THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Aside from what can be done on the farm, there is a lot to see and do in the area around Katrinasrust Country Estate. We've put together a list of some of the things that we think are really well worth a visit. For more information about any of the below please get in touch and we'd be happy to help.
MOUNTAIN STRINGS ZIP LINE
What a fun day out for the whole family. Located on the N4 in Waterval Onder, Mountain Strings Zip Lines offer a scenic trip down the mountain on a series of zip lines totalling 3.1km with a few short walks in between. It takes about 45 minutes to get there from Katrinasrust, but it's well worth the drive. Booking is essential. For more info visit their website or give them a call.
Please just take note that you'll need to go through the Machadodorp Toll gate to get there and it's about R110 each way.
Waterval Boven is home to world class rock climbing, with climbers travelling from all over the world to experience what the small town's surrounding escarpment has to offer. Just 36km away, it is close enough for a day excursion from Katrinasrust, and offers a range of routes to suit all levels of experience. And if you're not a climber, the view alone is worth seeing.
BARBERTON MAKHONJWA GEOTRAIL
Starting in Barberton, 125km away, the Makhonjwa Geotrail is a scenic 38km drive towards Josefsdal. It showcases rock formations that date from the Archaean period, more than 3 billion years old. Archaean rocks are not usually easily accessible but the formation discovered in Barberton can be viewed clearly from the road. These rock formations have been called 'the history of our planet cast in stone', and are explained clearly along the route in signs set up along the road. Take a picnic and set off for the day to explore some of the oldest rock formations known to man.
Visit the official web page here.
There is a lot of speculation as to the origin of the stone cirles in and around the Machadodorp area, but there are some great examples of the 'Bakoni Ruins' along the road between Machadodorp and Katrinasrust. Regardless of whether they were kraals, ancient agricultural technology, energy harvesting grids or bestowed upon us by something supernatural, they are quite beautiful to see. There is also a museum situated in Waterval Boven dedicated to these archeological mysteries.
THE NUM NUM/ HIGH5 TRAIL
The Num Num trial is considered one of the most picturesque trails in this part of the country. Ranging from a 1 to 5 day trail, with accommodation in rustic trail camps along the way, it offers stunning views of the escarpment and indigenous landscape. You can contact Pieta Wessels on 082 950 2417 to make a booking.
Dullstroom is about and hour and fifteen minute drive from Katrinasrust. There is heaps to do once you get there so it makes for a nice day trip if you're staying with us for a few days and would like to see a bit more of the area. There is lots for kids to see and a few fun things for adults too, as well as a huge selection of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops to grab a bite.
We can highly reccommend the Bird Of Prey Centre (please note that they are closed on a Wednesday and Thursday). It's both fun and educational for kids and adults, and supports a great cause.
And don't forget to indulge a decadent milkshake from Udderlicious for the ride home after.
Kaapsehoop is a very quirky little town about an hour and 20 minute drive from the farm. There are cafés and coffee shops, as well as picnic sites of you'd like to pack your own snacks for the day, and breathtaking walks along the escarpment. You might also be lucky enough to see the wild horses that roam the mountains in the area. Kaapsehoop is also a great spot if you'd like to do some birding, and only a short drive further to Nelspruit if you'd like to visit the Botanical Gardens or take the kids ice skating.
If you're feeling extra adventurous and have a 4x4 there is a forestry road that cuts over the mountain from the Slaaihoek road that pops out on the N4 about 20 minutes from Kaapsehoop.
Please just take note that you'll need to go through the Machadodorp Toll gate to get there if you take the main road and it's about R110 each way.