Legend has it that a cannibal was active in this area and kept his captives in one of the many caves, where he fed them for later consumption



The Cannibal Hiking Trail is on the farm St. Fort and is situated 5km from Clarens on the road to Fouriesburg.


It is 280km from both Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, tarred road all the way.


Accommodation and Facilities


Base camp

Cannibal Cave


·         2 Basic dormitories

·         Bunk beds

·         Electricity

·         Accommodates 46 hikers

·         Shelter against the elements

·         Braai facilities

·         No electricity

·         Mattresses provided

Ablution facilities

·         Flush toilet

·         Shower

·         Hot water

·         Separate toilet building

·         Flush toilet

·         Cold shower

Kitchen facilities

·         Fridge/freezer

·         Hot plate

·         Kettle

·         2 iron pots

Washing up facilities





·         Under cover braai area

·         Ample wood supplied

Open braai area with grate only


Route Description:

The route is a circular one of approximately 9km on the 1st day and 7km on the 2nd day.  The route takes you through differing landscapes, from stunning mountain views, to river walks, forest ambles to boulder hopping in and along gorges.  This beautiful farm is situated in the Rooi and Witte Berg Mountains of the Eastern Free State.  This is a hikers' hike, well marked and provides all the amenities that a hiker demands, with numerous picnic spots, a swimming hole, interesting scenery and a level of hiking that fits the serious hikers but not too strenuous for the beginner hiker.  On the 1st day the trail passes 5 overhang caves with rock 'kraals' where there are still remains of bushman paintings in some of them.  One passes the Batwing Falls on the way.  The 2nd day offers breathtaking views of the Malutis, as well as Mt. Horeb, Woodhouse, Generaalskop, Visierskerf and George's Pimple.  Then you will descend and walk through a valley along a mountain stream. The trail to the famous Mushroom Rock is a separate 1½ hour hike and can be done on the way back from the Cannibal Trail.