Hennops Hiking Trail

Magaliesberg


When we book a hiking trail we often book trails that mean traveling for two or three hours and forget to consider those trails that are closer to home. Hennops Hiking Trail is situated within easy reach of both Johannesburg (40Km) and Pretoria (25Km) and offers some excellent hiking. There are two trails to choose from and two camps for visitors who would like to spend the weekend. Day visitors are welcome.

     

The Krokodilberg Trail

This trail is 11,33Km long and illustrates the full diversity of the area. It starts of by following the bank of the Hennops river for some distance before crossing the river via a suspension bridge.

 
The Picnic area
The Hennops River
     
Interesting Dolomite formations
 

There are some interestingly shaped Dolomite formations to be seen along the trail.

     

The trail eventually ascends to the plateau and passes an interesting cave known as Pruimpie's cave. This is where one of the owners family once live for a time. There are also other historical sites such as the place that was once used as a veld hospital during the Anglo Boer war.

 
The Suspension Bridge
Entrance to Pruimpie's Cave
     
 

The trail climbs steeply away from the river valley and there are some lovely views of the surrounding Magaliesberg mountains. The trail eventually leads the hiker back to the Hennops river and a crossing by means of a hand operated cable car. From here it is a short walk back to the camps.

The Zebra Trail

This consists of a relatively easy 6,15Km walk through the fenced game camp. Here you can see a variety of wildlife native to the African bush.

Accommodation

Loerie Camp

This camp accommodates up to 20 people in 3 rondavels. There is a communal kitchen equipped with electricity, fridge, 2-plate stove and pots and pans. There is an ablution block with showers and toilets.

Hadeda camp

This camp accommodates 18 people in an old farmhouse. The facilities are the same as those at the Loerie camp.

Conclusion

The Hennops Trail offers a surprising variety for the hiker. It is very close to the main cities of Gauteng and ideal if you want a weekend getaway or just a days outing to go hiking.

'In a Nutshell'

Distance from nearest town Johannesburg 40km Pretoria 25km
Access road status The short access road is rutted but should be easily passable by ordinary cars
Trail type Day trails
Difficulty Moderate
Marking Generally well marked
GPS Co-ordinates R511 turnoff onto access road S25 47.878 E27 59.511

Parking area S25 47.886 E27 59.191

Cell phone reception Sporadic cellphone reception along trail
Facilities Picnic area and swimming pool available

 

Trail accredited by Southern Africa Trail Owners Association

Bookings

Bookings for the Hennops Trail should be made through

 

Jacana Marketing and Reservations

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Telephone  0861Jacana (0861 522262)

Direct phone: Port Elizabeth 041 378 1439

Pretoria: 012 803 9109

Direct fax: PE 041 378 2548

Pretoria: 012 803 4144

 PE e-mail  bookings@jacanacollection.co.za

Pretoria e-mail: rosa@jacanacollection.co.za

 


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