Hennops Hiking Trail
In the heart of busy Gauteng, virtually on the doorstep of both Johannesburg and Pretoria, hikers can now experience one of the few unspoiled nature areas at Hennops Hiking Trail.
The Hennops hiking trail consists of 4 trails setting out from Hadeda Camp. At the beginning and end of the trails meanders along the Hennops River before veering away into the surrounding mountains.
Two unique features on the trail are the river crossings – 2 suspension bridges and a cable car. There are interesting historical sites along the trail, amongst others an old field (veld) hospital used in the Anglo Boer war. Aspiring historians will enjoy seeing an underground cave where “Pruimpie” lived, traces of old settlements and the old dolomite mines and the ovens in which the rocks were heated to melt and extract the lime.
The indigenous trees along the river, the gorges and plateau areas makes this an outstanding area for bird life.
We have 4 Trails
Duration: 2 hours
Degree of difficulty: Easy – Average
Elevation gain: 110m
River crossing: Cable car/Suspension bridge (Long Tom’s bridge)
Points of interest: Bokmakieries Bos, Oude Muragie, Dassie caves
A variety of game can be viewed on this trail namely Zebra, Gnu, Impala, Blesbok, Kudu & Zonkie
Duration: 3 – 4 hours
Degree of difficulty: Average – Difficult
Elevation gain: 400m
River crossing: Suspension bridge (Oupa’s Bridge), cable car
Points of interest: Hospital cave, Pruimpie se gat, view points, stone mount’s, Dolomite mines, Kalkoond, Dassie caves
Not recommended for children under 12 or unfit adults. Small game as well as Kudu and Eland can be viewed on this trail
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
Degree of difficulty: Easy – Average
Elevation gain: 70m
River crossing: Suspension bridge (Oupa’s bridge), Cable car
Points of interest: Hospital cave, Pruimpie se gat, dassie caves
This trail offers parents the opportunity to introduce their children to hiking. It follows the same route as Krokodilberg to start but returns at no. 6 (Pruimpie se gat) to the cable car on the “escape route”
Duration: 30 minutes
Degree of difficulty: Easy
River crossing: Long Tom’s suspension bridge, cable car
Surrounded by the river and trees, this beautiful flat trail can be added to the Dassie, Zebra or Krokodilberg trail to add an extra 1,5km or to return home via the Long Tom’s bridge.
How it works
- As a day visitor, no booking required.
- Parking and registration office are situated at Hadeda Camp
- Registration office hours:
- Weekdays: 07h00 – 13h00
- Weekends and Public Holidays
- November – February: 06h00 – 13h00
- March – October: 07h00 – 14h00
- Facilities Close at 17h00
- Closed on 25 December
- Upon registration you will receive a map and orientation
- The cost is R80/adult and R40/schoolchildren. All fees are payable in cash – no card facilities available.
- This also gives you access to Hennops Picnic Spot where swimming pools and braai facilties are available.
- Please note that the Picnic Spot can be closed from time to time due to flooding during rainy season (low water vehicle access bridge).
- Please note that we are NOT affiliated with “Hennops Pride” or “Hennops River Hiking Trail“, so please ensure you follow directions for “Hennops Hiking & Mtb Trails” on Google Maps.
Need to know
- A comfortable day backpack, strong shoes, and a hat are essential to any hike
- Light snacks and sun block. There are no water points on the trails.
- Carry 1L of water / person for every 2 hours of hiking
- Choose the right trail for your fitness level
- Please do not graffiti or deface our trees, rocks or any property
- No pets
- No alcohol allowed on trails
- No Music
- Do not litter!
- A Food and coffee bar is at reception and is open until 15h00