Hiking, Trails and Routes

ID #1763

Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail, McGregor, Riviersonderend Mountains, Western Cape.

The trail winds through the Riviersonderend Mountains in the Robertson Karoo.  It links the small towns of McGregor in the north and Greyton in the South. It passes through the Riviersonderend Conservation Area. The conservation area and the trail are managed by Cape Nature Conservation from the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve near Robertson.

The vegetation is typical mountain fynbos with a rich diversity of plant species. Many different protea and erica species occur here, notably the rare Erica galgebergensis and Erica parvulisepala.  More than 50 species of the grass-like restios are found in the mountains.  Distinctive riverine vegetation grows along the watercourses, with species like the stream conebrush and wild almond. Mammals include common duiker, grey rhebuck, klipspringer, baboon and dassie.  Caracal and spotted genet are fairly common, and leopard occur but are less likely to be encountered. Birds include malachite sunbird and Cape sugarbird that are attracted by the tracts of sugarbush and common pincushion. Black and booted eagle, jackal buzzard and other raptors may also be seen.

The trail is 14-km long and may commence from either McGregor or Greyton. It lies just outside Greyton, while it starts 14-km from McGregor at Die Galg.  A popular option is to walk an “out and  back” route (28-km) and overnight in either one of the two towns, where private accommodation is available.  A series of waterfalls and pools known as Oakes Falls provides swimming and a resting place for weary hikers. Note that:

•    The trail is reasonable strenuous and hikers should be fit and well-equipped
•    Water may be required in the summer months
•    The trail can be dangerous under extreme winter conditions
•    A valid must be carried at all times
•    Book well in advance at the below address
•    Number are restricted to 50 hikers per day, with a maximum of 20 per group
•    No dogs, fires or overnight camping allowed
•    The flora and fauna are strictly protected.

Field rangers patrol the route and will assist with information. Greyton is on the R406 northeast of Caledon, which is on the N2 west of Swellendam, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N5. BDBoesmanskloof.

Contct:            The Manager
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Private Bag X614 Robertson 6705
+27 (23) 625 1621 telephone
+27 (23) 625 1674 fax
web: www.capenature.org.za

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Last update: 2009-07-03 02:19
Author: Alan McIver
Revision: 1.2

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