To care for the Earth as we are only passengers here for a short time. We live in a fragile system that has been balanced over millennia. The scales have now been tipped and we are fast sliding down toward the precipice. Honey Trails was started therefore to open up our property to the wider public so that they may enjoy the natural beauty on offer and hopefully strengthen their belief that we need to protect and preserve our environment.
Honey Hill is now Honey Hill Nature Reserve in honour of Veena Berlein 1961 - 2017. Honey Trails was co-created by Veena before her passing to offer hiking running and cycling opportunities for the public to experience the incredible natural beauty of ‘Honey Hill’ with its surrounding forested valleys which have previously been inaccessible.
The "Hill" has been left in its natural state for more than 5 decades. As such, the property is a refuge to wildlife, haven for birds, a sanctuary for wild flowers in the veld and home to some truly magnificent trees such as the Cabbage and Flatcrown.
We offer 5, 10 and 15km trails on site and hold other trail events in different locations.
We are now open during daylight hours every day of the week which means however that the gate is not open but you park outside the gate and from there access the trails. Presently there are no ablutions outside though but we are planning to build some soon. We can open up for groups by arrangement and have space for functions or get togethers but bear in mind the current Covid lock down rules. You access the trails entirely at your own risk.
The venue is directly off Old Main Road halfway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban at the infamous top of the Inchanga Hill opposite Monteseel. The trail is full of surprises as it starts in grasslands and descends into the valley and forest. It returns to the grassland with incredible views and again descends through more grasslands and forests. Always changing, always something new to see. There are three distances, 5, 10, and 15 km which one just loops back sooner if doing one of the shorter
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My wife Veena and I founded Honey Trails in 2017 with the goal in mind to share and create an unforgettable trail running adventure here at Honey Hill Nature Reserve (walkers and cyclists too). My wife's untimely passing forced me to relocate to Pretoria and thus was born my desire to branch out with other exciting trails to experience. The first was The Crater Trail in Gauteng and then another in the Magaliesberg. Now back in KZN we look forward to sharing more in this our beautiful province.
Honey Trails is working on holding The Crater Trail again sometime after lock down
The trail starts on the plateau and first winds its way done into the forested valley as seen at the top of the map. It then reemerges on top and then back down on the other side for the 10 and 15 km loops