Bainskloof Hiking trails
There are beautiful hiking trails off the Bainskloof Pass, between Ceres and Wellington. The fynbos in the area is spectacular, with amazing floral displays, especially between spring and early summer. The clear rock pools on the Witte River, make cooling down a pleasure on hot days. These hikes are very popular and booking is essential.
Bobbejaans River Trail: Trail distance: 9km (6 hours): This is a moderate out-and-back trail that runs along the Bobbejaans River (a tributary of the Witte River) in Bainskloof and finally leads to a waterfall.
Rock Hopper Trail: Trail distance: 8km (6 hours): This linear trail in Bainskloof is moderate to difficult, depending on your level of fitness. The strenuous sections involve rock hopping, swimming and lots of adventure. Find your own way down the boulder-strewn riverbed surrounded by riverine bush. Although most of the water obstacles can be sidestepped, there’s no getting around a pool near Tweede Tol through which you will have to wade.
Happy Valley Trail:Trail distance: 9km (6 hours): This easy out-and-back walk starts in Bainskloof and is the ideal walk for families and beginners. Because it follows a section of the Limietberg Trail to Junction Pool, the trail is limited to 12 people per day.
Get a permit
Permits are required for all these hikes and must be purchased from Cape Nature before embarking on the hike. Tel: (021) 483 0190. The permit will be e-mailed to you on payment.