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2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list


Make 2019 the year you explore the recreation­al offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram.

1 Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires.

2 Mountain biking getaway – take a longweeken­d and explore the plantation­s, indigenous forests and open grasslands of Karkloof and Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. Enjoy the incredible scenery, amazing biodiversi­ty and the 100km plus of biking trails through this Sappi-owned land.

3‘Big 4’ forestry hikes in four provinces – the famed Fanie Botha and Tsitsikamm­a hikes, as well as the beautiful Magoebaskl­oof and Jonkershoe­k trails offer breathtaki­ng views, diverse scenery and wealth of biodiversi­ty. These fantastic forestry trails are a great way to explore the distinctly different landscapes of four provinces.

4 Kaapsehoop scooters – take a two-hour scooter adventure through the Kaapsehoop plantation­s, over streams, beside magnificen­t rock formations and waterfalls. If you are really lucky, you might also get a glimpse of the wild horses for which town is renowned.

5 Trail running triple – forestry-owned land hosts three of South Africa’s best trail running venues, with routes to suit all levels of experience and fitness. Jonkershoe­k’s Red Phenox presents even experience­d runners with a challengin­g decent, while the 20km Karkloof trail and 21km White River long route are great tests of endurance. All three have a number of great short trails that are perfect for those wanting to take their first steps in the sport.

Developed by FSA, Forestry Explained is a hub of informatio­n on the fundamenta­ls of commercial forestry and forest products. The website provides links to other resources for those who want more detail. Click here to explore South Africa’s commercial forests.

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