Wolwespruit is one of the best places for hiking in Pretoria. Located in Erasmuskloof, next to Kloof Hospital, about 40 mins from Johannesburg.
Wolwespruit’s name comes from the spruit (a small stream) that runs through it. The park also features one of the largest pump tracks around, a skills clinic area, and a jump line for those who need a double dose of adrenaline.
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Can you hike at Wolwespruit
Yes, there are mountain biking, hiking, and running trails. The park has 23 km of MTB single track with about 300m of climbing to be done, 8 km of running trails which can also be used for walking.
Trails at Wolwespruit
I highly recommend choosing a trail based on your fitness level.
- Running Wolf (Purple): 4.5 KM
- Mountain Wolf (Orange): 5.5 KM
- Wolf Pack Safari: (For Mountain Biking)
Mountain Wolf Trail
We chose this 5.5KM trail and it took 1.5 hours to complete. This is a great intermediate hike. If you have the ability to hike several miles on varied terrain with some decent elevation gain.
It’s steep and there are rocks, wooden bridges, and scenic views of Pretoria East. Make sure you wear the correct shoes, bring a hat and water bottle.
After completing the Mountain Wolf Trail, we decided to also complete the Running Wolf Trail.
Running Wolf Trail
Once you’ve completed the Mountain Wolf Trail, there are two signs, one for the exit and one to continue and complete the Running Wolf Trail.
We decided to keep going and get more steps.
How to get to Wolwespruit
From the N1 freeway, take the Rigel Ave offramp and head east on Delmas Road (R50). Turn left into Nossob Street and then left again into Jochemus Street. Head to the end where you’ll find the entrance to Wolwespruit Trail Park.
They offer annual memberships and a day pass. These are the costs for 2022, please visit Wolewespruit’s official website for the latest pricing
- MTB and Run Membership: R1190
- Trail Run & Hiking Membership: R890
- Children MTB and run membership (under 12): R450
- Pass MTB: R60
- Day Pass Trail Hiking/Running: R35
- Day Pass Kids Under 12: R35
- Monday do Friday: 5:30 am to 6:30 pm
- Saturday to Sunday: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Things to do at Wolwespruit
Mountain Biking at Wolwespruit
Wolwespruit offers the widest range of mountain bike riding trails in Gauteng. It’s also very popular, the earlier you arrive, the better!
The Bike Shop on-site offers bike rentals and accessories for all ages.
We had brunch at PLTFRM Wolwespruit, the food was okay (3/5). They offer a wide variety of foods but some items are not available before 11am.
Clay Café offers ceramic painting experiences. It’s a creative space for adults and children to express their creativity and experiment with ceramic painting.
They have wide range of bisque (moulded pottery items) like mugs, vases, pot plants, plates to choose from. You select off the shelves on the day and paint at your table.
My Experience at Wolwespruit
- Scenic Views
- The park is fully fenced and there is security at the entrance.
- The Bike Store is a great place to buy or rent.
- It’s dog friendly.
- Most people who bring their dogs don’t bring leashes. The park doesn’t require having a leash.
- The signs can be confusing and if you’re not careful, you might get lost.