Day by Day
Do this trip in five or seven days – seven if you overnight in the Boosmansbos Wilderness Area. For a five-day trip, stay just one night at Marloth Nature Reserve, then skip the Boosmansbos overnight huts and spend the day exploring the Grootvadersbosch forest instead.
Section 1: Cape Town to Marloth Nature Reserve
Distance 250km Allow 6 hours driving and 2 nights in the reserve Turn off the N1 at Worcester and take the R60 towards Robertson. Turn left onto the Nuy road, then right at Nuy Winery and onto dirt. Stop at Saggy Stone brewery (1) for lunch and takeaway beers, then continue east to rejoin the tarred R60 through Robertson to Ashton. Take the R62 at Ashton for a quick detour to Cape Dried Fruit Packers (2) in Montagu. Stock up on hiking snacks, then it’s back to the R60 and east along the Langeberg to Marloth Nature Reserve (3).
Section 2: Marloth to Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
Distance 50km Allow 2½ hours driving and 3 nights in the reserve Have breakfast at Tredici (4) with beautiful Langeberg views, then take the N2 east from Swellendam before turning left to Suurbraak on the R324. Stay on the R324 through Suurbraak – it becomes the R322 to Heidelberg after the Tradouw Pass turnoff. 5km past the turnoff, the R322 becomes dirt. After another 5km, look out for the Grootvadersbosch/ Boosmansbos (5) signs on the left-hand side.
Section 3: Grootvadersbosch to Sleeping Beauty and Riversdale
Distance 110km Allow 2½ hours driving and 1 night in Riversdale Leave Grootvadersbosch early and stop at Delish (6) in Heidelberg for breakfast and takeaway pies for lunch. Drive the Doornkraal road north out of Heidelberg, which becomes dirt after 3km. Continue for 4km then turn right and follow the dirt east towards Riversdale, with beautiful views of Sleeping Beauty peak on your left. In Riversdale, turn left onto the tarred R323 and drive north to the start of the Sleeping Beauty Hiking Trail (7) at Garcia Pass. Hike to the summit, then it’s back down the R323 to Oakdale Cottages (8) for the last night. Cape Town is 3½ hours away along the N2.
MARLOTH NATURE RESERVE
NEW CABINS AT GROOTVADERSBOSCH
HALFWAY UP SLEEPING BEAUTY