Whether you are trekking along the foot of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains or just wanting a nice relaxing walk in the veld, there are plenty of adventurous hiking trails to enjoy along the entirety of the Route.

There are hiking options for just about anyone on the Route. Interesting twists and turns up century old mountain trails for the the professional, or slow cathartic walks for the more laid back hiker. Route 56 has it all. For people unsure of the trails, a trail guide is easy enough to organise.

Middelburg Karoo - Asemskep Guest Farm - Hike up the infamous Compassberg on your way to Nieu-Bethesda. Approximately 25km drive.

Schoombee - Hillston Farm - Hikers can go on all sorts or trails as well as visit the 100+ year old Boer War Barracks, now used as the shearing shed for our Merino sheep and Angora goats.

Schoombee - Karoo Ridge Conservancy - Being on the edge of the Great Escarpment, Karoo Ridge Conservancy has the advantage of falling into 2 different vegetation types, the False Upper Karoo Veld and Karroid Merxmuellera Mountain Veld. This makes it absolutely perfect for hiking. The Great Brak River runs through the property and this adds the river thicket element with Acacia trees, wetlands and reedbeds.

Schoombee - Mount Melsetter - a stunning place to go for a hike on one of the many trails left behind by past travellers seeking adventure.

Steynsburg - Croyden Cottage - Take a day trip and hike up into the stunning mountains of the surrounding areas into the beautiful valleys.


Ixopo - Belmont Conference & Wedding Venue - The picturesque farm of Belmont offers plenty of hiking trails to enjoy with your friends or family.

Richmond - Highover Wildlife Reserve - Numerous trails, paths and tracks traverse Highover offering the visitor the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of habitat, the scenically spectacular landscape and the rare animal and plant life.