WOLKBERG AND GEORGE'S VALLEY
The Drakensberg mountain range meets the Strydpoort Mountains in the Wolkberg Wilderness area with great, vertical quartzite krantzes, countless kloofs, cool, deep and densely forested ravines, massive buttresses and folded and interlocking spurs. The reserve extends for almost 22,000 hectares consisting of extensive indigenous forests and pristine grasslands.
The range forms a high plateau reaching up to 2126 m in height at the Iron Crown, above Haenertsburg. Other conspicuous peaks are 2050 m high Serala, 1838 m high Mamotswiri, 1667m high Magopalone and 1611 m high Selemole. Access to the reserve entrance at Serala Forest station requires a high clearance vehicle. There are no trails and hiking should only be undertaken by experienced hikers.
The Wolkberg is the source of many small mountain streams, as well as the Mohlapitse and the Ga-Selati River, tributaries of the Olifants River. However the major river for which it is a source is the Great Letaba River. This is the major feature of George’s Valley and at it’s southern end the gorge through which the river flows is breath-taking. As the gorge is largely inaccessible, a visit to Magoebaskloof Adventures is a must to see the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls on a hiking trail or adventure activity.
George’s Valley runs North East from Ebenezer Dam to Tzaneen Dam. It is named after George Denys who built the road (the R528). The road is considered an alternative to the R71 to travel from Haenertsburg to Tzaneen. It is an equally scenic trip and linking the 2 for a round trip is well worth the drive. New Agatha State Forest is also accessible from the R528 (high clearance vehicle required).