Hiking, Trails and Routes

ID #3375

Louterwater Estate, Joubertina, Langkloof Valley, Eastern Cape.

Fruit farm and hiking trails. The first farm in the Langkloof open to the public, enabling you to appreciate the scenic beauty of the area. Apart from fruit farming, hiking trails have been developed in previously inaccessible areas. Trails start at the camp and are best suited to those wanting to hike for half a day without a heavy backpack.  Honeybush tea grows freely along the routes. Four log cabins with beds and braais next to a river. See modern fruit farming technology like harvesting, packing and cooling. The orchards are easily visible from the road. Tractor tours through the orchards and fynbos are available. There are four trails as follows:

o    Tsitsikamma Trail:  (7-km, 5 hours) The trail follows the river through indigenous forest and short pathways lead to waterfalls.  There are more than 11 different fern species and a treefern forest.  After a steep limb, the path winds through fynbos where the giant protea, Protea cynaroides can be seen.
o    Bloukrans Bridge Trail: (4-km, 3 hours) The trail winds through fynbos. The Mountain Cypress, Widdringtonia also occurs here.  After 1.5-km one can take a trail that ascends to the top of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, where one is able to see the breathtaking scenery of the Langkloof and Tsitsikamma.  The trail is suitable for mountain bikes as well.
o    Langkloof Trail (10-km, 6 hours) The trail leads along the contours and has an excellent view of the farm Langkloof and the Kouga/Baviaanskloof Mountains.  Grey rhebok are often seen.  Many protea species, like P. repens, P. exima, P. nerlifolia, P. mundii can be seen. On your return, use the canoe at the dam.
o     Peak Formosa Trail.  For the more experienced hiker, this trail leads to Peak Formosa.

Louterwater is on the R62 20-km west of Joubertina, which is on the R62 west of Kareedouw, which is on the R62 north of Shepherd’s Bush (exit #611), which is on the N2 west of Humansdorp, which is on the N2 west of Port Elizabeth, which is close to the intersection of the N2 with the N10. Follow the signs to Louterwater Estate. BALouterwater

Contct:            +27 (42) 272 1724 telephone
            e-mail: louterwater@eastcape.net

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Last update: 2014-02-15 20:22
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