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Hedianga Farm Trails

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67km from Garsfontein

-25.8067, 28.3511

5 - 18km, 1 - 2hours, Intermediate - Hard

+27 82 552 0955 goo.gl/1a6Xdg

Configuration: There are various loops and return options

General Information: Single-track and jeep track, loose rocks and sandy sections. The trails are marked with signs and name boards. There are four main trails of 5km, 8km, 12km and 18km. Hedianga is open six days a week: Tuesday to Friday from 14:00-18:30 pm, Saturdays and Sunday 06:30-18:30.

Ablutions and water are on site and there is cell phone reception along 80% of the routes.

About

Situated to the east of Pretoria on the Bronberg section of the Magaliesberg, Hedianga Farm promises an exciting trail running, mountain biking, birding and walking experience. The farm encompasses an area of 140ha, mostly on the north facing slopes of the Bronberge overlooking Shere and Silverlakes.

The trails at Hedianga Farm include lots of loose rocks and sandy sections, making the surface technical for beginner trail runners. The routes are well maintained by Hedianga Farm, but can be overgrown during the rainy summer season. It is advised to study the trail maps beforehand to avoid getting lost on the trails. There are four primary routes of 5km, 8km, 12km and 18km, respectively. All traverse the woodland slopes of the Bronberg Mountains. The trails sets off easily along jeep track sections, but soon change to the single-track routes runners have come to expect from Hedianga.

The trail head is situated at the summit of the Bronberg, with views across Pretoria that are sure to leave you breathless before you’ve even started your run. The vegetation changes as you wind your way through forested kloofs and along steep, rugged ridges and tranquil woodland dells. Once you bottom out at the foot of the range, the hard work starts again as you ascend a good 400m back to the crest.

Care should be taken when negotiating the downhill trails, especially during the early mornings when dew can make the surface exceptionally slippery underfoot. Also, avoid heading onto the trail when thunderstorms are threatening. Although the destination is generally safe, it is advisable to run in groups.

Hedianga Farm is all about ‘exploration running’. With so many trails crisscrossing each other, it is very much up to you how long and where you run. A high level of fitness is required if you plan to take on the challenging 18-20km route. Hedianga Farm is bordered by several private properties, so keep in mind that if you have to climb through a fence you are probably trespassing.

Follow the R21 north from OR Tambo towards Pretoria and then the N1 to Polokwane. Take the Atterbury exit and travel east on Atterbury Road past the Menlyn Shopping Centre. Cross over Hans Strydom Drive and the four-way stop at the intersection with Olympus Drive. Carry on up the hill before turning left into Ajax Road. Turn left again into Achilles Way at the T-junction. Plot 85 will be on your right about 100m down the road.

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