The most popular hiking trail close to Joburg
“This Hartbeespoort hiking trail has two unique river crossings – one at a suspension bridge, and another at a cableway. There are also interesting historical sites along this trail! For example, historians will enjoy an old field (veld) hospital that was once used in the Anglo Boer war. Too, also there is an underground cave where “Pruimpie” once lived with traces of old settlements, and dolomite mines.” ~ Hennops Trails
I had barely closed the car door to our white Ford Focus sedan when a gushing sound grabbed my attention. The Hennops River made an instant impression. I must say though, “I wasn’t at all surprised”! After all, I am a lover of water! And thus a real smile broke loose, as this ebbing river promptly put me at ease!
Following this sound, the next point of interest was definitely a rusty looking green 2-seater cableway. I wasn’t sure how this ‘thing’ worked, but it sure looked interesting. Steering you above rapids, this micro cableway is your ride across the Hennops River.
I have done the hike in both summer and winter, and different seasons equals a different experience. No doubt which ever season, it is certainly a scenic walk. The best part of doing it in summer though is the swimming.
This beautiful trail which traverses along the Hennops River, crosses over and cuts through hilly foothills, ravines & gorges. Also, as mentioned several historical points of interest are encountered along the way. In fact the veld hospital was used during the Anglo Boer War. Also known to many as the Second Boer War outside of South Africa. At any rate it was the result following a century of conflict between the Boers and the British. The pertaining argument arose between the two regarding who would govern and benefit from the profitable Witwatersrand Gold Mines.
If you are wondering what animals you may see? Kudu flourish in the area and are spotted all over the Hennops farm. Bird life is also prolific along the river, gorges and plateau areas. There are several swimming points along the way, as well as a swimming pool (lovely one) at one of the camps. In addition there are great braai (barbecue) facilities and ablutions.
And all this lies in the pulsing heart of Gauteng! Only 45 minutes from Joburg! It certainly is a nature lover’s paradise which offers two different trails: a 6.15km and 13km.
More about this Hartbeespoort Hiking
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!