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.
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.