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Rietvlei Hiking Trail, Pretoria

Rietvlei Hiking

Rietvlei Hiking, Pretoria

Description

A network of trails covers the whole Rietvlei Nature Reserve area, the trails vary in distance which can be used according to the level of fitness of the hiker.

Along the route, hikers will be greeted with various natural as well as cultural features such as British embankments used during the occupation of Pretoria. In short this is a guided, self-catering circular hiking trail with shorter loops.

The 2 day hiking trail starts on Friday afternoon with a 2km hike leading up to the first overnight hut and continues on the Saturday morning 14km to the next overnight hut. Facilities include two overnight rondavels with beds and mattresses, hot and cold water, basic cooking utensils and firewood. The hike is completed on the Sunday with an easy 6km walk ending at the gate of the reserve.

Start

All trails start and end at the entrance of the Rietvlein Nature Reserve.

Distance
  • Day hiking trails 10km
  • Overnight hiking 21km
Duration
  • Day hiking trails (10 – 15 persons) – 4 hours long and guided.
  • Overnight hiking (6 – 8 persons) – From the Friday to the Sunday afternoon and guided.
Rating

Easy

Features

The Reserve is made up of open grassland landscape that offers visitors a unique opportunity to view many species of animals.

Rietvlei Hiking

Rietvlei Hiking, Pretoria

Take with
  • sunglasses
  • good walking shoes
  • insect repellent
  • refreshments and water
  • camera
  • binoculars
Please Note

Trails are guided but self-catering and all equipment has to be carried by the hiker.

Highlights

The reserve has an extensive list of bird life and hikers are sure to have superb sightings of the wildlife.

Booking

Bookings are essential for all activities. Bookings for the 21km (two-day) overnight hike from Friday to Sunday afternoon need to be made two weeks in advance.

Tel: +27 (0)12 358 1810/1/2

Fax: +27 (0)12 345 3928

Directions

On the R21 take the Irene/Rietvleidam off-ramp and turn in an easterly direction (towards Rietvleidam). At the first four-way stop turn right towards Olifantsfontein and the St George’s Hotel. Drive for 1.5km, crossing the Sesmylspruit. On the left is the signboard for the reserve. Turn left and follow the road up the hill to the main gate. Drive past the stone entrance until you get to the offices and entrance gate.




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