Blue Mountain Trail

 

The Blue Mountain Trail is a three day slackpacking trail, starting in Bot River, traversing pristine fynbos wilderness, forests, private farm land and crossing parts of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, on the south side of the Elgin Valley. The vistas from the Perdeberg Mountain over the Palmiet River and Kleinmond estuary are up with the most magnificent of the region. The accommodation is in four star guest houses and farm stay, with delicious country food, wine tastings, baggage transfers and a experienced fynbos guide. The trail is 50km in total.

Trail Details

Trail location

Elgin Valley

Nearest town

Grabouw

Transport options

Away from regular transport hub, self-drive or transfers by arrangement – Overberg Transfers and Gaffleys

Trip Duration / Options

3 days / 3 nights – fully catered and guided

Start / Finish

Start: Wildekrans Country House – GPS: 34˚12'20.80 S / 19˚08'89.30 E

Finish: Almenkerk Wine Estate –  GPS: 34˚12'42.20 S / 19˚08'89.30 E

Daily Time / Distances

Day 1: 18.5 km

Day 2: 16 km

Day 3: 12 km

See itinerary for timing

Trail Grading

On a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous.
This trail would be rated as moderate

Physical Fitness

A moderate degree of overall fitness required.

Technical detail / Terrain

On path, some ascents and descents, mostly contour, only optional technical exposure. Mountain terrain and farm terrain. Variable underfoot conditions, uneven and stony in places with natural rock and loose sand in others.

Accommodation

1st night at Wildekrans Country House – four star graded farm stay.
Last two nights at South Hill Vineyards – four star graded 

Food Supply / Catering

Fully catered for breakfast, lunch, dinner and wine tastings.
Cold beverages and extra wine for own account. 

Logistic support / Guiding

All luggage transport included. Walkers to carry day pack for lunch, water and own stuff.
Trail guided by fully trained, passionate and knowledgeable accredited guides. 

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Highlights

Trails are mostly exclusive through both private and public land. Fynbos endemic to the Kogelberg. Food and wine definite highlights

Other Activities

Wine tastings

Fauna & Flora

The core of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a world heritage site. Home to the cape leopard (seldom seen), buck, porcupine. Lizards, Agamas and birdlife. 

Climate

Climate Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall. Each season has its own highlights. Walks are customized to best manage all weather conditions. 

Seasonality & Best Time Year

 Each season has its highlights. Late August to November and March to May are prime times

Group Size

Minimum 6 persons – maximum 10 persons sharing

Price P/P

R8950 per person sharing

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Price Includes

  • All meals and accommodation, transport of luggage between venues

Optional Extras:

  • Transfers by arrangement
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks 

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