We spent an unforgettable, albeit chilly, winters day hiking the Milorho Lodge Green Trail on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains. The trail is 12km of absolute beauty, with a shorter 4km trail on offer as well.
Beauty: 4/5 (Definite 5 in summer)
Technical Rating: Mostly on-trail walking with a bit of easy scrambling here and there.
The trail is moderately difficult and contains some boulder hopping and rock negotiating that might prove tricky and potentially dangerous for very young children, but there are no real obstacles to overcome.
Diverse terrain and ecosystems, with a wide range of fauna and flora will have birders, botanists and nature lovers snapping away.
The trail takes one through sub-tropical overgrown gorges, up mountains, through wind-worn rocky outcrops, across level plains and past some of the most scenic rock pools and waterfalls we’ve seen in a long time. Although we had a chilly start, I’m certain those rock pools are a very welcome sight in summer.
Trail markers are clear and well positioned, with occasional plaques here and there with information about the history of the area and interesting titbits and names of the various flora. We were very pleased to see an abundance of the indigenous Aloe Peglerae in bloom.
The trail is still pretty new, having only been developed in 2018 by Gerhardt van Greuning (Green Flag senior auditor, HOSA board member and Ecotrail product developer). It is a Green Flag accredited trail and I’m sure it is going to become one of the most popular trails in the area.
Milorho Lodge has lots of safe parking, offers luxurious self-catering accommodation and is in the process of developing camp sites that should be finished in time for summer. The strict noise level rules ensure a tranquil experience. The access road is a dirt road but well maintained. Visitors are welcome to braai or bring along picnic lunches to enjoy after their hikes. Ablution facilities are also available. Hiking must be booked in advance.