Genadendal Hiking Trail

Trees and  boulders passing by like wraiths in the mist. A baboon barking somewhere in the distance. Surrounded by a white abyss.

Genadendal is a small town on the Southern side of the Riviersonderend mountain range. It’s home to the first mission station in southern Africa. Genadendal Moravian Mission Station

The hike starts at the old church and takes you 12km over the mountains to the Agterkliphoogte valley.  After a night in the luxurious DeHoek Cottage you start with a tough ascent then a descent to Genadendal. Day two’s distance is 9km.

Spectacular views – on a cloudless day. Beautiful rocks and refreshing streams. We stumbled across old leopard dung, a reassuring taught, and some beatiful fynbos like the green heath.

Money matters. Permits cost R40 per adult per day (CapeNature) and the Cottage cost R150 per person per night (DeHoek farm owner).

Hope you enjoy!

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Hike to Hangklip

With the african sun beating down upon us, we ascended Hangklip. What we got on top is an experience hard to describe. For many minutes we gazed at our vast earth.

Hangklip appears to literally be a “hanging” mountain. It’s situated between the costal towns of Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay, South Africa. One can start at either Betty’s Bay or Pringle Bay. No permits required.

The hike starts easily along Hangklip. Once you start ascending, the slope becomes steep and you’ll be stopping for some periodic rests. Have courage. On top there’s a breathtaking 360′ view. The descent is much more gradual with nice scenery.  I recommend ending your hike at the beach, for Brodie’s Link is the link between the mountains and the ocean. We covered 13km in 5 hours.

The fynbos was healthy when we hiked (in December). We found a blue disa, which I consider a special find. We also heard a troop of baboons and many sunbirds.

Remember your water, sunblock and camera.

Palmiet River Hike

The mountain air is clean and suddenly one feels alive again!

One of my very special places. A pleasant 5km hike along the Palmiet river. Lots of beautiful rock formations and swimming pools along the route to wind down. Various fynbos species thrive along the river. Situated in Kogelberg Nature Reserve which lies between the towns of Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay.  Its accessible via a paved road in excellent condition. A route for the whole family!

Disa species I’ve photographed.

All the different species of disa one can find amazes me. Keep an eye out for these pretty orchids!    

There are still many I wish to find. Keep a look out for the disa in December. Its important to know which disa  you’re looking for, some grow on sandstone slopes while others grow on wet cliffs. A field guide to the fynbos of Southern Africa helps a lot.

I’d like to see your disa photos and where you took them.

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