Kristalkloof Hiking Trail
Kristalkloof follows a small stream that is a feeder of the Goukou River and offers several pools of which some are deep enough for an invigorating swim after enjoying a few hours of spectacular mountain views and a variety of beautiful Fynbos plants and flowers. This is a circular route of 23 km.
*Please note: Permits are not currently available and overnight huts are closed, however the trail can be hiked at own risk.
HOW TO GET THERE
Follow the road to Ladismith (R323) for 20 km out of Riversdale. After ascending the Garcia Pass, the start of the route is on the right just before the Toll House.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Ideal months for exploring the fynbos on the mountains are March and April and again in August and September. Spring, autumn and winter are generally cooler and more pleasant for hiking.
AROUND THE AREA
Visit Muiskraal, the olive farm and factory further along the Garcia Pass. Korintepoort Dam will offer a refreshing dip to cool off after your hike.
WHERE TO STAY
A wide range of accommodation establishments are available in Riversdale.
WHAT TO PACK
Hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, water, camera. Please have a look at the Cape Nature hiker safety considerations, information and protocol here.
WHAT TO EAT
Muiskraal olive farm further along the Garcia Pass offers a deli with local treats, opening this December.
WHO TO CONTACT
Takkieskloof Caravan Park
Phone: +27(0)28 713 7916
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