St Fort

Hiking Trails

For those who love to explore, St Fort offers four expertly laid out hiking trails.

For the more adventurous, we have the Cannibal Trail with sleep-over facilities at the cave, complete with historic rock art.

For a brisk morning or afternoon walk, we offer three shorter trails:
  • The Mushroom Rock Trail
  • The Batwing Falls Trail
  • The Kloof Trail
All these trails take you through differing landscapes, from breathtaking mountain views, overhang caves, to river walks with numerous picnic spots, forest ambles and boulder hopping, in and along, gorges. The trails are well marked and provide all the amenities a hiker demands, from comfortable bedding, ablutions with flush toilets and hot showers as well as a reed enclosure with braai facilities. If you haven’t hiked in Clarens yet, you are are missing out on some of the country’s most scenic landscapes.
Legend has it that a cannibal was active in this area and kept his captives in one of the many caves, where he fed them for later consumption.

The route is a circular one of approximately nine km the first day and seven km the second day. The route takes you through differing landscapes, from stunning mountain views, to river walks, forest ambles to boulder hopping in and along gorges. This beautiful farm is situated in the Rooi and Witte Berg Mountains of the Eastern Free State. This is a hikers hike, well marked and provides all the amenities that a hiker demands, with numerous picnic spots, a swimming hole, interesting scenery and a level of hiking that fits the serious hikers but not too strenuous for the beginner hiker.

On the first day the trail passes overhang caves with rock ‘kraals’, one of which has bushman paintings. The second day offers breathtaking views of the Malutis including Horeb, Woodhouse, Generaalskop, Visierskerf and George’s Pimple. You will walk through a valley along a mountain stream. You can then leave your backpack at the crossing to climb up to the Mushroom Rock.

One of the shorter trails leads up to the Mushroom Rock, a well-known landmark in the area. The Mushroom Trail is a gentle two hour walk which takes you all along the Little Caledon River where there are many inviting spots to have a picnic or just to sit down and relax, before starting the gradual climb up the mountain to the famous Mushroom Rock from where one can behold the splendor of the magnificent view.

  • Duration: 2hr
  • Distance: 3km
  • Bookings: Contact Ernestine at info@stfort.co.za 082 902 9010 / 058 256 1101 or at the St Fort office on the farm
  • Markings: Yellow Arrows

This is a moderate hike which starts from St Fort. An initial climb is rewarded with breathtaking views of St Fort and the valley. Once on the plateau, that path follows a contour which takes you to Batwing Falls. You can drink from these falls and enjoy the falls which are so aptly named as they resemble the wings of a bat.

The path traverses across the face of the Batwing Falls with a short climb out of the valley. Follow the trail which leads you home to St Fort.

  • Duration: 2.5hr
  • Distance: 5.9km
  • Bookings: Contact Ernestine at info@stfort.co.za 082 902 9010 / 058 256 1101 or at the St Fort office on the farm
  • Markings: White Arrows

This is a moderate hike which starts on the road from St Fort towards the kloof. Follow the arrow signboard to the right. The hike is a gradual climb which takes you to the top of the St Fort farm escarpment where you have a 360 degree view of the mountains. A steep zigzag climb down brings you back to the road.

  • Duration: 1.5hr
  • Distance: 3.9km
  • Bookings: Contact Ernestine at info@stfort.co.za 082 902 9010 / 058 256 1101 or at the St Fort office on the farm
  • Markings: Green Arrows

Hiking Trails
in Clarens

For those who love
to explore.

Cannibal Trail - FAQ's

HOW LONG IS THE TRAIL?
It is a 2 day hiking trail. The 1st day is 9km and the 2nd day is 7,5km. A walk to the Mushroom Rock adds an optional extension of 2,5km on the 2nd day.
DESCRIBE THE OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
WHAT DO YOU PROVIDE AT THESE FACILITIES?
WHAT IS OFFERED IN BEDDING?
WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING?
CAN ONE ARRIVE AND START WALKING STRAIGHT AWAY WITHOUT MAKING USE OF THE 1ST NIGHTS FACILITIES?
CAN THE 2 DAY TRAIL BE DONE IN 1 DAY?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BOOK THE TRAIL EXCLUSIVELY FOR ONE GROUP?
IS THERE ANY PRIVACY IN THE CAVE?
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HIKE?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE BACKPACKS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT TAKEN UP TO THE CAVE?
DO YOU PROVIDE A MAP, AND HOW WELL IS THE TRAIL MARKED?
DO YOU PROVIDE A GUIDE TO ACCOMPANY THE HIKERS?
ARE THERE TIMES DURING THE YEAR WHEN THE TRAIL IS CLOSED?
IS THE TRAIL ONLY OPEN ON WEEKENDS, OR CAN ONE MAKE BOOKINGS DURING THE WEEK AS WELL?
HOW SAFE ARE THE CARS THAT STAY BEHIND AT THE 1ST OVERNIGHT FACILITY?
WHAT ARE ST. FORT’S CO-ORDINATES?
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Clarens, Freestate

E info@stfort.co.za
T 058 256 1101

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