What we're about

We are a diverse and inclusive group of hiking enthusiasts who are interested in morning, day, and weekend hikes as well as an occasional extended base camp and/or backpacking trip. We enjoy exploring Gauteng, our neighbouring provinces and the rest of South Africa and discovering the amazing outdoor adventures that nature has to offer on our doorstep. Together we will unveil the Pretoria/Johannesburg surroundings one trail at a time.

We strive to provide our members with a wide variety of hiking adventures without repeating the same trails excessively within a calendar year. We aim to organise a hike for each Sunday as well as public holidays. This ensures a new adventure each and every week.

Sole Mates provides opportunities for hiking enthusiasts with some hiking experience and fitness levels to explore some of the more challenging hiking venues. Hikers with an intermediate fitness level, all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

If you are just beginning and are unsure of you fitness level, we recommend first joining one of our easy or moderate hikes. The hiking difficulty is stated in each of our hikes trail information.

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DISCLAIMER: All hikers participating in Sole Mates activities do so at their own risk. Each participant is responsible for their own safety and the security of their belongings. Sole Mates Hiking Group is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by venues or websites where venue information is collected.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Sole Mates Membership Fees (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889538/Sole_Mates_Membership_Fees/)

Sole Mates Registration Process (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28023795/Sole_Mates_Registration_Process/)

Sole Mates Payment Information (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889368/Sole_Mates_Payment_Information/)

Sole Mates WhatsApp Groups (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889292/Sole_Mates_WhatsApp_Groups/)

Sole Mates Fitness Level Statement (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889415/Sole_Mates_Fitness_Level_Statement/)

Sole Mates What to Bring (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889462/Sole_Mates_What_to_Bring/)

Late Cancellations - No Shows - Priority (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889341/Late_Cancellations_-_No_Shows_-_Priority/)

Sole Mates Rules and Security (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889321/Sole_Mates_Rules_and_Security/)

Sole Mates Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28200334/Sole_Mates_Terms_and_Conditions/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Overnight Hike - Ezemvelo Nature Reserve Bronkhorstspruit

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is the hidden beauty of Gauteng. It provides a wonderful natural experience with a wide variety of general game and bird species to be seen. Ezemvelo is one of the more exciting parks on our doorstep. Its packed with game and the chances are high that you will be able to see it in abundance including herds of running wildebeest and zebras. The nature reserve has yet to disappoint. http://www.ezemvelo.co.za/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqc0GoJuDC8 Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 94 km We encourage participants to car pool to the venue. PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of permits for this hike. Pre-payment is required and payment must be made immediately after registering here to secure booking. ____________________ TRAIL INFORMATION Trail Length: 13 km - We will do the shorter trail loop 6-8km on Saturday and the larger loop 13km on Sunday Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Weekend Hike - Participants should be aware that there are over night stays on this hike. ____________________ SWIMMING The venue has a Swimming Pool. Be sure to pack a swim costume and a towel for after the hike! ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 21 September 2019 Saturday Hiking Time: 8:00 Arrive at Venue at: 7:30 The gates to the park open at 7 Check-in at reception and proceed to the River Camp 22 September 2019 Sunday Hiking Time: 7:30 We will braai after the hike next to the reception pool We start hiking very punctually. All participants are encouraged to be at the venue 30 minutes before the hiking time to have ample time for final preparations including payments, attendance check-in and pre-hike briefing. ____________________ REGISTRATION INFORMATION Restricted Number of Permits: 20+ Registration Deadline: 23:00 19 September 2019 Thursday 20 Hikers are in the Hut, others can join and pitch a tent. Limit represents the number of spots in hut left. Confirm your participation here on Meetup. If Sole Mates has your contact details, no further actions are required. If not, please message the host or an organiser listed on this hike and provide contact details. If we do not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike by the hike organisers. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28023795/Sole_Mates_Registration_Process/ PLEASE NOTE: If you a record of multiple Late Cancellations in the past 2 months, your priority for registering will be lower than for those with clean records. If you have a No Show in the past 2 months, you are not eligible to sign up for this hike. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889341/Late_Cancellations_-_No_Shows_-_Priority/ ____________________ COST & PAYMENT INFORMATION Adult R 200 (Accommodations) R 210 (Meals - 1x Dinner 2x Brunch/Lunch ) R 410 (TOTAL) | THIS IS A PREPAID HIKE Child (Children under 16) R 125 (Accommodations) R 150 (Meals - 1x Dinner 2x Brunch/Lunch ) R 275 (TOTAL) | THIS IS A PREPAID HIKE The Sunday braai has been priced as a dinner. The above does not include the annual Sole Mates Membership Fee. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889538/Sole_Mates_Membership_Fees/ Make payment immediately. Payment must be made within 24 hours of registering. For payment information please see https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889368/Sole_Mates_Payment_Information/ ____________________ ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION Hikers Huts - Dorm-style bunkbeds with mattresses - Please bring your own bedding (sleeping bag) ____________________ WATER & DEHYDRATION All participants need to ensure that they and all their guests have their own water. Sole Mates recommends at least 2+ Litres for this hike. Please be sure you and your guests all have at least this amount. ____________________ TERMS & CONDITIONS By registering for this hike, you agree to the Sole Mates Terms and Conditions. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28200334/Sole_Mates_Terms_and_Conditions/

