PLATKLOOF WALK

TIME: 1 HOUR

DISTANCE: 3 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 360 M

LOWEST POINT: 220 M

LEVEL: GENTLE

Green Footprints

As this trail is in the Greyton Nature Reserve, please respect the rules as displayed at the entrance, thank you: No pets or vehicles allowed!
         

Start and end at the entrance to the Greyton Nature Reserve at the upper end of Park Road.. Go straight after having passed through the gate of the Reserve, then take the first path to the left. Beyond the little waterfall with the bench you go up the valley. There Fynbos fights the Dodder, a clinging yellow parasite living off green plants. This is an indigenous plant and part of nature, where everything has its place in the food chain. In the end, however, the Dodder dies because there is no food left and the original veld is rejuvenated.

Watch the birds—plenty of Sugarbirds, Weavers and the orange-breasted Sunbird. After about a kilometre the path turns and goes up and meets the little stream which feeds the waterfall below. Before you cross the stream there is a track going right(towards Greyton) it leads to a stone bench overlooking the Platkloof and Greyton.

Return to the path and turn right to cross the water, turn left and shortly right again to walk on more or less level ground on the east lobe of the trail above the valley - this turn off is not always very obvious, but should be marked with a flat stone with green feet painted on. If you miss it, a zigzagging path takes you back to the entrance. Specially on the east lobe of the Platkloof trail the views of Greyton and surroundings are great with Abdolskop and Perdekop in the south-east.

In springtime this is the place to look for orchids: Moederkappie, Spiderorchid and others. In March and April the hillside becomes covered in a colourful display of Erica tenuifolia, E.equisetifolia and E.lateralis, interspersed with yellow 'Geelbos' (Leucadendron salignum).

Above the Noupoort the path winds down again until you reach the level path leading back to the gate of the Reserve.