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North West Hiking Trails

Visit North West and experience the real wilderness feel of the Province.


Overview

The North West is renowned for being one of South Africa’s most beautiful natural kingdoms, boasting lush indigenous forests and majestic mountain ranges.


Program

Day One Cedarberg

The Cederberg mountains extend about 50 km north-south by 20 km east-west. They are bordered on the west by the Sandveld, the north by the Pakhuis Mountains, the east by the Springbok Flats and the south by the Kouebokkeveld Mountains and the Skurweberge. The main access road, the N7, runs to the west of the range. The nearest towns are Citrusdal to the southwest and Clanwilliam to the north. The area is sparsely populated. There are several notable mountains in the range, including Sneeuberg (2026 m) and Tafelberg (1969 m). Tafelberg (Afrikaans for "Table Mountain") should not be confused with the Table Mountain in Cape Town. Notable landmarks include the Maltese Cross, Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks.

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  • Day Two Rods Trail

    Rod's Trail is a hiking route which stretches along the foot of the Kogelberg Mountain range, leading you through part of the Cape floral kingdom to the Herold Porter Botanical Gardens. It is an easy hiking trail to walk or run, for any age or fitness level. You'll be treated to magnificent views over Betty's Bay and an abundance birds and flowers.

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  • Day Three Swellendam Hiking Trail

    The circular Swellendam Hiking Trail traverses the Langeberg Mountains, starting at the forestry station 3 km outside the town of Swellendam. The route offers incredible views, passing through mountain fynbos, rugged gorges and past impressive crags. Only fit and seasoned hikers should tackle the 6-day route. Shorter options are possible.

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  • Day Four Drupkelders Trail

    This magnificent indigenous forest trail leads down to enormous rock pools. Pack your rucksack with a picnic and swimming costume. Amble through the forest and learn its secrets. You will be blown away once the forest canopy opens to reveal the beautiful pools sparkling in the sunlight. It is roughly a 40-minute walk there. The last 10 minutes are rather steep but manageable for most people. Suitable for kids who are able to swim.

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