Mt Komati News
Mt Komati → The Best Base Camp Trail in SA 2016!
- Day 1 Trail radically Changed:
Now a perfect 12.7 km
- Cottages rearranged:
Spacious and comfortable with less beds in each hut
- Brand New Trail:
A 3.5 km gem of a trail has been added on the opposite side of the Komati River
- Conservation efforts:
Remaining Blackwattle trees eradicated
- Special Rates:
More detail about the above
Mt Komati has been awarded Best Short Trail 2016.
"Short Trail" means that each day hikers go on a hike and then return to the same camp, so only a light day pack with snacks, water and so on is carried. The recognition by our guests of our hard work and constant efforts to provide only the very best facility possible, is most rewarding. We are stoked about this, yet stay humble and will keep on giving it our all.
*** Day 1 Radically changed
So we have changed our Day 1 trail extensively to make it much shorter and a whole lot easier. The result is a more balanced hike that most hikers will be able to enjoy.
It now is a very comfortable 12.7 km instead of the previous 14 odd km.
The rather monotonous Zebra Zig-Zag towards the end of the old trail has been cut out completely and instead the new trail now follows a very different and a lot gentler route back to the base camp. It easily winds through sugar bush hangs scattered with very well preserved ancient ruins, goes through rare indigenous bush, and then follows a fresh mountain stream all the way down, until it meets the Komati River by the Natural Jacuzzi, 500 meters downstream from the camp.
*** Cottages rearranged:
“The Best in the business” & “5-Star accommodation” – These are comments we hear weekend after weekend.
We have taken out some beds from the cottages and then did a bit of rearranging, too, which resulted in a beautifully spacious and comfortable space.
Seen from above, the bed arrangement no longer looks like this: = = (4 beds)
but like this: | _ | (only 3 beds)
Idube & Wildebeest cottages now only has 3 bunk beds each, sleeping 6 guests on very thick, proper HD Ericssons standard single size mattresses, with good & clean & fresh, tralala fitted sheets.
The guests make use of the rustic, but unique and cute Stinkwood ablution block.
Mojaji cottage sleeps 4 guests on 2 similar bunk beds, en-suite.
All the above 16 beds @ the current SPECIAL of ONLY R200.00 pppn.
Tarentaal is our more sophisticated chalet sleeping 4 guests total; 2 in a room with a double bed, linen & towels @ R300.00 pppn and an open plan room with 2 extra long single beds with linen & towels @ R265.00 pppn.
It has a separate bathroom, kitchen, dining room and outside wooden deck overlooking the garden, Komati River & MP Drakensberg escarpment.
Hurry with your bookings while the special still is available!
*** New Trail
We have also built a third, easy trail, which we have aptly named, "Water Wonder"
It is a most enjoyable 3.5kms which takes around 1.5 hours to complete.
Albeit still an unofficial trail, a legendary hiker, whom many of you might know, recently described it as "...a little gem that must definitely be part of your hiking portfolio".
It starts right in front of the camp where one crosses the Komati River to start with Likkewaanlaan (roughly translated as Alligator Alley - no alligators though, only harmless water monitors, but big like alligators! hehe) This trail originated as a fly fishermen's trail to access more than a kilometre’s flat and easy river frontage. Along the way, one will first visit the Madiba Stone - a natural rock painting of a man's head - and then the Raaswater rapids en route to Amos se Gat. This is a large natural pool in the Komati where one can swim and play with inner tubes, have a picnic or just enjoy lekker fun in the sun. It's a mere 5 minutes walk from the camp. A further 200m upstream, one gets to Pupkewitz's Pools where one can tan on the beautiful rocks next to the Komati or even flyfish for the indigenous small scale yellow fish which is, pound for pound, the most exciting fresh water fish in SA to catch! Only a couple of hundred meters further on, one gets to Bush Pig Bush and then the trail leaves Likkewaanlaan to join the Loerie Loop, which follows a crystal clear mountain stream up a very gentle slope along the ravine. Search for the Narina trogon or Knysna loeries (new name Knysna turaco) that, among other birds, frequent these indigenous mountain forests!
Suddenly the scenery changes to escarpment grassland where eland, kudu, bushbuck and so on can be seen, before one gets back to Amos se Gat, and then the camp.
Recently 17 hikers - of whom one only has 2% vision! - did both the new Day 1 and Day 3 trails and their pics should be on our FB Page soon.
Lots of beautiful photos on that page, go have a look:
Mount Komati: Voetslaan, Hiking & Lodge
*** Conservation efforts:
We have brought in an outside team to clear our property of the last 4 Blackwattle bushes that we just couldn't find the time for ourselves, and, although it cost us quite a bit, we are really proud to say that our fight against these vicious intruders has been won and that we have secured the natural, beautiful sandstone outcrops and grassland for the foreseeable future! We just need to carry on managing the ones that will germinate from seeds already present, but there are no more mature wattles left to spread any more seeds.
Great, we hope that you have enjoyed reading of the recent happenings here at Mt Komati and that y'all have been inspired to come and experience this for yourselves.
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