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What you need to know ...

Welcome to the Johannesburg Hiking Club. We hope you will enjoy this adventure with us.


We cater for two day hikes per week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, at least one weekend hike per month, and at least one 3 to 5 day hike per quarter. And for the more experienced hiker - some Kloofing. 


For first-time hikers we recommend that you start off with a day hike – details of which can be found under the Sunday Hikes.


The pre-requisites for becoming a member is to complete one club hike,  and have the Application Form signed off by the hike leader.  The Application form can be accessed below and printed,  or obtained from the hike leader of any hike attended.


The following are the requirements for the day hikes.   


  • Print the on line form and take this with you, in order for the leader of the day to sign off the hike.
  • The meeting place for Sunday hikes is mostly at Constantia Park but check the programme for details.  If the program indicates that booking is necessary for the hike, kindly check with the administrator.
  • The meeting time is 07h45 (unless otherwise stated in the programme).
  • Our hikes are not 'a walk in the park' and therefore a certain degree of fitness is necessary, as most hikes include a steep climb to the escarpment and the hikes can be adventuresome.
  • On inclines, watch your step and be careful of loose or falling rocks.
  • Please wear strong takkies or preferably hiking boots which have been worn in, as most hikes are over rough terrain, i.e. no paths but bundu bashing and clambering over rocks.
  • It is advisable to wear two pairs of socks.
  • A minimum of 2 litres of water must be carried on all day hikes.
  • Kindly carry your medical aid card or details with you at all times.
  • Pack a suitable picnic lunch and some snacks to nibble.
  • A sunhat and UV protection sun cream are essential.
  • Always have a rain coat and a jacket or warm top in both summer and winter.  Temperatures vary drastically, and can drop by up to 10 degrees Celsius in a thunderstorm.
  • A day ruck sack is required in order for your items to be kept together and carried on your back.
  • If a braai has been stated on the programme, you need to bring a plate, cutlery and whatever food/drink you require. The fire will be provided.
  • Swimming is often possible so pack a swimsuit.

At the meeting point, complete the non member attendance register, pay the fee and if you require a lift let the leader of the day know.




·          Most of the day hikes take place in the Magaliesberg, where the temperatures experienced are somewhat hotter than in Johannesburg and can vary considerably during the course of the day.  This can cause heat exhaustion and other exposure problems.  The terrain hiked across is often very rocky with tall grass and there are few footpaths.

·          Walk carefully to avoid injury and watch for falling rocks.

·          Know who your leader is,  and follow him or her.  DO NOT leave the group without the leader’s permission.

·          Carry a whistle to alert your fellow hikers in case you become separated from the group.

Drink plenty of water.

Last Update: 2011/05/27 / Author: admin
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