From time to time we get the opportunity to go off-road during the week as part of our day to day tasks. The trip to Hennops was one of those occasions, Gerrie Pretorius of “Leef jou reis/Kyknet” fame wanted to shoot some clips for his soon to be release DVD series and Hennops was the venue of choice.
We drove most of the route and then did brief interviews covering snorkels and the use of diff-locks before making our way back to the “big smoke” and some proper work.
I have always liked Hennops, having started training there about 20 years ago. The trail is well marked and offers something for everyone. It’s easily accessible from Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers a good days outing for the family. The Hartbeespoort Dam is nearby and there are numerous attractions, restaurants etc in the area. One can play at the trail for a few hours and then even have a late lunch and explore the surrounds afterwards.
The trail itself caters to all drivers from novice’s right through to very experienced off-roaders with a wide variety of obstacles all of which have escape routes. Even though it is close to populated areas there are small herds of game and the birdlife is abundant. I have spotted the odd Puff Adder there so it’s worth watching the little ones when you are out of your vehicle.
It’s a great place to go after you have attended a course to learn your vehicle’s capabilities and hone your driving skills. The trail totally changes character when wet and presents numerous challenges. As with all routes it’s better to go with a few friends in case a recovery is necessary. The mud hold gets deeper in summer so it’s worth checking the depth before proceeding. There is a Lapa which can be booked for functions and there are braais and toilets with cold showers if you want to wash the dust off. Your entry fee also entitles you to use the swimming and braai facilities at the nearby Hennops Picnic Spot.
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