Trappist Trails 2019

The Abbot Pfanner Trappist Trail (APT) is a beautiful eight-night, nine-day trail linking eight historic Trappist missions from the southern Drakensberg, through stunning scenery, to the rural areas of Umzimkulu and Ixopo.

The group meets at Mariannhill Monastery, outside Durban, and is driven to the first mission at Reichenau, near Underberg. Accommodation is available in the Retreat House at Mariannhill the night before the start. The cost (about R1 200 a day) includes transport, luggage transfers, a share of guiding costs, accommodation, most meals and a donation to each mission.

Patrons also receive leaflets on the missions, a pilgrim record and a certificate at the end of the walk. Lectures, videos and other presentations are arranged on some evenings.

Trails take place in March, April, June/July, September and October. A five-night, six-day “Walk-and-Ride” trail for the not so fit (walking ± 8km per day) will be offered in October.

Where: Southern Berg, Umzimkhulu, Ixopo

When: Trails start in March

Info: Syl Nilsen on 031 267 2059 or 083 474 8086.

Pictured above: Centocow mission in 1910, shortly before construction began on the ‘New Church’ which was completed and dedicated in October 1913. (Photo: Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries archives, Rome)