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February 22, 2010

Hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail

Hoerikwaggo Trail

The tented camp at Orangekloof

The Hoerikwaggo Trail, as from January 2010, offers visitors the option of a one- or two-night stay. Both trail options start at the Platteklip Wash House, in the Oranjezicht area. The overnight facilities at the Platteklip Wash House sleep 24, while the Overseer’s Cottage sleeps 16.

Clients can park their vehicles at their own risk at the Platteklip Wash House; there is usually a guide or intern who sleeps over at the facility.

Bedding, trail guides, and baggage transportation are included in the price. Rooms one to four are self-catering, while rooms five and six share the kitchen, which leads from the main living area at the Platteklip Wash House.

Guests will start their guided walk from the Wash House, at 08h00, in the direction of the lower cable station. You will ascend Table Mountain on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, depending on the weather. If inclement weather makes using the Cableway impossible, guests will be guided up Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge.

Please note: there is no refund if the Cableway is closed due to inclement weather and guests are not entitled to Table Mountain Aerial Cableway vouchers.

Hoerikwaggo Trail

A walkway at the tented camp at Orangekloof

The Hoerikwaggo Trail follows the route via Maclear’s Beacon and Smuts’ Track to the Overseer’s Cottage. Guests could arrive at this facility at around 14h00 or 15h00 in the afternoon, depending on the fitness level of the group. The guides normally walk at the pace of the slowest walker. The main house and Klipspringer Cottage sleep ten, while Disa Cottage sleeps six.

Visitors can opt for a guided tour around the dams and the Waterworks Museum on the second day; this tour normally takes about two hours and is weather-dependent.

The second day’s walk starts at 09h00. Guests can opt to end the walk at Constantia Nek or Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The average time of arrival at the end point is 14h00.

The trail can be very challenging at times and a good level of fitness is required to enjoy it, as guests will have to handle steep inclines.

Guests should please remember to bring:

  • Protective gear i.e. raingear, comfortable hiking clothes, sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • At least two litres of water
  • Camera/binoculars
  • Gear bag and day pack
  • Food, hydrating drinks and snacks
  • Hiking boots/shoes and socks
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