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MALEKHALONYANE CHALET
DAY ONE: 14 km
Alt: 1591m

Starting point after overnight at Malekhalonyane chalet near Motseng village. Chalet is in open grassland with mountain views along which the trail traverses in a north-easterly direction. Cross over the Jordan river soon after starting the hike. Pause to inspect rock art paintings on route which your guide will point out. Short steep climb up onto grassland ridge with easy walking decending down to stream crossing near Masupha village. Moderate climb with great views followed by descent through Mpharane village to chalet.

MAKHULONG CHALET
DAY TWO: 20 km
Alt: 1560m

Descend through Mpharane village to cross the Seeta river. This can be deep in summer requiring careful negotiation. Thereafter a steady climb using footpaths and sled tracks to reach a long easy ridge with excellent 360 degree views. Through a nek and contour path to the protea level where the path meanders through open grassland with streams and incised valleys. A final moderate climb takes you to the chalet at Maboloka located below the Twin Sisters and Makalane peaks. A walk down to the stream and through Mountain Hardpear trees takes one to a panel of well preserved rock art in the sandstone belt.

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MABOLOKA CHALET
DAY THREE: 14 km
Alt: 1663m

Moderate climb along stock paths up pleasant contour with interesting sandstone features. Descend to Kinira river (good clean water for drinking) and follow undulating terrain through Goxe and Pepela villages. Cross Makomoring stream (some wattle infestation) and climb up to the chalet located in protea grassland. The chalet at Madlangala is surrounded by encircling mountain peaks and has a sense of space and clear mountain air.

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MADLANGALA CHALET
DAY FOUR: 13 km
Alt: 1685m

Your last day's hike is a pleasant contour walk with patches of indigenous forest, protea groves, fascinating sandstone features and mountain grassland. Depending on season, you will find many species of wildflowers and birdlife along this section. The trail ends nears Qachas Nek (border post with Lesotho) where you will be collected by vehicle and taken back to Matatiele where your cars will have been safely parked.

 

 

 

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Discover the Mehloding Adventure Trail for yourself !

For the fit and the adventurous .... a stunning guided trail into this lesser known part of the Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg national park (a World Heritage Site).

Discover San rock art, protea and tree ferns, indigenous forests, wild flower gardens and rare birds.
Pass through rural villages and be greeted by friendly local communities and experience traditional culture. At the end of each day be welcomed by your hostess at comfortable chalets where you can enjoy a hot shower, African cuisine and an inviting bed !

Trail package includes:
  • Twin or dormitory room accommodation
  • Dinner, breakfast and free service tea/coffee
  • Hot showers, linen and towels
  • Professional guiding
  • Packed lunch
  • Extras :

  • Return transfers from Matatiele @ R 800 per group
  • Transfers between chalets at R 800 per group
  • Other trail options (eg self catering)
  • Full trail is R 1920 per person for 5 day/4 nights
    (groups of 2 or more).
    Price valid from October 2013 to September 30 2014

    Mehloding Adventure Trail Pricing

    Enquiries and Bookings :

    Mehloding Community Tourism Trust
    P O Box 406
    Matatiele 4730
    Tel / Fax (039) 737 3289

    Email : mehloding@telkomsa.net