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We have done this hike before, and we were much more pre­pared this time around. For a start, “Krap­pie” and com­pany, our friend that booked the hike, decided that there is no way we are going to walk this hike the “right” way around. Walk­ing the Hoerik­waggo in “reverse” was the way it was going to be, and to cheat a lit­tle more, we were going up with the cable car, and not up Plat­tek­lip Gorge. Secretly I was also relieved to hear this. Start­ing a 9.5 km hike with Plat­tek­lip Gorge can eas­ily add another two hours to your days hike, depend­ing on the group, and not to men­tion the damp­en­ing of spir­its. Plat­tek­lip Gorge is renowned for damp­en­ing the human spirit, ha ha. The brochure we received with the book­ing con­fir­ma­tion, rated day five as mod­er­ate to tough.

A mis­take we made was not to book our tick­ets for the cable car online. We could quite eas­ily have saved our­selves half an hour, and in peak sea­son I can imag­ine that this half hour can get much longer.
Once on top of the moun­tain we did the oblig­a­tory touristy thing with the pho­tos with views that I never seem to tire of. Once again we were given a very rudi­men­tary map, severely lack­ing any detail, but for­tu­nately I was pre­pared for this and had a set of Slingsby maps with me. Since two years ago TMNP has added gps co-​ordinates to the “map “, but only three of our group of eight could actu­ally use a gps, so I still don’t think that this is the answer. Spikes with HT (Hoerk­waggo Trail) carved on it has been added at most of the inter­sec­tions wich helped a great deal, but at one or two inter­sec­tions these mark­ers could not clearly be seen.
Once you get to the Wood­head dam wall, take some time and walk to the mid­dle of the wall and gaze over this very impres­sive kloof you are going to be hik­ing down.
Included in your overnight accom­mo­da­tion is your per­mit for Disa Kloof. When hik­ing Disa Kloof, always ensure that you have a per­mit with you, as I have been stopped twice by rangers ask­ing for a per­mit.
For a hike the accom­mo­da­tion is truly 5 star, and con­sid­er­ing what you are pay­ing, I think this a is a bar­gain. Here is almost every­thing, flush toi­lets, hot show­ers, fridge, stove,cutlery and a clean cover over your mat­tress, all you have to bring is your toi­letries, food and a sleep­ing bag. I think every­one that lives in the Cape, and calls him­self a hiker should overnight at one of these tented camps at least once.
Krap­pie arranged for a vechile to be parked at Orangek­loof, so upon our arrival we had ice cold drinks and loads of wood for the evenings cook­ing. The car at Orangek­loof affords you the oppor­tu­nity to only carry a day pack, and this was also all part of Krap­pies “mas­ter plan”.
Our day 2 (or the offi­cial day 4) is a hard days walk­ing, no mat­ter wich way around you walk this day. I have done this walk a cou­ple of times, and I can never make up my mind wich way is the more dif­fi­cult way to walk it. 18.5 kilo­me­teres in 35°C tem­per­a­tures is no fun at all, and then I have more than once won­dered if the views are worth the effort, but some­how, the hard times are always soon for­got­ten.
In the hight of sum­mer this stretch has no water at all, so be pre­pared with enough water, spe­cially the last hour ascent up the mega steep kloof into Sil­ver­mine.
It seems like most peo­ple rave about day 5 of the Hoerik­waggo, with the tight kloof and the dense indige­nous forests, but I pre­fer the sweep­ing views of day 4, even though there is a lot more sweat and heavy breath­ing involved.

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These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many camp sites, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten
Writ­ten on 25/​11/​2013, 18:26 by Heleen
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Writ­ten on 11/​11/​2013, 18:10 by admin
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