Looking for new WC hikes off the beaten track


#1

Hi Everyone

I have been a voracious day/multi-day capetonian hiker for a decade or two and would like some of the locals to comment regarding some western cape trails they have found to be awesome for a 2 person hiking excursion. Please exclude any hikes listed below as we have completed these already:

Table mountain:

-Cape of Good Hope Hoerikwagga hikes

-Silvermine (elephant’s eye & tokai) and peer’s cave hikes

-Table mountain pipe track, skeleton gorge, nursery ravine, constantia nek, platteklip gorge, lion’s head, signal hill

-Tygerberg nature reserve hikes

West coast:

-Nature reserve day hikes

-Rocherpan day hike

Somerset west:

-Helderberg nature reserve day hikes

-Hottentots holland/boland trails

Stellenbosch:

-Simonsberg

-Jonkershoek nature reserve day hikes

Franschoek:

-Mont Rochelle day hikes

Tweede tol:

-day hikes

Worcester:

-Botanical garden day hikes

Montagu:

-Day hikes and climbing locations

Overberg:

-Hangklip peak

-Harold porter botanical garden day hikes

-Koggelberg Nature reserve day hikes

Stanford/Gansbaai:

-Walker bay day hikes

-Fynbos trail

-Platbos trails

Pearly beach/Die Dam/Agulhas/Stillbay day hikes

Knysna:

-Nature reserve hikes

-Botanical garden short walks

Plettenberg bay:

-Robberg nature reserve

Natures Valley:

-Day hikes

Storms River:

-Village day hikes

-Mouth day hikes

Baviaanskloof:

-Luiperd trail

Please also refrain from mentioning the following:

Strandloper trail, De Hoop whale trail, Boesmanskloof, Arangieskop, Swellendam, Tsitsikamma, Outeniqua, Harkerville, Otter multi day hikes…Also note most of the cederberg is closed till next year…

IF ANYONE has done the Swartberg hiking trail recently that would be awesome to know about…Also if the helderwater trails in hopefield are still doable? And has anyone done the Swarttobie hiking trail? I never hear about it anymore…


#2

Disa Gorge (Table Mountain)

Regarding the Cederberg, the northern section was untouched by the fire and offers amazing hiking opportunities. Also, the Duiwelsgat/Klein Duiwelsgat trail from Uitkyk Pass to the Sneeuberg hut is a must and is open.

For route description on those and more, check out the Western Cape section in our Trails category: http://www.hikingsouthafrica.co.za/category/trails/western-cape/


#3

Why not the Arangieskop Trail? This is the mother of all weekend trails in the WC. Tough, but stunning. You can also consider the Boosmansbos route (wilderness) near Heidelberg. Great hike! Derek


#4

The eastern side of the Cederberg also has some nice hikes (e.g. from Cederberg Oasis/Mount Ceder). That side of the Cederberg is drier and doesn’t really burn so is also generally safe from fire closures.

You could always consider joining the MCSA (if you’re not already a member), they also have some interesting properties and huts with fun (and sometimes tough) off the beaten track hikes.


#5

Check out the Gecko Trail traversing the Langeberg between Worcester and Montagu!!! It’s got three 14-17km sections, hence most will hike 2 of them consecutively. Pretty wild and tuff though.


#6

I’ve never heard of the Gecko Trail - looks great!


#7

Yeah it a rather quiet trail :wink: established in 2003 and also featured in Mike Lundy’s last edition of Weekend trails in the Western Cape.


#8

Definitely going to check it out soon :smiley::+1:


#9

Awesome trail! did it about 3 weeks ago


#10

Oorlogskloof Trails (multiple options) near Van Rhynsdorp


#11

Hey Safwat

How are you doing?
I’m still waiting for those epic pictures of your epic GECKO TRAIL hike :smile:

Regards
Jurgen from Simonskloof


#12

So get this… Since the recent fires, the following nature reserves have closed down hiking:
Goukamma NR (for the next 2 years)
Harkerville Coastal hikes (for the next year) a single short hike is open
George (Cradock peak as well as surrounding hikes)
Knysna (a portion of the hikes have been closed see SANParks)
Grootvadersbosch (Swellendam)
Marloth (10h and 12h peaks are closed)


#13

Yeah seems rather sad.
Now the question is WHY?
Does anybody know what exactly the thinking/reason behind the closing is?
Love to understand.

J.