Date: 28th March 2014
This unique 6 day hiking trail traversing 12km per day is situated in the Baviaanskloof Hartland, a unique and isolated place captured between the Baviaanskloof and the Kouga mountains. The hike takes you on the main road over private land and into Parks board property.
The region has a long-lasting cultural heritage and is famous for its prestige rock formations, rock art, bird life, indigenous plants like the endangered Willowmore Cedar and the endangered indigenous red fin minnow fish species.
The first farms were registered in the kloof in 1818. Farmers reached the kloof by means of a handmade ‘ossewa’ trail from the western side of the kloof. Between 1880 and 1890 Thomas Bain built the Nuwekloof Pass giving entry to this unique gem. The Baviaanskloof is a malaria free area with fresh drinkable fountain water. Treat yourself to come and see not the Big 5 but the 5 million Smalls.
The Baviaanskloof Hartland hike makes use of five different guesthouse accommodations, and an overnight stay under the stars in a cave. Your breakfast and dinner is included in your stay. Your personal belongings will all be looked after and transported from one guesthouse to another. This means you only have to carry what you need for the day in your daypack. PS: You have to make provision for your own lunch and drinks for each day.
You will find more information on this Baviaanskloof Hikingtrail here.