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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Quote Originally Posted by JeanvanderRiet View Post
    No , and yes . The base will be at Pilgrims but three huts in the forests are available . Morgenzon , Excelsior and Black Hill for camping or accommodation .

    Remember , these huts have water and sanitation ONLY ,AND NO ELECTRICITY , Pilgrims all amenities .
    Ah, ok thanks. Costs?

    Can we camp with a bush trailer at the huts? no power is not a problem.

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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Yes you can . Call me and we can chat

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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Quote Originally Posted by JeanvanderRiet View Post
    Yes you can . Call me and we can chat
    I'm sure everyone that is interested would like to know the cost, not so?

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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Will post before end of week . Waiting for admins to give OK before marketing . Only fair to the forum .

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    Prospector's Hiking Trail
    Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga

    The quaint old gold mining town of Pilgrim's Rest is the starting point for the 5-day Prospector's Hiking Trail. If you don't have the time to do the whole trail there are several shorter options. The history of gold mining operations in the Pilgrim's Rest area goes back more than 160 years to the 1840's. The gold rush began in 1873 when the Lydenburg magistrate advised the Transvaal Volksraad that gold had been discovered in the streams. Hundreds of diggers from as far a field as Australia, America, England and France flocked to the gold-fields to make their fortune. The trail passes many relics from these early days of mining as one climbs away from the start of the trail.

    Pilgrim's Rest to Morgenzon 12,6 Km
    The Pilgrim's Rest hut has mattresses, electricity, hot showers, firewood and braai area. The hut is convenience for a short walk into town to visit the Royal Hotel for dinner or just some exploration of the curio shops.
    From the hut, the trail meanders through the town, visiting several of the historical areas before crossing the Blyde River and following an old railway line into Peace Tree Creek. The trail then follows one of the early diggers paths, passing several of the old mines. From here the trail ascends through Protea veld, grassland and indigenous forest to Morgenzon hut.

    Morgenzon Hut
    Morgenzon hut caters for 16 hikers with bunk beds, no electricity, cold showers, toilets and braai area with firewood provided.
    Trail Options
    From Morgenzon Hut there is the option of returning to Pilgrim's Rest Hut via an alternative route of 8,3Km, thereby making it a two day trail. There is also an option of a three day trail that visits Blackhill and Excelsior huts. This route is 41,3Km long.

    Morgenzon Hut to Blackhill Lookout 15,6Km
    This section of the trail starts off with a short walk to Morgenzon forest station and then crosses Clewer stream before following a section of the old Robbers Pass, the old supply route to Pilgrim's Rest. The trail then descends to Clewer Falls and then climbs steeply along the stream, through indigenous forest until it reaches a historical wagon path. The trail descends into another valley before once more ascending steeply past waterfalls and through fynbos until Blackhill Lookout Hut is reached.
    Blackhill lookout hut has the same facilities as Morgenzon.Blackhill Lookout is one of the highest points in the area and provides excellent views of the surrounding area.

    Blackhill Lookout to Excelsior Hut 10Km
    This is the easiest of the days and can be taken at a more relaxed pace. The day starts with a climb to the Blackhill viewpoint. The trail then descends into a valley and passes through Pine plantations interspersed with rocky outcrops and then rises slowly to a highpoint overlooking Crystal Springs and Themeda Hills. The trail descends again and eventually arrives at a large stream with waterfalls and pools. The trails then ascends to a viewpoint overlooking the Origstad Valley and then crosses grassland until Excelsior Hut is reached.
    The facilities are the same as to be found at Morgenzon Hut

    Excelsior Hut to Morgenzon Hut 15,7Km
    This is a fairly long and strenuous day and an early start is advisable. The day starts with a climb up to another viewpoint before passing through a Pine plantation and then undulates through grassland and Pines before eventually descending into the beautiful Clivia Bush in which a number of beautiful Clivia are to be found. The trail then descends into a valley to a small stream and a historical wagon track. The path then passes the Jock of the Bushveld plaque and the Robbers Pass plaque. The trail follows a stream before reaching Klipspringer Randjies with lovely views before following a stream to Morgenson Hut.

