HESSEQUA TOP 5 FIVES

SLEEPING BEAUTY HIKING TRAIL: 14 KM DAY TRIAL

This trail covers a distance of 14 km from the old Toll House to the crest of Sleeping Beauty and back. It is an relatively easy walk (depending on your level of fitness you can reach the top in 3 -4 hours) and numerous streams are crossed. An abundance of bird life can be seen while wandering leisurely through the Fynbos. Water bottles are re-filled where the trail meets the Yellowwood forest at the top of the ravine. From the forest the trail winds its way to the top behind the Sleeping Beauty mountain peak. The last stretch is a steep 1.5 km to the crest, from where you will have the most magnificent panoramic view of the Langeberg Mountain Range.

Protea species encountered on the Sleeping Beauty mountain trail are speciosa, grandiceps and coronata. The large variety of Erica makes this route a paradise for the Erica enthusiast. The Erica blenna grandiflora, unique to the Riversdale area and also known as the Riversdale Orange Heath, as also, the Erica inclas and Erica papyraracea, are three of the rarest heath species found.

Contact Number: 028 713 2366

Area:  Riversdale

GEELKRANS HIKING TRAIL: 8 KM DAY TRIAL

This easy trail through Geelkrans Nature Reserve is a great option for a morning in Stilbaai, the circular route stretches for 8 km and will take you 3 hours to complete. The first 4 km takes you through indigenous dune fynbos and renosterveld, and it’s a real treat to see all the different plant species and the flowers depending on which time of the year you walk. When you reach the coast you’ll see why it’s called ‘Geelkrans’ as you marvel at the yellow sand cliffs that extend above the high water mark. The remaining 4 km you walk along the coast back to the starting point. Keep an eye on the tides as this is much better during low tide as you’ll be able to explore a lot more of the beach. There are opportunities to go snorkelling and swimming so take your gear along if you want. Pack water, snacks, sunscreen and wear a hat – even when it’s overcast!

Contact Number: 028 713 2366

Area: Stilbaai

GROOTVADERSBOSCH NATURE RESERVE

Bushbuck (10 km) & Grysbok (15 km) day trails

ncompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. The name translates to “big father” in honour of Roelof Oelofse who owned the land in 1723. It has only been a reserve since 1986 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004.

Contact no: 028 72 2412

Area: Heidelberg

GOURITSMOND COMMANGE HIKING TRAILS

Easy walks from 1.6 to 8 km

here is a choice between 4 trails of various lengths, the black, blue, red and green trails. These trails have been designed in such a way that the hiker is introduced to the various vegetation types found on the commonage namely, Saltmarsh, Coastal Strandveld, Dune Thicket, Transitional Fynbos and Protea Fynbos. Pick up a map at Koffie Stories and look out for the hiking sign boards where you can park to start the trail. Distances range from 1.6 km to 8 km. 

Contact no: 082 453 6332

Area: Gouritsmond

WITSAND WHALE HIKE

10 km day trial. Only from June to November.

Join the team from PiliPili Adventure Centre for a unique whale hike experience that only runs from June to November each year to accommodate whale season. Lisa will take you on a stand up paddle tour across the mouth of the famous Breede River where you’ll leave your boards and hike a short 5km to the lookout point at Infanta. Incredible land-based viewing with Southern Right Whales right below you, who come into the bay annually to feed and calve! Experience first hand why Witsand is known as the whale nursery of South Africa. The fynbos you will encounter on your hike is also worth mentioning, and incredibly spectacular during the months of August and September. The trip takes about 4 hours with refreshments provided as well as a light brunch upon return.

Contact no: 076 878 8607

Area: Witsand

 

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