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Hiking

Hiking through grassland and indigenous bush with spectacular views, bridges across rivers and an abundance of fauna and flora.

There are numerous self-guided hiking trails within the reserve. Hiking trails vary in length from 1 hour to 5 hours. Please download our trail map which indicates which trails are suitable for what level of fitness. Maps are also available in the lodges. Some of our waterfall trails have steep elements that can be attempted by a moderately fit person.

Download our  Trail Map

If you would prefer a guided hike, we have access to the Karkloof’s best tourist guides with some advance notice. Choose between birding, tree identification, frogging or general hikes. Costs vary according to activity and can be selected when booking.

Rockwood and Karkloof Waterfalls

  • Horseshoe Falls (trail off road towards Mountain Lodge)
  • Godwinwi Falls – The trail behind Rockwood Forest Lodge is a stunning hiking trail with carefully positioned bridges and support which leads to two magnificent waterfalls which make up the Godwini Falls. It’s about an hour’s hike and we highly recommend a plunge in the pools at the bottom of the falls to cool down afterwards! There are some steep elements

The Karkloof area has numerous large waterfalls. Some of the more spectacular falls are mentioned below:

  • Karkloof Falls (about 35 minute drive towards Howick)
  • Howick Falls (about 30 minute drive in Howick)
  • Grey Mares Tail (on the road passed Mbona)