Wupperthal Trail

Three Nights

Day 1. Arrive in Clanwilliam by 12 noon in time for a light lunch, where you will be met by a Cederberg Heritage Route Representative. After lunch you will be transported to the top of the Pakhuis Pass. From there, at about 2pm, you will take the Donkey Cart Trail to Heuningvlei (about 12km and 2hr by donkey cart or 2½-3 hours walk, some 250m uphill and 300m downhill, rating 2A. The track is quite rough and the donkey cart is not a very comfortable vehicle, so be prepared for a bumpy ride.) where you will overnight in a guest cottage on a DB&B basis.
Day 2. Escorted day hike of about 16km and 7-8hr up to the Boontjieskloof Hut, in the heart of the Wilderness Area, and then down to Brugkraal (climb about 300m and then descend about 250m, Rating 3B). Overnight in the Brugkraal guest cottage, DB&B basis.
Day 3. Escorted hike of about 12km and 7hr down the valley of the Grasvlei River, via the small villages of Grasvlei and Agterstevlei, and then along the Tra Tra River through Sas se Kloof to Wupperthal (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 about 3.5km, until the route joins the gravel road heading for Agterstevlei. 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. The route then continues through the veld until it joins the road. 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 makes a short detour back up the river to the second waterfall before returning to join the road at the bridge. The route then follows the road for about 2km to a point beyond Agterstevlei where it leaves the road and goes through the veld to ford the Tra Tra River and join the path through to Wupperthal. Overnight in a guest cottage in Wupperthal, DB&B basis.
Day 4. You will be collected from Wupperthal at about 9.30am and transferred back to Clanwilliam, arriving by about 3.30pm, after stopping off for a 2-3hr guided tour of the Sevilla Rock Art Trail (rating 1A) and a picnic lunch (both optional). Depart for home. (If you elect to exclude the rock art walk and the lunch you should be back in Clanwilliam by about 11.30am.)

Optional Extra Day/Night at Heuningvlei available on this trail.

Escorted day hike from Heuningvlei. Either climb the spectacular Krakadouw Peak (a strenuous 8hr hike of about 12km in total, climbing 900m and then descending again, (Rating 4C) or do a circular, relatively easy, scenic day hike of 10-12km in the hills to the east of Heuningvlei to a lovely pool for swimming (Rating 2B).

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