Hardepeerkloof Trail

TIME: 2 HOURS

DISTANCE: 5 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 550 M

LOWEST POINT: 220 M

LEVEL: challenging

Red Footprints


This trail starts and ends at the entrance to the Greyton Nature Reserve at the end of Park Street, where shady parking is available.  The walk is strenuous and very steep in some parts. Begin by taking the gravel road that goes sharply up to the left from where you have parked.  Just beyond the house on the left, turn right through the gate onto a jeep track that takes you through commonage.  Continue on this track until you come to a fence and gate.  Walk through and follow the path until you reach the top of the saddle and turn right.  Looking up to your right you will see a small evergreen indigenous forest.   These trees are Hard Pear, after which the kloof and trail are named.   The path climbs steeply up to the left of the forest.   At the top of the kloof the path veers right, at which point you have reached the highest point of the walk.  Continue along this path back towards the village.  You will cross three streams where you may be lucky to see the beautiful blue Aristea. After having crossed the last stream that feeds the Platkloof waterfall below, the path zigzags down to the Greyton Nature Reserve entrance.  You will pass through dense stands of proteas (P.eximia, P. coronate, P. aurea) and may encounter Cape Sugarbirds and Orange-breasted Sunbirds.  Exit the reserve through the thatched gateway and you have completed the circular walk.