Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander - Accommodation
Candlewood Camp in Waterval Boven
This is strictly a hiking facility and guests are expected to hike between camps. These camps are overnight facilities and are not suitable for longer stays. There is a shuttle service to transport your luggage and food between camps.
This ‘green’ camp is not electrified, and an old style donkey geyser supplies hot water. The camp accommodates a maximum of 20 persons in two romantic corrugated iron construction-style dormitories from the days of the gold rush, with a well-equipped kitchen and an internal braai as no exterior fires are allowed during winter to prevent fires in this pristine grassland.
The Pongola Express to Candlewood Loop consists of two equal sections starting at either camp. Both sections are about 8 km long and include some steep climbs, and is very dramatic with a wide variety of terrains. Starting from the Pongola Express, hikers follow the Num-Num Day 1 Bergbas Roete to the first link and join the Escarpment trail to the Candlewood camp.
From Candlewood, this loop starts on the Escarpment trail and takes the link at the swing bridge onto the Day 4 of the Num-Num the Pompon Way. Hikers can then choose to take the tar road back to the Pongola, or continue a little further and enjoy the walk to the next link to the Express. For the very fit, continue along the Pompon to the next link which joins with Day 5 of the Num-Num trail, the Kokoboom Pad, and back to the Pongola.
God's Window camp to Candlewood Loop is for hikers that can follow a map, as the trail goes backwards in terms of the markings along the trail. There are a few markers associated with this route for reassurance along the way. Starting at Candlewood, the trail follows the Escarpment route down to the waterfall and along the Bankspruit following the path past the boardroom pool and over the Skurwerand to God's Window Camp.
From God’s Window camp, the trail goes backwards along the Day 1 of the Num-Num trail, The Bergbas Roet, to link with the Day 4 of the Pompon Way and continues backwards along that route to Candlewood.
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Facilities available at Candlewood Camp,Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander
- Indoor Fireplace
- No Credit Card Facilities
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- 4 X 4 Trails
- Bicycle Touring
- Big 5
- Bird Watching
- Climbing - Sport
- Climbing - Traditional
- Fishing - Fly
- Fishing - Freshwater
- Game Drives
- Horse Riding
- Quad Biking
- Trout Fishing
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GPS Co-Ordinates: 30° 22' 23.7" E / 25° 47' 50.1" S
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|Departing: O.R. Tambo International Airport|
|Address: O.R. Tambo International Airport, O R Tambo Airport Rd, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa|
|Distance: 19.5 km / Duration: 2 hours 22 mins|
|1.||Head northwest||0.5 km|
|2.||Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 46, follow signs for R21 N/City Center/Kempton Park/Pretoria and merge onto R21|
Partial toll road
|3.||Take exit 43 for Voortrekker Road toward Kempton Park/M96||0.5 km|
|4.||Turn right onto Voortrekker Rd||83 m|
|5.||Turn right at the 1st cross street||25 m|
|6.||Merge onto R21 via the ramp to R24/Johannesburg/O R Tambo International Airport|
|7.||At the interchange 429A-Rietfontein, keep left and follow signs for N12 toward Witbank|
Partial toll road
|8.||Merge onto N4|
|9.||Turn right||1.0 km|
|10.||Continue onto Generaal St||0.2 km|
|11.||Turn left onto Potgieter St||1.5 km|
|12.||Continue onto R541|
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OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the busiest airport in South Africa and Africa, with about 17 million passengers coming through every year. Johannesburg International as it was known previously, was renamed in 2006 to honour the memory of Oliver Reginald Tambo, contributor to the liberation of South Africa.
OR Tambo International Airport is 20-minutes away from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Sandton unless you take the gautrain which takes only 15 minutes to get to Sandton.
Reviews for Candlewood Camp
Honest , helpful and down to earth blokes best hiking trip we've been on .
Beautiful area. Trail is tough as nails. Not for the Novice.
We have just hiked this fabulous outstanding trail..in July..The trail was very well marked..the terrain was spectacular..our accommodation excellent with breath taking views..thank you..We were a group of not particularly fit 60+ women..so the going was slow..but manageable...what an experience!Life changing for all of us ..Well done Num Num !!! we will be back
So much fun! Amazing scenery
Most enjoyable hike for five days. Good sleeping quarters warm showers and good soft mattresses at all the camping sites. Day three could be marked more often on the trail, otherwise all trail markings were well marked. Good company. Slack packing great.
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