2 to 7 Day HIKING TRAIL options
 ***    New Owners!!    ***
***    New Management!!    ***

Only R220 per Person
per Day!!

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Some major changes made:

 

The newly formed
Escarp Adventures
recently aquired the old Five Assegais property.
The Num Num hiking trail has undergone some interesting changes and will hence forth be known as the:

High Five
hiking trails.

Our business model has changed a little, but the individual properties that originally formed part of the world renowned Num num trail are still carrying on doing business as usual.
The main change is that Escarp Adventures has ADDED their award winning
Mt Komati River Lodge to now form the new
High Five Hiking Trails.

 

This area of ours now is ready to become the choice hiking destination for the Northern and Eastern regions of our beautiful South Africa!

Welcome aboard!

We are looking forward to be hosting you 🙂

For Enquiries & Bookings on the old Num num which is now known as:
the High Five Trails with its brand new 2, 3, 4 & 5 day options at
Escarp Adventures & Mt Komati (and their neighbours)
contact Pieta:

071 710 8835 (MTN)
082 950 2417 (Vodacom)
E-mail: hikehighfive@gmail.com

 

For Enquiries and Bookings on the next door Bermanzi
Hiking Trails and Guesthouses ( and the Oom Paul
Two Day Backpackers Trail between Bermanzi and Escarp Adventures)
Contact
Attie
Cell : 0828561942 or 0763877658 Satellite :
0878085629
www.bermanzi.co.za
E-mail : info@bermanzi.co.za

Num Num AWARDED
“BEST LONG TRAIL IN SOUTH AFRICA 2013”
by Magalies Voetslaan.

GREEN FLAG GRADED
“PRISTINE”
member of HOSA

Hiking Trails

RATES

Only R220.00 !
The rate for hiking trails is per person per day and INCLUDES accommodation in the overnight hikers huts.

DescriptionRelaunch SPECIAL Rate
Slack packing per crate per day, minimum 2 crates.
You may add a coolbox @ the same tariff
R110.00
EARLY START 9.30 am PONGOLA PREMIUM 3 DAY TRAIL -
PONGOLA START FINISH
Arrive at the Pongola Express Camp no later than 9.30am and hike
Die Bergbas Roete, 7.5km from ‘to ‘Aloe Kaya’ •
Day Two – The Bladdernut Track, 7.5km and join the The Milkplum
Path, 5.2km to ‘Candlewood Camp’ •
Day Three – The Pom-pon Way, 6.3km to and join the Die Kokoboom
Pad, 7km circular trail from the Pongola to where your vehicle is.
R660.00
PREMIUM 3 DAY TRAIL - PONGOLA START FINISH
Arrive and stay the first night at the Pongola Express Camp •
Day One – Die Bergbas Roete, 7.5km from ‘to ‘Aloe Kaya’ •
Day Two – The Bladdernut Track, 4.5km and join the King's Highway trail, 3km to ‘Candlewood Camp’ •
Day Three – The Pom-pon Way, 6.3km to and join the Die Kokoboom
Pad, 7km circular trail from the Pongola to where your vehicle is.
R660.00
PREMIUM 4 DAY TRAIL PONGOLA START/FINISH
Arrive and stay the first night at the Pongola Express Camp
Day One - Die Bergbas Roete, 7.5km from ‘to ‘Aloe Kaya’ •
Day Two – The Bladdernut Track, 9.5km to ‘Bermanzi Camp’ •
Day Three – The Milkplum Path, 6.2km to ‘Candlewood Camp’ •
Day Four- The Pom-pon Way, 6.3km to ‘Pongola Express’ where your
vehicle is.
R880.00
PREMIUM 5 DAY TRAIL - PONGOLA - START FINISH
Arrive and stay the first night at the Pongola Express Camp •
Day One – Die Bergbas Roete, 7.5km from ‘to ‘Aloe Kaya’ •
Day Two – The Bladdernut Track, 9.5km to ‘Bermanzi Camp’ •
Day Three – The Milkplum Path, 6.2km to ‘Candlewood Camp’ •
Day Four – The Pom-pon Way, 6.3km to ‘Pongola Express’ •
Day Five – Die Kokoboom Pad, 7km circular trail from the Pongola to
where your vehicle is.
R1100.00
Many different Weekend trail options available, including Slack packing!Starting at R440.00

Hiking Trails

• Groups of between 2 and 25 guests can be accomodated for, but for safety reasons no fewer than 4 hikers is allowed on any trail on any given day (one gets hurt, one stays with the patient and two others go seek help).
A 50% deposit secures your booking. If somone else pays their deposit first, you may loose your prefered dates.
• The booking is NOT VALID until the deposit is paid and the proof of payment emailed to us.
Only one payment from the group leader will be accepted.
Please see our Booking- & Cancellation policies furter down.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

