Important Announcement!!!

Dear Johannesburg Hiking Club Members

On Thursday 23rd April 2020 we listened to our President as he once again led our country into the next phase of the lockdown and the very limited lifting of some of the restrictions put in place under the Hard Lockdown (Level 5). 

Now with Level 4 being implemented from the 1st of May 2020. We have received a copy of the COVID -19 Schedule of Services dated 25th April 2020. This document is in draft form.  I doubt that there will be too many changes. We await clarity from the government on the exact interpretation of the areas where some dispensation will take place.


I can fully understand that our members are already standing at their front doors, hiking boots and rucksack all ready to make a dash for the beautiful hiking trail that we enjoy so much. I am sorry to say that at Level 4 we are not permitted to go hiking yet. We have to continue staying at home, no interprovincial travel (most of our Magaliesberg hikes are in the North West province) and no organised activities.


It appears that interprovincial travel will be permitted from level 2 and hiking permitted from level 1. Level 5 lasted for 5 weeks. At this stage, we have no way of estimating how long each level will last.  Unfortunately does not look like we shall be hiking soon.


Stay Safe, Stay Healthy


Philip Welchman

South Africa's Premier Hiking Club

Since 1931, the Johannesburg Hiking Club has welcomed people from all walks of life who love this beautiful country and want to preserve its natural wonders .


Members get to enjoy the fun and adventure of hiking our awesome mountains,  and discovering and exploring new and fantastic places. We offer Wednesday hikes, Sunday hikes, adventure and leisure hikes, base camp and backpacking weekends, slide shows, club evenings, and social events. 


So if you are looking for a hiking family, you want to get fit, or you just want to escape the stress of the city, then the Johannesburg Hiking Club is for you.  We are the premier hiking club in South Africa, after all.


Castle Gorge is FULLY booked up until the end of April. If you want to visit Castle Gorge you can either try and get a visitors permit for our monthly club hike, or join the club and hike the for free whenever you like.

Despite any information online, dogs are NOT allowed, so don't bring yours!

For Castle Gorge permits or booking info for our away hikes, email, or call 078 885 6505 during office hours,  

and Audrey will be more than happy to assist you.


We’d love to hear from you! Contact us with your questions, comments and suggestions.


Office hours:

Monday - Friday (08:30 - 12:30 CAT)

(Closed Weekends & Public Holidays)

078 885 6505