Walking Trails

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Guided Walks

To learn more about the smaller animals, insects, impressive birdlife of the area and the traditional African uses of indigenous trees and plants, why not take a walk with our field guide. This service is free of charge and done in the mornings before breakfast. Please book in advance.

Iketla Lodge - Guided Walks

Walking Trails

You are welcome to explore the bush on your own. Trails are well marked, safe and vary in difficulty and distance. Routes are colour coded so that you easily decide on the distance, time and relative difficulty The WHITE and RED route start near the parking area. The GREEN, YELLOW and BLUE routes starte at the swimming pool.

To learn more about the smaller animals, insects, imppressive birdlife of the area and the traditional uses of indigenous trees and plants, why note take a walk with our field guide. This service is free of charge, but must be arranged the day before. Those guided walks will start at 7am and you will be back at right in time for breakfast.

Although the reoutes have been planned to ensure maximum comfort and safety, Iketla Lodge cannot be held responsible for any injuries sustained whilst on the trails - guests walk at their own risk. In wet conditions, take care when descending a path as it may be slippery.

Please also note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Iketla Lodge - Walking Trails

Green Trail

Duration: 30 minutes
Distance: 1.5 km
Difficulty: Easy Route

This trail offers three natural look-out points with great views of the valley and very impressive views of the mountain ranges to the South.

Iketla Lodge -Green Trail great views

White Trail

Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 3 km
Difficulty: Easy Route

Ideal for a late afternoon or early morning stroll. Good for birding and identification of tree and plant species (at least 7 different Aloe species can be spotted on this route). Great views of the mountain ranges to the South.

Iketla Lodge -White Trail Good for birding

Yellow Trail

Duration: 90 minutes
Distance: 4 km
Difficulty: Moderate

After a short, relatively steep descent into the valley below, you will enter an indigenous forest with a vast variety of tree species. You will cross a natural fountain, then continue in the lushly vegetated ravine, rich in birdlife and surrounded by towering dolomite cliffs. A gradual ascent brings you back to the lodge.

Iketla Lodge Yellow Trail Natural Stream

Red Trail

Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance: 8 km
Difficulty: Difficult

A fairly strenuous 8 km hill walk. After a short climb, you are rewarded with dramatic scenery of deep valleys, rocky outcrops and steep quartzite cliffs. Allow 2.5 hours to complete.

Iketla Lodge -Red Trail Quartzite Cliffs

Blue Trail

Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
Distance: 8.5 km
Difficulty: A fair degree of walking fitness is required

Undoubtly impressing and rewarding. Start with the YELLOW trail and then a loop will take you past red quartzite cliffs towering on your right. Noteworthy are the changing eco-systems and subsequent changes in plant and tree species. The giant Rock Fig trees are a highlight as well as the big, ancient over-hanging cave.A fairly strenuous 8 km hill walk. After a short climb, you are rewarded with dramatic scenery of deep valleys, rocky outcrops and steep quartzite cliffs. Allow 2.5 hours to complete.

Iketla Lodge - Blue Trail - Wild Fig Tree
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