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Directions to The Loerie Day Trail

From Nelspruit, take the Sabie/Lydenburg Road (R37) for about 50km until you get to a T-Junction. At the T-Junction turn right to Sabie. Drive through Sabie towards Graskop. Take the Lone Creek Falls road by turning left at the last street (Lydenburg Road) in Sabie and follow the tar road for about 1 km. Turn right at the Merry Pebbles signboard and right again a few 100 metres beyond that. This will take you to Castle Rock Caravan Park.

Start

The Loerie Day Trail starts at Castle Rock Caravan Park or the Bridal Veil Falls

End

Circular Route

Distance

10.2 km

Duration

Allow for about 3 hours

Rating

Challenging

Permit

You will need to purchase a permit for this trail and sign an indemnity register. The permit can be bought from Big Sky fishing shop in Sabie at a cost of R15 per person.
Features

Indigenous forest, spectacular Sabie valley scenery, plantations, waterfalls and pools
Take With

You will need the following:

    sunglasses,
    costume and towel
    good walking shoes,
    insect repellent,
    refreshments
    at least 1 litre of water per person,
    sunblock
    camera,
    binoculars

Description

A popular day hiking trail along a circular route which takes you through a pine and blue gum plantation, indigenous forest and patches of grassland. The first section of the hike follows a road which leads you to the Bridal Veil Falls. From there on the trail climbs sharply through indigenous forest taking you past the Glynis Falls and some others if it is rainy season. You will eventually reach the end of the indigenous forest and start walking along the forest road again. There are lovely views of Sabie to be seen in the distance. The trail then heads downwards through pine plantations and eventually back onto the forest road again.
Please Note

There are sections of this trail that can be slippery due to nearby water from the waterfalls. If you are hiking the trail during the rainy season, some of the roads may be very muddy. Parts of the hike go through a Komatieland timber harvesting, so you may come across trees that have been cut down, be aware of the markers to ensure you stay on the correct track.
Highlights

    Cool down in a natural pool on a hot summer’s day
    Notice the beautiful wild flowers
    Keep your eyes and ears open for the beautiful and rare Knysna Loerie

 

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