The five marked cycle and running trails in the Hanglip plantations start and end at the parking area of the Hanglip Arboretum (about 2km from the forestry gate). Trails of 4km, 8km, 12km, 13km and 22km have been laid out. Pictured are a couple of local cyclists at one of the route markers. Photo supplied.
Date: 21 October 2021 By:
Have you wanted to start cycling or trail running and not known were to go around Louis Trichardt? Or have you had visitors who have asked you where a nice place is to go for a short walk? Well, your answer has been on your doorstep for years - the Hanglip trails.
These five marked trails start and end at the parking area of the Hanglip Arboretum (about 2km from the forestry gate). The trails are designed for beginners and experienced riders and runners who want to do different lengths and grades. Trails of 4km, 8km, 12km, 13km and 22km have been laid out. They are free and available to do 24/7, so come with your bike, running shoes or walking boots and get out of town to enjoy the perfect tranquil environment on your doorstep.
The 4km route (easy) is recommended for small children (4 years and older) and beginner riders and trail runners. It includes easy-flowing single tracks and plantation roads. The 8km track (also easy) is an extension of the 4km route and is perfect for beginner riders and trail runners who want to do a slightly longer route. It includes easy-flowing single-track and plantation roads.
The 12km is more moderate and starts with the 4km and 8km routes before ascending up the mountain, past Camp Afrika and then contours around the mountain, from where it descends back down to the Arboretum. The route includes spectacular views.
The 13km route (also moderate) goes up the mountain along the main forestry road, past Camp Afrika and then turns off into excellent single tracks through indigenous forests before descending back down to the Arboretum.
The 22km route (moderate) is an extension of the 13 km route. It goes up past Camp Afrika and then loops through Songozwi Village. It descends along excellent single tracks and back to the Arboretum
For those who would like to go for a run with their pets, a Run and Ride for Pets and the Strava Challenge will take place on Saturday, 13 November, at 07:00. Participants can choose one of four (4km, 8km, 13km, or 22km) trails to run or ride. This is an ideal event for the whole family. The entry fee is only R10, which will be donated to the SPCA. In addition, the winners on each trail (1st cyclist and 1st runner) will not get a prize but will be asked to donate R100 to the SPCA instead. So come prepared.
More information (and downloadable GPX files) can be found on www.soutpansbergoutdoor.co.za or call Sarah Venter on 082 374 9534.