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South African Country Life - - Hiking -

You need to be fit and ag­ile to com­plete the 19.2km Bush­man Route (which can take up to nine hours), but the farm has trails to suit ev­ery­one.

The mod­er­ately stren­u­ous, 7.4km Gif­boom

Route is a great op­tion in spring as you’ll see scat­tered daisies as well as a va­ri­ety of viooltjies (lachena­lias), wat­so­nia, glad­i­oli, chincher­inchees, pelargo­ni­ums and other bulbs in flower.

Shorter hikes in­clude the 1.8km Pot­hole Route, the 4.4km out and back route to Sleep­ers Cave, and the 3.7km Ham­merkop Route, which takes you past a wa­ter­fall with a mas­sive rock pool at its base.

If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, carry overnight gear on the Bush­man Route and sleep out un­der the stars on the banks of the Dor­ing River.

There’s also a 4x4 and MTB route, with a ba­sic, river­side camp­site at Bruinkrans.

The 40km MTB trail on the farm is not marked, but rid­ers are is­sued with a map. Rid­ing to Van­rhyns­dorp on the Ou­berg and Gif­berg passes is a great way for fit cy­clists to ex­plore the area.

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