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Uitkyk Hiking Trail, Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesberg

Uitkyk Hiking Trail, Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesberg Nature Reserve OrchardsNot only is the Uitkyk Hiking Trail within the border of the magnificent Magaliesberg Protected Natural Environment  just above Schoemansville, but it has stunning views over the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding mountains, rock pools and natural woodlands. It also crosses the Rissik Estates with its beautiful citrus orchards and is home to black eagles and Cape griffin vultures. The 7.5km (4-5 hours) moderate to difficult (with a few optional extreme sections) circular trail, is well marked and starts off from the secure car park.

The route follows a path from the car park, via a culvert, under the R560. After about 10 minutes, you will arrive at a small stream (not for swimming) and the trail head. The ascent takes you to spectacular views from the top, a welcome reward for the exertion.

Uitkyk Hiking Trail, Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesberg Nature Reserve ViewThe Hartbeespoort Dam stretches out before you and if you look down the near-vertical rock face, you get a birds-eye view of Schoemansville.

The trail now heads for the big, dome-shaped mountains that overshadow the path taking you up the mountainside along the side of a kloof, for three kilometres. The path is rugged and zigzags along ledges in places as it ascends, so if you suffer from a fear of heights, you might have a problem with this part of the trail.

There is a two-and-a-half kilometre descent. Although the way down is steep, it is fairly easy going and should be accomplished in about 45 minutes. From here, you re-join the outgoing trail for the last stretch, walk back through the culvert and back to the car park.

Although a really fit hiker could probably do this hike in half the time, take lunch and stop somewhere to soak in the views. Always take your water.

Trail Facts

  • On Saturdays hikers may come across members of the Apostolic Church who have spent the night praying and fasting on the mountain, or members of the ZCC Church who collect holy water in this vicinity to perform purifying rituals
  • The trail is limited to 25 people a day on weekends and it is recommended hikers walk in parties of six or more – do not walk alone
  • There is an easy route for the less fit and a scenic route for those seeking a challenge
  • Facilities: fenced car park with toilets,showers and braais, but bring your own charcoal/wood.
  • Do not walk over the R560 – use the tunnel

Uitkyk Hiking Trail Map, Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesberg Nature ReserveA map is provided as a guide to both the well-marked route and to the fascinating history, geology, fauna and flora of the area.

Hiking is strictly by pre-booking to ensure safe access and assure hikers that they can experience the solitude and serenity of the mountains. E-Mail:

The Uitkyk Trail is 30 km west of Pretoria and 50 km from Johannesburg, in the vicinity of the Hartbeespoort Dam.

GPS: S25 42.333 E27 50.714

More info on the Johannesburg area