Terms & Conditions


Amatola Trails offers only a service and no physical product. Amatola Trials works as an independent Booking Agent linking Hiking Permits, Accommodation, Shuttle Services, Parking Venues and offering advice for the Hikers Assist and as such cannot be held responsible or liable for any injury, death, loss, cancellation or unforeseen circumstance coming from any of these products for whatever reason or under whatever circumstance.

Cancellation Policy


The cancellation process for permits is a long and tricky one involving lots of paperwork that needs to be processed. The policy of The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is to give a 75% refund on all cancellations made before 30 days of the commencement of the hike. Any cancellations within 30 days of the hike result in all payments being lost.

The cancellation policy for Accommodation, Shuttle, Safe Parking and Hikers Assistance and Slack Packing and Drop Off services is a full refund if made before 30 days of the commencement of the hike and 50% refund if made within 30 days.


  1. Neither the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries nor the booking office or Amatola Trails are responsible for providing a backup service for any hiker/hiking group getting into difficulties nor hikers must plan accordingly. The only circumstances under which the reservation office will become involved are explained in the covering letter.
  2. No refund of booking fees will be made if the hiking trip is canceled less than 30 (thirty) days before the hike begins. 75% of the booking fees will be refunded if a booking is canceled at least 30 (thirty) days before a hiking trip begins.
  3. Parking areas are indicated on the map but vehicles are left at your own risk. No vehicles may be parked at or near trail huts without having acquired prior approval.
  4. You may start your hiking trip only at an official starting point and may stay overnight only in overnight spots provided for this purpose. A hiker may use only one mattress and one sleeping bunk in a hut.
  5. Hiking is permitted only in the direction indicated on the map.
  6. No pet, riding or pack animal, motor or mountain bikes are allowed on hiking trails.
  7. No hiker may deviate from the marked route, even though it could differ from that indicated on the maps.
  8. Litter, refuse or empty containers should be carried along and not be left, thrown away, dropped or buried on the hiking trail, please use the refuse containers specially provided for that purpose at the huts.
  9. Plants, trees, rocks or works along the hiking trail must not be tampered with or damaged by carving, scratching or marking. Wildlife and vegetation may not be disturbed or removed.
  10. Any hiker must leave the hiking trail and overnight spot in an orderly condition.
  11. Any hiker uses the trail and overnight spot at his/her own risk. There are no places marked as dangerous on the trail, but hikers must use their own common sense, as to what could be dangerous under what circumstance and act accordingly.
  12. Fires may be made only at overnight spots where the necessary facilities exist.
  13. Any hiker shall be liable for any damage to farm and forest products and other property along the route of the hiking trail that may be caused by fire or otherwise as a result of any act on the hikers part.
  14. No liability whatsoever shall attach to the State or the Trail Management for any damage to any property of the hiker by any of the State's Trail Management's officers, employees, vehicles of animals, or resulting from any operations carried out by or on behalf of the State or Trail Management, or through any other cause whatsoever, unless such damage is caused by negligence on the part of the State's or the Trail Management employees in the execution of their normal duties.
  15. Any hiker indemnifies the State the Trail Management and Amatola Trails against any claims and/or legal proceedings instituted by himself/herself or any third party which may arise from his/her entry to the hiking trail and undertakes to compensate the State the Trail Management or Amatola Trails for any costs which may by incurred in opposing such claim and/or legal proceedings.
  16. The controlling body may in extreme cases have to cancel hiking trip at short notice: In such cases the Trail Management will not be liable for any compensation, other than fees paid for the trail reservation
  17. Chapter 5 subsection 40(a) to (h) of the Ciskei Nature Conservation Act of 1987 is fully binding on all hikers.

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