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28km from Magaliesburg
+27 71 473 6298 www.shelterrock.co.za
The concept of the Via Ferrata, Italian for “Iron Way”, was developed in the Pyrenees by soldiers during the World Wars. It refers to a vertiginous system of metal walkways and bridges. You may now experience the excitement of this unique trail along Shelter Rock in the Magaliesberg peaks. Ascend all the way to the summit, a domain previously reserved for ardent rock climbers, as you face off against vertigo on this intense and extreme adrenalin experience.
Halfway up the 100-metre cliff face you will find a safe spot from where to take photos and admire the view. Enjoy the break before ascending to the apex where a breathtaking panorama unfolds over the surrounding valleys and ridges. You can return either via a 100-metre high double-pitch abseil or, if you feel you've reached your adrenalin limit for the day, hike along a more sedate mountain trail back to the base camp.
A smaller mini-stairway at Little Rock lets you practice in a safe environment before ascending the real deal Via Ferrata, allowing you to use both the safety harnesses and “cow tails” in a secure environment. Note that The Stairway is not recommended for children younger than 10 or anyone less than 1.2 metres in height. There is also maximum weight limit of 120 kilograms.
Once in the village of Hekpoort, continue along the R560 towards Skeerpoort for about 10 kilometres before turning left on the provincial border. Turn left again onto the D401 at the T-junction. The entrance to Shelter Rock (a farm gate) is one kilometre down the road on the right hand side.