Skyway Trails

Set in natural surroundings offering a thrilling experience while being close to nature!

Grade

Pretty Wild

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

No

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Skyway Trails offers two different fun packed adventure activities: the Aerial Cable Trail and the Tree Top Challenge. Both activities are set in wonderful natural surroundings offering a thrilling experience while being close to nature. Both activities are ideal for outdoor family fun, corporate fun days or team building events and suitable for all ages. About
The Forest
Skyway Trails is set in one of the last remaining natural forested valleys along the Sabie River, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Ideally situated on the northern side of the river, and predominantly south facing, it is well protected from the Northern sun, and as a result remains relatively moist throughout the year. The valley forms a steep bowl that has preserved elements of true afro mountain forest and boasts a number of endangered plant species (Breonadia silcina, Pterocarpus anglolensis) including a rarely found orchid (Acampe praemorsa), which has now become the only second record of its existence in the Mpumalanga Province.
The wonderful botanical diversity supports a large variety of birds and animals that have made this forest there home. From the more commonly seen Purple-crested Turaco to the less common and rarely seen Narina Trogon, the forest canopy is alive with activity. On the forest floor, bushpigs, bushbuck and the rare red duiker go about there business undisturbed often foraging below a troop of Vervet monkeys moving through the valley from one fruiting tree to the other.
The valley is also home to a variety of aquatic animals that inhabit the perennial stream that cuts through forest on its way down to the Sabie River.
Skyway trails gives you a unique perspective of this forest environment and access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the region, with the sound of running water always in the background. It is sure to be an experience you will never forget. We are bird watching friendly.
Sandford Community
Skyway Trails is proud to be a pioneer in community development in the Hazyview, Kruger Park area. This project took over three years to set up, and with the help and support of the Sandford Community and various government departments we were able to establish this business on community owned land, know as Sandford Farm. This land was part of the land redistribution policy in South Africa and is now owned by the Sandford Community Trust.
The Sandford Community Trust was established in 2003 after the Deputy Minister of Land Affairs handed over the title deeds to the founder of the trust, his Excellency, Kgoshi N.S. Mogane, successor of the great Chief Stephens Mogane. The land claim was based on claimants that had been evicted from the area after 1913. This has not been an easy process at all but especially for the Mapulana Tribe of which his Excellency N.S Mogane is the Chief or Kgoshi. The Mapulana Tribe were one of many communities that were subjected to the divide and rule tactics of our political past, as many of the original community members were evicted and relocated to different areas. It remains a challenge to reunite this community after many decades of separation. It must however be mentioned that not all the claimants of Sandford Farm are from the Mapulana Tribe but it was the work and dedication of the Kgoshi today that resulted in the claim being brought forward.
Skyway Trails, in close cooperation with the Trust have agreed to use this initiative to create employment opportunities and to develop skills in the adventure tourism industry from youths in the community. We are also proud to be the custodians of one of the last remaining natural forested valleys along the Sabie River and together with the community we look forward to establishment a private nature reserve for future generations to enjoy.
“Experience the thrill of Mpumalanga’s longest Aerial Cable Trail”
Experience the freedom of gliding over one of the last remaining natural forested valleys along the Sabie River adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The aerial cable trail takes you down into the valley basin, stopping along the way on a number of elevated platforms to admire the natural vegetation, birdlife and the views of the forest floor below.
Each section of the trail varies in length from 70 to 230 m linking a total of 10 platforms, making the total length of the trail 1.2km. The trail has been designed and built to South African civil engineering standards and all the equipment has been designed specifically for this activity.
“It’s all monkey business”
The Tree-Top Challenge is an elevated obstacle course or high ropes course, made up of interconnecting poles or trees that support various obstacles or elements between them. All these interconnecting poles and trees form a giant “jungle gym” suitable for both young and old (adult) kids.
The course is the first of its kind in South Africa and is built to European Rope Course Standards, and has the latest continuous belay safety system imported from Switzerland. The course itself is made up of 19 exciting elements from balancing beams, rope bridges, spider’s webs and much more all ending on our 50m zip line. It’s suitable for people of all ages who are up for the challenge.

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