New hik­ing trail in the Kouga Moun­tains

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Come hike among aloes, cy­cads and klip­springers, and swim in the Bavi­aans River, on a three-day trail on the farm Wit­tek­lip in the Kouga re­gion, about 45 km from Ka­ree­douw. The An­tjie se Pad Trail was named af­ter a cer­tain An­tjie Stu­ur­man who worked on the farm in the 1930s. Ev­ery day, she walked about 10 km over a hill called Blou­berg to reach the Wit­tek­lip farm­stead. The first day of the trail fol­lows the same route. Or­gan­iser Her­man Stoff­berg says he wants to in­tro­duce more peo­ple to this scenic cor­ner of the coun­try.

Dis­tance? 12,5 km on the first day, 12 km on the sec­ond day, 10 km on the third day. How fit do I need to be? You need to be moder­ately fit. There are some steep sec­tions, es­pe­cially on the first two days. Hik­ers must be 12 or older. Ac­com­mo­da­tion? You stay in a ba­sic hik­ing hut for both nights and walk loops each day. The hut has beds and mat­tresses, a flush toi­let, a cold shower, a ket­tle, a braai grid and fire­wood. Bring ev­ery­thing else you might need. Re­mem­ber a head­lamp be­cause there’s no elec­tric­ity. The night be­fore you set off, you can stay in a nearby build­ing that was once a school: R800 per night for eight peo­ple. Cost: R600 per per­son if you carry ev­ery­thing your­self; R1 000 if you want your heavy bag trans­ported to the hut and back. Where does the trail start? At the con­fer­ence cen­tre on Wit­tek­lip farm. Turn off the R62 about 20 km east of Ka­ree­douw. From there it’s 25 km along a dirt road. Ask for di­rec­tions when you book. More info: 082 741 2733; an­[email protected]

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