Sediba Hike





South Africa
Trip Participants


Mariam Isa


For those of us who have a fascination for Arctic expeditions, we have a much less intimidating South African version.

  Memel in the Eastern Free State is known for its winter cold, but I am reliably informed it can't beat Joburg at the moment. A group of us are planning to go there on July 18-19 to tackle the popular Sediba hike in winter. The advantage of doing it at this time of year is there won't be lots of other hikers to crowd the really stunning base camp (click here to visit)    It's a lovely spot with three thatched huts overlooking a scenic valley, equipped with hot  water showers, kitchen facilities, sheltered fire circle and a large 'stoop' with a lovely view. There are two different circular day hikes from the base camp,  one is 10.5 kms and the other 6km, which go over hilly train, but are rated as "easy" or "moderate" depending on who you consult!  Sediba means "fountain water" and there are numerous waterfalls and lush vegetation on parts of the trail.    Memel is about three hours drive from Joburg  (240 kms). People can arrive either on Friday or Saturday -- the cost of sleeping over for one night and doing one trail is R70. If you want to sleep there one evening and do both trails it's R110. You can also bring mountain bikes, theres a tough hilly road and also single track trails in the area. The camp/hike is child friendly! If you just want to lounge around and "chill" (literally) that's also an option.   Please let me know if you would like to come by the end of this month at the latest (sooner is preferable) The camp can take up to 30 people, and we have about twenty signed up already. I can organise food for dinner, but it would probably be best if people brought their own breakfasts/lunches.   Mariam Isa  082 442 8673


Saturday, July 18, 2009 (All day) to Sunday, July 19, 2009 (All day)