Queen Rose – 9th to 11th August 2019
Hike Leader: Charmaine Hannan
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 356 0788
Distance 600km return
This beautiful hiking trail is located in the Nelshoogte Forest Reserve between Barberton and Badplaas .
It is tucked away amongst the beautiful mountains of the Eastern Escarpment and at the confluence of the Queens and the Montrose rivers. The trail runs mostly across Komatiland forestry land although it is run and maintained privately.
The two-day, 26km, hike takes you amongst indigenous forests, over mountain passes, through the Montrose plantation and along the Queens River.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife that the Genesis Route is renowned for, including the 350+ species of bird found in the area.
There are suspension bridges, 20 river crossings and various splash pools, where you can cool down along the route.
Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can do the Queen Rose Hike. We will slackpack.
First day hike will be from Queens View Hut, an old forestry house which caters for up to 20 hikers at a time. It has electricity, beds and mattresses and modern ablutions inside and in a nearby ablution block. There are braai facilities.
The trail to Delfonte Hut is 15.8kms long and is predominately downhill. However, to start off with, there is quite a steep uphill, through Pine Plantation. This eventually gives way to a descent to Alvin’s Falls and an ideal spot for a morning swim. The water is tempting and the shade of the trees inviting.
Delfonte Hut is situated on the Defonte Estate and has 20 single beds and mattresses. It has no electricity but solar powered lighting and battery operated fridge. The hut has flush toilets and a shower heated by gas. Braai facilities are provided.
The second day of the trail is 9.6km long and consists mainly of a climb through indigenous bush and riverine forest up along a valley back to Queens View Hut.
Cost: R560 for members and R590 for Non-Members
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Vacation Style Holiday Type7 - Slack Pack
Activity Level C - Steep Hills Strenuous
Group Size Medium Group