Leopard Trail Reviews

By Hikers & Trail Runners

Cedar Falls April 2019

…there was nothing holding us two old toppies from getting to the falls….using tight fitting wollen undergarments and great positive attitude we braved the icy water and managed to really enjoy  these awesome falls….perhaps a simple wooden raft made...

Don’s hike in April 2019

We really enjoyed our 4 day hike along the Leopard Trail, though I must confess it was tougher than I had expected. Possibly due to the recent heavy floods that clearly eroded many parts of the trail, however, this also lent an adventurous aspect – as though we...

SA’s Best Day Hike

A group of hikers last year commented that some places you just can’t capture with photos and videos. So for the next few weeks we challenged hikers to try their best to capture SA’s best day hike and share their footage. Here is a mix of the results. You decide.

Dramatic footage from hikers of the floods at camp 2

What kind of hiker is grateful for a flash flood? These guys were at camp two when the thunderstorm hit, and we had to send a drone overhead to make sure they were all ok. The next day they were ecstatic and very grateful to have the chance to experience a force of nature like this (and that our camp sites have been well placed with floods in mind). #realhikers

Mark – September 2018

Some feed back from our hike on the Leopard Trail – it was great. Everyone loved it. See more here:
https://gardenroutetrail.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/leopard-trail-baviaankloof-hiking/

Diana’s group, September 2018

“I loved the route and how each day is different. The overnight facilities is more than sufficient, the staff friendly. Willem made sure we are all happy and went out of his way to tell us tales about the Kloof and the farm. I assume the cold water shower could be an issue for hikers deciding to do the hike in the colder months. The only thing I would change is to have a radio at each camp should there be an emergency”.

In my eye – also staff very friendly, organization excellent. The entire slack pack idea with the black crates worked perfect. They ensure your goods are kept in shade all the time.

The cold water showers I enjoyed – but I can imagine colder months it wont be that easy. I also overheard that there is a plan that cabins are to be build in the future – We actually enjoyed the tent set up. It gave it a different atmosphere.

The route was marked well – here and there you had to think a bit and search for foot prints – but again – it made the hike more enjoyable. The route itself amazing – different every day. We also were lucky with all the flowers blooming, most interesting plants and succulents. I am very impressed overall. Enough water every day as well.

This was my first slack pack ever, and second 5 day hike (otter was first) so difficult to compare and you cannot compare otter with leopard – different hike and scenery – both were amazing. But I cant really give any suggestions – everyday I thought everything worked out so well.

Stephen, September 2018

Thank you so much for all your assistance for our trip. Staff were friendly and helpful, and Willem was kind enough to give us a lift to camp 3 when I twisted my ankle up Honeybush hill. Amazing facilities, and the camps were beautifully situated. The only downside was having to pack tents up before the sun hit the camp, so they were wet when packed. Otherwise, there was enough water for us, the trail was always clearly marked so no chance of getting lost, and having a stocked camp was always a plus. Just something to mention though, and I’m sure it’s common place in areas like this, but there were plenty of tics on the trail. Wearing long pants is definitely a must in this situation.

Sadly we didn’t see any leopard, but did see their prints in a few areas. Wished we could have seen more wildlife, but when you traverse an area this big, I suppose you have to be quite lucky to spot something. Thanks again. Really amazing place.