The Klipkraal network of hiking trails is situated 100 km south of Johannesburg on the farms Rietfontein and Stryfontein in the Heidelberg district.

 

Trail description:

The two main day hiking trails are the Panorama (13km) and the Kraal (11km) trails. Shorter versions of these trails are available.  There is a link between Letsa and Panorama which reduces the Panorama trail to a distance of 7km.  The link between Thaba Nyane and Steenbok on the Kraal trail reduces this trail to a distance of 7km.  The Noko loop, a 4km trail, meanders through the game camp and is ideal for hikers who arrive early or for guests staying at Kiepersol Cottage, Bokmakierie Hut or Blinkblaar Guesthouse.

All the trails are day trails which return to the respective basecamps.  Despite the introduction of cultivation there are large areas of pristine countryside

 

Difficulty:

·         Easy

 

Accommodation:

 

Habitat:

·         Restored milk sheds with electricity

·         Habitat Barn and 5 separate rooms

·         The camp can be booked as a whole or separately by different groups.

·         Hadeda barn (14)

·         Korhaan (4 + 2)

·         Hamerkop (4)

·         Bokmakierie hut (2)

·         Kiewiet (4)

·         Bleshoender (4).

 

Kitchen:

·         Stove

·         Fridge

·         Electricity

 

Ablution facilities:

·         Flush toilet

·         Shower

·         Basin

 

“Ouma se Huise”:

·         Old farmhouse

·         3 bedrooms

·         6-10 persons

 

“Die Opstal”:

·         Old farmhouse

·         3 bedrooms

·         6-12 persons.

 

“The Post Office”:

·         4-8 persons

·         2 rooms with bathrooms and a kitchen.

·         Ideal for two groups who want to stay together

·         Linen and towels

·         Electricity.

 

Kiepersol:

·         Fully contained for self catering

·         Double bed in room and two beds in living room

·         Bed linen and towels

·         Solar power and gas

·         Fully equipped kitchen

·         Wheel chair accessible.

 

Blinkblaar-Wag-’n-Bietjie:

·         Fully contained for self catering

·         2 bedrooms

·         2 bathrooms

·         4-7 persons

·         Bed linen and towels

·         Solar power and gas.

 

Taaibos:

·         Fully contained for self catering

·         2-4 persons

·         2 bedrooms

·         2 bathrooms

·         Bed linen and towels

·         Solar power and gas.

 

Additional facilities and information:

·         A spacious lapa under thatch has braai facilities and overlooks the dam

·         Canoes available for rowing on the dam

·         Linen and towels are supplied at all the houses and rooms, EXCEPT at Hadeda barn

·         Various self catering houses / cottages are also available for the hiker that prefers more comfort.

 

Climate:

The Highveld climate with it’s moderate to hot summers and moderate to cold winters. Winter nights can be very cold.

 

Fauna & Flora:

More than 17 mammal species can be seen.  They include blesbuck, black wildebeest, Burchells’ zebra, springbok, steenbok, black backed jackal, grey rhebuck, common duiker and aardwolf.  Despite the introduction of cultivation there are large areas of indigenous flora in this range of hills which is an extension of the Suikerbosrand.

 

 

Bird life:

More than 110 confirmed species have been recorded.  A bird checklist is available.

 

Conference facilities:

Raadsaal:

·         Ideal for lectures/''bosberaad'

·         20-30 persons.

 

Pertinent information:

·         Provide own wood and charcoal

·         Bring mosquito repellent, hats and sun screen

·         Extra wood can be ordered in advance at R10 a bag.

·         No pets, fishing or quad bikes are allowed.