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Foothold Hiking Trail, is a challenging hike not too far from Johannesburg. Starting in the foothills of the Magaliesburg Mountain Range, we strutted through a lush rain forest, (dodging spiral webs woven by the Spiny Orb Weaver spider) before a strenuous ascend.

On this particular hike it is probably a good idea to take along a pair of climbing gloves, as there is a considerable amount of rope work while boulder jumping to the top. Followed by a 30m chain ladder which needs to be tackled arched over a solid rock face (Vertigo sufferers – beware)! If you can get through this intense scutwork, you will be welcomed by spectacular natural rock pools.

We splashed and bathed in crystal clear waters of jacuzzi like pools before basking in the sun upon warm flat rocks. Hungry, we scoffed down toasted ciabatta sandwiches filled with mozzarella, plump tomatoes, red onions and fresh basil. It was hours before we even considered departing the pools…

In order to do this hike, a permit needs to be booked through Johannesburg Hiking Club



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