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Cannibal Hiking Trail

Clarens, Free State

The Cannibal Hiking Trail is a folk legend where 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 Hiking Trail is situated 5km from Clarens on the road to Fouriesburg.   It is 280km from both Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, tarred road all the way.  We only have MTN signal on the farm.

Route Description:

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.

 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 1st day the trail passes 5 overhang caves with rock ‘kraals’ where there are remains of bushman paintings in some of them.  One passes the Batwing Falls on the way. 

The 2nd day offers breath-taking views of the Malutis, as well as Mt. Horeb, Woodhouse, Generaalskop, Visierskerf and George’s Pimple.  Then you will descend and walk through a valley along a mountain stream. The trail to the famous Mushroom Rock is a separate 1½ hour hike and can be done on the way back from the Cannibal Trail.


The 1st night can be spent in one of two dormitories.

Old School House:

Has 8 bunk beds and can sleep 16.

It has 4 toilets and 4 showers.

At the 1st overnight facility, we provide a bed and mattress, braai grid, wood, cold and hot water, showers and a fridge.

Wood is provided to start a fire, thereafter wood is sold per bag.

The Melkstal:

Can sleep up to 30/32 in bunk beds. It has 4 toilets and 4 showers.

The Cave:

The following amenities are available at the Cave:

  • A basic ablution block is divided into 3 sections: 2 bathrooms each with a toilet, shower, and basin, and the kitchen unit that contains a kitchen sink and a large kettle and pot for the fire
  • Mattresses and groundsheets are provided and are stored in the kitchen unit
  • Braai facilities can be found in the cave
  • Wood is provided for the fire pit in the cave.  Extra wood can be bought

Please supply own:

All food, eating and braai utensils, toilet paper, toiletries, sleeping bags, water bottles, sunblock and anything else a hiker may deem necessary.

Bedding and towels.


2 Day Backpack Trail (One night at basecamp, one night in cave):
  • R750.00 pp – Adult
  • R375.00 pp – U/12
1 Night stay’s (Either at basecamp or at the cave):
  • R450.00 pp – Adult
  • R225.00 pp – U/12 
Day hikes (mushroom rock trail only):
    • Price: R100 pp – Adult
    • Children under 12: – R50 pp

Admin fee:

  • R55.00 once off per reservation.
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