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

Please book in advance
Last departure for hike is 11H00
Due to fire season only gas braai allowed

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 over 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?


  • Access to and map of 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 available on a first come basis. During winter only gas braai allowed. Please bring your own food, utensils and in summer charcoal.
  • Please note: Shelter Rock is a haven for nature lovers and is not a resort.
  • 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 is for sale at reception..

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 : R100pp (Cash or EFT)
  • Day visitors and hikers winter special: Adults : R80pp (Cash or EFT)
  • Scholars  under 18:  R50pp and under 6's are free.
  • Scholars under 18 winter special: R40pp and under 6's are free. 
  • Cash or EFT on arrival please.
  • Groups larger than 15 must be booked and paid for in advance.
  • Gates open at: 7h00 to 16h30 1 September to 30 April.
  • 7h30 to 16h30 1 May to 30 August.
  •  Must arrive before 11H00.
  • Gates close at 16h30 sharp.
  • The trail is not suitable for baby strollers.
  •  Weekdays must be booked and paid for in advance. Minimum group size for weekdays is 6 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. 

THE HIKING TRAIL GALLERY

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