By hikers & trail runners
Review of The Leopard Trail Run by trail explorer Andy Wesson (from TRAIL mag, Aug 2016)
The Trail is fantastic. The toughness of the trail should be noted by hikers, this is not for everyone…
Very fit hikers will find this hike quite easy and less fit hikers will find the tough spots a bit challenging.
I have walked the Whale Trail a number of times, the Fish River and Oorlogskloof once and some other shorter local hikes. The Leopard Trail was a real treat, but I have to say it was a lot tougher than I had expected – the second day in particular – with a lot of up and down and up and down the hills and saddles.
We loved the weekend. The hike is magnificent. The hike is challenging. Great memories. We will give you more feedback when we can walk again(joke).
We found it a tough trail with lots of ups and downs and up again but thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the magnificent views from the top and the valley walks and surviving a walk in a thunder and lightning storm.
Fully equipped kitchen tents – we did not need for anything…
Day Three of the trail was just my best. I loved the three saddles and their vegetation. The proteas were blooming beautifully. None of us found the trail tough.
We had a great time – and walking 16km one day followed by 18km the next day takes some doing!
But more importantly I felt looked after by your staff and they seemed diligent and professional. Nothing was too much trouble.
Bucketlist Lab takes a walk on the Leopard Trail
Bucketlist Lab is always on the look out for unique and spectacular experiences. After the fires on the Leopard Trail in December and January, they were the first to call us and ask how soon they could walk the trail.
As Bucket List Lab said after posting this video, “The regrowth after the fires is one of the most exciting times to experience nature. Having walked the Leopard Trail many times before, we were dead keen to walk the landscape. The stark landscape was incredible to walk through. The video was taken shortly after the devastating fires. Nature is already at work to restore our beautiful kloof. Exciting times ahead!”