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Hiking trail to the summit of the Magaliesberg (8km total distance)

Closed Christmas Day 25 December 2018

The hiking trail follows ancient footpaths and cattle trails through a kloof created by an elephant footpath. Past the ruins of an Iron Age Village  and a cairn of stones where local peoples used to place a rock to ensure of a safe journey.

Why hike the Hiking Trail on Shelter Rock?

Our Hiking Trail trail is the ideal escape from the rush of city life and provides you with an opportunity to recharge your batteries in the tranquility of nature.

  • This is a journey through nature, human history and the geology of the Magaliesberg - from ancient times to the present.
  • The hike is fun and promotes family bonding.
  • You can train and test clothing for longer hikes eg Kili.
  • The invigorating 8 km hike in the mountain air will stimulate your blood circulation.
  • If you start early in the morning you will have enough time after completing the trail for social and other commitments. 

What does it entail?

Your journey starts at Shelter Rock Base Camp where you park your car and register at reception.    

  • The mountain trail winds 8 km, on the southern slopes of the Magaliesberg rising 400 meters, to the top of the mountain and down again.
  • A variety of birds, game and indigenous trees may be seen along the way.
  • You walk past a 1000 year old wild olive tree, an iron age village at The Shelter Rock.
  • On the top of the mountain you visit two Boer War Forts, a sandstone rock garden with weathered balancing rocks and a collection of spires built by fellow hikers during the years.
  • On a clear day you may see the kloof of Groenkloof, the hills at Sun City, Madibeng, The Hartebeestpoort dam, Sandton and Randburg, the Johannesburg General Hospital, the Witwatersberg and the West Rand.

What is required?

Anyone in good health and reasonable fitness can handle the hiking trail.

  • Wear loose fitting clothing and closed shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots etc.; no sandals).
  • Use lots of sunblock. Bear in mind that it becomes exceptionally hot on the Magaliesberg.
  • Bring along your own refreshments and bottled water (1.5 liters).
  • Remember to bring your camera to capture the views.

    What is included?

A 28 page pocket guide with trail maps and details of the formation and geology of the Magaliesberg, the human history and fauna and flora of the area.

  • Access to the hiking trail
  • Bring along a picnic which you can have anywhere along the trail have a dip in our splash pool at the end of your hike
  • Our braai facilities are also available on a first come basis. Just bring your own food, utensils and charcoal.
  • Please note: Shelter Rock is a haven for nature lovers and is not a resort.

Terms and conditions

  • Hikes must be booked by completing the enquiry form at Enquire Now above or by contacting Corry at 071 473 6298
  • Day visitors and hikers: Adults : R80pp
  • Children under 16:  R40pp and under 6's are free.
  • Dogs on a leash: R40 per dog
  • Cash on arrival please.
  • Groups larger than 15 must be booked and paid for in advance.
  • Gates open at: 7h00 to 17h00 1 September to 30 April.
  • 7h30 to 17h00 1 May to 30 August.
  •  Must arrive before 12H00.
  • Gates close at 17h00 sharp.
  • The trail is not suitable for baby strollers.
  •  Weekdays must be booked and paid for in advance. Minimum group size for weekdays is 4 adults.
  • No noise is allowed (no singing, shouting, screaming or music) on the mountain and at Base Camp as Shelter Rock is situated in 2 conservancies and there is wildlife on the property.
  • Please respect fellow hikers who want to relax in the stillness of nature. 


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