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/)

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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+)

Weekend Hike - Wag-n-Bietjie

Wag-'n-Bietjie

A beutiful trail in the mountains, through indigenous shrubs/trees, ravines with mountain streams in summer, "koppies" with panoramic views, and fountains. Lots of game to be seen and abundant bird life! Just north of Bela Bela, this spot is an ideal location to warm up in the natural hot springs and escape from the winter cold. https://www.anvieventures.co.za/wagnbietjie.html http://www.wagnbietjie.com/p/hiking.html http://www.footprint.co.za/wag.htm Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 137km 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: 12km Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Weekend Hike - Participants should block their entire weekend for the hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 20 July Saturday 12:00 Arrive and setup camp then visit Warmbaths hot springs 18:00 Joint Dinner 21 July Sunday 8:00 Hike 21 July Sunday 11:00 Have Brunch and then Head for Home ____________________ REGISTRATION INFORMATION Restricted Number of Permits: 24 Registration Deadline: 18:00 15 July 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 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 260 (Hike & Accomodation) + R 130 (Meals) = R 390 (TOTAL) Child (Under 12) R 260 (Hike & Accomodation) + R 90 (Meals) = R 350 (TOTAL) 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 withing 24 hours of registering. For payment information please see https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889368/Sole_Mates_Payment_Information/ ____________________ JOINT MEALS (Our Chefs will take care of you) Joint meals are planned for this event. (1x Dinner, 1x Brunch) Our Meals are budgeted as follows: Dinner: R80/Adult and R50/Child Brunch: R50/Adult and R40/Child Joint meals exclude personal drinks and snacks required on the trail or at camp between the specified meals. ____________________ 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. Hikers without sufficient water will not be allowed to hike with the group. Dehydration is a serious issue on the hike and those effected place an unwelcome burden on other hikers. ____________________ TERMS & CONDITIONS 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. All participants must meet the fitness requirements as stated in the Meetup post. Sole Mates that bring guests are responsible for those guests and to ensure they have the required fitness level, their own water, snacks, and equipment and they are expected to hike together. Sole Mates Hiking Group is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by venues or websites where venue information is collected.

Morning Hike - Somabula

Somabula Nature Reserve

Somabula is just 40 minutes away from Pretoria and boasts 400 hectares of indigenous trees, pristine bush and excellent birding. The reserve boasts a wide variety of antelope as well as giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. Smaller animals, interesting insects and reptiles can also be viewed. http://www.somabula.co.za/ Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 56 km 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: 10 km Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Morning Hike - Participants should block their entire morning for the hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 4th August 2019 Sunday Hiking Time: 08:00 Arrive at Venue at: 07:30 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: 40 Registration Deadline: 23:00 19 July 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 40 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE Child (Children under 12) R 25 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE 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. Cash and Credit Card Accepted ____________________ 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 have a picnic after the hike at the big lapa near the camping area. ____________________ 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 - Foothold Magaliesberg

Foothold & Hiker's Haven

Foothold offers a splendid range of scenery and two varied routes to the escarpment. Foothold has an ascent to the top that can be tricky. Sole Mates should be confident in their ability. There are loose rocks and the ascent up Chain Ladder Gully can be challenging. http://www.jhbhiking.co.za/main/foothold http://www.hikinginfo.co.za/footholdtrail.asp Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 113 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: 10km Trail Difficulty: Challenging This is a Morning Hike - Participants should block their entire morning for the hike. We will be joining the Johannesburg Hiking Club for this hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 17th March - Sunday Hiking Time: 08:00 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: 20 Registration Deadline: 24th July 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/ Also, please note that if you have registered before for a hike with us and have a record of Late Cancellations or No Shows, your priority for registering will be lower that those with clean records. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889341/Late_Cancellations_-_No_Shows_-_Priority/ ____________________ COST & PAYMENT INFORMATION Adult R 60 (Hike) Child (Children under 12) R 40 (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/ Make payment immediately. Payment must be made withing 24 hours of registering. For payment information please see https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889368/Sole_Mates_Payment_Information/ ____________________ BRAAI For those interested, we will be braaing after the hike. Organizers will provide the fires, salads and coffee/tea. Bring your own meat, drinks, cutlery, cup for coffee/tea and a camping chair. Make payment before the registration deadline. For payment information please see https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-xapOFNJe/pages/26272442/Payment_Information/ ____________________ 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 normal hikes and 3+ for Magaliesberg hikes. ____________________ 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 - Rosemary Hills

Rosemary Hill Mountain Bike Trails

Rosemary Hills is a organic farm situated on the eastern outskirts of Pretoria. Rosemary Hill’s award-winning trails are suitable for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers alike, and offer a great day out on the clearly marked 5km, 10km and 33km options. http://www.rosemaryhill.co.za/ Distance from Outdoor Warehouse John Vorster Centurion: 39 km 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: 10 km Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Morning Hike - Participants should block their entire morning for the hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 4th August 2019 Sunday Hiking Time: 07.30 - Be at the coffee shop at 07:00 to allow time for the pre-hike talk and be ready to start hiking by 07:30 For those interested we will enjoy a light meal at the coffee shop. 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: 40 Registration Deadline: 23:00 2 August 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 or a No Show, your priority for registering will be lower than for those with clean records. https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889341/Late_Cancellations_-_No_Shows_-_Priority/ ____________________ COST & PAYMENT INFORMATION Adult R 40 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE Child R 25 (TOTAL) | TO BE PAID DIRECTLY AT VENUE 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. ____________________ WATER & DEHYDRATION All participants need to ensure that they and all their guests have their own water. Sole Mates recommends at least 3+ 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 (85)

Morning Hike - Silkaatsnek Reserve

Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve

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