Day 1. Arrive in Clanwilliam by 5.30pm, where you will be met by a Cederberg Heritage Route
Representative, for an overnight stay in a Clanwilliam guesthouse on a DBB basis.
Day 2. You are transferred to the top of the Pakhuis Pass. From there, you enjoy an escorted hike via Amon se Poort down to the Boskloof Valley. (16km, 7-8 hours, undulating but basically 700m downhill, rating 3B. Most of the path is well made but the last section of about 1km is quite steep and rough. This is quite a strenuous hike.) You stay overnight in the guest cottages in Boskloof on a DBB basis.
Day 3. This morning you take an escorted hike (12km, 7-8hr) up the spectacular Krakadouw Pass via the Anglo-Boer war block house to Krakadouw Neck and then down into the mission village of Heuningvlei. (Uphill of 900m, then 300m down, rating 3B. Again, this is quite a strenuous hike because of the uphill climb. Most of the path is well made and the steepest section, near the top, is done on a zig zag.) You stay overnight in a guest cottage in Heuningvlei on a DBB basis. See Map of Village >>
Day 4. Escorted day hike of about 16km and 7-8hr from Heuningvlei via the Boontjieskloof Hut, in the heart of the Wilderness Area, and then down to Grasvlei and Brugkraal (climb about 300m and descend 250m, Rating 3B). Overnight in the guest cottage at Brugkraal on a DBB basis.
Day 5. Escorted 6-7hr hike of about 9km involving 250m gradual downhill, then 220m up and 260m down, most of it through the veld without a path, from Brugkraal via Grasvlei and the waterfalls on the Grasvlei River and then over Middelkopnek to the village of Kleinvlei (rating 3B). From Brugkraal to Grasvlei (about 2km) the route follows an easy path through attractive countryside. Beyond Grasvlei one walks through the veld without a path for most of the way.If the Grasvlei River is not running too high the route crosses to the western side of the the river to give a close-up view of the first of two beautiful waterfalls. It then continues down the western side of the river to the second waterfall where there is a huge pool with access for swimming. If the river is too high to ford safely the alternative route runs through the veld, between the road and the cliffs above the river on the eastern side, and then crosses the river at the concrete road bridge. Along the way the guide will make a short detour to a good viewpoint for the first waterfall. After crossing the bridge the alternative route heads back up the river on the western side to the second waterfall. The route then continues through the veld up over Middelkopnek and down to the village of Kleinvlei. Overnight in a guest cottage in Kleinvlei, DB&B basis.
Day 6. Escorted 6-8hr hike of about 18km from Kleinvlei to the village of Eselbank, with detours to interesting viewpoints, rock formations and the Eselbank Falls (rating 3B). The route first climbs about 3km up the Dassieboskloof path (an ascent of about 350m) to get a good view down into the deep Dassieboskloof and across to the Skerpioensberg in the distance. The route then descends back almost to Kleinvlei before taking the path up to Eselbank which ascends a rocky valley (a climb of about 350m) and then levels out to run along a sandy track beside fields of rooibos tea to Eselbank village. Two short detours are then made. The first goes to interesting rock formations and a cave with rock art a little way up the Eselbank River from the village. The second goes to the spectacular Eselbank Falls a short way downstream from the village. Here the river plunges into a deep and narrow ravine that leads down to the valley known as the Moordenaarsgat. From Kleinvlei to Eselbank your luggage will be carried on a pack donkey. Overnight in the guest cottage at Eselbank on a DBB basis.
Day 7. Escorted 6-8hr hike of about 10km from Eselbank over the mountain (ascend and descend about 500m) to the village of Langkloof (rating 3B). Note that about 5km of this hike is on a well marked route (white paint marks and stone cairns) through the veld, but that there is not a cleared path. The terrain on this section is fairly rough under foot, so progress is slower than on a path and more strenuous. However, the route is very beautiful and interesting with tremendous views. Consult your guide if you would prefer a less strenuous hike, as there is an alternative low level route around the mountain. If the weather is unsuitable for the route over the mountain you will be taken to Langkloof by the low level route in any case. Overnight in the guest cottage at Langkloof on a DBB basis.
Day 8. Escorted 6-8hr hike of about 16km involving 430m uphill and then 530m downhill, from Langkloof over Gabriël’s Pass, with a detour to the Wolfberg Arch, and then down to the Driehoek farm in the central Cederberg area (rating 3B). At about 4pm you will be met by our transport at Driehoek and will be transferred back to Clanwilliam (about 46km on a gravel road). Overnight in a guest house in Clanwilliam on a DBB basis.
Day 9. Depart for home after breakfast