Morning Hike - Ezemvelo Nature Reserve Bronkhorstspruit

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is the hidden beauty of Gauteng. It provides a wonderful natural experience with a wide variety of general game and bird species to be seen. Ezemvelo is one of the more exciting parks on our doorstep. Its packed with game and the chances are high that you will be able to see it in abundance including herds of running wildebeest and zebras. The nature reserve has yet to disappoint. http://www.ezemvelo.co.za/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqc0GoJuDC8 Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 94km We encourage participants to car pool to the venue. PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of permits for this hike. ____________________ TRAIL INFORMATION Trail Length: 13km Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Morning Hike - Participants should block their entire morning for the hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 31 March Sunday Hiking Time: 8:00 We start hiking very punctually. The gates open at 7:00 and you will need an hour to register at the gate, drive to the reception, pay and checkin before the hike. ____________________ REGISTRATION INFORMATION Restricted Number of Permits: 40 Registration Deadline: 23:00 Friday 29 March Confirm your participation here on Meetup. If Sole Mates has your contact details, no further actions are required. If not, please message the host or an organiser listed on this hike and provide contact details. If Sole Mates does not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike by the hike organisers. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28023795/Sole_Mates_Registration_Process/ ____________________ COST & PAYMENT INFORMATION Adult R 75 (Hike) Child R 55 (Hike) Child Rate applies to children under 12 Payment to be done directly at venue. CASH ONLY ____________________ BRAAI For those interested, the day visitors can join the overnight hikers for a sumptuous braai at a cost of R80.00 after the hike. ____________________ SWIMMING The venue has swimming facilities. Please be sure to pack a swim costume and a towel! ____________________ WATER & DEHYDRATION All participants need to ensure that they and all their guests have their own water and snacks. ____________________ TERMS & CONDITIONS By registering for this hike, you agree to the Sole Mates Terms and Conditions. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28200334/Sole_Mates_Terms_and_Conditions/

