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Rhenosterpoort Hiking Trail

Rankins Pass, near Alma, Limpopo Province

The Rhenosterpoort Hiking trail is yet another beautiful trail to be found in the Waterberg mountains, north of Warmbaths, in South Africa's lovely Limpopo Province. The trail lies close to the village of Alma at the foot of the Jan Trichards pass. Few weekend trails can boast the diversity of terrain and flora that this trail can. The presence of the abundance of perennial water is also something that goes to make this trail special.

The Trail

The Rhenosterpoort trail consists of a circular day walk that start and finishes at the camp plus a short, hour long, trail. A backpack trail is also available. The trails portray the rich diversity to be found on the farm. Beautiful views, rich vegetation and a spectacular gorge all contribute to the enjoyment of the hiker. There is plenty of water along the way although it is advisable to carry drinking water. First time hikers should be able to manage these trails without too much difficulty.

Taking it easy at the waterfall Time for chat
Kids and water go together Focussing the camera is an art
A flower along the way Some lovely views
The Waterberg Clambering down the gorge


The Camp

Situated under the shade of several large trees, the camp is an ideal place to relax after the trail. The owners have provided exceptional facilities including a gas stove, hot showers, flush toilets and a refrigerator. There is no electricity but that adds to the bush experience. Candles are provided but bring along your torches and gas lamps. The main hiking camp sleeps twenty people. Paraplegics should be able to use the facilities in the camp with a little help now and again

The Sleeping accommodation The kitchen area
The Braai area Room for relaxation after hiking


Sunday is a time for relaxation around the pools

Soothing those aching limbs Thumbs up for Rhenosterpoort
Exploring the rock pools Serenity
The fascination of water The place of thoughts
What a bath! This is fun!


This is one of the top weekend trails within easy reach of Gauteng. It is about two and a half hours driving time from Johannesburg. The facilities and the scenic beauty go to make it a memorable weekend for the whole family. The trail is normally booked up well in advance so it is important to place your reservation with the booking office in good time.

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