Traversing one of the most remote and magnificent valleys in the country, this trail is a ‘must do’ for any ardent hiking enthusiast. The hills are steep and the valleys are deep but the tracks and mainly old farm roads and jeep tracks. It is an isolated area where the hiker can feel at one with nature and there is opportunity to walk alone or interact with other hikers. The accommodation is rustic and comfortable and is just what you need at the both the beginning and end of a strenuous day’s hiking. There is also the option of doing the trail on horseback.
The trail is a north-south traverse of the Baviaanskloof and Kouga Mountain Range.
Nearest town to start: Willowmore.
Nearest town to finish: Kareedouw.
You will have to shuttle on the first day, or the 6th day, depending where you want to leave your vehicle. Shuttles from and to Port Elizabeth Airport can be organised.
Trip Duration / Options
Option 1: 6 days, 5 nights – 4 days of hiking
Start / Finish
Start: Nakop – GPS: 33 51’02.62 S / 24 09’92.94 E, Steytlerville District
(groups meet at the Willowmore Historical Guest House – GPS: 33 17’43.56 S / 23 29’30.24 E – on the first day.)
Finish: Nguniland – GPS: 33 55’57.11 / 24 15’55.60 E – Kareedouw
(you can depart after breakfast on the 6th day.)
Daily Time / Distances
Day 1: 18km – 9h30 – 16h30 Day 2: 25km – 08h00 – 16h30 Day 3: 22km – 09h00 – 15h00 Day 4: 30km – 08h00 – 17h30
On a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous
Strenuous. The hiking terrain is not difficult but there are some long, steep uphill treks and the distances are long – between 18 and 30 km in a day.
A good level of hiking fitness required. Recommend regular long hikes in preparation.
Technical detail / Terrain
The route is mainly on old or unused farm roads, some km on a good dirt road, and it ends with footpaths over a mountain. Rocky terrain, not technical/difficult, no climbing/mountaineering.
Old farm houses and an old outpost. Indoors, on beds. Need a sleeping bag for two nights.
Food Supply / Catering
It is fully catered with an honesty bar. Hearty “boerekos” – warm breakfast, packed lunch and cooked dinner.
Logistic support / Guiding
One support vehicle, guide on horseback – total crew: 4
Limited cell reception, small groups, no other people, total bliss. Magnificent views over the remote and isolated valleys.
You won’t have energy for anything else!
Fauna & Flora
5 biomes, at least 95 bird species, bushbuck, kudu, baboons.
Very hot in summer, can be very cold in winter.
Seasonality & Best Time Year
Only available between April and November due to severe heat in summer.
14 people, of which 6 can be on horseback.
R8700 pp plus R2950 if you want to do it on horseback.
Accommodation, all meals, coffee/tea station, lunch packs, guides and transfers.
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