Hike to the top of the Magalies Mountain at Shelter Rock
8km (4up + 4down) - 3 to 4 hours

Winter Rates R80 per Adult, R40 per learner

The cut off time to start the hike is 13h00 sharp

Why hike the Mountain Trail?

Our Hiking Trail trail is the ideal escape from the rush of city life and provides you with an opportunity to recharge your batteries in the tranquility of nature.

This is a journey through nature, human history and the geology of the Magaliesberg - from ancient times to the present.

Your journey will be enriched if you read the the information stored on QR Codes, with your cellphone QR Code reader, along the trail.

If you start early in the morning you will have enough time after completing the trail for social and other commitments.  

What does it entail?

Your journey starts at Shelter Rock Base Camp where you park your car and report at reception.

The mountain trail winds 8 km, on the southern slopes of the Magaliesberg rising 400 meters, to the top of the mountain and down again.

A variety of birds, game and indigenous trees may be seen along the way.

You walk past a 1000 year old wild olive tree and an iron age village at The Shelter Rock.

On the top of the mountain you visit two Boer War Forts, a sandstone rock garden with a collection of spires built by fellow hikers over the years.

On a clear day you may see, the hills at Sun City, Madibeng, the Hartebeestpoort dam, Sandton, Randburg, the Johannesburg General Hospital, the Witwatersberg and the West Rand.


Anyone in good health and reasonable fitness can handle the hiking trail.

Wear loose fitting clothing and closed shoes.

Use lots of sunblock.

Bring along your own refreshments and bottled water.

We have a small Tuck Shop with a limited range of water, sweets, ice cream and other refreshments for sale.

Bring your camera to capture the views and a cellphone with a QR Code reader.
The trail is not suitable for baby strollers.

No dogs allowed

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Average rating 4.4 - 260 reviews

"Moderately challenging trail, there were few instances where climbing got a bit tricky. The views at the top of the mountain are worth it. Would definitely recommend for a beginner or if you are still working on your fitness. You have to travel on a dirt road for a while to get to the place, I'd suggest you look at the board signs once you are on the dirt road, Google maps got me lost twice.” 

Peter Mochaki - August 2021

“One of the most beautiful place's ever. Unfortunately humans can't keep anything clean. Will still recommend it to anyone to go and experience the great view.”

Chris Hartman - August 2021

“An amazing trail. Spotlessly clean. Tough 8, but so worth it. Very friendly owners/staff. Beautiful views. Well marked. Absolutely loved it and will definitely be back for some more huffing and puffing up the mountain.”

Wendy-Ann McGill - July 2021

What our visitors experienced

Video's made by our visitors and placed on YouTube.

Correction: Dogs no longer allowed and entrance fees have been revised.


What do we offer?

Access to and map of the hiking trail
A dip, weather permitting, in our splash pool at the end of your hike

Our picnic and braai facilities are available on a first come basis. During winter only charcoal and briquettes are allowed, no wood fires. Please bring your own food, utensils and briquettes or charcoal.

Please note: Shelter Rock is a haven for nature lovers and is not a resort.

QR Codes have been placed along the trail to provide interesting information to hikers.

We limit the number of visitors to ensure a pleasant experience

Please respect fellow hikers who want to relax in the stillness of nature


Day visitors and hikers :
Winter Rates Special to end July: 
Adults : R80pp (Cash or EFT on arrival)
Learners under 18: R40pp and under 6's are free.(Cash or EFT on arrival) .

Adults : R100pp (Cash or EFT on arrival)
Learners under 18: R50pp and under 6's are free.(Cash or EFT on arrival) .

Weekdays must be booked and paid for in advance. Minimum group size for weekdays is 6 adults. Enquire by email to info@shelterrock.co.za for availability.

Gates open at: 7h30
Gates close at 16h30 sharp. 

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