Frosty Peaks Wartrail Highlands adevnture
Frosty Peaks Wartrail Highlands adevnture

A unique high altitude walking tour that will take you from cave to beautiful cave. Each days walking is around 15 to 20km for 5 days along gravel roads and local trek paths, meandering between farms, mountains and river streams.

Each destination offers great scenery and the opportunity to continue exploring. Cool off mid-walk by swimming in the streams and picnicking under the shade of poplar trees.

Setting up camp underneath magnificent sandstone caves will keep you sheltered, dry and comfortable, while you enjoy your evening meal under the stars.

Walkers have the opportunity to spot local wildlife, such as; Mountain Rhebuck, Lammergeiers, eagles, Dassies, hares and more.
Come and enjoy our home with us, and leave with wonderful memories to take back to yours.

Come and enjoy the hiking trails of Wartrail, Barkly East and bask in the mountains and beauty of the outdoors.
Dog-friendly outdoor adventure seekers will enjoy hiking and camping in Wartrail, Barkly East.
Grab your camera and experience the very best photography opportunities Barkly East and Wartrail has to offer.
Balloch Cave offers the most picturesque scenery together with comfortable camping areas beneath the Balloch Caves

The Route

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Arrival Date: Arrive at Balloch at 4pm, set up camp and enjoy a hearty Dinner.

Balloch is a beautiful cave accessible by vehicle, its views are magnificent and its reputation well known. The Salomon Skyrun and Wartrail Challenge is held at the cave each year, and it’s even been a successful wedding venue on more than one occasion. Come and see why we love it so much! (This is the only Cave spot that has a fully equipped ablution facility)

Day 1: 21km to Castle Rock (swim, picnic at your leisure)

Castle Rock Cave is situated on a beautiful farm that overlooks the Joggom River.It was once used for storing and pressing wool which they would then transport by wagon to nearby markets.

It has a large overhang and built up stone structure at the entrance. Perfect for keeping dry and sheltered.

Day 2: 18km to River Stop (swim, picnic at your leisure)

The Riverside stop sees us setting camp alongside a bridge with crisp clear waters and natural sandstone tables. Complete with superb evening views, you can watch the sunset over the Wartrail Valley and enjoy the warmth of  a campfire. 

The perfect resting point for the weary traveller.

Day 3: 18km to Bidstone Campsite

Home made Craft Beer and Pizza awaits us at Bidstone campsite. 

Additionaly , It's the perfect resting spot under the dappled shade of the Poplar and Acacia trees whilst listening to the babbling brook running past. Spread out, relax or explore before the next days walk.

Day 4: 18km to Glen Lyon

Glen Lyon farm boasts a large cave dotted with the odd Bushman painting. A short uphill walk along a trek path will lead you right into the heart of the cave. The perfect cave to watch the moon rise while sitting around a warm campfire.

Completely sheltered, walkers can relax and put their feet up, or sit and enjoy drinks on “the deck” with their hosts.

Lundeans Nek overlooks the Majestic Lesotho Mountains and is a view that will stay with you. It is well worth the extra 12km (6km up and 6km down). On route to the top you will see the old transkei border post . Once at the top refresh yourself by taking a sip from a natural spring that flows directly out the mountain.

Day 5: 17km return to Balloch

The last day of walking leads us along a new route back to Balloch Cave. The winding road allows you to take one last look at the Wartrail Valley before you descend and walk along the scenic Burnbrae and Balloch road.

Grab that opportunity to swim and picnic next to the river for the last time as you near your final destination.

Departure Date:  Depart by 9am from Balloch

Guests are asked to please depart by 9am.

Dine under the stars with the most beautiful mountain views in Wartrail, Barkly East.
For the non-adrenaline seekers, Frosty Peaks has beautifully quiet farm roads and grassy paths to explore the area.
Explore various Wartrail Highlands caves and hiking trails with Frosty Peaks.

Booking Dates

  • November 2021

    7th - 13th

  • December 2021

    5th - 11th

  • January 2022

    9th to 15th

  • February 2022

    6th to 12th

  • Feb/Marc 2022

    27th to 5th

  • April 2022

    3rd to 9th

Rates & Details

Total Cost is R4250.00 per person. Dinner, tea and coffee, light breakfast and light lunch included.