We DO NOT have a central reception so go straight to your start/finish camp as arranged when your booking was finalised. Guests’ arrival times are varied, the camps are far apart and some has no or very poor network coverage so PLEASE MAKE SURE that you follow each camp’s arrangements carefully in order to ensure that they are open and available on your arrival. • Facilities are self explanatory and the trails are well marked.• The High Five trail (the old Num-Num) can operate as a circular route and you might start your hike at any one of the six camps.
Customising your trail is an option, including the trails to our neighbours Wathaba, Bermanzi & Mt Komati. Please phone Pieta for all details:
071 710 8835 (MTN) or 082 950 2417 (Vodacom).

Management reserves the right to change your start finish camp and to accommodate the privacy of hikers. • Your itinerary and other important information will be sent with your invoice • Parking is safe, for this day and age at least, but you should leave all valuables at home or take them with you. • Arrival time is no earlier than 15h00 and no later than 19h00 unless otherwise arranged. • Rooms and bathroom areas must be vacated by no later than 09h00 and kitchen and other communal areas by no later than 10h00 so that we can prepare for the next guests, please. • Slack pack crates must be ready for pick-up by no later than 8am.

WHERE WE ARE AND HOW TO GET HERE

Hiking Trails

We are situated 2.5 hours drive east of Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Just off the N4 between Machadodorp and Badplaas on the R541, so you miss the expensive Machadodorp toll gate 😀

Make sure that you type in the correct information in your GPS!
Do not follow it blindly to Pongola KZN, for instance!

The main Lodge & Manager’s resdence is at:

-25.816163, 30.371241
or, if you prefer this format:
25°48’58.2″S 30°22’16.5″E

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 –>   SLACK PACKING   <–

• The slack packing service is when we transport your luggage between camps. You therefor only have to carry a day pack on our hiking trails!
• The crates are 38cm x 58cm x 36cm high at the smallest point or 85 litres.
• You may supply a coolbox of simmilar size, or smaller, that we will transport for you at the same tarrif.
All crates strictly to be ready by 8 am.

Only R110.00 per crate or or coolbox per day!

TRAIL RUNNING

The Num-num Trail hosts an annual trail running challenge and we also welcome trail runners throughout the year. We have specific routs for this activity. For safety’s sake, minimum of 4 runners please.

HIKING CAMPS

Each of our hiking camps is a unique, beautiful and comfortable experience. You will have to forget any romantic notions you might have as all facilities are shared.
All the camps have indoor and outdoor braai areas, kitchens equipped with basic cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils and hot water.

Pongola Express Coach Camp

Two beautiful old renovated 1954 railway coaches form the heart of this camp. It’s like sleeping in history. There are 7 compartments sleeping 2 to 4 people each, with a maximum of 21 guests. Two showers, 4 toilets and a bath is availble. A wide, covered verandah and indoor dining area links the coaches with the kitchen so this area provides a good socialising space. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, chest freezer, microwave oven, gas stove and basic crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.

The “Stasiemeestershuisie” is right next to the coaches and has a bathroom with shower, basin and toilet and a room with 2 bunk beds sleeping 4 guests.

Electric lights and geysers everywhere.

Pieta
Call: 082 950 2417 (Vodacom)
Call: 071 710 8835 (MTN)
E-mail: hikehighfive@gmail.com

Aloe Kaya Camp

Two double story wooden huts are nestled between spectacular sandstone rock formations evoking images of mystery. Each room has 3 bunk beds sleeping 6 guests total. The ‘loos with a view’ a main attraction… Hot outside showers between rock formations to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, a two plate gas hob and basics like cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. Both inside and outside braai areas with grids available. Ekectric geysers and lights.

Pieta
Call: 082 950 2417 (Vodacom)
Call: 071 710 8835 (MTN)
E-mail: hikehighfive@gmail.com

Bermanzi Camp – Die Stalle

Spectacular views across the escarpment. There are four rooms with bunk beds and a cosy kitchen. There are stoves, fridges and a microwave.
Attie van Niekerk 082 856 1942 or 076 387 7658
attievn@gmail.com

Candlefalls Camp (No electricity)

 

This camp has a wonderful panoramic view of both the Bankspruit and Komati river velleys and it looks down onto the legendary Uitkomst Waterfall, the second tallest in Mpumalanga! Hot water is supplied by a wood burning donkey geyser. There are two huts, each with 5 bunk beds sleeping 10 hikers each, so maximum of 20 guests in this camp. The kitchen is equipped with a two plate gas hob and basics like cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. Both inside and outside braai areas with grids available. No lights nor fridge/freezer facilities here.

