Saturday, 27 February 2016 a group of 15 took the road from Cape Town, Somerset West and Malmesbury to go hike the Kromrivier. This is a hike I always wanted to do but never got the chance and grabbed it when the Gantouw Hiking club got permits to do the hike.
The start of the hike is on the Worcester side of the Huguenot Tunnel just as you exit the tunnel. At 8.30 everybody was ready and we set of on the approximately 10km hike out and back.
Some photos I took before the hike started while I was waiting for the rest of the party to arrive.
Here is a Google map of the route we walked and at some point you will see the zig-zag as we crossed the river. If you plan to hike this then ensure you have good hiking boots since most of the way is over boulders and river rocks and a couple of sections is very slippery especially when climbing up via chains to the waterfall and big pool to swim in.
Photos on the inward hike.
And then we made our way up to the waterfall and a swim in the pool. Be warned, this water is very, very cold.
And then after we had lunch and relaxing time at the pool, we made our way back to where we started.
I have now done a couple of hikes and must say this one is one of the top ones that I have done. Recommended to anyone that just loves to get out and enjoy nature and it is a fairly easy hike. Last comment, it can get hot in the “kloof” so take lots of water and drink a lot.
Happy hiking and remember, what you take in you also take out, no litter and leave nothing behind.
I was off sick for the past week so weekend and Saturday hiking had to take a back seat. Having sort of recovered I took a short 5km walk from my home down to Majik Forest and back. If you stay in the area and have not visited Majik Forest then do yourself the favour and spend some time there. It is Majik 🙂
I also started to use Wikiloc to track and record the route that I walk/hike. It is an ideal tool if and when you want to share a route with somebody else or finding a new route to walk/hike. Here is the route for my walk:
As can be seen from the route board there is various routes one can take:
After some deliberation, a route was picked and we set off.
The route was about 10km which took us about 3 hours to walk. The start was at 96m and the highest point that we reached was 470m. The hike is mostly in the shade under the forrest trees. It is a very gentle hike. Here is the route from Runkeeper that we completed.
Access to the hut is through the Fairy Glen Nature Reserve where we arrived at the car park just after 8am on the morning of the 31st. Access must be pre-arranged through the Nature Reserve. On the drive through the park we saw some wild life:
We started our hike up the mountain at 8:45am on a very hot day, around 35 degrees celcius for most of the hike. In hindsight, this was way to late and the ideal time to start would have been before 6am. Here is the route map of the just over 7km hike rising from 444m to just short of 1400m.
Normally the hike should be taking around 3.5 – 4 hours but for us it took just short of 6 hours due to the heat and lots of stops along the way. Our first stop was about a hour in when we found this pool for a dip.
When we arrived at the top, we were greeted by this outside shower. Heaven on earth to have a cool down shower with probably the most perfect view one can find anywhere in the world.
Our home for 2 nights.
On the morning of 2 Jan 2016 we started at 6am with our way down and was back at our car before 9am, less than 3 hours for the hike down and that included a swim in the same pool we swam in on our way up.
Here are some of the photos I took with beautifull flowers, visitors that came to visit and a view of the clouds from atop. Enjoy and would love your comments.
To get there one take the old Du Toitskloof pass and just after the highest point take the turnoff to the Telkom tower. One has to pre-arrange access through the Telkom gate and after that drive for about 3km to a parking area to leave one’s car. Then it is a fairly easy walk of 2.2km down to to the hut. See Google map:
Here is a view of the hike as tracked by Runkeeper:
All the ammenities like toilet, running water and even gas is available. Close to the hut is a pool to cool off in the December heat. It was such a peacefull and beautifull place so see out 2015. We stayed their 2 nights and walked out on the morning of the 31st again. Enjoy the photos.
It was a nice sunny day when we started at the bottom at Kirstenboch Botanic Gardens but when we arrived at Maclear’s Beacon, the miss has come in and we could hardly see in front of us. Just show how dangerous hikes up Table Mountain can be.
Before the miss set in we had some great views from atop of the Mountain.
Flowers on top of the mountain is always beautifull. Unfortunately the Disa is not flowering yet and Proteas neither. However saw some beautifull flowers.