The Shelter Rock Mountain Trail

Explore, Empower,Enhance and Energize

Why Hike to the summit of the Magalies Mountain?

8km (4up + 4down) - 3 to 4 hours - 400 meters vertically

Our Mountain Trail and/or picnic and braai area is the ideal escape from the rush of city life and provides you with an opportunity to recharge your batteries in the tranquillity of nature.

The trail is a journey through nature, human history and the geology of the Magaliesberg - from ancient times to the present. 

Your journey will be enriched if you read the information stored on QR Codes, with your cellphone QR Code reader, along the trail.

You are invited to walk our Labyrinth at no extra cost. Just follow the instructions at the entrance to the Labyrinth (Click on Energize on the menu to learn more about the Labyrinth)

What to see on the Hike to the Summit

A variety of birds, game and indigenous trees may be seen along the way. You walk past a 1000 year old wild olive tree and an iron age village at The Shelter Rock.

On the top, you visit two Boer War Forts, a sandstone rock garden and a collection of stone cairns built by fellow hikers.

On a clear day, you can see, the hills at Sun City, Madibeng, the Hartbeespoort dam, Sandton, Randburg, the Johannesburg General Hospital, the Witwatersberg and the West Rand..


4.5 From 345 Reviews on Google My Business
This hiking trail is stunning. The hike start in the parking area and leads up to the Magaliesburg Mountain. The trail is well marked with interesting information along the route. You scan the QR code and you have all the relevant information on your phone. The information on the historical shelter rock is very interesting and is worth reading the history behind it

Frik Ernst

Private conservancies and farms abound in this part of the country where our provinces border one another. It's because it's geologically and historically interesting. Shelter Rock contains 2 forts (British, I think) and the ruins an iron age village most likely inhabited by the Tswana. The trail is clearly marked every few meters and offers different levels of difficulty, although the steep slopes are easy to navigate. When you make it to the summit you are rewarded with views more than 10kms away of the surrounding mountains, farms, veld and more. The rock formations are spectacular at the top as well!

Seanan Wei

What a beautiful hike! Well marked route for the intermediate hiker and such a variety of scenery and views. Lots of info about the history and area on QR codes along the route. Highly recommended.

Jenny van den Berg

What an experience! The views of the mountain and atop of the mountain are absolutely breathtaking. There's a plethora of beautiful rock formations at the summit.

Sandile Shongwe

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The Boma at Base Camp
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Walking through the Kloof
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Climbing The Shelter Rock
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Hartbeespoort dam View
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Stone Cairn along the way
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We reached the summit
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Refresh in splash pool
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Picnic under the trees
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Braai on a braai stand

What our visitors experienced

Video's made by our visitors and placed on YouTube.

Terms and Conditions

What do we offer?
Access to the hiking trail and
free access to the Shelter Rock Labyrinth
A dip, weather permitting, in our splash pool at the end of your hike
Our picnic and braai facilities are available on a first come basis.

During the fire and windy season no open fires are allowed and only charcoal or briquettes are allowed in our braai stands (No wood). Please bring your food and utensils.)

We limit the number of visitors to ensure a pleasant experience.
Please respect fellow visitors who want to relax in the stillness of nature

Please note: Shelter Rock is a haven for nature lovers and is not a resort.

Day visitors :
Weekends and Public Holidays
Adults: R100pp (Cash or EFT on arrival)
Learners under 12: R50pp and under 6's are free.

Weekdays must be booked and paid for in advance. The minimum group size for weekdays is 6 adults.

Gates open at: 7h00 and at 7h30 from 1 April or
earlier by arrangement with Corry.
Hike must start before 11h00
Gates close at 16h30 sharp. 

Phone Corry on 071 473 6298 or
Corry on 071 473 6298 or
Corry at

WhatsApp and Email please include: 
The word HIKING,
The Date of the hike,
the number of adults and learners under 12.

Where is Shelter Rock?

  • Phone: +27 71 473 6298
  • WhatsApp:  +27 71 473 6298
  • Email:
  • Address: Skeerpoort South Africa

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