Gifkloof Trail

TIME: 2 HOURS

DISTANCE: 7 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 330 M

LOWEST POINT: 210 M

LEVEL: moderate (steep sections)


On this trail dogs, horse-riding and Mountain-bikes are welcome, Motorised traffic is discouraged (permitted only for maintenance and emergencies)

Start and end at the junction of lower Regent Street and Vlei Street. Walk through a gate in the fence and follow the path to a picnic place at the side of the Gobos River. Turn left and then right and rock hop across Gobos bed . On the other side, turn left and follow the zigzag path up a steep hillside. There are excellent views from here over the village and, at the top, panoramic views of the mountains and farmland. The Hottentots-Holland mountains can be seen in the distance, to the west.

The path winds away towards the mountains, with Abdolskop the nearest peak. Shortly, near the top of the hill, there is a path to the right which should be ignored (unless one is already tired) as a steep short-cut linking up with the late part of the walk. At a 'crossroads' of paths, turn right onto a Jeep track. This is easy walking towards the Riviersonderend Road, with views along the valley. The highest peak, in the distant left, is Skilpadkop - almost 1510m. Very near the road, under some power lines, take the path to the right, passing an old quarry and eventually a small coppice on the left.

Where the path splits, either way will bring you to a point near the road. Continue forward (or to the right, depending on your chosen route) to a shooting range. This shooting range is used on each last Saturday in the month, a red flag should warn you. Please enquire at the GTA Info Office. This is marshland and has good displays of spring flowers. Cross to the west corner, follow the fire-break to the foot of a hill and turn left (winter rains can make this part rather boggy). This path eventually meets up with a Jeep-track marked by a very obvious white stone. Turn right and you will soon reach the Gobos where the walk started.