What we're about

We are a diverse and inclusive group of hiking enthusiasts who are interested in morning, day, and overnight hikes including 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 at least 2 hikes every Sunday - simple local hike in Pretoria/Joburg as well as a more complex hike in the surrounding area e.g. the Magaliesberg. We also organise a hike on most 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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Banking Details
Please transfer payment to the Sole Mates bank account
Reference YOUR NAME and Venue Name OR AMF (Annual Membership Fee) OR HAF (Hike Admin Fee)
e.g. "Jane Doe Rustig"
e.g. "Jan Smit AMF"
e.g. "Portia Chabalala HAF"

Sole Mates Hiking Group
FNB Bank
Cheque Account
62842466634

Upcoming events (4+)

Local Hike - Roodeplaat Nature Reserve

Needs a location

Morning Hike near Pretoria

Located about 22km north-east of Pretoria the Roodeplaat Dam is an important water source for the Pretoria area. The Southern side of the reserve caters for birding and wildlife enthusiasts. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. The reserve vegetation is a mix of open savannah veld and dense savannah woodland. The reserve has a variety of interesting game species including Zebra, Kudu, Waterbuck, Warthog, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Common Duiker, Steenbok and Black Backed Jackal.

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HIKE DETAILS

MEETING TIME:
7:30 21 August 2022 (Sunday)

TRAIL DIFFICULTY:
Easy

TRAIL LENGTH:
7km

NUMBER OF SPOTS:
40

REGISTRATION OPENS:
15:00 7 August 2022 (Sunday)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
23:00 19 August 2022 (Friday)

HIKE FEES:
----- R 26.50 HIKE

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 INFORMATION:
----- PAYMENT TYPE: Onsite
An additional 26.50 is charged for each vehicle

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NOTE:
----- Provide your contact details to the host or an organiser listed on this hike.
----- If we do not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike until details have been provided.
----- Sole Mates has a very strict Late Cancellation and No Show Policy, keep your status up to date.
----- By registering for this hike, you agree to adhere to the Sole Mates Policies, Processes and Terms and Conditions.

For more info on Sole Mates Policies, Fees, Processes, Banking/Payments, Ts&Cs, etc., see our About page here:
https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/25270312/About_this_Meetup/

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VENUE INFORMATION

DISTANCE (from Outdoor Warehouse Centurion):
39 km

FOOD INFORMATION:
Please carry at least 1+ Litres of Water with you on this hike.

Prepaid Remote Hike - Tuin van Eden Prepaid Day Hike near Heidelberg

Needs a location

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HIKE DETAILS
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MEETING TIME:
07:30 21 August 2022, Sunday
TRAIL LENGTH:
10km
TRAIL COMMENT:

NUMBER OF SPOTS:
50
REGISTRATION OPENS:
15:00 24 July 2022, Sunday
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
23:00 17 August 2022, Wednesday
HIKE FEES:
----- R 80 HIKE
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 INFORMATION:
----- PAYMENT TYPE: Prepaid (EFT)

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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NOTE:
----- Provide your contact details to the host or an organiser listed on this hike.
----- If we do not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike until details have been provided.
----- Sole Mates has a very strict Late Cancellation and No Show Policy, keep your status up to date.
----- By registering for this hike, you agree to adhere to the Sole Mates Policies, Processes and Terms and Conditions.
For more info on Sole Mates Policies, Fees, Processes, Banking/Payments, Ts&Cs, etc., see our About page here:
https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/25270312/About_this_Meetup/
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VENUE INFORMATION
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DISTANCE (from Outdoor Warehouse Centurion):
105 km
SWIMMING OPTION:
No Swimming
Join us at the onsite cafeteria after the hike.
FOOD INFORMATION:
Join us after the hike at the Barn Yard Cafeteria.
Please carry at least 2+ Litres of Water with you on this hike.

Prepaid Morning Hike Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Pretoria

Needs a location

The extensive vlei areas and tributary streams support the scenic splendor of the azure blue Rietvlei Dam. The Reserve is made up of open grassland landscape that offers visitors a unique opportunity to view many species of animals. Some 1 600 head of game, including blesbuck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, Burchell's zebra, waterbuck, reedbuck, springbuck, mountain reedbuck, steenbuck and grey duiker can be viewed here. Rietvlei Natur Reserve is also home to larger aninals such as Rhino, Buffalo and Hippos
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HIKE DETAILS
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MEETING TIME:
08:00 21 August 2022, Sunday

TRAIL DIFFICULTY:
Moderate

TRAIL LENGTH:
11km

TRAIL COMMENT:
Please note this is a guide hike.

NUMBER OF SPOTS:
20

REGISTRATION OPENS:
15:00 24 July 2022, Sunday

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
23:00 17 August 2022, Wednesday

HIKE FEES:
----- R130 HIKE
No kids under the age of 12 allowed

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 INFORMATION:
----- PAYMENT TYPE: Prepaid (EFT)

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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NOTE:
----- Provide your contact details to the host or an organiser listed on this hike.
----- If we do not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike until details have been provided.
----- Sole Mates has a very strict Late Cancellation and No Show Policy, keep your status up to date.
----- By registering for this hike, you agree to adhere to the Sole Mates Policies, Processes and Terms and Conditions.
For more info on Sole Mates Policies, Fees, Processes, Banking/Payments, Ts&Cs, etc., see our About page here:
https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/25270312/About_this_Meetup/
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VENUE INFORMATION
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DISTANCE (from Outdoor Warehouse Centurion):
16km

SWIMMING OPTION:
No

FOOD INFORMATION:
Please carry at least 2+ Litres of Water with you on this hike.

Local Hike - Melville Kopies

Needs a location

Morning Hike near Melville

Melville Koppies lies on the Kaapvaal craton, one of the earliest known pieces of the Earth's crust. It took about a billion years for the molten planet to begin to form chunks of stable crust, which we call cratons, and which form the nuclei of later tectonic plates and continents. Melville Koppies is the last conserved remnant of Johannesburg's ridges as they were before the discovery of gold in 1886. Its geology goes back three billion years. Stone tools show that Early Stone Age man camped here as long as[masked] years ago. There is a Late Stone Age living floor. Within the last 1000 years Iron Age immigrants arrived, and remains of their kraal wall can be found on the northern slopes. In 1963 an iron-smelting furnace was excavated and can be seen today.

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HIKE DETAILS

MEETING TIME:
7:30 27 February 2022 (Sunday)

TRAIL DIFFICULTY:
Easy

TRAIL LENGTH:
8km

NUMBER OF SPOTS:
40

REGISTRATION OPENS:
15:00 13 February 2022 (Sunday)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
23:00 25 February 2022 (Friday)

HIKE FEES:
----- R 80 HIKE

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 INFORMATION:
----- PAYMENT TYPE: Onsite
----- PAYMENT METHOD(S) AT VENUE: Cash Only

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NOTE:
----- Provide your contact details to the host or an organiser listed on this hike.
----- If we do not have your contact details, you will be removed from the hike until details have been provided.
----- Sole Mates has a very strict Late Cancellation and No Show Policy, keep your status up to date.
----- By registering for this hike, you agree to adhere to the Sole Mates Policies, Processes and Terms and Conditions.

For more info on Sole Mates Policies, Fees, Processes, Banking/Payments, Ts&Cs, etc., see our About page here:
https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/25270312/About_this_Meetup/

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VENUE INFORMATION

DISTANCE (from Outdoor Warehouse Centurion):
62 km

FOOD INFORMATION:
Please carry at least 1+ Litres of Water with you on this hike.

Past events (374)

Prepaid Remote Hike - De Wildt Prepaid Day Hike near Brits

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