The Magaliesberg Biosphere has just launched a stunning hiking trail on the the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain, and to celebrate the launch, the organisation wants to give back to the Majakaneng community with the Hiking for Hope fundraiser which aims to collect 250 pairs of school shoes for local school children who need them.
The Magaliesberg Biosphere raised funds from the German Commission for UNESCO and the German Federal Foreign Office for developing a hiking trail on the land owned by members of the Majakaneng community. The project, which is almost complete, includes local trail operators Majakaneng Hiking Trails, the Trail Champions-youth from Majakaneng and heritage experts. “We are excited to open the brand new 10km Majakaneng Heritage Trail, which boasts interpretive trail signage and a trail-base picnic area with secure parking. The hike takes you up rocky slopes dotted with bobbejaan stert (xerophyta retinervis) to spectacular scenery where you can view several blockhouses or small forts, perched in the summit wilderness, dating back to the South African war in 1901. The hike descends through cool kloof forest alongside towering quinine trees (Rauvolfia caffra), pools and stream,” says Belinda Cooper, Magaliesberg Biosphere coordinator.
The fundraiser runs from 3 to 9 December and the 10km Heritage trail, or a shorter 5km loop, will be guided by trained conservation rangers who have started the Majakaneng Hiking Trails business.
How it Works is simple – instead of paying for your hike, bring along a pair of school shoes (any size).