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Zebra Route

Intermediate
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Trail

3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer loop
92% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 375' 114 m
Descent: -375' -114 m
High: 4,638' 1,414 m
Low: 4,272' 1,302 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by South African Hiker

A moderate day run at the Hennops River.

South African Hiker

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The trail opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Overview

The Zebra Route runs along the Hennops River before veering into the mountainous area to a Hartebeespoort dam lookout point. The route is set against a beautiful backdrop of wildlife, boulders, and a large variety of plant life. The trail isn't very demanding and the ascents are moderate in certain sections.

Need to Know

Runners need to pay an entrance fee to access the trail. There is also a small food trailer next to the pay point.

Description

The Zebra Route starts at the Hadeda Camp and heads north. Crossing the river via cable car and turning right will place you on the correct path, as this point is the junction point of three trails. The beginning of the trail is dirt path under a canopy of trees and runs along the river until a gentle ascent takes you into the mountains and rocky terrain towards the first point of interest, Pafuri.

Shortly after you reach Pafuri, the trail veers westward while you continue to ascend the mountain. Continue with the westward heading until you reach the second point of interest, the Bokmakierie bush. Continue westward until you make it to the summit of this little mountain where you'll be rewarded with the third point of interest on the trail, a lookout point of the Hartebeespoort dam and town nested along its banks.

From this point, the route will take a southward heading, and it will also be mostly descending with the occasional gentle ascent as you pass over a hill. Once you reach the fourth point of interest, Muragie and De Oude Muragie, the trail veers eastward until you reach the intersection. Turning right with a southeast heading will take you back to the cable car. Cross the river once more to reach the Hadeda Camp.

The trail is very well maintained and clearly marked. However, you should be vigilant as a large section of the trail is extremely rocky, and you basically descend on a fragile rock slide on certain sections of the trail.

Flora & Fauna

This trail has a large variety of plant life including aloes, cacti, and protea. The trail also has lizards, geckos, and a variety of bird and butterfly species. Mammals on the trail include Kudu, Eland buck and Klip Dassies.

History & Background

The trail has numerous points of interest, such as a the Hartebeespoort dam lookout point, as well as Muragie and De Oude Muragie, the remnants of buildings constructed from limestone and clay.

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Land Manager: Hennops Trails

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Photos

A view of the beacon at the Hartebeespoort dam lookout point.
Apr 9, 2018 near Diepsloot, ZA
A view of the starting ascent on the Zebra trail.
Apr 9, 2018 near Diepsloot, ZA
A view of the remnants of Muragie on the Zebra route.
Apr 9, 2018 near Diepsloot, ZA
A view of the Krokodilberg trail cable car crossing.
Dec 2, 2017 near Diepsloot, ZA

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