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.
Please wear closed shoes when going on a walk as we do have rocky pathways, snakes & scorpions. Please be advised that you must not leave the indicated pathways and that running is not allowed on the WALKING trails (Remember only food is running).
You are welcome to explore the bush on your own. The trails are well marked and colour coded. A description of the individual trails is available and our friendly staff can also advise you on the best route to take. For your safety we can provide you with a GPS tracker showing the routes of our walking trails. Alternatively you can download the GPX files of our routes to your own tracking device.
Although the routes have been planned to ensure maximum comfort and safety Iketla Lodge cannot be held responsible for any injuries whilst on the trails.
Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
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.
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.
Duration: 90 minutes
Distance: 4 km
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.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance: 8 km
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.
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.