alive and well. South Africa offers 3000 km of coastline along with breath taking mountains. The country’s diverse terrain with an ideal climate for outdoor activities, make it a rich hunting ground for adrenalin seekers (www.southafrica.info). Foreigners and South Africans alike appreciate this and take opportunities to explore our beautiful country.

Magoebaskloof fits this bill perfectly. The mountainous terrain and stunning scenery make it ideal for adventure activities. The proximity to Gauteng also makes it an ideal venue for local adventure tourists and sportsmen.

Magoebaskloof has long been a destination for hiking with the Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail run by (Komatiland ) being well know amongst serious hikers. The trail through the Woodbush Indigenous forest offers several options for overnight hiking. For those who prefer day trails there are several shorter options in the area. The Louis Changuion hiking trail explores the endangered Woodbush Granite Grasslands around the village of Haenertsburg and gives stunning views across the village. The Lesedi Trail gives you a taste of the lush Afro-Montane forest of Magoebaskloof, winding along the mountainside at the tip of the Magoebaskloof Pass.

Mountain Biking is one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa. With the opportunity to get dirty, sweating, feel the wind flying through your hair and push yourself to the limit, it is no wonder that it has become the favoured stress reliever for many busy people. Gauteng has a huge, active MTB population who like to head out of the city and test their mettle on trails in neighbouring provinces. The area is host to the Magoebaskloof Classic (hosted by Stanford Lake College), a scenic MTB race offering distances of 20, 40 and (grueling ) 70km that passes through the Woodbush Indigenous forest. The Tourism Association has marked trails of varying lengths that are open to the public. The trails pass through local accommodation establishments and venues giving an opportunity to see what the area has to offer.

Trail running is gaining in popularity across the country. Why run on the road when you can take to the mountain trails and be rewarded with breath taking scenery for your blood, sweat and tears?    Magoebaskloof is host to 2 awesome trail run events: the Iron Crown Trail run (hosted by Haenertsburg Rotary Club) in June and the Wolkberg Stage Trail run (hosted by Stanford lake College) in August. For those who are not up to the tough distances of these 2 races, or want to try out this new sport, the Berry Festival in February offers a fun trail of shorter distances.

If you are after slightly more technical adventure activities, visit Magoebaskloof Adventures. The adventure centre hosts a large variety of adventure activities on the Great Letaba River. The guided Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour is an exciting journey through the indigenous forests and over spectacular waterfalls, swinging from platform to platform whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the natural surroundings. The gecko-tubing trip starts deep in the gorge. This adventure takes you through tranquil crystal clear waters with breathtaking views as well as through some roaring white water rapids. The abseiling trip descends 30 metres down a smooth rock face into the majestic gorge, landing in the river, allowing for swimming and relaxing at the bottom underneath the waterfall.

Whatever your adventure preference, Magoebaskloof has something especially for you!