Welcome ... to the official web trail of the Johannesburg Hiking Club. We trust you will enjoy this journey with us.

Mission statement ...of the Johannesburg Hiking Club is to ensure and organise a continuing programme of hikes and hiking related events, and to foster a sense of responsibility towards the environment within which its hiking activities take place.

Take a hike...interested?Meet like minded outdoor and conservation orientated people who wear heavy boots and smell like the mountain air. Youthful, midweek and Sunday hikes, backpacks, base camp weekends, slide show/club eve and social events. Hiking in South Africa can be fun - try us!
Autumn has arrived!

Here is an abbreviated May 2005 programme.  For a full programme, kindly click on the May 2005 icon below.  The coloured words are hyperlinks to further information.

C = Constantia Park (Outside Gateway House):  F = Fourways Mall (Outside Game Main Entrance)

 B = Book with leader:   * = Leader of the day  # = Co-leader

TRANSPORT FEE: Sunday hikes – fee indicated is per person, approximate and based on 4 in vehicle   BOOKINGS: Members receive preferential bookings.


Fee R

(non  member)


return distance



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Sun 1

Bluebird Farm

Explore little known kloofs in the warm autumn sunshine. Take it easy to the ridge, explore the fortifications and superb kloofs. There are pleasant views of the valley to the south. Amble back after a leisurely lunch

May 4

Cuckoo’s Nest

Booking required on this special.. Start the day with a breakfast, followed by a hike along the Jukskei River.

Sun 8

Castle Gorge

A favourite.  Once you’ve made it to the saddle head off and explore. The rock formations will amaze you if you just use your imagination – chess pieces, dogs, seals. Relax by the pools or the magnificent waterfall for lunch, swim, then head back to the car park. Magnificent views and exquisite rock formations, take a refreshing dip in a rock pool.

Sat 7/ Sun 8

Retief’s Kloof

Magnificent waterfalls and rock pools. Camping Sat night optional. Rating of hike to suit group.

Tues 10

Slide show

“Ladakh- A Himalayan Adventure” by Carol Dunning.

Wed 11

Melville Koppies West

Explore this historic area from the koppies to the west side of the reserve. A pleasant walk ending with lunch at the Floreum.

Fri 13 to Sun 15

YOUTHFUL: Witsieshoek, Drakensberg

Tents required. 2 day backpack. Stay in Hikes hut on Friday night at Witsieshoek and tents on Sat Night. Experience the top of the excarpment, the chain ladder, the source of the Tugela river, A must do…

Sun 15


A zigzag path leads to superb views of the amphitheatre. Walk along the knife edge between north and south Magaliesberg.

Wed 18

Segwati Ranch

Walk on a game farm with splendid views of mountains and plains. Many animals to be seen.

Sun 22


Stand on top of the cliff and watch the vultures soar below. Peglerae is a rugged but rewarding hike in winter due to the abundance of Peglerae aloes. A very steep bundu bash to the summit, reveals breathtaking views of Hartebeespoort Dam.


Sun 22


Traverse from Vergenoeg to Hidden Kloof.  Booking essential with leader!

Fri 20 – Sun 22


Challenge youself with this wonderous experience of hiking, over two days from Foothold to Castle Gorge. Camp or sleep under the stars!

Fri 20 – Sun 22

Vasbyt trail

Excellent trail. Two day circular trail in the Waterberg Mountains. Ladders and ropes to assist hikers. Indigenous forest.

Wed 25

Castle Gorge

An all-time favourite!

Sat 28

Foothold Monthly Camp

Facilities open to all. Laze, walk, bird watch, socialise or help with maintenance. Sat eve s/c braai. Sun hike (official / own)

Sun 29

Foothold hike

Take the chain ladder, Footloose Gully, Jubilee Gap or Marjean Pass to the escarpment.  Stop en route for a breather and take in the wonderful vistas and keep an eye open for vultures that soar overhead.  Enjoy a braai afterwards.

Sun 29


Bartlett’s Farm

A relatively easy walk to the kloofs with running water. Take in some splendid view.