Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Wolkberg Wilderness Area



Wolkberg Wilderness Area is an area that is maintained for its scientific importance as a natural ecosystem which has remained largely untouched by modern progress, and is an important catchment area which delivers a high quality water supply to the surrounding communities. And in doing the above Wolkberg Wilderness Area perfectly fits the definition of a Wilderness Area. The area is the catchment area which gives origin to the Letaba, Thabina, Letsitele and Mohlapitse Rivers, all of which are watched over by yellowwoods, wild figs, wild beeches and waterberry trees. The Mohlapitse River and its tributaries have cut through the landscape dramatically over a long period of time, with the result that the wilderness area is characterised today by beautiful peaks, sheer cliffs, deep valleys and high waterfalls. The river separates the Strydpoort Mountains from the Drakensberg Mountains.

The beautiful 22000 hectare Wilderness Area is positioned approximately 80 km south-west of Tzaneen. The Wolkberg which means Cloud Mountain is part of the northern Drakensberg and Strydpoort ranges. It is characterised by its great, vertical quartzite krantzes, countless kloofs, cool, deep and densely forested ravines, massive buttresses and folded and interlocking spurs. The area was aptly proclaimed a wilderness area in 1977.

The Wolkberg is rich in birdlife with 150 bird species to see including the hamerkop, bat hawk, black eagle, lilac-breasted roller, blackcollared and pied barbets, pearlbreasted swallow and crested francolin. Hikers have the chance of seeing klipspringer, grey rhebok, mountain reedbuck, duiker, bushbuck, genet, otter, the noctumal caracal and vervet and samango monkeys, and if extremely lucky, leopard and brown hyena.

A row of quartzite cliffs that face north east for about 2 km, known as the Devils Knuckles, drop over a distance of 6 km to the west and form a striking feature of the reserve. There are some long hiking trails with overnight camping spots in the area but there is an easier hiking route along a series of ridges to the spectacular Thabina Waterfall, and another one from the Georges Valley end of the reserve towards Serala peak. Serala, which is situated on the edge of the escarpment, is the highest peak in the wilderness area, reaching a height of 2050 metres.

This stunning part of the Limpopo province is loved by local hikers, climbers, walkers and wanderers and this is mainly due to its variety of trails and its diverse habitat. There are marked trails, but you can walk anywhere you want, exploring dramatic gorges and cliffs, thickly forested ravines and wide-open grasslands.

Don't go to the Wolkberg Wilderness Area without your swimming costume because the area boasts clear stream, refreshing waterfalls and potholed pools.

Accommodation Near Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Haenertsburg

9.7km West of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Discover a magical place where mountain meets river and the spirit of adventure is born. Magoebaskloof Adventure Chalets' wooden chalets are in the indigenous forest on the edge of the Letaba Gorge with stunning views.

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Sleeps: 14 in 6 units/rooms

Granny Dot's Country Spot

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Tzaneen

10.9km North of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Granny Dot's is set up in a warm and welcoming way, an ideal getaway for leisure travellers and jaded business executives. Within the guest house there's a choice of 4 double rooms and 2 outside rooms. All are...

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Coach House Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Tzaneen

12.7km North of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Easily accessible from Gauteng, Coach House Hotel & Spa offers country style hospitality and comfort in tranquil settings. Internationally renowned, this gracious estate is situated on 560 hectares in the lush sub-tropical Letaba district of Limpopo.

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Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms

Hillbilly Haven

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Tzaneen

12.8km North of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Escape the city rush and come explore the beauty of tropical Tzaneen. Hillbilly Haven offers comfortable, affordable self-catering accommodation for 2-12 people. Hillbilly Haven consists of three, comfortable, self-catering, family units, perfect...

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Woodmere Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

15.8km North West of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Woodmere Lodge is a stunning self-catering house set in a pretty garden on a timber farm amongst an indigenous forest with far away views. This luxurious Lodge accommodates 10/12 people. We do not accommodate less than 6 guests at a time.

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms

MaGriet's Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Haenertsburg

15.9km West of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Two spacious en-suite double bedrooms are provided with DStv in each suite. Scrumptious breakfasts are served to satisfy the most discerning palate. Magriet is known for her delicious meals throughout the area. Special trips can be arranged for ...

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Magoebaskloof Hotel

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Haenertsburg

16.6km North West of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Set in the dramatically beautiful Magoebaskloof area, this charming country hotel offers guests a chance to enjoy an idyllic and relaxing break in the countryside. Arriving guests are welcomed by an attractive entrance square with a magnificent mural and

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Pavetta Country House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

17.9km North West of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

The house is scenically placed next to the Haenertsburg Trout Association's trophy dam with great views over the dam and indigenous forest. The house accommodates 6 adults and 2 young children, sharing with their parents in the master bedroom.

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Sleeps: 100 in 10 units/rooms

Casa Clavella

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

18.0km North West of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Stunning views from this three storey Manor House in the heart of Magoebaskloof. The house, of historic value, was built by Italian Prisoners of World War II and has been lovingly restored in keeping with the architecture and style of the period.

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Sleeps: 57 in 17 units/rooms

Silver Mist Resort

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

18.1km West of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Silver Mist's 8 self-catering chalets of different sizes are nestled in the mountains overlooking one of three well stocked catch and release dams so don't forget your fishing equipment! A game fence with a variety of game encloses the farm. There are twe

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