Hiking, Trails and Routes

ID #3337

Compassberg Hiking Trail, Middelburg, Karoo, Eastern Cape.

Two or three day routes with an extra day to climb Compassberg (2502-m).

•    Climb Compassberg: From the Klipkoppie Stop.
•    Hiking Routes: Day One (1-km) – Start at Klipkoppie Stop at the stile.  Walk along the tributary of Sea Cow River and turn right.  Cross riverbed and ascend mountain (2137-m above sea level). Follow top of ridge and descend the gorge down to ruins. Day Two (14-km). Start in a southerly direction along track next to riverbed.  From waterhole carry along footpath. Continue next to river to little gate.  Go through gate and to the fork.  Turn left for route along slopes or right for route to the top of the mountains.  Continue to Valley Guesthouse.  Day Three (8-km): Walk past outbuildings and follow the road to the barn, walk right (north) past stone ruins then across the veld till the last 4-km along the dirt road to Klipkoppie Stop.
•    Short Day Walks.

Overnight facilities include:

•    Klipkoppie Stop – a rustic 4-roomed cottage in the shadows of the Compassberg.
•    The Barn – an enclosed stone barn with a protected open fireplace
•    The Farmhouse – The Valley Guesthouse or Watermeyer House

All accommodation is equipped with 12 beds, braai areas with firewood, basic washing and toilet facilities, kettle and black pots. Trail markers in yellow.

Middelburg is at the intersection of the N9 with the N10. BACompass

Contct:            Idil Sheard
Box 205 Middelburg 5900
+27 (49) 842 2418 telephone
+27 (82) 566 2865 cell

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Last update: 2014-05-11 16:31
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