Kingdom Camp Trail
From Kingdom Camp there
are three trails options:
Blue Foot Route (±2 km/±1 hr)
- short, easy, relaxing walk on the riverbanks to
a huge rock overlooking the distant mountains with
the Wilge River below. The route is marked with blue
trail foot markers.
Paradors/Donkerkloof Loop (±8 km/±4
hrs) - circular route ascending steeply behind Kingdom
Camp in a westerly direction to open
bushveld. The route also goes through a shady kloof
and past a natural fountain surrounded by tree ferns.
Mountain zebra and eland are often seen. Typical trees
along this route include naboom and proteas. The route
is marked with yellow trail foot markers.
Overnight Hike – Snaaksekrans Loop
has two possibilities: a hike to (a) Slagthoek
House or (b) Grootdraai
Hut. The route is marked with white
trail foot markers.
Hike to Slagthoek House:
Crossing the Olifants River is necessary for this
hike. Route starts with a gentle climb along the banks
of a stream before ascending steeply onto the high
ridge. There is a magnificent view of the Olifants/Wilge
confluence and the path then descends down to the
river itself. There are rocks and boulders to negotiate,
but the scenery is breathtaking with several rapids
and pools for cooling down - especially in the hot
summer months. The trail crosses the Olifants River
twice and after rain or during the rainy season the
current can be quite strong when the river is high.
are two possibilities: hikers destined for Slagthoek
House can turn left (distance ±3
km), or hikers can proceed to Grootdraai
Hut with the path to the right (distance
±5 km). To
reach Slagthoek House hikers
must climb a steep gorge with numerous boulders.
Hike to Grootdraai Hut:
From the river crossing the path ascends steeply towards
Snaaksekrans which is visible in the distance. It
then meanders along the cliff ridge above the Olifants
River with spectacular views to the distant large
pools. From Grootdraai Hut
hikers go via Bamboeskloof which ascends to the south
through wooded valleys to the upper high plateau linking
Paradors Loop with Donkerkloof and Kingdom