Boesmanskloof Hike - Table Mountain and Beyond
GREYTON TO McGREGOR 15km
OUR HIKING GROUP
The Boesmanskloof trail runs through the mountains between Greyton and McGregor. Curiously enough, these two small rural towns are only 30km apart, but there is no direct route by car. If you drive from one to the other, it takes at least one and a half hours.
This trail can be done in either direction from Greyton or McGregor. For the more adventurist souls, it can be done, there and back in one day. If hiking from Greyton, there are beautiful stone cottages at the top of the pass, for overnighting, at a place called Die Galg. It's about 15km from Greyton. But if you decide to book over night accommodation in the town of McGregor, it is still another 14km away. So best to ask your host to collect you.
Everyone needs a permit from Cape Nature. For the Cape Nature brochure on this hike just click HERE.
Our group did this route starting in Greyton. You can start at the the entrance of the Greyton Nature reserve, at the north end of Park street. Or start at the north east end of Nerina street, crossing the Gobbos river, before starting to walk.
The start of the trail is beautiful, with breathtaking mountain views. Crossing over streams and typical fynbos to be seen. After the fist relatively easy kilometre, you are met with a fairly brutal 4km up hill leading to Breakfast rock for your first breather.
Then follows a relatively flat section for about 3km, to a beautiful lookout spot, looking back over Greyton. Hereafter you descend into a valley, to Oak Falls. With its waterfalls and rock pools, this is an awesome rest spot and chance for a swim.
The path continues along the river bed in a beautiful shady valley. But from here, you can already see the big uphill awaiting you! This is a toughy, but you are completely distracted by the views, stunning trees and rock cliff faces of the Riviersonderend Mountains.
Once at the top of the pass, you will reach the Eagles Nest Guest house. Its quite a relief to have made it to here! But don't be fooled! The Onverwacht cottages, where we were booked at, is another 1.5 km away. Here you will encounter the biggest uphill of the whole route. This was not pleasant, but you will be rewarded by stunning stone cottages with unending mountain views. At this spot, you can see both the towns of Greyton and McGregor.
Eagles nest guest house and Onverwacht stone cottages: click here
The cottages are well equipped with anything you might need. Quirkily decorated with incredibly soft and comfy bed linen. Every bed even has its own hot water bottle. There are indoor fireplaces and big outdoor braais. Just be aware that there is no lights or power, but paraffin lamps and lots of candles are supplied. A good idea is to take a headlamp and a few torches.