Bloupunt hike starts virtually in the town of Montagu.This hike does have hiking accommodation, but the ranger did not want us to take our vechiles to the hut. After negotiations we could take our vechiles to the hut, but we then had to bring
them back to the parking area again, and then walk back.
Their reason is, and I must agree that it is a valid reason, that people play their radio at top volume all day and this is detrimental to the fauna. In the end we decided to stay at de Bos campsite.
This hike is clearly marked and the trail is in good condition, but don’t be fooled, this is a nasty bump. The G.P.S. shows that we ascended more than a 1000m in 5.5km. Interestingly the web site shows this to be a15.6km hike, but our G.P.S. showed that we only walked 11km!
The view from the summit is stunning, and almost a full 360″. From there one can see Montagu, Ashton and Robertson in the distance with Arangieskop looming over the town
I thought that the up was quite a good work over, but was I in for a surprise on the way down. The down is steep, but not a scary steep, just very heavy on the legs, so much so that some of the experienced hikers in our party were getting the “rubber legs” , but I think that we ascended way to fast ‚as we finished the hike in six hours.
I recommend an early start. We started walking just before 7H00 and by the time we were coming down the Kloof (and that was well before midday), it felt like we were walking in a microwave oven. As for water, once you are out of the kloof there is no more, so be prepared and have enough water with you.
Would I do this hike again soon? Probably not soon, but its amazing how easily one forgets the pain. So in the long run I would say yes, and then I wont be the unsuspecting victim of a mean workout. And of course I will walk it slower , much slower.
|Tel no||023 – 6142471||G.P.S.||–33.779186,20.112415|
|Nearest Town||Montagu||Max Persons||12|
|Days||6 – 10 hours||Trail Type||Circular|