WATHABA HIKING TRAILS
Wathaba is a wilderness area in the Skurweberg Mountains on the road between Machadodorp and Badplaas. The beautiful scenery, many waterfalls and the indigenous kloof vegetation are topped only by the breathtaking views down the valley to the Komati River far below.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side:
A three minute walk upstream 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 “Bosbok Roete” is 4 km and the “Lynx Loop” about 10 km.
BOTTLEBRUSH HAVEN, situated alongside the Schoonspruit stream, is slightly primitive, but very convenient; accommodating minimum 6 adults, maximum 16 people and minimum two nights with a lovely kitchen and two ‘braai’ areas, two flush toilets, two double showers and unique zinc tub. (Don’t forget the bubble bath!!) Bottlebrush has three different sleeping quarters, sleeping 6, 6 & 4 people. “Bottlebrush Haven” is reasonably wheelchair friendly (on request).
KIEPERSOL KAMP can accommodate minimum 12 adults, maximum 24 people and minimum two nights with a very large kitchen (and under cover braai area) two double showers, 4 flush toilets and a zinc tub. (I’m reminding you again not to forget the bubble bath!!!) There is also an outside braai. The camp has four different sleeping quarters sleeping 5, 5, 5 and 9 in the double storey. “Kiepersol Kamp” is reasonably wheelchair friendly. (3 of Kiepersol Kamp’s toilets are also used by day hikers and Waterbessie’s guests.)
WATERBESSIE accommodating minimum 6 adults, maximum 12 people and minimum two nights is slightly different to the other camps as it has a fully equipped kitchen up to the egg whisk! Four gas plates for cooking, two gas lamps and two battery operated lights. The ‘open plan’ sleeping room (12m x 8m) has an indoor fireplace which serves as the “donkey” for warm water for the two showers and dishwashing water, and ‘braaing’ in case of rain. It also warms up the room during Winter! The outside braai is just temporary as we are planning to build proper outside ‘braai’ facilities alongside the Schoonspruit river. The flush toilets are 25m away at Kiepersol Kamp’s ablution.
BLOUBOS RETREAT is a fully furnished cottage with a fully equipped kitchen. There is electricity but there is a “donkey” geyser for hot water. Bedding is provided as well as bath/shower towels. “Braai” facilities are in the “donkey” geyser and wood is provided.The cottage is approximately 100m from the swimming pool and 800m from the start of both hiking trails. The Lynx Loop is a 10km circular trail and the Bosbokroete is a 4km circular trail. There is a little trading store (shop) and a nature centre approximately 100m from the start of both hiking trails.
Bloubos Retreat consists of:
# The main house comprises of a kitchen, lounge, veranda and an en suite bedroom with a king-size bed. Shower and toilet.
# An upstairs en suite bedroom with 4 single beds. Bath and toilet.
# A separate free standing rondawel with a double bed and 2 single beds. These guests share the bathroom in the main house.
In total the cottage can sleep 10 people.
MOUNTAIN CREEK CABIN is a cosy, comfortable and quaint cabin sleeping 2-4 guests. The cabin is self-catering, has electricity, fully equipped (except for swimming towels), private and exclusive. There is a fireplace inside the cabin and braai facilities outside. The ‘donkey’ geyser supplies the warm water for which ample wood is supplied.
ALL THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER ON THE FARM IS DRINKABLE
NO ROOM SERVICE IS PROVIDED IN ANY OF OUR ACCOMMODATION
TO ENSURE THAT ALL GUESTS ON WATHABA ENJOY A PEACEFUL AND RELAXING WEEKEND, NO MUSIC WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE CAMPS.
WHEN MAKING A BOOKING IT WILL BE APPRECIATED IF YOU WILL STIPULATE WHETHER YOU ARE JUST COMING TO HIKE, OR CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY, FAMILY REUNION ETC. THE REASON WHY WE NEED TO KNOW IS BECAUSE THE THREE CAMPS ARE SITUATED CLOSE TO EACH OTHER. IN CASE THE CELEBRATION OF ANY KIND WILL TURN OUT LOUD THEN ALL THREE CAMPS MUST BE BOOKED OUT WITH A MINIMUM OF 45 PEOPLE, MINIMUM TWO NIGHTS. IN THAT CASE MUSIC WILL BE ALLOWED.
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Bottlebrush Haven & Kiepersol Kamp
Mattresses with clean covers are supplied. A few paraffin lamps, candles, a griddle, kettle, a few pots and pans. Enough firewood for your stay will also be supplied. Please use the firewood sparingly. If you run out of firewood then extra wood can be bought. There is no electricity so cool bags are a must to keep meat, butter, cool drinks, etc. cold. It would be wise to bring a gas plate for boiling water for that quick cup of coffee!
INDEMNITY: You enter this farm at your own risk. WATHABA HIKING TRAILS does not accept responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from any death, injury, sickness, theft or any other cause whatsoever, suffered by any person during a visit to this farm.
It is compulsory for each and every person entering the farm Wathaba to complete the Indemnity form immediately upon arrival.
PLEASE! NO LITTERING ON THE FARM. THANK YOU.
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To make a booking for BOTTLEBRUSH HAVEN,
KIEPERSOL KAMP, WATERBESSIE , BLOUBOS RETREAT & DAY VISITORS PLEASE
Contact: CHRISTIA NEWBERY
Mobile: +27 083 483 7753
To make a booking for MOUNTAIN CREEK CABIN PLEASE
Contact: LIESL TOLKEN
Mobile: +27 082 887 6706
For further enquiries please contact Christia Newbery for Bottlebrush Haven, Kiepersol Kamp, Waterbessie and Bloubos Retreat
For Mountain Creek Cabin please contact Liesl Tolken. Thank you.
NO PETS ALLOWED/GEEN TROETELDIERE WORD TOEGELAAT NIE
TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE GUESTS ON WATHABA ENJOY A PEACEFUL & RELAXING WEEKEND, NO MUSIC WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE CAMPS.