Date: Sunday 31 March 2019
Venue: Sable Ranch, Hekpoort, Magaliesberg
Cost: R70 for members, R30 for children and R90 for non-members
This trail showcases the countryside just outside Hekpoort, which lies on the slopes of the breath-taking Magaliesberg Mountains. The trail can be enjoyed at a slower pace, which makes it perfect for families with little ones or those that don’t do tons of walking. But, pick up the pace and push your limits if you are after a worthwhile workout.
The trail is about eight kilometres long and, along its course, so many different kinds of plants and animals can be spotted and photographed. There are around 150 different kinds of birds and more than 650 different plant species here.
There are a number of trail options, depending on the time you have available and your fitness level. The longest (and steepest) option is eight kilometres, but you could also opt to explore a shorter, easier one. However, the longer route leads to a scenic picnic spot, which makes the extra effort well worth it.
Sable Ranch has barbecue facilities on the mountain too; the perfect place to rest and drink in the fresh air and gorgeous landscapes of South Africa. From the top, you can choose to go down to the dam, which is surrounded by verdant vegetation, or you can head down Sable Road to the feeding centre for many of the animals, which is always a highlight.
Children love the Sable Ranch experience because they get to burn energy, explore the outdoors and spot many different animals. It is serene and inviting, and is less than an hour’s drive from the heart of Johannesburg.
There will be a braai after the hike and, as usual, the Club will supply the charcoal.
Directions: It is on the R96 to Magaliesburg , just outside Hekpoort. If you go on to the following website it pinpoints the location on Google Maps: https://marilie4ri.wixsite.com/sableranchhiking
Please let Mark know by Thursday 28 March if you wish to attend.
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