    Morgenzon Hut to Pilgrim's Rest 8,3Km
    The final part of the trial is fairly easy and short, allowing for a further opportunity to visit the beautiful little town of Pilgrim's Rest. The trail follows a path along a plantation edge and grassland before joining the Columbia Race, a furrow that supplied water to Columbia Mine. The trail then descends to the Blyde River and the opportunity for a short swim before the final short walk into Pilgrim's Rest.

    Conclusion
    The Prospector's trail is a unique trail that brings together the historical interests and natural environment of the area, beautifully. The full trail is, however, not easy and should be attempted only by fit hikers. The shorter options should be considered as an alternative by those that are less fit.

    Last edited by JeanvanderRiet; 2017/08/10 at 11:16 AM.

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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Hi guys .

    With regards to the Lowveld tourism feedback we are good to go .

    Launch weekend on the long weekend of 22 to 25 September 2017 . Please book in advance . All info on our Facebook page under Last Frontier 4x4 Forest Adventures .

    https://www.facebook.com/events/7939..._history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A %22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22p age_id%5C%22%3A125001088126766%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C% 22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D


    PLEASE DO NOT REPLY HERE , I STARTED A NEW THREAD UNDER " LAST FRONTIER 4x4 FOREST ADEVENTURES " .

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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Hi all.

    After a great week in the KNP we travelled to Pilgrims Rest for our stopover at the Pilgrims Hut advertised on earlier pages on this thread.

    Well I must say Jean and his lovely wife Liesel went out of their way to prepare the hut for us even though it was a month before official opening day.

    The quaint 100 + year old house was spick and span, ready to receive us, and we are honoured to to be the first official guests. Worries of the run down Pilgrims Rest were put at ease by Jean. He phoned in to check if everything was OK before doe doe time and again the next morning.

    Based on our experience they are really trying to revive the area and sure as nuts we will be back to spend more time doing mountain camping and trials.

    Go Jean. well done so far!!
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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Is it still possible to do the forest trails?

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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Is there any progress on these forrest trails or has the idea just faded away?
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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyP View Post
    Is there any progress on these forrest trails or has the idea just faded away?
    The links has been removed from safcol's website.
    http://www.safcol.co.za/what-we-offe...st-adventures/

    The OP has not been on the forum since October 2017.
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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    I phoned him to arrange a weekend away , first call he said ha was busy and will call back , never called back , I called again . had a short chat , and to Me it would seem as the idea got the thumbs down , Was even told that the consesion at MACMAC was withdrawn , we used to go quadbiking their , now not allowed anymore .
    I dont have any more info so cant really comment on this . We were in Sabie over Easter and passed by MacMAC , seems overgrown ,from the roadside view . saw some guys with mountain bikes entering but not sure if still open . best is maybe to go investigate if in the area
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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Pity - It was sounding quite promising.
    We frequently visit KNP and it would be easily to pass by this way on the way to or back.

    If R 500 pn for basic camping sites though - that is getting toward the expensive side for us.

    On the other we and hand folk are prepared to pay MUCH more for remote undeveloped sites with few or no facilities in our neighboring states ..... so, ja.

    Maybe the necessary permissions could not be obtained?

    I can also understand the concerns about possible increased risk of forest fires.
    Answering the call of the wild is just so much beter than answering the telephone.
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    Default Re: Feedback on Lowveld forest venture please .

    Always nice to drive in the forests, but it means using the roads through plantations...
    Be careful as most are off limits/no entry roads.
    With the advent of timber theft in the last couple of years which is a huge problem, there are now syndicates involved.

    A 4x4 driver's problem is now actually getting stopped by security companies or rangers. I know one of the rangers who specifically does security for a large timber group in the Lowveld, and they often lay spikes to damage the tyres for timber thieves.
    Spikes are usually removed in the morning, but if they consider it a remote part, they might leave it there.

    Rather get to know someone or get a permit (highly unlikely unless it goes to a chalet or spot which you pay for), and enjoy it that way with no stress to ruin the outride.
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