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This is a strenuous 34 km circular trail, taking 4 days to complete. Permits can be obtained in Maclear.

Woodcliffe Accommodation

Caves and mountain cottages can be used for overnighting en route, all equipped with the basic necessities, plus one self-catering holiday cottage that sleeps 6. The farmhouse is used as a base camp. The main attractions include Drakensberg, indigenous forests, waterfalls, Bushman paintings and dinosaur footprints.

These trails are situated on Woodcliffe, a private farm outside Maclear. The walks are clearly marked and lead through stunning Drakensberg scenery. The first day is a 4-km walk to Tok's Cave.

The second day leads for 12 km from the cave to Reed Park, and includes ascending the Drakensberg. The third day is more strenuous than the others, and leads for 12 km along the escarpment to Wide Valley. The fourth day starts at Wide Valley and leads back down to Woodcliffe, 6 km later.

The summer months are hot, with thundershowers, and winter is cold and dry with frost and snow. There are strong winds from May to August.
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