Day Hike – June

Date: Sunday 30 June 2019

Venue: Bergheim Holiday Resort, Magaliesberg. Tel: 014 537 2363

Time:  07:45

Cost: R40 for members, R55 for non-members plus R25 per vehicle. No discount for seniors.

Please tell the staff at the gate that you are with Florida Hiking Club and that we will pay as a group. Pay Mark cash on the day – please try and bring the correct money.

Situated close to Rustenburg, at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain ranges, . this popular hiking trail is situated in Bergheim Resort. There are various hiking trails for visitors to choose from and enjoy, varying in difficulty and length.

The trail starts and ends at the camping grounds in the resoort. There are various ways to take and hikers can choose when to turn back around in order to lessen the time, which can easily take about 9 hours if walked at a steady pace across the distance of about 8 km’s. There are also a few challenging but exciting steep cliffs along the hiking trail that can be exhausting to those who aren’t accustomed to climbing. At the top of the hiking trail rewarding views of the Fernkloof and Magaliesberg await and provide great opportunities for photographs.

The route will be decided on the day and we can split into groups depending on the fitness of those who attend.

The trail is largely unmarked and therefore needs a fare amount of orienteering to prevent getting lost. However, if you keep the gorge and stream in consideration, it should not present any problems. The climb to the top can be strenuous and it is important to have an early start and take plenty of drinking water along.

There will be a braai after the hike and, as usual, the Club will supply the charcoal.

Website addresses: https://www.tshiberry.com/bergheim-hiking-trail/ or http://www.footprint.co.za/bergheim.htm or https://showme.co.za/rustenburg/tourism/bergheim-hiking-trail/  

 Please let Mark know by Thursday, 27 June if you wish to attend. 

mvandermerwe789@gmail.com  /   082 301 1235 (sms or Whatsapp only please). 

DIRECTIONS:

GPS Coordinates: S 25 47 33 .53   E 27 19 11. 84

From Johannesburg:

Take the R24 through Magaliesberg and carry on past Maanhaarrand towards Rustenburg.  Pass the turnoff to Derby (R30) and continue past the Olifantsnek Dam.until you see a sign after a sharp bend saying OORSAAK.  Turn right, drive past the Wigwam Resort and you will see Bergheim on your right after that.

From Pretoria on the N4 Highway:

  • Take the Kroondal off-ramp;
    • At the stop sign, turn left and continue for 2 km;
    • Turn right into Modderfontein Road;
    • Travel 5 km until you reach a stop sign and turn left again;
  • Look out for the brown signboard for Bergheim Holiday Resort.