Morning Hike - Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve used to be part of the farm Hartbeespoort. The Bronberg, which is the focus of the reserve, has been declared as a critically endangered ecosystem by the Minister of Environmental Affairs in 2011. Two vegetation types namely Gold Reef Mountain Bushveld and Marikana Thornveld, occur in the valley. The latter is an endangered ecosystem according to the Gauteng C-Plan, which resulted in the proclamation of the nature reserve in 2014. Game includes Impala, Red Hartebees and Zebra. http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/NatureConservation/Pages/Faerie-Glen-Nature-Reserve.aspx Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 17km We encourage participants to car pool to the venue. PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of permits for this hike. ____________________ TRAIL INFORMATION Trail Length: - 9 km We will do the Kiepersol Hike (4.5km) twice. Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Morning Hike - Participants should block their entire morning for the hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 24 September 2019 Sunday Hiking Time: 07:30 Arrive at Venue at: 07:00 We start hiking very punctually. All participants are encouraged to be at the venue 30 minutes before the hiking time to have ample time for final preparations including payments, attendance check-in and pre-hike briefing. ____________________ REGISTRATION INFORMATION Restricted Number of Permits: 50 Registration Deadline: 15:00 22 September 2019 Confirm your participation here on Meetup. If Sole Mates has your contact details, no further actions are required. If not, please message the host or an organiser listed on this hike and provide contact details. If we do not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike by the hike organisers. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28023795/Sole_Mates_Registration_Process/ PLEASE NOTE: If you a record of multiple Late Cancellations in the past 2 months, your priority for registering will be lower than for those with clean records. If you have a No Show in the past 2 months, you are not eligible to sign up for this hike. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889341/Late_Cancellations_-_No_Shows_-_Priority/ ____________________ COST & PAYMENT INFORMATION Adult R 15 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE Child (Children under 12) R 10 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE Children below 6 free entrance The above does not include the annual Sole Mates Membership Fee. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889538/Sole_Mates_Membership_Fees/ Payment to be done directly at venue. ____________________ PICNIC For those interested, we will be staying for a picnic after the hike. Organizers will provide coffee/tea. Bring your own food & cutlery, cup for coffee/tea and a camping chair. We will picnic under the trees. ____________________ WATER & DEHYDRATION All participants need to ensure that they and all their guests have their own water. Sole Mates recommends at least 2+ Litres for this hike. Please be sure you and your guests all have at least this amount. ____________________ TERMS & CONDITIONS By registering for this hike, you agree to the Sole Mates Terms and Conditions. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28200334/Sole_Mates_Terms_and_Conditions/

Morning Hike - De Wildt Hartebeespoort Dam Area

De Wildt 4x4

De Wildt is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg between Pretoria North, Hartbeespoort and Brits. While the Game Park is specifically designed for 4×4 enthusiasts it caters for hikers with 3 different trails. It has abundant wildlife in a rugged mountainous terrain. Regular vehicles are not allowed beyond the camping area into the Game Park. The game park has Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Kudu, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Waterbuck and Jackal. https://www.dewildt4x4.co.za/ Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 65km We encourage participants to car pool to the venue. PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of permits for this hike. ____________________ TRAIL INFORMATION Trail Length: 9.5 km Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Morning Hike - Participants should block their entire morning for the hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 29 September 2019 Sunday Hiking Time: 07:30 Arrive at Venue at: 07:00 We start hiking very punctually. All participants are encouraged to be at the venue 30 minutes before the hiking time to have ample time for final preparations including payments, attendance check-in and pre-hike briefing. ____________________ REGISTRATION INFORMATION Restricted Number of Permits: 50 Registration Deadline: 14:00 27 September 2019 Friday Confirm your participation here on Meetup. If Sole Mates has your contact details, no further actions are required. If not, please message the host or an organiser listed on this hike and provide contact details. If we do not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike by the hike organisers. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28023795/Sole_Mates_Registration_Process/ PLEASE NOTE: If you a record of multiple Late Cancellations in the past 2 months, your priority for registering will be lower than for those with clean records. If you have a No Show in the past 2 months, you are not eligible to sign up for this hike. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889341/Late_Cancellations_-_No_Shows_-_Priority/ ____________________ COST & PAYMENT INFORMATION Adult R 60 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE R50 - Hiker's Brunch Child (Children under 6) R 60 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE R50 - Hiker's Brunch Children below 6 free entrance The above does not include the annual Sole Mates Membership Fee. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889538/Sole_Mates_Membership_Fees/ Payment to be done directly at venue. ____________________ HIKER'S BRUNCH For those interested, we will be having the Hikers' Brunch (R50) after the hike. We will provide: - Scrambled Eggs - Bacon - Sausages - Hash Browns - Tomatoes - Mushrooms - Rolls We will also provide coffee/tea. Bring your own cutlery, cup for coffee/tea and a camping chair. Make payment into the Sole Mates account before the Registration Deadline. ____________________ WATER & DEHYDRATION All participants need to ensure that they and all their guests have their own water. Sole Mates recommends at least 2+ Litres for this hike. Please be sure you and your guests all have at least this amount. ____________________ TERMS & CONDITIONS By registering for this hike, you agree to the Sole Mates Terms and Conditions. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/28200334/Sole_Mates_Terms_and_Conditions/

Past Events

Morning Hike - Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve (entrance)

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