DANI VAN DER HORST
South Africa’s move to level two of lockdown has seen the city of Pretoria slowly start to bustle again. PDBY will be sharing some fun activities that you can do around Pretoria, while still maintaining a safe distance and exercising the necessary precautionary measures. So, grab your masks and head back out into the city. If you are tired of being trapped inside and need some fresh air, a hike may be a good option.
Pretoria is home to an abundance of nature reserves, most of which offer hiking trails. The difficulty levels vary, so it is best to check the route before heading out.Here are a few options that are less than 20 minutes from Hatfield to get you started:
Groenkloof Nature Reserve
Location: Christina De Wit Ave, Road, Pretoria, 0027
Entry Fee: R45
Hours: 07:00 – 17:00
The nature reserve offers three trail options, all of which are rated easy. The White trail is 3.7 km; the Red trail is 5 km; and the Yellow trail is 10.5 km.
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
Location: January Masilela Dr, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, 0040.
Entry Fee: R16
Hours: 06:00 – 18:00
The nature reserve has three trail options: the Hadeda trail, which is an easy 2.3 km walk; the slightly more challenging 3.2 km Acacia trail; and most challenging, the Kiepersol trail which is 4.2 km.
Wolwespruit MBT Park
Location: 501 Jochemus St, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, 0048. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 05:30 – 17:30 Tuesday: 05:30 – 21:00
Saturday & Sunday: 06:00 – 18:00
Entry Fee: R30
Wolwespruit MTB Park is also home to three running trails: The Running Wolf trail, an easy 5 km; the Mountain trail, an intermediate 6.5 km trail; and the Running Mountain Wolf trail, an intermediate 10 km trail.
Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve
Location: Helios St, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, 0044
Entry Fee: Free (but there is a box for donations).
Hours: 06:00 – 18:00
The Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve offers three trail options: The Rademeyer hiking trail, which is wheelchair friendly and is 1.5 km long; the Duiker hiking trail, which is an intermediate 2.89 km trail; and the Suikerbos hiking trail which is an intermediate to difficult 3.32 km trail.
Photo: Cassandra Eardley