Please ensure you cater for your own Refreshments and snacks for each days walking. Any dietary requirements must be arranged via email with the hosts.

The Camino Tour is limited to 16 participants per tour.

Also please see the Important Information page for what equipment to bring etc.

For all bookings please contact:

Kim and Peter Frost

Email: frostypeaks.wartrail@gmail.com

 

 

Whatsapp: 083 578 7033

For emergency contacts:

Graham Frost on 082 854 9929

Rates & Details

Total Cost is R4250.00 per person. Dinner, tea and coffee, light breakfast and light lunch included.

Please ensure you cater for your own Refreshments, and snacks for each days walking.  Any dietary requirements must be arranged with the host via email.

Also please see the Important Information page for what equipment to bring etc.

For all bookings please contact:

Kim and Peter Frost

Whatsapp: 083 578 7033

For emergency contacts:

Graham Frost on 082 854 9929

Important Information

Important Information

General

  • There is little to no cellphone reception on route
  • No medication will be kept cold for you, please bring along your own cooler bags and equipment.
  • All indemnity forms must be printed, signed and brought along with you
  • The Weather is interchangeable this time of year. Cool temperatures in the early morning and evenings, warmer temperatures in the day. Please expect afternoon thundershowers and/or hot temperatures. It can get quite cold, please prepare for that.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

Food and Snacks

  • If you have any special dietary requirements or allergies, you must bring your own alternatives. Please also inform us in advance via email
  • Tea and coffee will be provided each evening and morning.
  • Dinner will be catered for and provided each evening.
  • A light (non-cooked) Breakfast will be provided everyday, along with bread, cheese, crackers etc for walkers to make a light lunch pack for themselves. 
  • Bring your own refreshments and snacks for each day.

Equipment and Set Up

  • You are responsible for making and undoing your own tents
  • Only one small 2 man tent per person
  • Only self inlflating mattresses or roll mats will be acceptable. No foam mattresses!
  • Please ensure all your equipment is appropriately labelled for identification purposes
  • All walkers must bring their own chairs and wash buckets/basins. The foldable ones are advisable.
  • There will be hot water provided at each days stop over for washing up.
  • Clothing and equipment should fit into a medium sized Pep bag, see picture for reference.
When preparing for your Cave to Camino Cave adventure, this is the size bag to bring along.

Directions

From Barkly East (+- 60 min travel time)

  • Head out of town towards Aliwal North for about 3km. Take the Right Turn onto the gravel road, signs will be labelled with Lundeans Nek/Wartrail and New England.
  • Keep right at the next fork
  • Turn right at the T-Junction
  • Keep Driving until you see a sign called Balloch, turn left into this farm.
  • The driveway is about 5km.

From Aliwal North (+- 60min travel time once you hit the gravel road)

  • About 20km Before Barkly, there will be a Left Turn onto a Gravel Road. Sign Posted as Tiffindell, New England /Wartrail. (look out for the lime green taxi stop)
  • Keep right at the first Fork in the road
  • Then keep Left towards Wartrail/Lundeans Nek
  • Turn right at the T-Junction
  • Keep Driving until you see a sign called Balloch, turn left into this farm.
  • The driveway is about 5km.

Over Lundeans Nek Pass (+- 3 hours from Sterkspruit)

Please please take note that this is a 4×4 route only and should not be considered as the shortest route from Johannesburg or the Freestate.  Although shorter in distance it will take you longer in Travel time. This is a slow route with very little to no cell reception.

The closest fuel station is Sterkspruit and there is no assistance on route between there and our farm.

However, not to deter you from the route, this is my Personal Favourite Pass;  as it is both Culturally and Scenically Beautiful! It is certainly a Must See for all 4×4 and adventure enthusiasts. Just make sure you have time, good cameras and perhaps a refreshment or two to help you enjoy the Views.

  • You will pass the Wartrail Tennis Club on your left, then keep Right at the Fork.
  • Then right again at the following Fork for about 3km
  • The second farm on the right is called Balloch (turn right into this farm)
  • The driveway is about 5km