First and second waterfall is a popular two to three hour hike, so it is recommended that one hits the trail early to avoid the crowds, specially
over weekends and the school holidays. On weekdays, if you are lucky you might have this whole beautiful kloof to yourself.
It soon becomes apparent why this hike is so popular. After just fifteen minutes of walking you get to the first waterfall, tucked away in a shady overhang. I dont think that I have ever been there with someone for the first time that has not said “wow , or “amazing”. On a quiet day (with not to many people) this cool kloof will also be a magical spot to picnic at.
As this hike has the Eerste River in sight most of the way, be on the lookout for a turn of down to the river, where one can sit and relax in the shallow pools on a hot day. In the summer months the South Easter can really blow down this kloof , but once you are down at the river you are mostly out of the wind.
Unfortunately on cannot (legally) walk to the base of the waterfall, as there is no real path, and climbing the last bit out of the kloof is considered extremely dangerous. On our last visit to the second waterfall there was a small memorial of painted rocks, erected to a lost friend. We can only assume the climb out of the kloof to the base of the waterfall claimed another life. Don’t try it, it is not worth it.
Whilst you are in the area you could also have a picnic in the adjacent Asegaaibos Nature Reserve, 1.2 km down the road. Here are designated braai areas, or you can spread your picnic blanket on the lawn next to the Eerste River.
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is also very popular with the mountain bikers, as there is a huge network of cycling tracks available, both jeep and single track.
Other hikes in the Jonkershoek Nature reserve include:
|First and Second Waterfall , Jonkershoek|
|Tel no||021 866 1560||G.P.S.||–33.968669,18.934599|
|Cell no||082 467 0405|
|Fax||021 866 1567||Website||Click here|
|Nearest Town||Stellenbosch||Max Persons|
|Distance from Town||9km||Overnight Shelter||None|
|Map to start of hike||View Map||Brochure|
|No of days||Day hike||Trail Type||Linear (There and back)|
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