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Hiking Trails

 

Elands River Trail

A 7km 
day hike, this trail starts in du Toitskloof immediately after the Worcester exit of the Huguenot Tunnel.

 

Heading back towards the tunnel from the parking area, the hike takes about 2 hours to the conservation area boundary. The path of the first few hundred meters has been cut out of a very steep slope, making this part of the walk difficult.

 

Hereafter the route becomes easier following the river across pools and sand patches. From time to time the path moves away from the river, climbing reasonably high offering panoramic views of the valley.

 

The vegetation thickens as the route descends to the river and heads towards Fisherman’s Cave, from where the path follows the river for another half a kilometre. It ends abruptly up against steep cliffs.

 

 


Miaspoort Trail

 

On the Paarl side of the du Toitskloof Pass, it leads to the Italian cross, a cross erected by the Italian POWs, who helped build the pass. This is approximately 4km (3 hours).

The first two hours involves steep climbing to the Huguenot Kop, meaning that initially the walk is difficult.  The path, once on top, becomes easier, but the last section is a climb up a neck to the cross at 1318m.

 

The trail offers breathtaking views of the valley and mountain range.

 

Krom River Trail

An easy there-and-back trail starting directly after the Worcester exit of the Huguenot Tunnel. As with the Elands River Trail, this trail leads out towards the tunnel, after which a sign indicating the Krom River Trail takes the hiker across the Krom and Molenaars Rivers, leading for about two and a half hours to the Krom River Waterfall.

 

For the first ten minutes or so, the path follows the right bank of the Molenaars River towards the Old Tunnel. Once it has reached the Krom River, it follows the right side of the kloof. At the top end of the kloof the vegetation becomes denser. The last section leads through indigenous riverine forest to the first waterfall.

This very popular trail is sometimes inaccessible in winter after heavy rains. It may be closed in winter. Hikers are cautioned when climbing between the first and second waterfalls, and are advised to carry a rope. The second waterfall and large plunge pool are quite spectacular.

 

Brandvlei-Quaggaskloof

A 40km, 2 day hiking trail of  average difficulty which follows a circular route.

 

Fairy Glen Route  

A 3 hour, easy return day walk  in the Karoo National botanical gardens.

 

Karoo National Botanical Garden

For disabled persons

 

Several short routes, suitable for blind persons and persons in wheelchairs, which also feature braille routes with explanatory braille labels and large print and a wheelchair route

 
 
 
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