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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.

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Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Haenertsburg

9.7km West of center 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 center 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 center 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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Glenogle Farm, The Stables and The Loft

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

15.2km North West of center of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Glenogle Farm is a privately owned estate hidden amongst the pine plantations in the beautiful mountainous area of Magoebaskloof. This picturesque farm boasts horses, a magnificent dam stocked with trout as well as 2 Luxury self catering units.

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L'Orange Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

16.0km West of center of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

L’Orange one of the oldest houses in Haenertsburg. It was built back in the early 1960s. Karen Boyum (a humanitarian and founder of Thusanang) and two friends, bought the property in 1968. Karen is one of Haenertsburg Village’s valuable, “old stock.” Kare

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Pavetta Country House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

17.9km North West of center 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
From R 1 300,00
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Casa Clavella

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

18.0km North West of center 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: 28 in 8 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

18.3km North West of center of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort is situated in the beautiful Cheerio Valley. Sleeps from 28 - 33 guests.

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Zwakala River Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

19.5km North West of center of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a privately owned farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof Mountains in the Limpopo Province. Our accommodation includes cosy cottages, a guest house and a private camp site located next to a tranquil river in the mountains

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Sleeps: 6

Boskiep 2

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Tzaneen

22.0km North of center of Wolkberg Wilderness Area

Boskiep 2 is a convenient stopover or holiday base, an affordable self-catering flat for business travellers, sales representatives, tourists, etc.

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