Trail information -
trail [the first four days make up the
1 - Starting at the main Campsite, an easy
14km hike with only two fairly steep ascents. You are rewarded with
magnificent views of the valley some 300m below. A shower awaits you
at the overnight shelter at Putte, after a relatively easy six-hour hike.
2 - 15Km of mainly undulating ground. You
descend into Ubusis kloof where chains have been anchored in the rock
where negotiation would otherwise be difficult. At the end of a six-hour
hike, you may be surprised by the Ubusis shelter, which used to be a holiday cottage.
3 - After backtracking to 'Bergpos', the
day's hike is a comfortable 12km across the plateau. The chances of
spotting Kudu and Zebra are very good. Four to six hours hiking brings
you to the Adlerhorst shelter.
4 - A 17km hike takes you along the Tsams
River gorge with one steep ascent to bypass a waterfall. A number
of beautiful springs greet you shortly before the Tsams
Ost shelter. You should manage this day's
hike in six to seven hours. [This then is where the 4-day hike ends]
5 - 17Km which should take six to seven
hours take you up an initial steep ascent up 'Broekskeur' after which
the trail meanders through patches of euphorbias and quiver-trees.
Water bottles can be replenished at 'Fonteinpomp', which is about
one third of the way to Die
6 - Climbing steeply, the trail brings
you to the top of the 'Die Valle' waterfall which is some 200m high.
Although normally dry, it is still a magnificent sight. A total of
16km in about six hours' hiking gets you to the Tufa shelter for the night.
7 - A steep ascent up a well-vegetated
kloof presents another waterfall which is scaled with the help of
chains. Today you reach 'Bakenkop', the highest point on the trail
from where you look down at the Tsondap river valley 600m below. A
five hour hike over 14km brings you to the Kapokvlakte shelter.
8 - The final 16km should take about five
hours hiking, culminating in crystal clear pools about 40 minutes
away from the end. No doubt you will enjoy a swim at this stage. This
also forms part of the day trail, and returns you to the campsite
where you started.
7 and 8 can be combined. This should only be attempted by extremely