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Shelter Rock

Intermediate
 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Nice ~3 hour easy/moderate hike in the Magaliesberg mountain range near Johannesburg.


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4.3

Miles

7.0

KM

Lollipop

5,462' 1,665 m

High

4,284' 1,306 m

Low

1,180' 360 m

Up

1,186' 361 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

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Family Friendly The double pitch abseil from the summit of the Magaliesberg on Shelter Rock.
Knobkierie Golf Course at Shelter rock.

Overview

Shelter Rock route starts off at the base camp with friendly staff, where you can have a picnic or a Braai (BBQ). The hike starts off fairly easy with hikers going through some forestry. In the one section of the forest you'll come across and old car wreck from a while ago.

After the car you going up into the open and on your way to Shelter Rock. Roughly 2.5 km you'll come across the Shelter Rock, a big boulder which is climbable and where the hike gets its name. After the boulder its onwards and upwards towards the summit. This section a rough rocky terrain, pretty strenuous but well with it when you reach the summit.

Now you are on the summit, man what a view. From the summit you'll be able to see across Hekpoort, the cradle of humankind and Magaliesburg. Now that you have rested and got your breath back, it's time to head down. The down climb is not to bad, some loose rocks and stones here and there, so foot placement must be focused on. Once down, the base camp has a nice pool to cool off and then time for that braai (BBQ) and relaxation.

Need to Know

CASH ON ARRIVAL - Adults R100pp, Learners to grade 12 R50pp.
The gate opens at 7h30 and close strictly at 16H30

PLEASE NOTE: The cut off time to start the hike is strictly 11h00

Description

Shelter Rock is a 7.4 kilometre moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Madibeng NU, North West, South Africa that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. It's starts off at base camp paying the entrance fee and off you go.

The trail starts off pretty easy with a moderate hike through some forestry then into a slight incline to Shelter Rock. Shelter Rock as per the places's name, is a giant boulder which is climbable and is the main feature here except for the amazing view waiting at the top. From Shelter Rock, you carry on a moderate incline route till you get to a few fence crossings.

From there is up some pretty step sections that are tough for new hikers but the pay off is well worth it. Sit enjoy the view at the top, catch your breath and down you go. Enjoy

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Rees Webber

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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A friend sitting and enjoying the view on top of the summit. Shelter Rock
Aug 13, 2020 near Brits, ZA
My Girlfriend standing on the edge of the summit of Shelter Rock
Aug 13, 2020 near Brits, ZA
View from the top of Shelter rock
Aug 13, 2020 near Brits, ZA
On the Edge. Shelter Rock
Aug 13, 2020 near Brits, ZA

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