The Perdeberg Hike is in the Kogelberg Biosphere. Misty conditions made navigating quite interesting as most of the time we had nothing to take our bearings off. This was my birthday hike, organised as part of a surprise weekend by Leanne — I am one lucky guy!
Getting there: head over Sir Lowry’s Pass on the N2. Take the first right after Peregrine Farmstall onto Viljoenshoop Road. This becomes Highlands Road which is a dirt road heading up a hill.
GPS Coordinates: -34.28123, 19.07306
Permits: R40.00 per person (CapeNature)
Difficulty: comfortable walking, long distance, section of trail hard to follow (seldom used & in bad condition)
Despite setting off in cool sunny conditions, we ended up hiking in cold misty weather. Luckily the entire group had sufficient layers and although we missed out on what must be spectacular views, we enjoyed perfect, cool hiking conditions.
The trail starts 3km up a Cape Pine plantation road. The gate was locked however, and this added 3km each way onto the hike. As I don’t think you can rely on this gate being open, please account for the extra 6km when planning your hike.
The loop starts at 7.5km. Continue round the bend and up the jeep track which heads up a slight incline. You will see and pass the single-track footpath coming in on the right which is where you will return on completion of the loop.
Excepting the beginning section, all of the loop is single-track. You will climb gently up and curve right around the koppie. Soon you will reach a crossroads: this is where the trail from Kleinmond reaches the summit; carry straight on along the trail.
The sign at the junction to the trail leading to the peak reads “Lookout Point” was lying on the ground (see photo below). After the turnoff to Perdeberg Peak itself, the trail is clearly not used much and became fairly faint. I think most people hiking in the area come up to the peak from the coast, or pass over to the coast rather than completing the loop as we did.
On the way back the conditions cleared somewhat and we got a better idea of our surroundings. Plenty of interesting rock formations had someone commenting that it could quite easily be the Cederberg.
The hike is described in “Walks with a Fat Dog“.