When a person thinks of the Koster region of the North West Province, visions of Maize and Sorghum fields come to mind and very little of scenic beauty.  However, like other areas of this beautiful land of ours, there is beauty to be found even here.  Boe Boes Nest is situated on the edge of the Elands River gorge (between Swartruggens and Koster) and is really worth visiting even if hiking is not your main interest.  The Elands River flows strongly even during the driest times of the year and there is plenty of opportunity for swimming in the rock pools that are to be found along the river banks. 

 

The Hiking Trails:

The trails follow the path of the Elands River.  The trail meanders past some lovely rock pools and along the banks of the river the vegetation is diverse and rich.  The rock formations along the way are very beautiful and present the photographer with many possibilities.  The waterfall and cascades are really very beautiful.  Along the upper slopes above the river gorge there are some fine examples of Aloes.  The 11 km trail for day 1 is marked, but should be treated as a wilderness or GPS trail - trails are not cleared.  The 3 km trail on day two is truly spectacular with quite a bit of boulder hopping over the river crossings – care should be taken.  Trails can be regarded as moderate.

 

Situated:

  • 150km from Cresta
  • 170km from Centurion
  • 70km from Rustenburg
  • 100km from Lichtenburg
  • 85km from Magaliesburg.

 

Activities:

  • Quad trails (bring own Quads) – free entry for quads
  • Foefieslide
  • Swimming pool at Jurassic Isle and Hikers Camp
  • Two day trails in the Elandsriver plato and valley (11 GPS trail (also cut open and marked) and 3 km)

Good Fishing:

  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Bass

 

Accommodation:

Hikers House:

  • 2 bedrooms accommodating 6 people
  • Additional hall accommodates 11  more people who can share house facilities

 

Bathroom Facilities:

  • Bathroom with one toilet, basin and shower
  • Separate bathroom outside with two shower, toilets and basins
  • Donkey supplies hot water

 

Kitchen Facilities:

  • Fridge and Freezer
  • 4 plate gas stove with oven;
  • Microwave;
  • Cutlery & crockery for 8 people;
  • Pots/pans.

 

 

Pertinent information:

  • Lounge with fire place
  • Provide own linen and towels
  • Electricity in house
  • Splash pool at hiker’s house.

 

Uitkyk Cottage:

  • 2 bedrooms accommodating 5 people.
  • One double bed, 3 single beds – 2 in one room, 1 in lounge
  • Lounge
  • Equipped kitchen
  • Bathroom with shower, basin and toilet
  • Braai area
  • Linen included, supply own towels

 

Dino Camp:

  • 3 chalets each with own kitchen
  • Braai area
  • Bathroom
  • Fully equipped and linen supplied – own towels.

Stegie:

  • Sleeps 5 people
  • 2 rooms (Extra bed in kitchen area)

Anky:

  • Sleeps 4 people in 2 rooms

Tritops:

  • 1 bedroom with one double bed
  • Bunk bed in kitchen

 

River Camp:

  • 3 separate units accommodating 20 people in total.

Ramkat:

  • Accommodate 6-12 people
  • 2 rooms
  • Open plan kitchen in one room
  • Bathroom
  • Own braai

Nest:

  • Accommodates 4 people
  • 1 room

Sundowner:

  • Accommodates 4 people
  • 1 room

 

Kitchen Facilities:

  • Under cover lapa area with braai facilities
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and Freezer

 

Ablutions:

  • 2 showers
  • 2 toilets
  • 2 basins
  • Provide own linen and towels