Sleeping Beauty Hiking Trail
Explorers Garden Route
This trail covers a distance of 14 km from the old Toll House to the crest of Sleeping Beauty and back. It is an relatively easy walk (depending on your level of fitness you can reach the top in 3 -4 hours) and numerous streams are crossed. An abundance of bird life can be seen while wandering leisurely through the Fynbos. Water bottles are re-filled where the trail meets the Yellowwood forest at the top of the ravine. From the forest the trail winds its way to the top behind the Sleeping Beauty mountain peak. The last stretch is a steep 1.5 km to the crest, from where you will have the most magnificent panoramic view of the Langeberg Mountain Range.
Protea species encountered on the Sleeping Beauty mountain trail are speciosa, grandiceps and coronata. The large variety of Erica makes this route a paradise for the Erica enthusiast. The Erica blennagrandiflora, unique to the Riversdale area and also known as the Riversdale Orange Heath, as also, the Erica inclas and Erica papyraracea, are three of the rarest heath species found.
Telephone: +27 (0)28 713 23644
Please note that currently no permits are available for the Sleeping Beauty Hiking Trail (as well as Kristalkloof). Cape Nature are in the process of upgrading the trails and will implement new permits that will be available at their office in Riversdale in the coming months. In the interim you are more than welcome to hike the trail without a permit and at own risk. The route is easy to follow and maintained. Please never hike alone.
HOW TO GET THERE
Follow the road to Ladismith (R323) for about 20 km out of Riversdale. After ascending the Garcia Pass, the start of the route is on the left just after 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.
WHAT WILL IT COST
Currently there is no charge until permits become available again.
AROUND THE AREA
Korentepoort 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.
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The internationally recognised Julius Gordon Africana Centre (Versfeld House), built in 1880, houses the largest collection of Thomas Bowler paintings
Thiart Woodwork Studio in Riversdale design and manufactures beautiful once-off furniture pieces. Stop by a watch a true craftsman at work, pure magic!
The huge Korentepoort Dam just outside Riversdale is popular among watersport enthusiasts (you can go waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing, canoeing) and fishermen (bass-fishing).