Bobbejaansrivier

The Limietberg offers a number of hikes. This one has the added appeal of an icy swim!

Getting there: take the N1 from Cape Town toward Paarl. Turn North on the R44 to Wellington. Follow the road-signs through Wellington and up Bain’s Kloof Pass. At the top of the Pass, turn right and park at the Bain’s Kloof Lodge.
Difficulty: walk on easy to follow trail
GPS Co-ordinates: 33° 37′ 0″ S, 19° 6′ 1″ E

You need to stop in at the Bain’s Kloof Lodge to pay R35 per person for a permit. There is also map on sale for R30 which includes all the trails in the area, including the Limietberg Trail.

From the Lodge, walk down to the river, boulder-hop across to the opposite bank, and then pick the trail up as it heads up the slope to the right. Once you have climbed up from the river, the trail levels out a bit, and heads round to the left and up into the valley.

You are now heading up the valley, the trail following a contour with the Boobejaans River downhill on your left. After a few kilometers you will reach the first trail heading down to the river, and a few hundred meters further, the second one. We went down the second route, and came back up the first one later. The second one is pretty steep and loose, and you need to take care on your descent.

Once at the bottom there was no clear trail to the river, and you will need to boulder hop the 20-odd meters to the water. Head upstream a short distance to reach the waterfall, and take a break — and a shower under the cascade for the brave!

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David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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