Pieta
Call: 082 950 2417 (Vodacom)
Call: 071 710 8835 (MTN)
E-mail: hikehighfive@gmail.com

HUT ALLOCATION

Guests will be allocated huts for the Mt Komati-, Aloe Kaya- and Candlefalls Camps.
Pongola Express has 7 compartments:
3 x 2 booth, 1 x 3 booth & 3 x 4 booth.
The Stasiemeestershuisie at Pongola sleeps 4 guests and has its own bathroom, but shares all the other comunal spaces.
Bermanzi / Die Stalle is based on first come, first serve. As people arrive at different times please do not ‘spread out’.

*** MAIN RULES ***

  • This is a PRIVATE PROPERTY and not a state forest nor public trail.
  • The owners share this piece of stunning earth kind heartedly with guests who are willing to respect their property, nature, rules and regulations.
  • Right of admission reserved.
  • Observe the hiking trail culture where guests come exclusively to experience nature and its beauty, peace & quiet.
  • Please respect the environment and others at all times.

These are the most important RULES:

NOISE:
NO radios / cellphones nor any other music allowed if you are sharing a camp with any other group whatsoever.

ALCOHOL:
NO
excessive alcohol consumption will be tolerated, ever.

SMOKING:
NO buds anywhere else than in a dustbin PLEASE.
On a trail: make sure that you completely put out the cigarettes and bring back the buds to camp.
NO smoking inside the buildings AT ALL.

WOOD:
NO gathering of wood AT ALL.
Our staff sells Black wattle wood in their honesty shops in each camp.
Only R15.00 per bundle. Groups of 10 people use ± 5 bundles per night.
Please bring appropriate change.

FIRES:
NO bonfires.
***May to October is a VERY HIGH VELD FIRE RISK time of the year, so please be very careful***
Fires ONLY allowed in designated areas.
Never leave any fires unattended.
Last person to go to bed must put out all fires by gently splashing water on it.

LITTERING:
No littering please.
What you can carry in, you can carry out.
Egg shells, apple cores etc, ALL COMES BACK to a dustbin! These are unnatural and visual pollution.

GRAFFITI:
Graffiti is littering!
IT IS VISUAL POLLUTION, too, and downright disrespectful to nature, the owners of this property and fellow hikers who come after you.
So NO scribbling on rocks, stones, trees nor anywhere else, please.
Parents, keep your kids in check concerning this.

COLLECTING:
No collecting of anything; not pretty rocks nor driftwood nor anything please.
Parents, keep your kids in check concerning this.

ANIMALS:
Do not feed any animals, please, for their AND YOUR safety’s sake.
Due to wild animals on this property, STRICTLY NO PETS ALLOWED.

RUBBISH:
All rubbish in bins please, NOTHING in the veld.
Switch off all lights during the day and when you leave a camp.

EMMERGENCY NUMBERS:
Even  before you depart to visit us, please make sure that you have all emergency services numbers at and, this is your responsibility.

OTHER:
Make sure you get the duty staff member’s number BEFORE your arrival!

 

 

 


HONESTY SHOP
:
Because most of the hikers here cannot carry too heavy things, our staff makes a VERY LIMITED number of colddrinks and alcoholic drinks available to hikers who have just finished a trail.
These drinks are sold on an honesty shop principal. Please respect this.
Drinks are NOT for guests doing a base camp trail since they can bring their own drinks with.

 
 
Booking Policy
  1. Only a 50% deposit will secure your booking.
  2. If another group pays their deposit first, you probably will forfeit your preferred date.
  3. The final number of guests may not be less than what the original booking was made for.
    ~ However, you may enlarge your group size later, if space is still
       available.
    ~ Should you decrease the number of people or period within 31 days
       of the event the original booking amount will still be applicable and
       the remaining 50% will need to be paid.
  4. The final amount (second 50% and added bookings) is payable 31 days prior to your arrival otherwise the camp may be given out to someone else and you may forfeit your entire deposit (see our cancellation policy here below).
  5. ONE person must please collect all the monies from their group and then make a once-off payment to us using the reference number as on the invoice. This goes for both the deposit and the final payment, please.
Cancellation policy
  1. Non arrival – no refund of any monies paid. Total invoice payable.
  2. 0 to 30 days prior to arrival – no refund of any monies paid. Total invoice payable.
  3. 31 – 60 days prior to arrival – 50% refund of deposit paid.
  4. 61 days and more prior to arrival – 75% refund of deposit paid.
  5. All cancellations must be in writing.

Let us know how we can help you
For Enquiries or Bookings Call our manager, Pieta on:
071 710 8835 (MTN)
082 950 2417 (Vodacom)
hikehighfive@gmail.com

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