Hike South Africa
When you Hike South Africa and experience De Hoop and the Whale Trail Hike – Cederberg – Kogelberg – Fernkloof and many more.
Hike South Africa and experience Hiking Cederberg mountains and nature reserve are located near Clanwilliam (+ 300km north of Cape Town). The Cederberg wilderness area encompasses 71 000 hectares of rugged serrated sandstone cliffs, and deep valleys, making it a hikers paradise. Hike South Africa forming part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It is covered in mountain fynbos including laurel protea, red disa, rooibos, and the rare endemic snow protea. Experience the rich wildlife in the region includes porcupine, honey badger, Cape clawless otter, aardvark, African wild cat, lynx. Its also possible to see bat-eared fox, aardwolf, Cape fox, baboons, dassies, grey rhebok, klipspringer, duiker, leopard and grysbok.
Famous landmarks worth hiking to include the Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks, Welbedacht Cave, Tafelberg, the Maltese Cross and Sneeuberg (2 026m). Experience hiking the Cederberg is freezing in winter and scalding hot in summer. Spring’s the best time , with full streams and lovely flowers. 4×4 vehicles make hidden oases accessible -such as the highest vineyards in the country, San rock paintings, historic mission villages still handmaking leather shoes and other rare experiences.
The Whale Trail Hike
Why the Whale Trail trek is South Africa’s most popular slack pack hike
Hike South Africa between June and December this coastline is transformed into one of the world’s most important nursery areas for southern right whales. Unique habitats and natural contrasts make the Whale Trail of special ecological interest and an exceptional hiking experience.
What makes De Hoop so special for the visitor is that the marine life is more easily seen from land than on other parts of the coastline. High dunes and hills make great vantage points to watch the action in the water. Whales, dolphins, sharks and other fish can be spotted regularly. The numerous sandstone rock pools too are filled with marine life – sea anemones, urchins, fish, alikreukel and mussels. Every low tide brings new, fresh wonders to the eyes of adults and children alike.
Hike South Africa and experience The Kogelberg Hike in the Kogelberg reserve lies within the southern stretch of the rugged Hottentots Holland mountain range. The Kogelberg Hike in the Kogelberg Biosphere encompasses the entire coastal area from Gordon’s Bay to the Bot River vlei, and inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain.
Kogelberg is just an hour’s drive (90 km) from Cape Town the area is famous for its floral wealth. The 18 000 ha Nature Reserve boasts in excess of 1800 plant species. Many spectacular members of the Protea family, Ericas, Disa’s and geophytes, including the Marsh Rose occur here in Kogelberg.
Kogelberg biosphere walking trails
This reserve offers 5 exciting day hikes departing from the Kogelberg office and Oudebosch Cabins or departure points in close proximity.
We hiked the Oudebosch-Leopards Gorge 8 kilometer hike today 14-09-2016 and it is very special. The hike starts at the Oudesbosch parking area about 100 meters from the office .The trail then passes through the Oudebosch Afromontane forest, a little pocket of preserved forest that has survived the Fynbos fires for hundreds of years.
The tall dense forest canopy of Yellowood, Boekenhout, Silky Bark and Rooiels restricts the sunlight reaching the ground. This therefore limits the plant growth on the forest floor to evergreen ferns, and geophytes – thus reducing the fuel load which of course increases the forests survival during fires. Fynbos is the dominant vegetation type within the Kogelberg and is a “fire-driven” biome.
Hike South Africa and experience Hiking Cederberg. Which is one of the best ways to experience the area and its people is to walk the Heritage Route founded by among others. The Moravian Church at Wupperthal, Wupperthal Tourism and Western Cape Nature Conservation Board. This is a slack-packing trail with overnight accommodation, catering and porterage of hikers luggage, utilizing facilities provided by the local communities. These tours were set up to promote sustainable eco-tourism in the Cederberg region. Also to incorporate various fields of interest such as flora and fauna, geology, archaeology, botany, rock art, history, culture and heritage.
The journey begins with a donkey cart ride over a mountain range into the heart of the Cederberg wilderness. Overnight accommodation is at a Moravian mission hamlet where the indigenous people are mostly subsistence farmers and craftsmen. Guiding is by local escorts who take hikers through fields of fynbos and rooibos tea. Over unique rock formations to the next quaint village for another memorable experience of warm local hospitality. The trails can be 3 or 4 nights and tailor-made to suit fitness levels. We offer bespoke guided walks in the De Hoop, Kogelberg, Cederberg and surrounding areas. Detailed itineraries can be arranged to suit your time frame and pocket