Day hike: Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve

28 January 2018

Dear Hendrik

Walk to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range in a privately-held reserve for spectacular views of the Hartbeespoort Dam (lake) and enjoy a ride into the valley 350 meters down below with the Harties’ cable car

The hiking trail is situated in the private Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve that lies on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range. The 300-hectare reserve is home to giraffes, zebras, impalas, nyalas, kudus, blue wildebeests, and ostriches, among other species.

As part of its eco-strategy, management organizes guided walks within the game reserve and to the top of the Magaliesberg. The reserve is well-stocked and close friendly encounters with wildlife on the hiking trail are common.

We will be walking to the top of the Magaliesberg and end at the Harties’ cable car with its viewpoint and cafeteria. At this point, you can elect to go down the mountain by cable car (5 min) or walk back to the nature reserve (1.5 hrs). If you go by cable car, we will arrange transport to return to the nature reserve.

The Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve is the only place in Hartbeespoort and surroundings where you can view wildlife during a horseback safari as well. All levels of horse riding experience are welcome.

For any queries contact Gregory on 072 875 4436

  • Costs: Hike without cable car trip: You will walk back to the reserve from the top of the mountain – R65 + R10 club fee
    Costs: Hike to the top and return to the reserve with cable car and shuttle: R195 + R10 club fee
  • Arrival: 7:20 AM – Hiking starts at 7:45 AM as the weather may be hot.
  • Contact: Gregory 072-875 4436
  • Difficulty: We will be going to the top of the Magaliesberg – and navigate a 350-meter altitude difference. If you can hike Eagle Cove and Uitkyk, you can hike this trail as well.

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