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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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/)

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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/)

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Upcoming events (5)

Day Hike - Mountain Sanctuary Park Buffelspoort Dam

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Mountain Sanctuary Park is a privately owned nature reserve nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains.These majestic Mountains stand proud and untouched, enveloping the most magnificent crystal clear mountain pools and extraordinary rock formations. https://www.mountain-sanctuary.co.za/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0C0_lPSgSU Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 107 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. ____________________ HIKE & TRAIL INFORMATION Trail Length: 11 km Trail Difficulty: Easy We will hike the Slide Pools, Grotto, West Pools and Rapids. Be prepared to be wet and 100% submerged. MSP is a scenic park. This is a leisurely hike filled with multiple swimming opportunities. PLANNED AGENDA 6 December 2020, Sunday Hiking Time: 8:45 Arrive at Venue at: 8:00 Gates to MSP open at 8 and there is a long drive from the gate to reception. Be at the gate at 8. 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: 30 Registration Deadline: 23:00 3 December 2020, Wednesday Please message the host or an organiser listed on this hike to provide your 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/Child R 175 (TOTAL) | THIS IS A PREPAID HIKE An additional R50 must be paid on arrival for each car. 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. Payment information: https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889368/Sole_Mates_Payment_Information/ ____________________ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SWIMMING: Rock Pools. Bring a swim costume and towel! WATER & DEHYDRATION Sole Mates recommends at least 2+ Liters 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/

Sunday Hike - Rustig Hiking Trails

Rustig Hiking Trail

Enjoy the magnificent views from the Magaliesburg mountains and enjoy a hike in the wilderness. The Rustig Karee trail provides a stunning hike through proteas to the top of the Magaliesberg ridge and magnificent views. http://www.rustig.co.za/hiking-trails/ Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 89 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: +/- 8km on Sunday Trail Difficulty: Challenging SWIMMING The venue has a Swimming Pool. PLANNED AGENDA 13 October 2020, Sunday Hiking Time: 7:30 Arrive at Venue: 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: 23:00, 9 December 2020, Wednesday. 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 R 95 (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 within 24 hours of registering. For payment information please see https://www.meetup.com/sole-mates-hiking-group/pages/27889368/Sole_Mates_Payment_Information/ WATER & DEHYDRATION All participants need to ensure that they and all their guests have their own water. Sole Mates recommends at least 3+ Liters 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 - Vergenoeg Hike

Vergenoeg Nature Reserve & Hiking Trail

Vergenoeg is found on the slopes of the Magaliesberg with a view of Hartbeespoort dam. The hike to the top is roughly 6km but definitely worth the effort as you get to observe Cape vultures cruising thermals at eye level. This hike has a "moderate" difficulty and is 12km in total. There are more than 50 indigenous tree species and 200 bird species along with some other interesting wildlife.There are also artifacts and battlefield sites from the Anglo-Boer War. Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 67 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: 12 km Trail Difficulty: Moderate This is a Morning Hike - Participants should block their entire morning for the hike. ____________________ PLANNED AGENDA 16 December 2020 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: 20 Registration Deadline: 23:00, 13 December 2020, 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 R50 (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 Only WATER & DEHYDRATION All participants need to ensure that they and all their guests have their own water. Sole Mates recommends at least 2+ Liters 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 - Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

This 76 ha urban oasis is a pristine getaway situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria. The garden is a favourite birding spot and over 220 bird species have been listed. Interesting birds that have been recorded include hawks, falcons, kestrels and even the Verreaux’s Eagle. Various species of skinks, yellow-throated or plated lizards and rock monitors have found a place to live within the Garden. Visitors might even be lucky enough to see a spotted-necked otter around the wetland area. https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/pretoria/ Distance from Outdoor Warehouse, John Vorster Dr., Centurion: 19 km We encourage participants to car pool to the venue. PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of permits for this hike. ____________________ HIKE & TRAIL INFORMATION Trail Length: 6 km Trail Difficulty: Easy PLANNED AGENDA 20 December 2020 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: 30 Registration Deadline: 23:00 18 December 2020 Please message the host or an organiser listed on this hike to provide your 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/Child R 40 (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 ____________________ WATER & DEHYDRATION 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/

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Morning Hike - Rietvlei Zoo Farm

Rietvlei Zoo Farm

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