The Highlands Hike can be enjoyed during any of our well-defined seasons. In winter you can enjoy roaring log fires and a warming glass of Gluhwein, with perhaps the chance to have a snowball fight at over 8,000 feet above sea level during the day. In summer you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy swimming in crystal clear mountain rivers and if you wish you can opt for a camping experience for one of the nights. Whatever the time of year, we will provide you with hearty home-cooked meals which will include locally produced lamb and beef, some of the finest in the country.
Arrival - Lady Grey. Arrive in the historic village of Lady Grey where you will be met by your host and shown to your comfortable rooms in a beautiful country inn. There will be a chance to relax and refresh after your travels. A briefing and pre-dinner drinks will take place in the inn's cosy bar before we set off on a short stroll to a quaint village restaurant for a delicious farmhouse stew and homemade puddings.
Day 1: Lady Grey to Lupela Lodge. After breakfast we will hike out of Lady Grey village on a steady ascent, but the stunning views of the village from the top will reward you for the climb. We head off deeper into the mountain range before dropping down into a beautiful sandstone gorge and arriving at Lupela Lodge. This stunning guest farm has views of a crystal clear mountain river, farmlands and the mountains beyond. Enjoy delicious Barkly roast lamb before relaxing in front of a log fire.
Day 2: Vulture Colony and Gorges. After a mouthwatering cooked breakfast we will set off along the river, following a beautiful sandstone gorge. We will continue our hike along the disused railway line that connected Lady Grey and Barkly East, traversing historic zig-zag railway reverses. We will enjoy a picnic at a stunning viewpoint overlooking a Cape Vulture breeding colony before returning to the comfort of Lupela Lodge. In the evening we will enjoy a steak braai and if the skies are clear take the opportunity to enjoy some stargazing.
Day 3: Up and Over to New England. Wake up to the sound of fish eagles and enjoy a tasty breakfast before hopping into our Landy for a short shuttle to the beginning of this day's hike. Today we will aim to reach the highest point of the trail at an altitude of approximately 2,500 m. We will be looking out for black eagles, mountain reedbuck and the Dragon's Tail which can be clearly seen from the summit. We will drop down into the beautiful New England District and settle into the cosy Kenmure House. Enjoy a few drinks and a chance to reminisce about the previous days' experiences before dinner is served.
Departure: Breakfast will be served before we transport you back to your vehicles. With your lungs full of mountain air and your mind at peace you will feel refreshed and ready to face the rat race once again. We pride ourselves in offering a flexible service and can tailor all trails to your requirements, so please contact us if you would like to:
- Add or subtract hiking days
- Add in a rest day
- Add different activities into the itinerary e.g. horse riding, mountain biking, river rafting, scenic tours
- In summer we can offer the option of a camping night.
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