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.
Directions to the start of the trail
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.
Maps can be purchased in Haenertsburg e.g. from the Book Shop in the Pennefather Complex at R25 per map. By buying this map you are helping to maintain the trail which is a community funded project.
Points of Interest
Cemetery View Point
To the south is the Iron Crown, at 2126m the highest point in the area. The Iron Crown is in the Wolkberg or Cloud Mountain range which includes the renowned Wolkberg Wilderness Area.
Vodacom Tower View Point
To the east is Deney’s Nose (1812m) and beyond it Stylkop (1900m). There is a good view of the Ebenezer Dam.
A beautiful view of the headwaters of the Ebenezer Dam as well as Haenertsburg School and the upper section of the village.
Jan’s Knoll View Point
Close by is the shortcut to The Tryst.
Bubbling Brook Picnic Site
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!
Rhino Rubbing Rock
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.
A spot with a great view of the rolling grassland.
Old Acacia Tree
This Paperbark Thorn Tree (Acacia sieberiana) has provided a convenient perch for a Strangler Fig. A monkey or bird probably deposited the fig seed.
Ensure that you take drinking water.
Keep to the path to prevent erosion and to avoid getting lost.
Don’t damage or remove any plant, wild animal or artifact such as rocks, others would like to enjoy the flower that you picked!
Carry out all your litter and assist us by collecting any litter thoughtlessly left by others.
Please be warned that grassland fires can be disastrous and therefore smoking and the lighting of fires are strictly prohibited.
Take care as portions of this route become slippery when wet.
Please note that the use of the trail is entirely at your own risk and that FrOHG accept no responsibility for any loss or injury that may be incurred.