off grid hiking adventures
in a pristine landscape
* Site under construction *
Kingdom Trails is a privately owned nature reserve and covers an area of 15,000 ha hidden within a natural amphitheatre of the Olifants River Gorge. It encompasses the confluence of the Olifants and Wilge rivers in the escarpment break above Loskop Dam. The rivers meander between soaring cliffs and lush riverine bush.
Most of the area is mountainous with gorges and red granite cliffs dropping steeply down to the rivers. It is an area of outstanding natural and scenic beauty that includes Highveld grasslands, red granite cliffs with seasonal springs, bushveld woodlands and dense riverine vegetation along 32km of unspoilt river frontage. This ensures a rich species diversity.
At least 120 tree species have been identified. Numerous riverine, woodland, water and savanna bird species have been recorded. Fish Eagles breed along the rivers and Black Eagles (Verreaux Eagle) are frequently seen near the cliff faces. The African Finfoot is one of the interesting river residents often encountered.
The large variety of large mammals on the property include eland, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, nyala, bushbuck, gemsbuck, tsessebe, waterbuck, mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, oribi, warthog, bushpig, leopard, brown hyena, black-backed jackal, baboons and vervet monkeys, hippos etc.
The property’s altitude ranges between 1,120 m and 1,460 m, and between about 1,140 and 1,450 m in the hiking trails area itself. Annual rainfall for the region fluctuates between 600 and 750 mm.
Rock paintings have been recorded by the Archaeological Department of University of Witwatersrand. The rock paintings are, however, not in an accessible area. (Discuss with Reserve/Trail Manager)
So many people have asked “What is The Beast?” It is a no bells, no whistles, no cameras, bright lights and loud music, off the grid 100km 25 hour, nearly 4000m elevation adventure trail race in the Olifants River Valley on Kingdom Trails. It’s harsh, relentless and extremely technical. Some called it ‘one of …