GUIDED HIKES (ONLY AVAILABLE OCTOBER – MAY)
You can enjoy guided hikes with a local guide between the months of October and May and hike to some of the waterfalls on the farm, swim in the mountain pools, and see local birds and wildlife under the expert eye of the guide.
The Smits Kloof Trail:
The Smits Kloof Trail is a slightly challenging workout for walkers and hikers as it involves some minor rock climbing and scrambling. This trail winds its way up to two beautiful waterfalls where you will have the chance to swim in the crystal-clear mountain pools surrounded by towering rock formations.
The trail passes the magnificent Knypkloof Falls on the way back and on this hike, you have the chance of spotting the farm’s resident breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles (Black Eagles) who have made the towering cliffs of Babbedasberg their home. Your guide will also point out the Breede River Redfin, a highly endangered fish species which now only exists in the upper reaches of the Vink River.
The entire hike takes between 3.5 and four hours, depending on how much time you wish to spend at the rock pools.
The Rooikrans Kloof Trail:
This amazing hike traverses through the foothills of the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and takes you through “Naald-se-Oog,” a narrow opening in a gorge with a crystal clear mountain stream that you traverse several times. The vistas are nothing less than breathtaking and you will be surrounded by towering red mountain cliffs, and make your way through forests of Rooi Els, Cape Holly and Yellow Wood trees.
The hike takes you to Rooikrans Falls where you will have the chance to swim in the crystal-clear waters at the base of the waterfall surrounded by the natural splendour of the forest. The valley is also home to the elusive Cape Mountain Leopard and your guide will point out the numerous scratch marks on trees which leopards use to mark their territory.
The entire hike takes between 3.5 and four hours, depending on how much time you wish to spend at Rooikrans Falls.