Kosmos Hiking Club

 DAG STAPPIES vir 2014

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 Frik Prinsloo - 079 496 8413 email - frik.prinsloo@sasol.com
Kontak:  Jims De Vos - 083 315 9711 email - jimsdevos@outlook.com

as jy saam op enige van die dagstappies wil gaan

                  When                                                            Where                                                                                                  Beskrywing

08 Feb 2014                                  Klipkraal Hiking Trail

                                                                        Heidelberg 

The vast majority of hikers in South Africa are residents of Gauteng. It is a pity that the areas around Johannesburg and Pretoria offer so little opportunities for hiking. Klipkraal, being only 80kms from Alberton, offers the opportunity to help fill this gap. 

01 Maart 2014                             Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Die hike is gratis                                        Mondeor

 Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is situated 11km south of the city centre, next to the southern suburb of Mondeor and consists of 615 hectares of open veld and koppies. The reserve was first proclaimed in 1984 although the area has a rich history that can be traced back 250,000 years to the Stone Age. Many artifact from bygone eras are to be found in the reserve including ancient stone circles, the remains of early dwellings that are thought to date from about 1500. The reserve was bought by the Johannesburg City Council in 1950.

April 2014                                               Sakabula Hiking Trail

                                                                    Heidelberg

Situated close to the small former mining hamlet of Poortjie about 40 minutes journey by car from Johannesburg lies this gem of a weekend getaway. Stay the weekend at these well appointed cottages and explore the area on foot. There is plenty of game to be seen including large numbers of the graceful Eland. The trail was laid out by Prof. Leon Hugo 

 03 May 2014                                      Tswaing Crater Trail

                                                                          Pretoria

 Situated just 40Km north of Pretoria lies the Tswaing Asteroid Crater which is believed to have been created when an Asteroid collided with Earth about 200,000 years ago. All that is left of the collision is a crater surrounded by a ring of hill about 100m high and a kilometre across. These hills are believed to have been originally twice this height. Tswaing is the Tswana work for Salt Lake and refers to lake at the bottom of the crater.

TBA                                                    Frog Trail 

                                                                      Cullinan 

We tend to associate Gauteng with massive urban sprawl around which there are areas of highveld grassland with patches of exotic vegetation. Now and again one comes across something very special though and in this case it was an area of ground that would compare favourably with areas of Mpumalanga. The area in question is close to Cullinan, north of Pretoria 

TBA                                            Groenkloof Natuur Reservaat

                                                                    Pretoria 

 The history of the reserve can be traced back a long time, to 1895 in fact, when President Paul Kruger proclaimed the valley as a game sanctuary, the first on the African continent. In 1994 the reserve became the responsibility of the nature conservation and resorts section of the City Of Tshwane Municipality. In 1999 game was reintroduced into the reserve. This included Impala, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest and Ostrich. These were added to in 2002 by the introduction of Giraffe and Red Hartebeest. Sable antelope were reintroduced in 2003.

 TBA                                             Windy Brows Game Farm

                                                                      Cullinan

 The picturesque and historical town of Cullinan is more famous as the home of De Beers Premier Diamond Mine than for its nature. However, the Oppenheimer family, major shareholders in De Beers, have always had a strong interest in nature conservation and have vast areas of land throughout Southern Africa, devoted to nature conservation. They partner Birdlife South Africa in the development of birding routes as an example and own Ezemvelo Nature Reserve near Bronkhorstspruit. The ground on which Windy Brow now is, was once part of the farm on which the famous Cullinan Diamond was found and until this year was still owned by the mining company. Recently, this 300ha piece of ground was purchase by the former manager who has major plans to upgrade the facilities.

 TBA                                                       Castle Gorge

                                                                     Johannesburg

Castle gorge is another one of those hidden gems of nature that occur in close proximity to the metro's of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The weathered rock formations and the crystal clear pools will bring back memories long after your visit has ended.  

 TBA                                           Suikerbosrand Natuur Reservaat

                                                                         Heidelberg     

The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve covers an area of 11,595ha and was named after the Transvaal Suikerbos, (Protea Caffra). The reserve is within an hours drive of Johannesburg and lies close to the town of Heidelberg. The main feature of the reserve is the Suikerbosrand Mountain Range that forms the backbone of the reserve and varies in height between 1,545m and 1,917m above sea level.      

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