Hiking, Trails and Routes

ID #1789

Genadendal Hiking Trail, Greyton, Overberg, Western Cape.

The 69500-Ha Riviersonderend Conservation area lies between the towns of McGregor, Riviersonderend, Greyton and Villiersdorp in the southwestern Cape.   It includes sections of proclaimed, privately owned mountain catchment areas as well as private and municipal nature reserves. The Riviersonderend Conservation Area is mountainous and rugged, with rivers, forested kloofs, gorges and high peaks.

The varied topography and mediterranean climate supports a rich variety of plants.  Mountain fynbos is the predominant vegetation with several species of everlastings, ericas and proteas, including the giant Protea cynaroides.  Dense riverine vegetation occurs along the many watercourses with species such as the stream conebrush and the wild almond.  Mammals include grey duiker, grey rhebuck, klipspringer, baboon and dassie.  Leopards occur but are seldom seen.  You may however see tracks in the sand and scratch marks on the trunks of old waboom trees.  Large tracts of sugarbush attract sugarbirds and orangebreasted sunbirds. Raptors include black and booted eagles, jackal buzzard and rock kestrel. 

The trail is strenuous, leading through private property and traversing the conservation area on both sides of the Riviersonderend Mountains.  It provides panoramic views of the Overberg as well as the Worcester/Robertson Karoo.  It is a circular route that takes 2 days to complete.  It begins and ends in Genadendal at the historical Moravian Mission Church that dates back to 1738.  Overnight facilities are available at the church. The first days stretch is 14.3-km (8 hours) and leads past two pools at Groot and Klein Koffiegat. The following day is 11-km (7 hours), returning to Genadendal. 

In summer, the area can be extremely hot. Winters are cold and wet. A maximum of 24 hikers per day are allowed, with a maximum of 14 per group.  Book separately for the trail and for overnight accommodation 

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 N15. Travel northeast on the R406 from Caledon to Greyton. Genadendal is on the left. BDGenadendal

Contct:            The Manager
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Private Bag X6146 Robertson 6705
+27 (23) 625 1621 telephone
+27 (23) 625 1674 fax
web: www.capenature.org.za

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Last update: 2014-05-11 16:14
Author: Alan McIver
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