St Fort

Hiking Trails

This beautiful farm is situated in the Rooi and Witte Berg Mountains of the Eastern Free State.

For those who love to explore, St Fort offers four expertly laid out hiking trails, namely the two-day Cannibal Hiking Trail which caters for the keen and more adventurous hiker. It includes a night spent in a cave, complete with historic rock art.
For a brisk morning or afternoon walk, we offer three shorter trails.

All these trails take you through differing landscapes, from breath taking 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, ablution with flush toilets and hot showers as well as a reed enclosure with braai facilities.

Buy your St Fort hiking badge at the office.

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 Cannibal Trail is a circular route 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.

On the first day the trail passes overhang caves with rock ‘kraals’, one of which has bushman paintings. You over-night in a huge cave. The cave is equipped with braai facilities, wood, mattresses and a small ablution block with running water.

The second day offers breath taking views of the Malutis including Horeb, Woodhouse, Generaalskop, Visierskerf and George’s Pimple.

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.

Slacking packing is available on request and at an additional fee.

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 splendour of the magnificent view.
  • Duration: 2hr
  • Distance: 3km
  • Markings: Yellow Arrows
This is a moderate hike which starts from St Fort Country House. An initial climb is rewarded with breath taking views of St Fort and the valley. Once on the plateau, the path follows a contour which takes you to Batwing Falls which are so aptly named as they resemble the wings of a bat. Enjoy a restful break at the base of falls, before you climb out of the valley. Follow the trail which leads you home to St Fort Country House.
  • Duration: 2.5hr
  • Distance: 5.9km
  • Markings: White Arrows
This is a moderate hike which starts from the road behind St Fort Country House. This trail is known for its high mountain tops and deep valleys with mountain streams, and offers some lovely surprises along the way, including a 360° view of the surrounding mountains, as well as a steep zigzag descent.
  • Duration: 1.5hr
  • Distance: 3.9km
  • 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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Fouriesburg Road, 
Clarens, Freestate

E info@stfort.co.za
T 058 256 1101
Pam (Wedding Planner) 082 998 0040

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