Walk in the footsteps of Africa’s ancient tribes,
Follow the paths of the elephants of old,
From the foothills of the secret Soutpansberg,
Climb high above the clouds to the mountain’s mighty peak...
The VhaVenda call it “Tha vhani ya muno” – the Mountain of salt. Rising like an island from the surrounding bushveld flatlands, the forgotten Soutpansberg is South Africa’s best kept secret and one of the most unique and unexplored natural areas of the country. The name ‘Soutpansberg’ is derived from the large natural salt pan situated to the northwest of the range. This pan is the only one of its kind within hundreds of kilometres and since time immemorial has attracted both man and animal. To this day, their indelible marks remain on this part of the mountain.
The Old Salt Trail is a spectacular network of over 100 km of hiking trails across the western Soutpansberg Mountains. The Western Soutpansberg stretches from the small town of Vivo to the West, for about 70 km, to the main town in the region, Louis Trichardt, to the East. Unique in its splendour and beauty, the range stretches in a mighty panorama across the northern reaches of the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
Along The Old Salt Trail, you will experience the rich history left behind by the clans and tribes who passed through the area. San and KhoiKhoi rock art and rock wall fortresses tell their story. The trail will lead you through a wide variety of unique, beautiful habitats and scenery, including stops at special rock art sites, a peek into the underworld of a yellowwood forest and the chance of spotting some of the incredible wildlife that the Soutpansberg mountain range has hidden.
The trails start and finish at Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Medike Mountain Reserve situated on the Sand River in the heart of the proposed Western Soutpansberg Nature Reserve. The Western loop is a slackpacker’s delight, where every need is catered for, and the route takes you up to the highest point of the Soutpansberg, Mount Lajuma. The Eastern loop is for the traditional self-sufficient backpacking hiker, enjoying a night under the stars and experiencing the freedom of choosing your way.