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Suikerboschfontein Hiking Trail
Carolina

 
 
 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
THE 2 DAY TRAIL

This two day circular hiking trail is situated on the escarpment approximately 20 km north east of Carolina, on the farm Suikerboschfontein. Part of the trail traverses the Paulina van Niekerk private Nature Reserve.

The trail has two base camps, namely the Rooikrans camp and Oom Japies Hut. The Rooikrans camp is hidden from the access road and is built amongst outcrops of massive boulders. Access to the camp is through a split in the rock formations. Oom Japies Hut is an old converted farm house on top of a ridge. There are swimming facilities at both locations.

If starting from the Rooikrans Camp, the trail winds its way through interesting rock formations and past magnificent specimens of rock aloes after which it gradually descends the kloof to hike along the krans until the Mooifontein waterfall is reached.

The trail then proceeds over a grassy knoll and into an S-shaped kloof where it follows a cool mountain stream under the krans. Hiking next to the stream, the hiker eventually climbs steeply out of the kloof to a vantage point high on a krans with a magnificent view back down the valley.

Proceeding around the open grassy ridge, the hiker then descends into Gladdekloof and to a swim in any one of a number of crystal clear, cold mountain pools.

After climbing out of the kloof the hiker turns off towards Suikerbosrand gradually ascending over open veld with very little shade cover, culminating in a fairly steep, short climb to Oom Japies Hut.

Bushman paintings at Suikerboschfontein
Bushman paintings at the "bobejaan hotel"

The return journey from Oom Japies Hut to Rooikrans the following morning starts with a gradual descent across open veld and then begins a moderate climb along the face of the krans where the hiker can then visit the Bobejaan Hotel and view some bushman paintings, before climbing out of the kloof across a mountain stream and onto the top of the plateau.

A magnificent view back to Oom Japies can be seen where the plateau makes a right turn before picking its way through ancient rock formations culminating in a short stretch of open veld.

There follows a gradual descent towards the river where lunch may be enjoyed beside a cool pool which is excellent for swimming. Climbing out of the ravine, the hiker then reaches the ancient ruins named "Chariot of the dying sun".

A short walk over uneven ground brings the hiker to a steep climb into a ravine alongside a cool stream and past a cold mountain pool beneath a waterfall hidden in a crack in the rocks.

Climbing out of the ravine, the hiker picks his way through rock formations before suddenly finding himself at Rooikrans camp, after passing through a crack in the rock formations.

An additional one day trail of approximately 7 Km has been added, (which includes the base of the waterfall seen from above on the 2 day trail). This can either be done on its own, or it can be added to the two day trail, to make a three day trail.

 

A PHOTOGRAHIC DESCRIPTION OF THE 2 DAY TRAIL