Heidelberg, Gauteng

The Klipkraal network of hiking trails is situated 100 km south of Johannesburg on the farms Rietfontein and Stryfontein in the Heidelberg district. It consists of two routes, namely the Panorama and Kraal, both starting from the Habitat accommodation. A shorter loop, Noko, is also available. Total distance that can be hiked on this farm amounts to 29 km. Shortcuts on the Panorama and Kraal are also available. The Flora is typical highveld and an extension of the Suikerbosrand. Mountain cabbage trees, Kiepersol (Cussonia paniculata) is typical on the hills.

Distance and rating:

There are two day trail: PANORAMA (13km) and KRAAL (11km). Shorter options are available. On the Panorama route there is a link between Letsa and Panorama which makes the route 7km. The shorter option on the Kraal route is 7km with the linking between Thaba Nyane and Capricorn. The Noko Singel is 4km and is ideal for an afternoon stroll if hikers arrive early or for guests staying at Kiepersol Cottage, Bokmakierie Hut or Blinkblaar Guest House.

All the routes are day trips that return to the various base camps. The routes can be described as easily.

Description of the environment:


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


More than 17 mammal species can be seen. They include blesbuck, black wildebeest, Burchells’ zebra, springbok, steenbok, blackbacked jackal, grey rhebuck, common duiker and aardwolf.

Bird Life:

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


Despite the introduction of cultivation there are large areas of indigenous flora in this range of hills which is an extension of the Suikerbosrand.


  • R55.00 admin fee once off per reservation.
  • R60.00 pp.pd – Day visitors
  • R70.00 pp.pd – Day Visitor incl. use of Lapa.
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