Text and pictures courtesy
of Alta Terblanche
This is the first time that this walk featured on the Footprint
Six enthusiastic hikers pitched on this beautiful morning to venture
down the trail
Everybody had to sign a register prior to departure and hikers were
warned about vagrants that may possibly lurk along the trail and
were advised to stick together. No map was also available detailing
the possible routs to take,
The trail starts by crossing a branch of the Moreletta spruit and
the quickly ascends to the ridge overlooking Menlyn Mall and Lynwood
On top of the first ridge
beautiful views could be had of Pretoria towards the west and
landmarks like the Voortrekker Monument and the Magaliesberg further
to the northwest could be seen.
There is quite a large variety
of indigenous trees to be found along the route with the well know
White Stinkwood (Celtis Africana) in abundance. Several trees that
bear edible fruit were also identified (It got nicknamed Lionís
indigenous breakfast walk).
One river bush willow (Combretum erethrophyllum) was particularly
impressive with it massive size and the way its canopy spreads. This
is an ideal stop for the noon snacks and we all spent some time
relaxing in the shade of this magnificent tree.
Generally the route is poorly
marked and one has to follows ones nose in exploring the trail.
A bird hide is also to be found next to the spruit but we did not
stay long enough to observe any birds.
Close to the end of the trail we can me across a tortoise slowly
making its way down the track and were admired by all.
Overall although short the trail was most
There is no cost involved in
walking this trail and no booking required.
Footprint Hiking Club