Wolkberg

Welcome!

The purpose of this site is to provide more information about the Wolkberg Wilderness Area.

We hope that more people will [responsibly] visit the Wolkberg more often.
Wolkberg is good for your soul!

Maps

The below maps may help you to plan / navigate your trip to the Wolkberg.

KMZ File Icon Google Earth MapLast Update: 26/07/2014
Opens with Google Earth. Be sure to read the "Read Me!" on the map!
 
JPG File Icon Contour Map (with routes)
From the School for Mountain Leadership site (disclaimer on the linked page).
 
JPG File Icon "Official" Map
The "official" map, available from the Serala Forest Station.

Links

Wolkberg Wikipedia Page
Guided Wolkberg Trips
Footprint Hiking Club Wolkberg Page

First Trip

If you have never been to the Wolkberg before, then the following may assist you with planning your first trip:
The turnoff to the Wolkberg is on the R71 between Pietersburg/Polokwane and Tzaneen, just after Zion City Moria when coming from the Pietersburg/Polokwane side. The turnoff is signposted. The road is mostly gravel and passes by a few small villages before ascending the mountain. Just keep going straight, and once on the mountain keep an eye out for any signs directing you to Serala Forest Station. If you're unsure then check the Google Earth Map. If you have a GPS, then the road should be marked on it.
At the Serala Forest Station, drive past the campsite and park your vehicle under the shady trees at the office and sign in to the mountain register. Sometimes there is nobody available at the office - don't worry, you can always pay when you get back from your hike. The cost is nominal - as of 2013 it is something like R10 per person per day.
You can overnight at the forest station campsite if you arrive late.
You are of course free to go wherever you like in the Wolkberg, but if you would like a safe and easy starting point then we recommend the following:
Simply walk down to the Klipdraai waterfalls. This is a safe and easy hike as well as an easy and popular campsite. From this "base camp" you can explore around and possibly try further hikes - perhaps up into the Wonderwoud. This will give you a good feel for the area and for Wilderness hiking/camping. To get to the Klipdraai waterfalls from the office; head back up the road and bear left towards the "compound", then just follow the road down towards the waterfalls! (The hike is approximately 6km with a 550m altitude difference.) After approximately 2.5km there will be a split in the road - take the left split. After approximately another 1.5km, you will cross a stream - an opportunity to get some fresh water, and/or even take a dip! Then just carry on down the rest of the way into the valley - you'll run into the campsite at the bottom.

Disclaimer

It has been pointed out that this page may make hiking in the Wolkberg look a little too easy.
Thus, it is necessary to reiterate that this is a Wilderness area. "Campsite" means a flat(ish) area where it is possible to pitch a tent. There are no ablution "facilities". Routes (as indicated on maps) do not necessarily mean that there is a path in that location - they simply mean that it is (or was, at some stage) possible to walk there. You will encounter dense bush, (very) steep inclines, and river crossings on some of them. Hikers should obviously be fit and well prepared, etc.
There are also obviously standard things such as
snakes / spiders / leopards (we have not yet been lucky enough to see one) / etc.
Various warnings are also indicated on the Google Earth Map (be sure to read the "Read Me!").

Link (Afrikaans Newspaper Article): "Heelnag teen 'n steil helling" ("All night on a steep slope")

Pictures

Whilst trying not to give too much away,
here are some pictures of what you might expect to find in the Wolkberg:
Upper Mohlapitse Serala Sisters
Upper Mohlapitse Waterfall Sunset
Bumslides Wonderwoud
Camp Knuckles
Mohlapitse Southern Plateau
Klipdraai Waterfalls Cleo's Pools
Big Grass Northern Plateau
Sunrise Knuckles (from behind)

Contact Us

If you have any queries about planning your trip to the Wolkberg (and would like to ask someone who has been there before), or if you have any comments regarding this page or the Google Earth map, then please email us at mail@dizzy.co.za.

We would like to share the following email which we received:

Dear Mr Dizzy

I am travelling to Wolkberg next week from Cheshire in the UK but I can't find very much information. Please could you help me with the following.
  1. Do you have the phone number of the Sherpas, as I need to give them instructions about caring for my  £3,555  Rimowa Rucksack, which needs waxing everyday if exposed to sunlight.
  2. Are my white stiletto sandals ok footwear to walk on the footpaths.
  3. Are the pools heated.
  4. Do the coffee bars have Mochchocaloca Frapinos -or just Skinny Lattes.
  5. Are the snake enclosures secure.
Thank you very much for any help in advance.

Sophia de Cheshire.



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