The Piekenierskloof Pass is close to the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, so we refer to this as it has a wealth of fauna and flora.
The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, with its extraordinary rock formations and popular hiking routes, lies about 120 km north of Cape Town.
It is situated in the Groot Winterhoek mountain range, north of Tulbagh and east of Porterville. The area is 33 km beyond Porterville, and visitors must take the Cardouw turn-off about 2 km north of Porterville, travel up the steep Dasklip Pass and follow the sign-boards to the office and parking area.
Mountain fynbos is the predominant vegetation.
Various rare, threatened and endemic species occur here. The threatened Sorocephalus scabridus, a member of the protea family, grows at Kliphuisvlakte. A large variety of red disas flower in abundance along the streams near the reserve office in January and February.
Many erica species occur and flower virtually throughout the year. The ericas are particularly beautiful in the summer and the veld resembles a colourful patchwork.