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Stamvrug Hiking Trails​


Stamvrug hiking trails, which first opened in May 1992, were designed with the assistance of the Centre for Eco Tourism of the University of Pretoria. Since then, thousands of nature lovers have wound their way around and across the rim of a basin which constitutes one of the few unspoilt, unique Waterberg ecosystems. Nine years later, in 2001, the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve was granted international status by UNESCO. It now forms part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and is the first Reserve of this kind registered in Southern Africa.

The network of 8 different hiking trails, ranging from about 4 km to about 12 km with various grades of difficulty, caters for hikers with different levels of fitness and experience. The routes wind through a wide variety of landscapes ranging from grassy plains, ravines, hills, streams and woods to plateaus with stunning views. There are two base camps, namely Kloof, which is situated at the edge of a ravine, and Stamvrug, set in the fold of a hill leading up to the upper plateau. Both camps are equipped with bunk beds and braai utensils, but bring your own bedding and cutlery. 

Pertinent information:

  • No malaria or bilharzia in dams/streams

  • It is advisable to start hiking before 07h00 in the summer

  • Carry at least 2 liters of water

  • Low axle clearance for cars.


  • R150.00 per person per day overnight

  • R150.00 per person day for visitors

Location of trail:

  • 25 km from Warmbaths

  • 25 km from Nylstroom;

  • 120 km from Gauteng

Length of trails:

  • The total length of all trails: Approx. 80 km


2-day backpacking trails:
  • Kloof base camp to Stamvrug base camp via Kloof trail: 13 km

  • Leopard trail: 11.8km

Degree of difficulty:
  • Average.

  • Sunset trail must be regarded as difficult.

Kloof Base Camp

  • 24 beds/mattresses (3 rooms x 8 beds)

  • Full en suite bathrooms with donkey geysers

  • 2 outside showers

  • Pots/pans

  • 3 legged potjies

  • Braai facilities and ample wood

  • Braai areas


Kloof Base Camp
Stamvrug Camp
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