Day by Day

Getaway (South Africa) - - ROAD TRIP -

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.




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