A hiking trail with a difference
The Western Cape of South Africa has so many beautiful hiking trails. This is one of my favourites
The Western Cape of South Africa has so many beautiful hiking trails that it is almost impossible to choose a favourite. However this one is definitely among my top 5. It is a very isolated trail with absolutely no facilities. Therefore although most people take 5 days to complete the hike you may choose to rush through it in 3 or 4 days if you are limited for time.
The first section of this trail is up an incredibly steep trail outside Ceres. At this stage you are carrying your full pack with food and camping equipment for 5 days so it is a tough beginning. I recommend starting either very early or later in the afternoon so as to avoid climbing in the full heat of the day. If you start late you can sleep at the top and descend into the gorge the next day. I prefer to start early and drop down into the gorge all in one day. This is tough but worth it as the rest of the hike is then more relaxed for time.