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Hedianga Farm

Hedianga Farm

| On 23, Nov 2011

Situated in the east of Pretoria on the Bronberg section of the Magaliesberg mountain range, Hedianga Farm offers an exciting new trail running, mountain biking, birding, and walking experience.  This old mountainous region lies between Garsfontein and Graham Road (Lynnwood Road extension) south-east of Pretoria. Hedianga Farm covers an area of 140 hectares, and includes a number of ecological zones, incorporating quartzite ridges as well as grassland areas. It is home to a remarkable diversity of plant and animal life. The Bronberg extension of the Magaliesburg mountain range is likely to have been occupied by early hominids similar to those found in the Sterkfontein caves, the “Cradle of Humankind”.

The Terrain:
The trails at Hedianga Farm mostly consist out of loose rocks and sandy sections. The surface is made for technical trail running. Routes are well maintained by Hedianga Farm but can be overgrown in the summer rainfall season. It is advised to study the trail maps beforehand to avoid getting lost on the trails. Watch out for fallen trees and lose rocks on the trails. Conditions can be very demanding on the trails, its highly advised to take efficient hydration on the trails as there is no drinkable water out on the trail.

Getting there:
Directions: From OR Tambo travel north via the R21 towards Pretoria. Travel north with the N1 towards Polokwane, take the Atterbury offramp right and travel east on Atterbury Road past Menlyn Shopping Centre for approximately 11km, continue to the four way stop at the intersection with Olympus Drive (“Afgri City” and “Plant land”). Continue thru this 4 way Stop up the hill. Turn left into “Ajax” Road. Take Ajax all the way to the T Junction with Achilles Way, and turn left again into Achilles. Plot 85 will be on your right hand side about 100m down the road.

Hedianga Farm – Fast Facts
Grading: Difficult
Duration: 1-3 hours
Configuration: Circular route with loops
Start Point: Hedianga Farm Parking Lot
GPS Coordinates: 25°48’24.55″S /  28°21’1.53″E
Terrain: Quartzite ridges and Grasslands
Access Requirements:
Your paid ticket is now valid for the day that you pay plus the next consecutive 6 days.
Adults (13 years and older): R25.00 per person
Children (12 years and younger) R10.00 per child
Horses and Dogs: welcome (Bring a leash) Free.
Open seven days per week. Monday to Sunday 6.30 am to 6.30 pm.

Trail Markings: Wooden signs and colour marked stones.
Facilities: Clean toilets and running water.
Cell reception: Good, reception on all parts of the trail.
Beware: Snakes, ticks, dehydration and falling. Always carry a cell phone with you, some parts of the trail are not accesible by car.
Best time of the year: Summer and Winter

Below is a map of the suggested 11km trail run.