The trail traverses a critically endangered and valuable stretch of mist belt grassland and some forests around the Haenertsburg village. This is one of the few surviving remnants of this grassland type in the area as most of the land has been converted to commercial forestry or agriculture.
The grassland contains over 630 species of plants and there are indications that several threatened reptiles, mammals and birds also make this their home. Some red data species, which may be seen include Methuen’s Dwarf Gecko, the Blue Swallow and the Wolkberg Zulu Butterfly.
The circular trail starts and ends in Rissik Street of Haenertsburg village near the Village Hall at the sign “Hiking Trail Start” where parking is available. The clearly marked trail is ±10 km long and should take about 4-5 hours to complete. Short cuts such as the Doggie Walk can be taken.
Laminated maps can be purchased in Haenertsburg from the Tourism Magoebaskloof Office, the Never Despair Shop and Nipper’s Cheese Stall at R20 per map. The selling price for laminated maps includes a contribution towards the maintenance of the trail. This is a community funded project.
To the south is the Iron Crown at 2126m the highest point in the area and is in the Wolkberg range.
To the east is Deney’s Nose (1812m) and beyond it Stylkop (1900m).
A beautiful view of the headwaters of the Ebenezer Dam as well as Haenertsburg School and the upper section of the village.
Close by is the shortcut to The Tryst.
This is a favourite haunt of bushpig, porcupine and other forest animals.
A beautiful and secret meeting place in an indigenous forest. It is a special place for lovers but look out for other hikers!
One of several such rocks in the grasslands rubbed smooth by rhinos with a persistent itch. The white rhino was probably resident in the area as they prefer a grassland habitat.
This picnic spot has a view of the rolling grassland.
This Paperbark Thorn Tree (Acacia sieberiana) has provided a convenient perch for a Strangler Fig. A monkey or bird probably deposited the fig seed.