The McFab hike follows the 1925 tradition of a triple challenge with a celebration at the end.
The difference is that his hike celebrates three niceties. The first part of the adventure, is the hike itself which spans 3 working farms and engages the hiker in everyday farm life, seeing tractors at work, and animals being herded, the hiker might even meet the farm horses roaming free. A 2 day or 3 day hike covers a distance of 37 km or 20km, and includes sightseeing of the farms, rest under the Willow trees along the Kalkspruit, a swim in the freshwater pool, a choice of a picnic, even a lookout for the endangered Bald Ibis and African Grass owl.
Day 1 marks your arrival on the farm and your host spoils you with a home cooked farm dinner.
Day 2 starts early the next morning from the farmhouse on Beukesrus where you will be staying for the duration of your visit or if you choose the spa option, you will hike all the way to the next farm and sleep over. The charming Beukesrus historic farmhouse was build in 1884 and it is said that a family member of Mr Sammy Marx lived here in the time of the Anglo Boer war. The next 17 km winds over grass fields, past maize, and soy plantations, and visits old Boer War farmhouses and historic sites. You will arrive back at the house in the afternoon and you may take a tour of the farm and relax on the verandah overlooking the farm and watching the sheep graze peacefully under the Poplar trees in front of the house, or when you arrive at the next farm you will be spolt with the spa treatment of your choice.
If you choose the 3 day package, day 3 starts early as the hike is 20km. The route follows the roads on the farm, past a certain camp where the Grass owl is often seen. After the scenic hike, the second part of the adventure awaits you in the form of a food feast with a light lunch and cake. The last treat is an extra spoil for sore feet and necks in the form of a massage, and to seal it off, an enigmatic bonfire to toast friendships and enjoy the African skies. The McFab hike is can accommodate 6 to 9 people in closed groups, and packages are structured to include accommodation, and or dinner and or spa treatments, the slackpacking, and or high tea, and the spa treatment as per your booking.
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